Program Manager for the Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Community


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Bard College at Simon's Rock
84 Alford Road


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Bard College at Simon's Rock--The Early College--is the only college in the country specifically designed for bright, highly motivated students ready to enter college after the 10th or 11th grade. Simon's Rock offers a challenging program in the liberal arts and sciences, taught by a supportive, highly-trained faculty, composed of leading scholars in their fields. The College grants degrees in more than 35 majors. Located in Great Barrington, in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, the College enrolls approximately 400 students.

Program Manager for the Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Community
Great Barrington
Full Time
Master's Degree

Our Institution: Founded in 1860, Bard College is an international network of highly innovative and admired educational institutions grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. A division of Bard located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the U.S. specifically designed for motivated adolescents to fully realize their academic potential by beginning college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. BA and AA degrees are granted in over 35 areas of study. Simon’s Rock attracts a diverse student population of approximately 400 students, drawn nationally and internationally, with a significant population of students identifying as LGBTQIA+.

For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has practiced the simple yet radical idea that many students are ready for college before the age of 18, an idea that launched the Early College movement in the United States and beyond. In 2015, Simon’s Rock launched Bard Academy, a two-year high school program for boarding and day students, with courses designed and taught by college professors and leading to entry into college after the tenth grade. In doing so, Simon’s Rock has connected high school and college in one cohesive, coherent six-year arc. In 2019, Simon’s Rock established the Early College Research Institute (ECRI), a locus for research into “what’s next” in Early College. In 2023, Simon’s Rock launched the Bard Queer Leadership Project, a B.A. degree program designed for, and by, LGBTQIA+ college students, aiming to elevate LGBTQIA+ college graduates into leadership roles in fields across the workforce.

The Role: At Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon’s Rock, we seek a dynamic and student focused Program Manager for the Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Community (CEIC) and Queer Leadership Advocacy to provide leadership on the strategic priorities and daily operations of CEIC and to collaborate with Admissions, Communications and Marketing to develop strategies for promoting holistic student engagement and learning. The Program Manager will possess a commitment to the emotional and social development of all students, and will be a visible, engaged, and active member in the campus community. The Program Manager is a key member in the CEIC reporting directly to the Dean of Equity and Inclusion and will work collaboratively across departments to serve and strengthen all aspects of the Simon’s Rock community.

Key Responsibilities of this role include:

  • Oversight of CEIC and operations within the building (approving room use and reservations, student events in building, maintenance requests)
  • Queer Leadership outreach w/ Marketing
  • Student Advocacy and support
  • LGBTQIA2S+ community support (trainings, programs, etc)
  • Co-Chair to Council for Inclusive Community (CIC)
  • Oversight of Affinity Organizations and budget
  • Student intern supervision
  • May require some weekend and evening commitments

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required; Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, psychology, or related field is preferred
  • Experience working with diverse student, faculty, and staff populations
  • At least two-three years of progressively responsible experience in student advocacy and diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience creating trainings and presenting trainings on different topics
  • Supervisory experience and ability to effectively delegate, train, and mentor professional and student staff
  • Adaptability to complex work environments
  • Ability to troubleshoot and utilize reasonable judgment in complex and confidential situations
  • Experience with budgeting and finance
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

This position is a full-time position with benefits. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Simon’s Rock is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage applications from those who contribute to our diversity, as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. AA/EOE.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references. Submit your files to at No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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