Development Coordinator

Fisher Center at Bard

60 Manor Ave
NY 12504




Feb 01, 2022


The Development Coordinator plays a central role in the Fisher Center at Bard’s fundraising activities by connecting the development team’s work with that of internal, cross-departmental, and external stakeholders, in addition to acting as lead point on particular projects and special events. This position also collaborates with other development team members by providing support of development procedures and processes, record/data keeping and analysis, and copy-writing and material generation that are key to the Fisher Center’s relationship with its funders and articulation of its mission. As the Fisher Center approaches its 20th anniversary in 2023, this role will play a pivotal role in helping support the advancement of the organization into the future.

The Development Coordinator reports to the Fisher Center’s Director of Development and works closely with Fisher Center staff members who participate in fundraising activities.
This is an hourly position, non-exempt (overtime-eligible), compensated at a rate range of $19.25-24/hour, based on experience level. This position requires approximately 40 hours per week and is eligible for Bard-sponsored benefits provided to non-exempt, full-time employees (more details can be found in Bard’s employee handbook here).
While most tasks can be performed remotely, this role will require some on-site presence at the Fisher Center as needed for meetings, performances, and events.


Provide information to audiences and patrons about Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival programs and membership as a consistent representative of the development team at public-facing events:
Coordinating e-mail/mailing list sign-up
Distributing member benefits
Registering and renewing memberships
Staffing special events
Serve as the development team’s liaison for the production of select member and patron events, and the systematization of event planning, guest communications, and on-site logistics management
Draft and send select communications including special events invitations and follows ups, social media posts, and member and gift acknowledgment letters
Generate language and compile data and ancillary content for institutional funding proposals and reports.
Use Tessitura, the organization’s database, to support donor and prospect list management tasks, and campaign and event tracking and reporting
Oversee select sponsorship relationships, including collection of inventory and use of products, placement and use of promotional logos and appropriate crediting, and development of new relationships
Execute research projects for the development director
Manage the fulfillment of administrative duties for the development team office, including:
Maintaining budget records for the development department and reconciling monthly credit card statements in concert with the Fisher Center’s General Manager
Creating development team and cross-departmental meeting agendas and minutes
Maintaining, fulfilling, and storing office inventories, including supplies, archival materials and merchandise, and membership premiums
Supporting the execution of direct mail campaigns
Oversee day to day activities of Development Interns
Create performance and special event staffing schedules

Company-Wide Responsibilities:
The Fisher Center is currently undergoing an organization-wide process of change toward becoming an anti-racist, multicultural institution. All on staff are expected to:
Commit to anti-racism and inclusivity at the Fisher Center. This includes participating in any trainings when scheduled, supporting departmental, company-wide, and cross-departmental collaboration in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and furthering your own independent journey with anti-racism
Contribute in meaningful ways to the organizational culture

Bard’s beautiful 1,000-acre campus is situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, in Annandale-on Hudson, New York. Community life is defined by numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and by proximity to New York City. Nearby towns and villages include Rhinebeck, Tivoli, and Red Hook, New York.


The Fisher Center develops, produces, and presents performing arts across disciplines through new productions and context-rich programs that challenge and inspire. As a premier professional performing arts center and a hub for research and education, the Fisher Center supports artists, students, and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas, offering perspectives from the past and present, as well as visions of the future.
Presenting more than 200 world-class events and welcoming 50,000 visitors each year, the Fisher Center supports artists at all stages of their careers and employs more than 300 professional artists annually. The Fisher Center is a powerful catalyst of art-making regionally, nationally, and worldwide. Every year it produces 8 to 10 major new works in various disciplines. Over the past five years, its commissioned productions have been seen in more than 100 communities around the world. During the 2018-19 season, six Fisher Center productions toured nationally and internationally. In 2019, the Fisher Center won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for Daniel Fish’s production of Oklahoma! which began life in 2007 as an undergraduate production at Bard and was produced professionally in the Fisher Center’s SummerScape Festival in 2015 before transferring to New York City.
The Fisher Center demonstrates Bard’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. Home is the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry and located on the campus of Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. Building on a 161-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders.


SummerScape is a world-renowned multi-arts festival presented by the Fisher Center at Bard. Over eight weeks this summer (June-August), Bard SummerScape returns with a full season of dance, theater, opera, music, and the beloved Spiegeltent, culminating in the 32nd annual Bard Music Festival, Sergei Rachmaninoff and His World. Productions will be staged in Bard’s Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, adhering to rigorous health and safety protocols while celebrating the joys of live performance.


Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1,000 park-like acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in nearly 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 13 programs; nine early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 161-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit



Experience in fundraising work; experience and/or familiarity with fundraising in the arts a plus; at least 2 year professional experience preferred
Experience with grant writing, copywriting, and/or editing (work samples may be requested)
Excellent organization skill, strong written and verbal communication skills, and superior attention to detail
Collaborative with other team members, while also being able to work independently on and initiate particular projects and tasks.
Ability to remain flexible in planning, particularly as logistics and plans develop
Creative thinker and solution finder, particularly in helping solve logistical problems
Welcoming demeanor and positive attitude
Ability to collect, sort, analyze, and interpret data points to inform fundraising reports and initiatives.
Experience with database software and/or customer relationship management (CRM) programs preferred; experience with Tessitura is a plus
Proficiency with Google Suite (Sheets, Docs, shared Drives) and Microsoft Office (specifically, Word and Excel).
Willingness to work some evenings and weekends for performances and special events, as discussed and planned.

Application Instructions


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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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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.