Bard Early College Network
Development AssociateThe Bard Early Colleges are branch campuses of Bard College operating in partnership with public school systems. They award tuition-free college credits and associate in arts degrees alongside high school diplomas.
Bard College catalyzed the early college movement by recognizing that many young people are ready to step up to college study while still in high school. Since 2001, the Bard Early Colleges have expanded to include eight campuses across five states. This is an exciting time to join a new team as we celebrate the founding of a new campus in Washington DC this fall and build toward the twentieth anniversary of the Bard Early Colleges in 2020-2021.
We are seeking a Development Associate to join the Bard Early Colleges (BECs) Network team, based at Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Queens in Long Island City. The Bard Early Colleges Network provides essential support to the Bard Early College campuses. Under the direction of the Development Officer, the Development Associate will be a key individual in supporting the fundraising initiatives of the Bard Early Colleges. Areas of focus include alumni engagement, event planning, and fundraising for the annual fund and major gifts.
Core responsibilities include launching a NYC-based alumni association and implementing creative strategies and programming to strengthen ties between the Bard Early Colleges and the growing network of alumni across the country.
The Development Associate will also assist with prospect development and stewardship, oversee a portfolio with an emphasis on gifts up to $1,000, and act as administrative lead for the department.
- Oversee launch of NYC-area alumni association and identify volunteer leadership to steer alumni strategy and create opportunities for alumni to meaningfully engage with BHSEC and with each other.
- Meet with 4-6 alumni per month (phone or in person) and identify prospects for committee leadership, solicitations, and volunteer opportunities.
- Field alumni inquiries and empower strong volunteer leadership.
- Design system to maintain alumni updates and biographical data.
- Working closely with the Development Officer, support fundraising activities, including prospect research, email and phone solicitations, database maintenance, email and direct mail campaigns, and day-to-day office support.
- Take ownership of the gift acknowledgement process, including updating templates, mailing and e-filing letters, and record keeping for all correspondence.
- Act as logistical lead for all departmental events, which includes sourcing vendors and venues, designing and circulating invitations, monitoring RSVP’s, overseeing volunteers and sending timely reminders and follow-up notes.
- Source speakers and vendors for alumni events such as class reunions, professional development and social gatherings
- Oversee and develop content for Bard Early Colleges’ social media accounts
- Initiate alumni newsletter and maintain web presence
- Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 1-2 years of professional experience preferably in a non-profit setting
- Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
- Ability to work in a collaborative environment as a team player and to take initiative
- Excellent organizational, time management, and creative problem-solving skills
- Attention to detail and ability to handle confidential and sensitive information appropriately
- Command of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Passion for advancing educational equity and excellence
- Candidates with database experience a plus
To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information for three references through Interfolio.com at http://apply.interfolio.com/66909. Review of applications begins immediately and will proceed until the position is filled. September or October 2019
Bard Early Colleges is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity.