Project Summary Bard Diverse Network of Action (DNA) was founded in 2018. Bard DNA is a student organization, at Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Queens, composed of student leaders and social justice advocates who are dedicated to educating their community and themselves through events and programming. Bard DNA encourages participation from all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion, economic status, immigration status, or any other identity. Bard DNA seeks to create an inclusive and safe school environment.
As an organization, Bard DNA strives to achieve the following GOALS:
Provide a space for students of all identities to create change and take action on community issues.
Develop an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful school environment, in and outside of the classroom, for all members of the community.
Create opportunities for increased and intentional conversations on topics of power, privilege, and oppression.
When confronted with members of the community who do not share our same values, allow all opinions to be heard and valued, rather than excluded or dismissed, while still encouraging education and growth.
Opportunity We are seeking a Bard DNA Program Coordinator. The Bard DNA Program Coordinator will work with the Director of Bard DNA to accomplish organizational goals and achieve our vision of serving as a network of support, resources, and community for students who have been historically underrepresented in postsecondary higher education.
The Bard DNA Program Coordinator will support Bard DNA by taking a leadership role in student-facing aspects of the program: Bard DNA Student Leadership Team (SLT), Bard DNA Peer Mentoring Program, and Bard DNA Fellows Program.
The Bard DNA SLT operates as the governing body of Bard DNA. The SLT consists of the Student Coordinator, 9th Grade Student Representative, 10th Grade Student Representative, Year 1 Student Representative, Communications Specialist, Photographer, Mentorship Committee Chair, Professional Development Committee Chair, Social Engagement Committee Chair, and Community Engagement Committee Chair.
The Bard DNA Peer Mentoring Program is a year-long mentoring program that pairs 9th and 10th grade students with students in the college program (Year 1s and Year 2s). The Program Coordinator will be responsible for working with the Mentorship Committee Chair to ensure the implementation and effectiveness of the Bard DNA Peer Mentoring Program.
The Bard DNA Fellows Program provides additional academic support, mentorship, professional and leadership development, and a sense of community to students, from historically underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, during their four years at BHSEC Queens. Bard DNA Fellows attend monthly leadership and skill-development workshops, known as the “Self, Community, Skills & Success (SCSS) Series”. The Bard DNA Program Coordinator will be responsible for working with the Director of Bard DNA to design and facilitate engaging and informative workshops for Bard DNA Fellows.
The Bard DNA Program Coordinator will also coordinate and execute the rising-9th grade Bard DNA Summer Program. The Bard DNA Summer Program is three weeks long, from July 13-31, 2020, nd is designed to support students from historically underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds in their academic and social transition to BHSEC Queens. Students take classes and go on field trips throughout the program.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities The Bard DNA Program Coordinator Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Bard DNA Student Leadership Team (SLT)
Provide leadership and support to members of the SLT
Coordinate leadership trainings and leadership retreats for SLT
Provide SLT with support and guidance in planning events and programs
Recommend tips and strategies on effective marketing and advertising strategies to ensure optimal event attendance and participation
Attend Bard DNA General and SLT meetings after-school
Plan and coordinate Bard DNA SLT Spring and Fall elections
Ensure SLT members are fulfilling the responsibilities and expectations of their positions
Bard DNA Peer Mentoring Program Provide guidance and support to the Mentorship Committee Chair on the Bard DNA SLT
Work with the Mentorship Committee Chair to plan and coordinate the Peer Mentor application and selection process
Support the Director of Bard DNA in the planning and coordination of Peer Mentor trainings
Co-facilitate Peer Mentor trainings, as necessary
Bard DNA Fellows “Self, Community, Skills & Success (SCSS)” workshop series
Co-design and co-facilitate workshops in the after-school SCSS series for Bard DNA Fellows
Engage Bard DNA Fellows in workshops and experiences that encourage and increase identity, professional and leadership development
In collaboration with their work in the Bard DNA student organization, create and oversee innovative initiatives and programming that facilitate a strong, supportive and welcoming community for Bard DNA Fellows
Other Duties as Assigned by the Director of Bard DNA Time Commitment and Compensation
The incumbent should be able to work at least 40 hours a week
This benefits-eligible position pays $20/hour
Education: Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, sociology, or related field preferred, H.S. diploma required.
A commitment to diversity and inclusion, student advocacy, and student development
Skills: Experience working with, supporting and advocating for historically marginalized students; demonstrated ability to support students in leadership and identity development; knowledge and experience in workshop design, large group facilitation, and event planning; ability to manage multiple projects; knowledge in implementing effective mentorship programming
Able to work during after-school hours (at least until 5pm).
Please be advised that this is a grant-sponsored position, contingent on funding.
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.
About Bard High School Early College Queens
Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs.Now, approximately 2,000 undergraduates study in Annandale and more than 200 graduate students study in Bard programs, plus nearly 1,000 students in our early colleges. Total enrollment for Bard College and its global affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate program at our main campus in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement. We are committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders.