Contract Visitor Services Associate
The Contract Visitor Services Associate at Bard Graduate Center Gallery (BGCG) will join a small and dynamic front-of-house team. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, this is a seasonal contract position, paid at minimum of $25/hour and a maximum of $25/hour during BGCG’s fall and spring exhibition cycles. As a contractor, the Visitor Services Associate will submit invoices for payment each month.

Bard Graduate Center (BGC) is a graduate research institute in New York City. Its gallery exhibitions, MA and PhD degree programs, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about decorative arts, design history, and material culture. All staff at BGC are a welcomed part of a supportive, intimate, and lively academic community.

Bard Graduate Center Gallery seeks to create a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors. We want to do all that we can to make our space comfortable, enriching, and accessible.

Responsibilities

  • Directly interact with the public, providing exceptional customer service, including sharing general gallery information, policies, and procedures.

  • Check in guests for exhibitions and public events, complying with all applicable Covid procedures.

  • Check gallery voicemail and field phone calls.

  • Educate yourself about institutional programming, membership benefits and events, tour topics and offerings, daily gallery hours, and all operational changes.

  • Assist with retail projects such as publication and merchandise inventory and restocking.

  • Re-stock promotional materials in the lobby and maintain an organized workspace.

  • Assist visitors with registration for public events.

  • Create a warm and welcoming environment for all visitors.

  • Direct the activities of student workers as needed.

  • Coordinate front desk needs with multiple departments, including Security, Facilities, Development, Marketing, and Public Humanities and Research.

  • Track and report sales and attendance to other departments as needed.

  • Develop familiarity with BGC’s accessibility accommodations and coordinate with other departments to effect changes and improvements as needed.

  • Assist other departments with clerical projects, event planning, and other tasks as assigned.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Weekend availability required.

  • Consistently reliable, team oriented person.

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills; ability to manage deadlines and competing priorities while maintaining attention to detail.

  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); previous experience with ticketing systems and/or relational databases preferred.

  • Ability to learn new platforms: Mailchimp, NXT/Raiser’s Edge, Eventbrite, Zoom, CMS platforms, Wordpress, Basecamp, Slate, and other software as needed.

  • Previous experience in museum visitor services, theater front-of-house, or similar customer service setting.

  • Confidence interacting with the public and staff in a positive, enthusiastic manner.

  • Strong desire to create a welcoming and warm environment for the public.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An interest in the arts or art history.

  • Experience implementing equitable practices around accessibility and racial justice.

  • Game to work with curators and programming staff as requested to create the entry experience for each exhibition (which might include demonstrating interaction with objects for visitors, providing orientation to the exhibition experience, etc.).


Bard College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated, including booster, and follow the guidelines and protocols established to address campus safety regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about Bard’s guidelines can be found at https://www.bard.edu/humanresources/covid-19/.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and one professional reference to: [email protected]

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.

Fields of the Future Fellowships, 2023–24
Bard Graduate Center (BGC) is pleased to continue its annual Fields of the Future fellowship and mentorship program, which aims to help promote diversity and inclusion in the advanced study of the material world. These fellowships—for both scholars and artists—reflect our commitment to explore and expand the sources, techniques, voices, and questions of interdisciplinary humanities scholarship from different perspectives. BGC studies the past in its own terms in order to better understand where the future has come from. We invite applicants to submit projects that they think map the fields of the future. In an effort to promote necessary diversity and inclusion in the fields of decorative arts, design history, and material culture, we particularly wish to encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups and/or projects of related thematic focus.


Scholars should have university, museum, or independent backgrounds and possess a PhD or equivalent professional experience. Doctoral students of exceptional promise are also encouraged to apply. Artists should make clear how being a fellow at BGC would benefit their research practice. Artists at any career stage may apply, but applicants should not be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs.

The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at Bard Graduate Center or elsewhere in New York City, as well as writing, reading, and creative projects in which being part of our dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable. Fellows will be paired with BGC faculty and research librarians to connect with human and material resources. Learn more about our research collections here.

To Apply

For scholars: All application materials should be emailed to [email protected] as a single PDF file. Please make both the name of your PDF file and the subject line of your email submission Lastname Scholar Application. Applications should include: (1) BGC fellowship application form; (2) cover letter explaining why Bard Graduate Center is an appropriate research affiliation; (3) 150-word abstract of project; (4) detailed project description; (5) CV; (6) publication or academic writing sample of approximately 20–30 pages; (7) names and contact information for two references. Letters of recommendation are not required.

For artists: All application materials should be emailed to [email protected] as a single PDF file. Please make both the name of your PDF file and the subject line of your email submission Lastname Scholar Application. Applications should include: (1) BGC fellowship application form; (2) artist statement about your creative and intellectual interests explaining why Bard Graduate Center is a good fit for your practice; (3) a project description (1,000 words max); (4) CV (please include your website); (5) portfolio: up to five samples of work completed within the past five years. This can include images (up to 10MB each; .pdfs only), video (up to 250MB each), audio (up to 30MB each). Each time-based work sample should be no longer than five minutes in length. For writers of any discipline please submit no more than 12,000 words total (approx 25 pages). You may submit up to five different samples or one continuous; (6) names and contact information for two references. Letters of recommendation are not required.

All materials must be received by Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to the Fellowship Committee via email ([email protected]) and see our Frequently Asked Questions page. The stipend rate is $3,500 per month. Fellowships will be awarded for one semester (four months in the fall or spring). Fellows will be given a workspace in our Research Center at 38 West 86th Street in New York City and accommodation at Bard Hall, located at 410 West 58th Street.


We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, housing, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award. Please note that the fellowship stipend and the value of the provided housing may be subject to taxes for both US citizens and non-US citizens in accordance with US tax code.

About Bard Graduate Center

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, material culture studies, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Our MA and PhD degree programs, gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. We possess a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials and publish the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions presented every year in our gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are live streamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.


Bard Graduate Center requires all employees to be fully vaccinated and follow the guidelines and protocols established to address campus safety regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bard Graduate Center 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.

Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships, 2023-24
Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience, to apply for non-stipendiary visiting fellowships, to be held during the 2023–24 academic year. Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships, which are intended for scholars who have already secured means of funding, provide scholars with workspace in the Bard Graduate Center Research Center and enable them to join our dynamic, intellectual, and scholarly community in New York City. Visiting Fellowships represent our commitment to conversation and scholarly communication. We are happy to welcome scholars who similarly seek a serious but informal intellectual environment in which to pursue their work in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Visiting Fellowships may be awarded for anywhere from one month to the full academic year.

To Apply

All application materials should be emailed to [email protected] as a single PDF file. Please make both the name of your PDF file and the subject line of your email submission Lastname Visiting Application. Application should include: (1) BGC fellowship application form; (2) cover letter explaining why Bard Graduate Center is an appropriate research affiliation; (3) 150-word abstract of project; (4) detailed project description; (5) CV; (6) publication or academic writing sample of approximately 20–30 pages; (7) names and contact information for two references. Letters of recommendation are not required.

All materials must be received by Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to the Visiting Fellowship Committee via email ([email protected]) and see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, housing, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award.

About Bard Graduate Center

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, material culture studies, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Our MA and PhD degree programs, gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. We possess a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials and publish the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions presented every year in our gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are live streamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.

Bard Graduate Center requires all employees to be fully vaccinated and follow the guidelines and protocols established to address campus safety regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bard Graduate Center 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.