Associate Director of Admission
Our Institution: Founded in 1860, Bard College is an international network of highly innovative and admired educational institutions grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. A division of Bard located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the U.S. specifically designed for motivated adolescents to fully realize their academic potential by beginning college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. BA and AA degrees are granted in over 35 areas of study. Simon’s Rock attracts a diverse student population of approximately 400 students, drawn nationally and internationally, with a significant population of students identifying as LGBTQIA2S+.
For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has practiced the simple yet radical idea that many students are ready for college before the age of 18, an idea that launched the Early College movement in the United States and beyond. In 2015, Simon’s Rock launched Bard Academy, a two-year high school program for boarding and day students, with courses designed and taught by college professors and leading to entry into college after the tenth grade. In doing so, Simon’s Rock has connected high school and college in one cohesive, coherent six-year arc. In 2019, Simon’s Rock established the Early College Research Institute (ECRI), a locus for research into “what’s next” in Early College.
The Role: Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon’s Rock seek an experienced, data-driven, innovative, and conscientious professional to serve as an Associate Director of Admission. Reporting to the Director of Admission, the Associate Director engages in a full range of admission activities for student recruitment and admission for both the Academy and the College.
In partnership with the Director of Admission, the Associate Director will contribute to the development and implementation of the recruitment strategy for both academic programs. The Associate Director will represent the Academy and College to many different constituencies including independent educational consultants, school counselors, students, parents, alumni, etc. and will communicate the values and goals of Simon’s Rock to these audiences. The Associate Director will work with students and families on the admission process, review applications, interview applicants, and support applicants through the application process. The Associate Director will plan and host both in-person and virtual events to introduce constituencies to Simon’s Rock.
The Associate Director of Admission will work closely with Simon’s Rock students, faculty, and staff to develop recruitment programs and initiatives. The Associate Director, in collaboration with the Director of Admissions and the Communications and Marketing team, ensures that the institution’s recruitment strategies are mission and vision focused and are creatively represented utilizing existing and emerging technologies. The Associate Director will coordinate closely with the Visits and Events Coordinator and supervise, mentor, and foster a culture of collaboration among a talented team of admissions counselors.
- A bachelor’s degree.
- A proven track record of success in admission and recruitment of students.
- Excellent communication a demonstrated track record of optimistic support for colleagues, and superior organizational skills, and strong analytical abilities.
- Familiarity of CRM systems.
- The ability to work some weekends and evenings.
- Openness to occasional travel to domestic and international territory assignments.
- A demonstrated commitment to and knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical components of academic excellence and student success.
- A master’s degree.
- Experience within an independent school and/or private liberal arts institution.
- Competency in Slate and Banner systems.
- Previous supervisory experience.
- Proficiency in a language other than English.
This is a full-time position with benefits. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. COVID-19 vaccination with booster(s) or approved exemption is required as a condition of employment at Simon’s Rock. Simon’s Rock is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage applications from candidates of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic levels.
Apply: All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. No phone calls, please.