Assistant Director of Residential Life | Housing & Community Standards

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Residential Life to join a vibrant community of scholars, artists, scientists, and thinkers.  The intentional and creative Assistant Director will join a dynamic team of professionals committed to student learning through engaged, socially-just and self-governing communities.  The capacities and self-reliance needed to define and pursue a Bennington education are developed both inside and outside the classroom throughout a student’s years at the College. Learning takes place anywhere and at any time at Bennington. The residential experience is thus an integral part of each student’s experience at Bennington. Living together in community promotes discourse, debate, inclusivity, and the development of empathy through the ongoing practice of personal and social responsibility of shared governance.  

The Assistant Director of Residential Life - Housing & Community Standards is a key member of the Student Life team.  Bennington’s unique house structure insists that students have ownership and voice within their residential living space.  This person will work closely with our residential communities around self-governance and with the student leaders who facilitate these initiatives.  They will supervise House Chairs and manage the day to day operations of a residential region including working with facilities concerns, student issues and room changes.  Of critical importance is the ability to work with a diverse student population and the commitment to creating diverse and inclusive communities within campus housing. 

This position will also manage the administrative processes aligned with Housing Assignments – including maintaining the on-campus roster, generating housing assignments for incoming students, early arrival & late departure housing, facilitating housing selection process for returning students and maintain the residential vacancy roster.   This position will also coordinate and communicate information regarding the opening & closing of campus housing each term - including key return, room condition, damage billing & storage options. 

This position will support the ADA non-academic accommodations process including review of accommodation requests, meeting with students and communicating decision outcomes.  This position will also work with students seeking off-campus permission through an appeals process.  

This position supports the Community Standards process – including communicating with students regarding alleged violations, serving as a hearing officer for violations, coordinating and training the judicial committee, as well as administratively supporting the Administrative Review Committee (ARC) and maintaining a history of all student community standards violations and the outcomes.  This position will also use data collected to provide trends and information around campus community standards violations (yearly & multi-year) for campus constituents.  

All members of Student Life are expected to demonstrate ability to work with a diverse student population and inclusive practices.  Members of Residential Life are expected to demonstrate a commitment to creating diverse and inclusive communities within campus housing.  Additional requirements include:

  • BA degree; MA strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in residential life, higher education or related experience along with supervision and/or advising experience preferred. 
  • Must be adept at both mediation and conflict resolution and must possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong technology orientation with experience using the Google platform and programs.  
  • Strong work ethic, ability to handle sensitive information, work and respond to students in caring and professional manner and a commitment to social justice and inclusion are essential.   
  • Team player -- someone who is willing and nimble, able to jump in when needed, and can work collaboratively with others.

This is a 12 month position.  Some weekend and evening work required.