Assistant Director for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College, a liberal arts college distinguished for its pioneering initiatives in higher education, is seeking an enthusiastic and culturally competent individual to fill the role of Assistant Director for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. This office oversees and coordinates Bennington’s effort to promote diversity and inclusivity across all relevant stakeholders and institutional functions. Reporting to the Vice President for institutional Inclusion, Equity, and Leadership Development, the Assistant Director will be responsible for such tasks as developing and delivering training to diverse college constituencies (including students, faculty, and staff); facilitating intergroup dialogue sessions; overseeing programming (e.g., film/speaker series) related to community-building; maintaining and disseminating resources for increased understanding of equity and pluralism; and related tasks, as assigned.  The Assistant Director will foster an inclusive and welcoming learning and working climate, and serve as a resource and collaborator to different campus constituencies in the areas of intergroup relations, diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice education. In conjunction with the Vice President, the person in this role be involved in measuring the effectiveness of initiatives and in disseminating best practices through professional networks and national venues.

Required qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Organizational Science, Higher Education, and five years relevant work experience, or a Master’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment with 1-2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Domain knowledge and skills in the area of intergroup relations and social justice.  
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills, as well as group facilitation skills.  
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication, attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities.
  • Demonstrated success in delivery of training related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Proficiency in relevant technology/software (e.g., presentation, communication, statistical analyses tools).

The College

Bennington College is a laboratory for innovation in higher education. At Bennington, learning and making—on campus and in the field—are inseparable, and its graduates are noted for their outsized impact on the world’s stage. This campus celebrates the ongoing making of work—shared on walls, in shows and performances, in lectures and readings, and in conversations—and believes that equity, diversity, and inclusivity are vital to a collaborative community. This position captures, contributes to, and reflects the ethos of this creative community. Bennington College affirms the intersecting identities of all its community members and recognizes their contributions to the vitality of our unique living and learning environment.  We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and realms of interest to apply.

Nestled at the foot of the Green Mountains in Vermont, the campus consists of approximately 370 acres. The College was named one of ten with the best architecture by Architectural Digest.  From campus, it is a short drive to the cultural offerings of the northern Berkshires in Massachusetts, Albany, New York, and many of Vermont’s top recreational centers. New York City, Boston, and Burlington, Vermont are all within three and a half hours by car.

Application Note: As part of the application process, candidates should address how their philosophical approach to inclusive practice and their skill set will contribute to community-building at Bennington College