Bard Graduate Center, a division of Bard College located on West 86th Street in New York City, seeks a dynamic, collaborative Director of Public Humanities and Engagement who is passionate about translating deeply researched study into absorbing questions accessible to the general public through a range of events and programs.
Bard Graduate Center offers MA and PhD degrees in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history. Since its founding in 1993, Bard Graduate Center has trained a generation of academics and curators, producing exhibitions which have traveled the world and publishing books which have redefined research in this area. For more information see www.bgc.bard.edu.
Bard Graduate Center develops programming for the public consistent with its identity as an academic institution devoted to understanding the world through the medium of things. This programming is directed to a research and academic public but also to an interested non-professional audience. The Director for Public Humanities and Engagement is responsible for translating and interpreting the BGC’s intellectual mission for an audience spectrum that stretches from visitors to its gallery to those who want to grapple with complex ideas presented in panel discussions or commissioned arts events. The Director also oversees the Lab for Teen Thinkers, BGC’s long-term investment in a more diverse and intellectually plural community of object-studying scholars. The Director reports to the Dean, who also has oversight over the research and academic programming. The Director for Public Humanities and Engagement manages the development and implementation of distinctive, rigorous, and creative gallery, lecture hall, teen, and off-site collaborative programs that are aligned with and strengthen institutional mission, values, and priorities, and build on existing institutional strengths. This is a job for someone who views administration as a creative opportunity. The position contributes to the broadening, diversification, and cultivation of public support and interest in Bard Graduate Center and its activities, and generates revenue through programs and events where possible and appropriate. The Director is expected to expand public engagement through strategic collaborations with local, national, and international partners. The position is full time, requiring periodic evening and weekend duties.
Continue to build the distinctive identity of Bard Graduate Center programming—intellectually serious but informal
Relate programming needs to neighborhood cultural opportunities
Attract a new and broader audience to programs
Raise new revenue through programs
Primary Responsibilities and Duties
Curate a vibrant and relevant series of public events that are rigorously researched and align with and strengthen institutional goals
Oversee the management, implementation, promotion, and evaluation of a broad array of programming for the public
Develop content in collaboration with the Dean
Supervise, manage, and support a department staff of senior program manager, a department coordinator, and work-study students
Manage department administrative logistics, budgets, and program schedule of activities
Broaden and cultivate audience support through marketing of programs, activities, and initiatives
Expand engagement through strategic partnerships
Elevate participation and engagement with local institutions and audiences, strengthening Bard Graduate Center’s role as a cultural leader and community partner
Collaborate with marketing and development departments to ensure strong and effective communication to all stakeholders
Write and edit program notes, marketing copy, and website/blog entries that relate the programming to Bard Graduate Center’s cultural vision
Requirements and Qualifications
a) Track Record (Skills):
Record of producing and managing cultural programming for the public
A strong knowledge of and commitment to audience development and retention
Familiarity with dynamics of arts scheduling and marketing in particular
Demonstrated ability to set strategic goals for program areas and events, to prioritize tasks for their successful completion, implementation, and for their evaluation
Record of staff leadership, management, and supervision
Ability to work well with professors as well as with administrative staff
Has the capacity to mentor staff
Ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed to meet audience building goals
b) Education and Experience:
Undergraduate education in a humanities field such as Art History, History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Literature or Archaeology
Master’s degree necessary, PhD preferable
Five years of management in performing arts or cultural programming and audience building is essential, preferably in the New York City area.
Insider’s knowledge of the New York arts scene
Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite 2007/2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Docs, familiarity with Apple OS and related software a plus
Experience with Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) tools such as Raiser’s Edge or Mail Chimp a plus
c) Personal qualities:
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. No telephone calls please.
Bard College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated and follow the guidelines and protocols established to address campus safety regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive
About Bard Graduate Center
Bard Graduate Center is devoted to the study of decorative arts, design history, and material culture through research, advanced degrees, exhibitions, publications, and events.
At Bard Graduate Center, we study the human past through its material traces. We study objects—from those created for obvious aesthetic value to the ordinary things that are part of everyday life. Learning is what Bard Graduate Center is all about. Our accomplished faculty inspire students to strive for excellence, knowing that this will prepare them for the intellectual and professional rigors of careers in academia, in museums, and in the private sector. This high standard is equally the hallmark of the Gallery’s acclaimed exhibitions and related public programs.
The Center’s campus comprises a state-of-the-art academic programs building at 38 West 86th Street, the Gallery at 18 West 86th Street, and a residence hall at 410 West 58th Street.
Founded by Dr. Susan Weber in 1993, Bard Graduate Center is an academic unit of Bard College through which it is accredited and a member of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH).