Admissions Associate

Bard College, a liberal arts college on the Hudson River, is a private institution working in the public interest.

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Bard College seeks an Admissions Associate for the Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability. This is a full-time, non-exempt, 12 month per year position reporting to the Director of Enrollment and Marketing. 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.

Bard’s Graduate Programs in Sustainability cultivate leaders who break through existing systems, innovating solutions to critical social, environmental, and economic challenges. Bard GPS students pursue cutting-edge masters degrees in policy (MS), business (MBA), or education (M Ed), that embed extended field-based practical training and individualized career support. Our alumni are changing the rules through environmental policy, changing the game through sustainable business, and changing minds through environmental education. We seek an Admissions Associate dedicated to advancing sustainability through the recruitment of future sustainability leaders.

The Admissions Associate for the Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability will be involved in all aspects of the graduate recruiting and admissions process. This position requires strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to relate to a broad range of constituents (students, faculty, external career offices, industry partners, etc.), an aptitude for project management, a commitment to the principles of diversity and equity both in admissions and in the field, and the ability to work well both independently and collaboratively.

Bard College’s main campus is in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY with 1900 undergraduate students; the campus also features multiple graduate programs. The 1000 acre campus sits along the Hudson River and offers the Fisher Performing Arts Center, the Hessel Museum of Art, as well as the home of the Bard Prison Initiative, the largest college degree granting prison education program in the U.S. The Bard Network also includes several Bard High School Early Colleges across the country as well as five international campuses and partnerships. The Bard Network is complex and demonstrates Bard’s priorities well in addition to the College’s emphasis on civic engagement.

Bard College is a private institution working in the public interest. Bard faculty and staff lead their students by example, building upon the existing network of boundary-breaking programs focussed on rethinking who can and should be included in this kind of education.

  • Organizes in-person and virtual events, travels to career fairs, conducts information sessions, interacts with and assesses prospective student leads; plans and implements various on and off campus programs and initiatives; and deepens relationships with undergraduate feeder schools.
  • Performs queries, reviews and extracts prospective leads information from marketing campaigns and career/job platforms; enters prospective leads data into the appropriate software program in a timely and accurate manner; processes applications and completion documents received from the graduate application and all other sources.
  • Review, extract and enter information from inquiry forms and other lead sources into HubSpot; manages and cleans up data; and manages flow of data between HubSpot (CRM) and Slate (application platform).
  • Performs queries on existing graduate applications and other communications related to enrollment management; tracks, reviews and processes graduate applications and enrollment deposits.
  • Generates and maintains communications with prospective students, career counselors and other constituents to positively impact graduate enrollment.
  • Manages and edits prospect communication flows in partnership with inbound marketing agency.
  • Answers admission inquiries from prospective students, career counselors, and others; manages the communication plan to steward prospective students through the admissions funnel; ensures all communications are processed in a timely manner at all stages of the admissions funnel.
  • Assesses graduate applications for completeness and compliance with the program requirements; communicates with registrar offices for transcript requests to complete application files; prepares applications for review and manages application updates and letters in Slate.
  • Manages in campus recruiting activities at Bard College and in New York City including open houses, class visits, and public events.
  • Minimum requirements for this position include a Bachelor's degree and 2-4 years of relevant experience in higher education, sales, or talent recruitment.
  • Must have a high level of verbal and written communication skills; keyboarding experience/proficiency; and organizational and time management skills. A demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suite as well as a willingness to learn new software is required. Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, HubSpot, and/or Slate is a bonus.
  • Presentation skills; ability to effectively present information publicly; experience with virtual presentations and videoconference planning and implementation; graphic design is a plus.
  • Must have a willingness to communicate with prospects, career counselors, internal staff and faculty on a daily basis in a friendly, courteous manner, and the ability to create and maintain positive relationships.
Physical Demands:
  • The position requires a willingness to work evenings and weekends and travel (when COVID permits), as necessary.
  • Employee must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environment.
To apply, submit a cover letter; a CV; a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement of roughly 500 words (e.g., how you would ensure equity in admissions, ideas for recruiting a diverse applicant pool); and contact information for three references to Interfolio:

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. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


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