Longy School of Music of Bard College

27 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Date Posted:
October 23, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Administrative Assistant to the President’s Office


Status: Full time, exempt

Reports to: President or her designee


The Administrative Assistant manages the day to day activities of the Office of the President and supports the Senior Staff as a team. As a member of the President’s staff, this person represents the School when dealing with both internal and external constituencies. As keeper of the President’s schedule, s/he plays an important part in researching and prioritizing the many issues facing the President.


  • Be a task-master, ensuring that all activities of the President’s Office happen smoothly.
  • Maintain the President’s calendar and ensure that the President is prepared for all meetings and events with necessary briefings, directions, research and support.
  • Perform general organizational and administrative tasks in support of the President, and collaborate closely with all members of the senior staff team on matters pertaining to the Office of the President.
  • Plan and draft annual communications for the office of the president.
  • Take a lead on preparing the President and Senior Staff for board meetings.
  • Evaluate correspondence addressed to the Office of the President and respond as assigned and where appropriate.
  • Greet and host guests visiting the President’s Office.
  • Serve as primary interface with Bard College’s Office of the President.
  • Facilitate the work of the President with the Board of Governors and its committees by drafting communications between the Office of the President and Governors, collaborating with the Chair of the Board in planning and scheduling Board of Governor meetings, drafting agendas, taking minutes, and distributing meeting materials.
  • Work closely with the Institutional Advancement team to research and facilitate the President’s acknowledgement of gifts and collaborate to prepare the President for Advancement-related meetings and events. Assist with other school-related event set-up as appropriate.
  • Assist with the organization of staff meetings and faculty interaction with the President’s office.
  • Plan, compile the agenda, and take note of action items for weekly Senior Staff Meetings.
  • Serve as primary contact for the Longy Student Association with the President’s Office, and work with Academic Affairs in arranging meetings with the LSA committee and the student body.
  • Under the Chief Operating Officer’s supervision, manage portions of the President’s Office budget as directed, collect receipts, submit credit card reports, and appropriately allocate funds based on Presidential activities and costs.
  • Perform specified financial internal controls functions.
  • Serve as the point of initial contact on any matter directed to the Office of the President and determine the appropriate course of action, referral or response by the President or senior staff.
  • Coordinate special projects as assigned by the President.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to think proactively, prioritizing and handling multiple complex tasks and projects both effectively and efficiently.
  • Excellent judgment and discretion, especially with respect to confidential information.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with other employees with a wide range of abilities and styles in a diverse community.
  • Superior organizational skills and keen attention to detail.
  • Self-direction; someone who is capable of completing projects and tasks quickly.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work required.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of relevant experience in an administrative support role, preferably in a nonprofit or educational environment. This person enjoys a fast-paced environment, with many projects underway concurrently.A positive, supportive attitude and a sense of humor, intellect and curiosity are essential characteristics of anyone in the President’s Office.


Longy offers a competitive salary plus an Open Time Off Policy (OPTO), which includes a generous Family Medical Leave policy of 12 paid weeks. Longy also offers discounts on tuition at Longy, enrollment in Longy’s defined contribution retirement plan, group health and dental plans, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending account and qualified transportation programs.

How To Apply:

Interested applicants may send a resume, cover letter and writing sample in confidence to Tom Solomon, HR Manager, at Jobs@longy.edu, Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Please put the job title, Administrative Assistant to the President, in the subject line.

Apply by:
November 09, 2018
About this Organization:
About Longy

Longy is at the forefront of graduate music education. Founded to offer an alternative to traditional conservatories, Longy continues to bring new and different perspectives on how to train and prepare modern musicians. Longy has made a name for itself by focusing on the social imperative: musicians, like all artists, must play a critical role in creating vibrant communities. This is carried out in signature programs to prepare students for the challenges of the musician of the 21st century.

Longy is a degree-granting institution that serves over 200 undergraduate and graduate students from over 35 states and 25 countries at its Conservatory campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its Master of Arts in Teaching campus in Los Angeles, California. Founded as Longy School of Music in 1915 by renowned oboist Georges Longy, Longy is a conservatory with a social imperative, providing for all students a distinguished faculty that promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery, encourages growth of imagination, and fosters inquiry about the role of music and the musician in society. Longy’s mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world.

Longy School of Music of Bard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or age. Longy School of Music of Bard College values the diversity of its community.