Bard Early College Network
Director for Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Schools, Bard Early CollegesEmployer Website: https://apply.interfolio.com/123726
The Director for Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Schools, Bard Early Colleges, is a full-time, exempt position of the Bard Early Colleges (BEC). The successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation and religion.
The Director for Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Schools is charged with advancing the impact and strengthening the foundation of BEC’s work in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. through advocacy, stakeholder engagement, partnership-building, and strategic support of the schools. The Director will work closely with the school leadership teams for both Bard High School Early College Baltimore and Bard High School Early College D.C., serving as a lead point of contact between the school and key partners, including the school district, other public agencies, philanthropic partners, education advocacy organizations, and colleagues across Bard College.
This opportunity comes at a critical and exciting time for Bard Early College: the organization is entering its second decade, celebrating the successful launch of new schools and initiatives, and helping to lead a national conversation on rethinking college access in the public sphere. The Director for Baltimore and Washington, D.C. will report to the Executive Director of Bard Early College and will work directly alongside the Principals of Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) D.C. and Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Baltimore.
About Bard Early College
Bard Early College is founded on the belief that many high school-age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education, and that we can significantly advance equity and opportunity in education by providing younger students with access to a rigorous, rewarding, and tuition-free college course of study within public school systems. Bard Early College acts on this belief by providing high school-aged students with a tuition-free, credit-bearing college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. Students are taught by college faculty in seminar classes; they receive up to 60 college credits and an associate in arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College, concurrently with a high school diploma. Bard Early College begins preparing students for college work as early as the 9th grade and offers ongoing guidance and academic support. Each Bard Early College site is both a public high school and a branch campus of Bard College, interwoven and entirely free of cost to students and their families.
Now in its second decade, the Bard Early College network serves over 3,000 students in campuses in Lower Manhattan and Queens, New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C. Since 2003, Bard College has awarded more than 5,000 A.A. degrees to its early college students.
To learn more about Bard Early College, please see this report.
Position Objective and Duties
The Director is a senior administrative leader for Bard Early College’s D.C. and Baltimore schools. Working closely with each school’s respective Principal, district partners, and others, the Director is responsible for: 1) creating and maintaining the conditions for effective partnership between Bard College and the school district partner (Baltimore City Public Schools and the District of Columbia Public Schools); 2) leveraging district, community, academic, and philanthropic partnerships to address academic and operational needs that may emerge in the school; 3) advising the Principal on all matters related to school leadership, vision, and the school’s unique public-private partnership model; 4) helping to foster a campus culture of intellectual engagement, respect for diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, and student-centered programming; 5) overseeing Bard College’s investment of resources in the school; 6) assisting with policy setting at the state and local level; and 7) developing and leading the efforts of an Advisory Board in each region in support of each school’s mission, vision, and needs. The Director is expected to meet regularly with other members of the Bard Early College administrative team.
Compensation: The salary will be between $85,000 and $105,000, commensurate with experience.
Start Date: July or August 2023
Location: Office location can be either Washington, D.C. or in Baltimore, Maryland
We are pleased to offer our full-time employees an excellent benefit package which includes; multiple heath insurance options; TIAA retirement plans; generous vacation, sick, and personal time; and more. To learn more about employee benefits and eligibility at Bard College, please visit https://www.bard.edu/humanresources/benefits/.
The Director must lead a partnership that is both a high school accountable to the school system as well as a degree-granting undergraduate branch campus of Bard College that meets the College’s standards. The successful candidate for the position will possess the following characteristics and qualifications:
- Interest in and knowledge of issues of educational equity, particularly in DC and/or Baltimore
- Extensive knowledge of and experience with systems of public education in DC and/or Baltimore
- Relevant experience in education and/or youth engagement
- Relevant leadership experience
- Strong organizational and management skills
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Experience with and commitment to working with adolescents
Please apply by clicking on the “Apply Now” button found through the Interfolio job application link provided here: http://apply.interfolio.com/123726
Use the Interfolio link provided to upload the following documents:
- Letter of interest
- C.V. / resume
- A list of three references, including their contact information
Inquiries: Inquiries may be directed via email to [email protected]. Please include your name and “BEC Director - DC & Baltimore Search” in the subject line.
Bard Early College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. Women and members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Visit http://www.bard.edu/earlycollege/about/ for more information on our schools.