About the Bard Sequence: The Bard Sequence is an initiative of Bard College, one of the nation’s leading institutions providing high quality education in the liberal arts and sciences to high school-aged students. Through partnerships between Bard and high schools/school systems across the country, the Bard Sequence enables young people enrolled in partner high schools to complete an inspiring college course of study concurrent with their high school studies, at no costs to students and families. Through the Bard Sequence, students develop college skills and confidence and can earn transferable, Bard College credits. The foundation of the Bard Sequence is a core curriculum comprised of four 3-credit, sequential courses centered on the history of ideas from antiquity to the present and focused on the skills of critical thinking, close reading of classical and challenging texts, and academic writing.
These college courses are offered to public high school students in an effort to address challenges of equity of access and success in higher education and to provide a meaningful bridge between high school and college, one in which a young person’s first exposure to higher education is rigorous and intellectually inspiring while also providing them with the support they need to become confident, self-motivated college students. The Bard Sequence is based on the belief that all students benefit from a safe space in which they can learn to succeed in college by failing forward, taking risks in the classroom, and finding their voices as collegiate learners. The Bard Sequence is an initiative of the Bard Early College, Bard College’s early college division, which serves approximately 3,000 students in five states and the District of Columbia and seeks to improve the transition from high school to college and increase access and success in higher education.
Currently, the Bard Sequence encompasses partnerships in four states and the District of Columbia serving around 280 students each semester. The Bard Sequence encompasses Bard’s program with the New York Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), with a home base in Hudson, New York, through which Bard courses are available to students in public high schools in Dutchess and Greene Counties (collectively BEC Hudson Valley).
Position Objective: The Director is responsible for the quality, academic integrity, and implementation of the Bard Sequence in its various locations, including the BOCES programs. In this role, the Director works closely with colleagues at program partner sites, ensuring that the partnerships are strong and the Bard Sequence is providing all enrolled students with a rigorous, rewarding, and supportive immersion in a Bard College course of study. Additionally, the Director oversees the hiring, training, and ongoing support and mentorship of Bard faculty teaching all such courses. The Director is the senior academic and operational figure in the Bard Sequence, leading a growing initiative with a growing team.
The Director will be supervised by the Bard Vice President and Dean for Early Colleges.
Key Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Director span both academic and administrative aspects of the Bard Sequence, including:
Lead the Bard Early College Hudson Valley, a Hub of Bard Sequence Courses
● Coordinate with partner schools and with the regional Boards of Cooperative Educational Services
● Deepen collaboration with Bard College, extending the academic and community resources of the College to students enrolled in Bard Early College Hudson Valley courses
● Manage the BEC Hudson Valley program, staff, and facility
Coordination with Bard College and the Bard Early College Network
● Manage coordination between the Bard Early Colleges, Bard College, and the Bard Sequence sites (i.e. course registration, transcript requests)
● Communicate regularly with the Bard Sequence Steering Committee
● Evaluate the impact on student success of the Bard Sequence courses (with the Bard Sequence Committee) and recommend programmatic modifications as needed
Faculty Recruitment, Support, and Oversight
● Identify, recruit, and hire faculty to teach the Bard Sequence at partner sites
● Facilitate and/or provide ongoing training, mentorship and support to Bard Sequence instructors
● Regularly observe Bard Sequence faculty and provide feedback and support as needed to ensure a high standard of instruction and fidelity to the curriculum
● Verify partner sites meet criteria necessary for successful program implementation, as determined by the Bard Sequence Steering Committee
● Evaluate fidelity of curriculum implementation at and across the sites
● Review Bard Sequence curriculum annually and work with faculty and Bard College to revise as needed
● Serve as Bard liaison to the partner sites on academic and operational matters
● Build strong and lasting partnerships with schools offering the Sequence
● Work with partner sites to maximize the impact of the Bard Sequence for participating students and for the partner school communities
● Support new partnership development as needed
Structure and Salary:
This is a full-time position, requiring frequent travel (health conditions permitting) and/or virtual visits in order to ensure program quality with its current sites, as well as any new sites that are added. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
● Prior experience with program and partnership management
● Experience with faculty coaching and professional development
● Doctorate in a liberal arts and sciences discipline (corresponding to the fields available for study within the Bard College curriculum)
● Scholarship and engagement in field of study since attainment of terminal degree
● Relevant teaching experience, preferably with both college and high school students
● Relevant leadership experience
● Strong organizational and management skills
● Strong interpersonal and communication skills
● Experience and commitment to working with adolescents
● Physical Demands: Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds
● Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed.
To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information for three references through the Interfolio Job Application link provided here: http://apply.interfolio.com/84593
Review of applications begins immediately and will proceed until the position is filled.
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.
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