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 LGBTQIA2S+.
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.
The Role: The Writer and Digital Content Producer reports to the Director of Communications and Marketing, and plays a key role on the team, which is collectively responsible for creating a variety of external communications including student, faculty, and alumni profiles; advertising and marketing materials; website and social media content; program descriptions; publicity; and magazine feature articles to promote academic programs, campus life, and fundraising. The writer should be adept at writing news stories and human interest features as well as compelling copy for advertisements, brochures, and social media with the ability to publish content across a variety of digital platforms.
The Writer and Digital Content Producer will have responsibility for planning and producing content for social media and monitor trends in social media tools, design, and strategy; collaborating with campus partners, conducting interviews and research to develop human-interest features and timely news pieces; creating concise, compelling copy for marketing and advertising; publishing website content; copy editing, fact-checking, and proofreading to ensure consistency and accuracy according to style guide; writing press releases; and assisting with Provost Office communication and crisis communication.
The Marketing and Communications department is a collaborative environment and this position will contribute to projects across a variety of media.
Ability to craft stories that speak to the hearts and minds of a unique audience and motivate them to act
At least three years of writing experience, preferably in higher education or an independent secondary school
Ability to communicate messaging points in marketing pieces with eloquence and impact
Proven experience using social media for marketing purposes
Experience with social media content creation
Comfort with writing for a variety of media and audiences
Proven ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines while maintaining a high level of attention to detail
A demonstrated commitment to and knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical components of academic excellence and student success
Interest in the unique educational model and mission of Simon's Rock
Bachelor's degree, preferably in a major that involved substantial writing
Experience writing for enrollment marketing and fundraising
Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Canva
Experience with project management platforms, such as Asana, Basecamp, or Wrike
Experience with email marketing platforms, such as Emma, Constant Contact, or Mailchimp
Experience publishing and/or managing website content on a CMS
Photography and video production skills, ability to identify and execute on ways that photography and video can enhance and complement text
This position is a full-time position with benefits. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. COVID-19 vaccination with booster(s) or approved exemption is required as a condition of employment at Simon's Rock. Simon's Rock is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from candidates of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic levels.
To Apply: All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter, résumé, writing samples (please include articles, press releases, and at least two social media posts) and contact information for three references. Submit your files on interfolio.com. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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.
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.