Bard College is seeking a skilled, creative, and collaborative digital communications and public relations associate to join the college's communications team. Reporting to the associate vice president for communications, the digital communications and public relations associate will create engaging content for the College's website and public relations materials. Strong writing and effective storytelling are at the core of this position. The associate will research and write compelling content about the college's students and faculty and its innovative programs and partnerships with the goal of engaging prospective students and other local, regional, and national audiences. The associate will write fluently for multiple platforms to support admission and program development; raise awareness of the college and its network; and promote the college's public programs, particularly in the arts. This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position.
Bard College's main campus is in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., with 1,900 undergraduate students; the College also includes multiple graduate programs. The 1,000-acre campus sits along the Hudson River and offers the Fisher Performing Arts Center, and Hessel Museum of Art, and is 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 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 focused on rethinking who can and should be included in a liberal arts education.
Write compelling content focusing on Bard's undergraduate and graduate programs, faculty work and academic research, campus life, and student and professional events.
Coordinate with communications staff in Bard programs on and off campus to generate story ideas.
Research and manage media assets.
Supervise student writers and photographers.
Copy edit, fact check, and proofread web content and press materials.
Work within a content management system to update college websites and use scheduling tools to help manage social media Qualifications and Experience.
Bachelor's degree, preferably in English, journalism, or related field.
Minimum of three years of experience in feature writing, journalism, or digital content creation.
Expert writer accustomed to creating content for a variety of audiences and an advanced ability to distill complex source material into compelling stories.
Knowledge of the digital landscape and solid grasp of best practices in developing content for websites and social media.
Familiarity with higher education, the humanities, and social justice issues, and must be familiar with journalistic style and practice and be able to edit the work of others.
Prior experience in an academic, not-for-profit, or performing arts organization is highly desirable.
Must be able to work effectively with professionals across academic and arts disciplines and be highly organized.
Experience using data to tailor communications, track engagement, and report outcomes a plus.
Experience in higher education a plus.
Highly organized with a proven ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines while maintaining attention to detail.
Team oriented and flexible with excellent interpersonal skills.
Able to interact productively with diverse, intelligent, independent-minded, and creative colleagues.
Humility, sense of humor, and ability to maintain equilibrium in a busy office.
Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environment.
Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds .
Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed.
Please submit a cover letter, resume and the names of 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.
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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About Bard College
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.