Associate Director of Career Development and Field Work Term

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College, a liberal arts college distinguished for its pioneering initiatives in higher education, seeks an experienced and motivated Associate Director of Career Development and Field Work Term. As the first liberal arts college to require work-integrated learning for all students, Bennington has an 80 year track record of running field work experiences for undergraduates and integrating these experiences into College curricula. From this history, we can boast that 97% of our employers are satisfied or extremely satisfied with their Bennington interns, 62% of employers say that our interns outperform students from other schools, and 77% of our recent graduates feel engaged with their first jobs. At Bennington, we also think beyond the internship, encouraging students to pursue entrepreneurial ventures, apprenticeships, research experiences, campus work, and service learning as part of their field experience—and all of these endeavors are supported with reflective learning structures, life design curricula, and integrated academic advising. Want to be part of a team at the leading edge of career education for the future of work? Join our dynamic team of professionals committed to an inclusive framework for career education.

Working from a career exploration model grounded in the pedagogy of work-integrated learning, the Associate Director supervises career counseling staff, coaches students individually and in groups, and leads career education programming across the campus ecosystem. 

As career development at Bennington is framed and scaffolded by the annual six week  field work term, the Associate Director oversees integrated academic advising and career counseling strategies aimed at helping students to navigate and learn from their annual field experiences. Specifically, the Associate Director will develop and implement a wide range of reflective student learning opportunities to optimize learning, promote self-awareness and growth, and bolster career competency development. The position also leads academic integration initiatives, including developing and teaching credit-bearing career education curricula.

The Associate Director is expected to meet the needs of Bennington’s diverse student body with inclusive and responsive student-centered programming, creative outreach strategies, and effective dialogue with students of color, students with learning differences or disabilities, first generation, international, and LGBTQIA students around issues of equity and access to work. This position works with all College departments/staff, faculty, students and alumni to cultivate a vibrant network of career champions, influencers, mentors, and partners. As requested, the position may involve developing external relationships with internship employers/sites, vendors, and other constituencies to support career fairs, summits, and other events. 

Bennington serves a diverse student population - inclusive of ethnic/racial minorities, international and global constituents, sexual minorities, and various social classes, among other identities. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values.  The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, and power through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply.

Minimum Experience Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field 
  • Excellent interpersonal and career counseling skills; ability to develop a natural rapport with college-aged students from a diverse range of circumstances and backgrounds
  • Proven teaching skills; preferred experience teaching career development or life design coursework with demonstrated curriculum-development expertise
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty and staff, as well as a range of external constituencies 
  • Robust training and experience in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion; demonstrated track record of effectively supporting cross-cultural dialogue and inclusive career education programming
  • Team player willing to jump in when needed and work collaboratively with others; ability to give and receive feedback from a positive learning stance
  • Nuanced understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues as related to career development
  • Solid technological skills, fluency with Microsoft Office and Google suites, knowledge of career services
  • Strong communication skills, especially the ability to assess and meet stakeholder needs via oral and written communication
  • Ability to use exercise good judgement and handle sensitive information with discretion; ability to uphold academic standards; must evidence a fair but flexible style
  • Strong organizational skills and self-motivation; ability and flexibility to work with limited direction and handle multiple tasks, competing deadlines, and a fast-paced work flow
  • Sophisticated knowledge of current career services trends and best practices
  • Ability to leverage technology to maintain a vibrant, interactive, and meaningful social media presence. 
  • The position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or PhD in a relevant field and/or  5-7+ years progressively responsible experience in career development, student/academic advising, higher education management or equivalent
  • Certification or training in career assessment modalities, such as Clifton Strengths, MBTI, or Focus 2