Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA)    BGIA Programs Manager

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’s Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) seeks a Program Manager. The position is based in New York City and will require regular travel within the US.

This is a full-time, exempt, 12 month per year position. The successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

BGIA is headquartered in midtown Manhattan. It is a semester away program that provides a unique opportunity for college students from around the world to take advanced courses in international affairs while working in carefully selected internships based on individual interests – all while experiencing life in New York City.

Under the supervision of the BGIA Director, the BGIA Programs Manager is a key member of the three-person management and operations team. The position is responsible for student recruitment; program development and support, which includes liaising with BGIA alumni/ae; and outreach and communications, which includes managing BGIA’s social media and writing and editing the BGIA newsletter.

Key goals for the BGIA Programs Manager:
  • Set and meet numerical and financial goals for recruitment from schools within the United States as well as those within the Open Society University Network (OSUN).
  • Maintain and expand BGIA’s profile and outreach to colleges and universities.
  • Maintain connections with BGIA alumni/ae.
Essential duties:
  • Recruit undergraduates from colleges and universities in North America to study abroad at BGIA.
  • Report on recruiting metrics after events, fairs, info sessions, including number of students reached.
  • Maintain and grow relationships with faculty members, especially within the international relations and political science, and study abroad advisors at various colleges and universities.
  • Travel to study abroad fairs, campus meetings, and conferences to represent BGIA. Travel schedule is heaviest in late-August to early November and late-January to late-March.
  • Coordinate with the BGIA Director, Deputy Director and Annandale colleagues on all phases of the student experience from inquiry, admission, enrollment, payment, registration, visa support, insurance coverage, housing, and travel details.
  • Liaise with BGIA colleagues to ensure student satisfaction;
  • Maintain ongoing communication with U.S.-based partner schools regarding student health and safety, program updates, and new program developments;
  • Contribute to the integration of DEI practices into Bard Abroad policies, materials, and programs.
  • Master Terra Dotta’s Studio Abroad platform to manage application flow and communications;
  • Collaborate with BGIA Deputy Director to promote and support a cohort of newly admitted Bard students begin at BGIA;
  • Conduct research on academic programming at North American colleges and universities that relates to the themes of international affairs, foreign policy, and national security;
  • Produce and edit brochures, flyers, and advertisements and assist with annual mail and email marketing campaigns;
  • Produce and develop promotional materials for BGIA social media and outreach.
  • Update and edit all BGIA handbooks in alignment with Bard Abroad policies and Bard’s campus policies.
  • Contribute to the work of the Open Society University Network (OSUN).
  • Help organize and facilitate orientation each semester.
  • Write and edit the BGIA monthly newsletter.
  • Oversee and leverage BGIA social media for recruitment
  • Liaise with BGIA alumni and the BGIA Alumni/ae Board of Directors.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Five years of work experience;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • The ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience working with diverse populations specific to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ability and/or gender identity;
  • Excellent interpersonal and human relations skills;
  • The ability to work evening and weekends as needed for effective program administration;
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel for significant periods of time.
  • Flexible and positive attitude.
  • Must be a problem solver.
  • Good networking abilities.
  • We’re eager to have a creative person with social media savvy.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Professional/graduate-level experience working in a collegiate environment;
  • Prior work at a U.S.-based college or university;
  • Experience supporting DEI initiatives in a college environment;
  • Experience studying or working abroad, or working with international education;
  • Admissions, public relations, and/or recruitment experience.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Five years of work experience.
Physical demands:
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environment.
  • Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds.
Please submit the follow on Interfolio:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three contact references
  • Diversity statement
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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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