Director, New York City Programs - Bard Prison Initiative (BPI)

Bard Prison Initiative

About the organization

Formed in 1999 to address the mass incarceration crisis, the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) defies expectations of who college is for and where it might lead. For twenty years, BPI has reimagined and redefined questions of availability, affordability, and expectations typically associated with college in America. One of the most rigorous and effective college-in-prison programs in the country, BPI is now extending its radical intervention in educational inequity outside of prison through the Bard Microcollege. BPI currently enrolls 400 women and men across six New York State prisons and two microcollege campuses. To date, students have earned 550 Bard college degrees.


Over the last twenty years, BPI has established an array of programs in and around New York City. As this community of students, alumni, and staff grows, there is increasing demand for BPI alumni in the workforce and a prime opportunity to meet this demand. With this momentum and the current national movement of investment and activism around criminal justice reform, BPI is building city-based infrastructure to support its work in areas such as housing, parole navigation, wellness, continuing education, professional and career development, and alumni affairs.

In addition, with this demand and momentum, BPI has increasingly complex management needs, requiring deeply seasoned programmatic leadership to bring together all of the disparate pieces of our work and ensuring program team members have the clarity, supports, structures and systems for cross-team collaboration which allow them to be optimized in their work.

The Director of NYC Programs brings the leadership, coherence and systems to support the development of this programmatic team, infrastructure and network. Ultimately, the Director is responsible for making sure that BPI NYC staff have the tools they need to be successful, in order to ensure that: NYC students and alumni are connected to BPI and one another; have resources and support to continue their education, advance their careers, and achieve in ways meaningful to them; and take on leadership roles in a diversity of fields within NYC.


Deep belief in and commitment to BPI’s mission of defying expectations of who college is for and where it might lead; as well as the value of a liberal arts education

Understanding of the experience and impact of incarceration

Significant experience building and leading multi-layered teams is required, with a track record of creating the systems and culture for collaboration

Experience mentoring and developing early career team members is preferred

Significant experience managing, building, or expanding programs, overseeing multiple program functions, with a preference for specific experience in workforce development

Expertise in social service networks and navigation, ideally in NYC, in re-entry, housing, career development, or other relevant services is preferred

Exceptional relationship, community, and culture builder

Track record building effective partnerships that benefit core constituents or participants

Sound decision making and judgment

Strong project management and organization practices; ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously



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