November 20, 2020

Program Manager: OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts

Bard College

View of Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme with TASHWEESH, At those terrifying frontiers where the existence and disappearance of people fade into each other (part 2), 2019 in Live Arts Bard biennial: Where No Wall Remains. Photo: Maria Baranova.

The OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts is seeking a full-time, versatile, creative, and detail-oriented Program Manager to play a central role in helping establish and maintain the administrative structure for the new Center and its flagship MA Program in Human Rights and the Arts. The Center is a project of the Open Society University Network (OSUN).

The Center seeks to confront the current practical and conceptual challenges of human rights discourse by stimulating new ways of thinking, developing new strategies of activism and engagement, incubating new relationships between activists, scholars and artists, and working seriously and meaningfully at a global scale. The MA program will welcome its first cohort of graduate students, including artists and activists, in Fall 2021 with an international, comparative, and interdisciplinary curriculum. The Center will work with artists and activists outside the campus environment as well as within it to create real dialogues between the academy and the frontlines of struggles for rights and justice. It will sponsor and contribute to a wide range of public programs, including exhibitions and festivals, both in the US and internationally.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Center and MA directors—and the broader OSUN team—to create, implement, and evaluate the launch of the initiative. Key responsibilities will include helping to create a strategic plan for administering the admissions process as well as course offerings and scheduling; organizing public lectures, conferences, and workshops; facilitating faculty and student grants and post-doctoral fellowships; and engaging in related communication and coordination across Bard College, the Center for Curatorial Studies and Fisher Center for Performing Arts, and the Open Society University Network.

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or equivalent undergraduate degree, and have previous experience in administration, particularly in the fields of education, the arts, or human rights. We are ideally looking for someone who will be able to work independently and collaboratively, and who can communicate easily with a broad set of interlocutors both within and beyond the Center's academic setting. The successful applicant should have experience with public-facing events planning, and will know their way around grants management and financial reporting. A competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package are offered for this position.

Please see full job description here. To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and names of three references through Interfolio.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until January 11, 2021. Preferred start date for the position is February 1, 2021.

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