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About the BAC

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) is an independent, professional college in Boston's Back Bay that provides an exceptional design education by combining academic learning with innovative experiential learning and by making its programs accessible to diverse communities. The College offers professional and accredited graduate and undergraduate degrees in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies. The core of the BAC experience is a unique learning model where design education happens in the classroom and in the professional workplace simultaneously. Students are taught, mentored, and advised by over 400 practicing professionals, strengthening the connection between workplace experience and classroom learning. Founded in 1889 as a club for practicing architects, the BAC has remained closely tied to Boston's professional design community throughout its history. The BAC has been recognized by DesignIntelligence as providing World-Class Programs with High Distinction, by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes, and by the Carnegie Foundation for community engagement.

Open Positions

Admissions Counselor; Development Intern; Director of Human Resources; Financial Aid Counselor; Vice President for Finance and Administration

 

Admissions Counselor

The position of Admissions Counselor is a full-time position of 40 hours per week. The Admissions Counselor participates in all aspects of the recruitment and admission process and reports to the Director of Admissions.

Responsibilities and Duties

Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Admissions, this position contributes to the achievement of institutional goals for enrollment of new students.

  • Responds to inquiries and leads
  • Tracks leads, inquiries and applications using Salesforce CRM
  • Conducts one-on-one appointments and tours of the college
  • Represents the college at recruitment fairs and school visits
  • Conducts open houses and new student orientation
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate professionally with students, families, faculty and staff.
  • Availability to work beyond normal office hours as needed during recruitment season
  • Experience working with Salesforce and Microsoft Excel preferred
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Admissions

Standards of Professionalism

Team and Interpersonal Skills: Success in this position requires positive relationships with other team members including support staff and more senior staff. These persons, therefore, must be approached in a way that makes them feel valued as individuals and team members and takes into account the necessities of work as seen from their perspective.

Service Orientation: Success in this position requires a service-oriented perspective in which, to the greatest extent possible, students and faculty feel valued and served in their contacts with the school through you.

Confidentiality and Discretion: Success in this position requires the ability not only to maintain the confidentiality of prospective students' records, but also the ability to discern when it is appropriate to divulge privileged, if not necessarily confidential, information.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Two or more years of previous admission experience preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, administrative, organizational, leadership, and communication skills, knowledge of Salesforce CRM a plus

Requirements

  • Travel in fall and spring
  • Some evening and weekend work

Submit resume and cover letter as one document for Admissions Counselor

 

Development Intern

The Boston Architectural College seeks a Development Intern to help with a large donor database cleanup project as well as general support for the Office of Institutional Advancement. The Development Intern position is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in the fields of development and fundraising and in learning about data cleanup and the importance of a healthy fundraising database-areas that are essential to the success of all nonprofit organizations.

This position reports to the Advancement Services Manager and is an up-to-20-hour per week position, starting in the summer with flexible start and end dates. This position is unpaid, but college credit can be obtained upon request.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Helps clean up donor and alumni data in the Office of Institutional Advancement's fundraising database, the Raiser's Edge.
  • Cross-references data between the Raiser's Edge, PowerCampus (database used by the Registrar), and paper files/transcripts to confirm alumni and constituent information, and formats and enters data into the Raiser's Edge.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Attention to detail and discretion required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required.
  • Computer literacy with a working knowledge of MS Office, especially Excel, required.
  • Knowledge of (or a willingness to learn) the Raiser's Edge preferred.
  • Interest and enthusiasm to learn about Development preferred.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to giving@the-bac.edu with “Development Intern” in the subject line.

 

Director of Human Resources

The position of Director of Human Resources (HR) guides and manages the overall functions of the HR office via policies, and programs for the Boston Architectural College. The Director provides senior leadership in Human Resource practices and objectives, collaborates on all levels of the campus community, and serves as an employer advocate. The Director of Human Resources is responsible for coordinating employee benefit management, payroll interface, services, policies, and programs through both hands-on implementation and management of Human Resource support staff. The Director of HR reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VP for F&A) and assists and advises BAC supervisors, directors and managers about Human Resource issues. This position is a full time exempt position of 40 hours per week and supervises one staff (currently Administrative Assistant to Human Resources)

Operational Oversight

  • Oversees the implementation of Human Resource programs through Human Resource staff. Monitors administration to established standards and procedures. Identifies opportunities for improvement and resolves any discrepancies.
  • Oversees, and manages the work and encourages the ongoing development of the Human Resource staff.
  • Develops and monitors the HR departmental budget working cooperatively with the Finance Dept. particularly with regard to staff compensation budget and policies, and purchasing policies.
  • Confers with Human Resource consultants, attorneys, and vendors and participates in coordinating the BAC's use of insurance brokers, insurance carriers, pension administrators, and other outside sources.
  • Reviews and edits, as necessary, Human Resource policies, programs, and practices to keep management informed of new developments.
  • Leads the development of HR department goals objectives and systems.
  • Prepares and/or directs the production of various reports for management, as necessary or requested, to track accomplishments of strategic goals.
  • Develops and administers programs, procedures, and guidelines to help align the workforce with the strategic goals of the BAC.
  • Participates in President's Council, management, and BAC staff meetings and attends other meetings and seminars.

Human Resource Information System - HRIS

  • Manages the development and maintenance of the Human Resource sections of the Intranet, ADP and HRB, particularly hiring, recruiting, benefits enrollment and Employment Intranet sites.

Training and Development

  • Researches and identifies Human Resource and staff development training programs. Provides necessary education and materials to managers and employees including workshops, manuals, employee handbooks, and standardized reports.
  • Monitors and coordinates the implementation of the performance management system that includes the Annual Performance Appraisal Reviews, performance improvement plans (PIPs) and employee development programs.
  • Assists managers with the selection and contracting of external training programs and consultants.

Employment

  • Establishes and leads the standard recruiting and hiring practices and procedures necessary to recruit and hire a superior workforce.
  • Assists in coordinating or chairing any employee selection committees or meetings.

Employee Relations

  • Formulates and recommends Human Resource policies and objectives for the company with regard to employee relations.
  • Partners with management to communicate Human Resource policies, procedures, programs and laws.
  • Conducts investigations when employee complaints or concerns are brought forth.
  • Monitors and advises managers and supervisors in employee relations. Monitors the implementation of a performance improvement process with non-performing employees.
  • Reviews, guides, and approves management recommendations for employment terminations.
  • Participates in reviewing employee appeals through the company complaint procedure.

Compensation

  • Conducts competitive market research to establish pay practices and pay scales that help to recruit and retain superior staff.
  • Monitors all pay practices and systems for effectiveness and cost containment.
  • Leads participation in annual surveys year (CUPA, OSHA) and completes the annual HR IPEDS report.

Benefits

  • With the assistance of the VP of F&A, obtains cost effective, employee serving benefits; monitors national benefits environment for options and cost savings.
  • Leads the development of benefit orientations and other benefit training.
  • Recommends changes in benefits offered, especially new benefits aimed at employee satisfaction and retention.

Law and Compliance

  • Assists in leading the college's compliance with all existing governmental and labor, legal and government reporting requirements including any related to the Department of Education (IPEDS), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Department of Labor, Workers Compensation, Unemployment and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Massachusetts Sick Leave Law.
  • Ensures institution-wide policies and procedures that maintain minimal college exposure to lawsuits.
  • Directs the preparation of information requested or required for compliance with laws. Approves all information submitted. Under the direction of the VP of F&A Serves as a contact with the college's employment law attorney and outside government agencies.
  • Protects the interests of employees and the college in accordance with company Human Resource policies and governmental laws and regulations.
  • Organization Development
  • Manages employee communication and feedback through such avenues as employee suggestion programs, employee satisfaction surveys, employee focus groups, and one-on-one meetings.
  • Identifies and monitors the organization culture so that it supports the attainment of the BAC's goals and promotes employee satisfaction.
  • Keeps the President and the President's cabinet informed of significant problems that jeopardize the achievement of college goals and objective.
  • The Director of Human Resources assumes other responsibilities as assigned by the President and/or VP of A&F.

Standards of Professionalism

A. Team and Interpersonal skills: Success in this position requires positive relationships with staff at all levels. These persons must thus be approached in a way that makes them feel valued as individuals and team members and takes into account the necessities of work as seen from their perspective.

B. Service Orientation: Success in this position requires a service-oriented perspective in which, to the greatest extent possible, staffs, students and faculty are treated in such a way as to feel valued and well served in their contacts with the school through you.

C. Confidentiality and discretion: Success in this position requires the ability not only to maintain confidentiality of records, but also the ability to discern when it is appropriate to divulge privileged, if not necessarily confidential, information.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Business, Organization Development.
  • Ten plus years of progressive leadership experience in Human Resource positions.
  • Specialized training in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, safety, training, and preventive labor relations, preferred.
  • Active affiliation with appropriate Human Resource networks and organizations and ongoing community involvement, preferred.
  • Possess ongoing affiliations with leaders in successful companies and organizations that practice effective Human Resource Management.

Requirements

  • Broad knowledge and experience in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, safety, and training and development.
  • Above average oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and coaching skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop Human Resource staff members.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a successful participant on the executive management team that provides company leadership and direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with the company Board of Directors.
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include Excel and skills in database management and record keeping.
  • General knowledge of various employment laws and practices.
  • Experience in the administration of benefits and compensation programs and other Human Resource programs.
  • Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Must be able to occasionally work evenings and weekends

Submit resume and cover letter as one document for Director of Human Resources

 

Financial Aid Counselor

The position of Financial Aid Counselor is a full time, exempt position of 40 hours per week. Primary responsibilities include assisting in the management of the day to day operation of the Financial Aid Office and responsibility for specific financial aid programs. The position reports to the Director of Financial Aid.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Processing federal, state and private loans and ensuring compliance with processing timeframes and regulations, including returning federal loan funds in accordance with all regulatory mandates.
  • Assisting in the review of annual financial aid forms, documents, communications to students, including planning, developing and maintaining accurate and updated financial aid information.
  • Counseling students and parents on all aspects of financial aid programs and financing options.
  • Reviewing financial aid files and awarding students.
  • Representing the Financial Aid Office at New Student Orientations and other events as necessary.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned by the Director.

Standards of Professionalism

A. Team and Interpersonal skills: Success in this position requires positive relationships with other team members including support staff and senior staff. These persons must thus be approached in a way that makes them feel valued as individuals and team members and takes into account the necessities of work as seen from their perspective.

B. Service orientation: Success in this position requires a service-oriented perspective in which, to the greatest extent possible, students and faculty are treated in such a way as to feel valued and well served in their contacts with the school through you.

C. Confidentiality and discretion: Success in this position requires the ability not only to maintain the confidentiality of prospective/student and faculty records, but also the ability to discern when it is appropriate to divulge privileged, if not necessarily confidential, information.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Knowledge of federal financial aid regulations
  • Experience with PowerFAIDS or other database management systems
  • Excellent organizational and management skills

Requirements

  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Dependability, reliability, and flexibility

Submit resume and cover letter as one document for Financial Aid Counselor

 

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Reporting to the president, the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA) serves as Chief Financial Officer, a key strategic advisor to the president and who works collaboratively with him, the Board of Trustees and Committees, the senior leadership team (President's Cabinet), faculty, and staff to assure a successful and stable financial future for the College. The VPFA provides leadership, vision and proactive, integrated financial planning in the development of initiatives that will optimize resources in support of the College's mission and strategic priorities.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • The VPFA supports Governance by attending and participating in Board of Trustee regular Board and Executive Committee meetings, and staffs the Finance, Audit and Investment Committees.
  • This position has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the College's annual institutional budget, which includes forecasting and tracking all aspects of revenue and expenses of operations, capital, debt and cash flow activities.
  • The VPFM leads and manages the activities of the Accounting, Human Resources, Operations, and Facilities departments. Direct staff reports include the Controller, Director of Human Resources, Director of Administrative Operations and the Associate Vice President of Facilities. The VPFM is responsible for observing the Performance Review Policy for these staff and ensures their direct reports comply as well.
  • The VPFM has oversight over payroll related functions, purchasing, debt and cash management including observance of bond covenants and disclosure, financial reporting including periodic program allocation reports, facilities maintenance, project management and construction, environmental health and safety policies and procedures, 403(b) retirement plan sponsorship, other employee benefit plans, legal services, contracts and risk management including all insurance policies and waivers, and all audits required, including 403(b), A-133 and annual financial and management letters.
  • The VPFA, with other Cabinet members, has shared responsibility for space planning and leasing activities; is responsible for monitoring use of space in terms of tax-exempt bond limitations, copy centers and centralized supplies, telephone and mail services and monitors compliance with IPED filings for all departments,
  • In collaboration with the Student Services and Institutional Advancement departments and the Investment Sub-Committee, the VPFA ensures all aspects of the management of the endowment fund are in accordance with the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) and that the use and investment of the funds are in accordance with BAC policies. The VPFA coordinates with the Institutional Advancement department in ensuring donor instructions are in line with policy and that all documentation is maintained as to maintenance of permanent files. In addition, the VPFA office coordinates with the Student Services and other departments responsible for distribution of funds, in ensuring spending policies are in line with BAC policy.
  • As member of the president's cabinet, the VPFA has overall responsibility for all facets of the institution's financial activities and systems, and collaborates and advises in matters related to strategic planning especially those related to cross-departmental vision and goals. While maintaining responsibility for the annual and long-term institutional budgeting process and final product, the VPFA fosters a team approach where all share in the review and allocation of resources, and in developing and maintaining policies that establish responsibility and accountability. As part of the Cabinet the VPFA participates in the evaluation and adoption of new initiatives proposed across the institution.
  • The VPFM collaborates with and shares responsibility with the Enrollment Management Team for enrollment and tuition goals and rates proposed to the Board, and for periodic reporting of forecasting results. The office ensures that registrar enrollment files reconcile with revenue activity in the general ledger at each semester and year-end.
  • The VPFM ensures Institutional Advancement donor records, Bursar student billing and accounts receivable including collections and bad debt management, and scholarships and award activities integrate with the accounting systems and that internal controls that ensure integrity of data are in place.
  • The VPFA has knowledge of and ensures compliance with federal, state, accreditor and institutional regulations for all areas of oversight.

Standards of Professionalism

A. Team and Interpersonal skills: Success in this position requires positive relationships with other team members including support staff and more senior staff. These persons must thus be approached in a way that makes them feel valued as individuals and team members and takes into account the necessities of work as seen from their perspective.

B. Service orientation: Success in this position requires a service-oriented perspective in which, to the greatest extent possible, students and faculty are treated in such a way as to feel valued and well served in their contacts with the school through you.

C. Confidentiality and discretion: Success in this position requires the ability not only to maintain the confidentiality of prospective/student and faculty records, but also the ability to discern when it is appropriate to divulge privileged, if not necessarily confidential, information.

Qualifications

  • Degree in accounting, business or related field. Advanced degree and/or CPA desirable.
  • A minimum of ten years of experience, the majority earned in finance in higher education. Hands-on management style with a can-do approach to getting the job done.
  • Knowledge of current federal requirements regarding student financial aid, employment law, tuition discounting and demonstrated comprehensive understanding of current practices in financial management responsibilities in higher education.
  • Knowledge of and experience with financial related higher education policies and procedure.
  • Experience creating and managing budgets, a strong commitment to customer service and collaboration, strong organizational skills, and the ability to set priorities to meet targeted goals.
  • Superb communication skills with exceptional analytic and interpersonal skills and the ability to manage change in a complex educational institution; capable of providing the leadership and management of the staff with a focus on being innovative, goal-oriented and student-centered.
  • Expected to work occasional evenings and weekends, attend offsite events and meetings, and develop strong networks within the higher education community.

Submit resume and cover letter as one document for Vice President for Finance and Administration

 

Statement Of Equal Opportunity Employment

The policy of The Boston Architectural College is to ensure that opportunities in employment are available to all present and prospective staff members on an equal basis depending only on qualifications for employment. As required by law, applicants will be considered without regard for their race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age (except to the extent permitted by law), creed, religion, national original, marital status, Vietnam era veteran status, disabled veteran status, or disability. The BAC commits itself to diversity and encourages its hiring managers to review, recruit, and consider qualified minority, female, persons with disabilities and Vietnam-era veteran candidates.

Inquiries concerning the BAC equal opportunity policy may be referred to the director of Human Resources.