President's House Manager

Bennington, Vermont, United States Part-time

The President’s House Manager is responsible for the general organization and management of the College-owned residence of the President of Bennington College.The position manages all aspects of internal and external home management including housekeeping, dining/kitchen, vehicle maintenance, supply services, personal services and special assignments.  The President’s House Manager is expected to conduct a daily walk-through of the house to assess its condition, with the level of care and attention to detail as one would one’s own home. The Manager communicates regularly with a variety of internal and external contacts to coordinate all aspects of the house management, ensuring that all relevant parties are proactively informed about needs and services and ensures that the house is managed at the desired level.  The position requires, above all else, excellent judgment and flexibility. The position will also provide support for other special residential spaces on campus, Commons, and may provide administrative support to Buildings and Grounds. The position is part-time, 25 hours/week; schedule may vary.

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. 

Qualifications

Candidates must have a broad understanding of home operations/management, facility management (sanitation, maintenance, operations); knowledge of inventory management, purchasing, supplies and equipment desired. The position requires exceptional organizational and communications skills; keen attention to detail and the ability to multitask is of critical importance. The position requires strong problem-solving skills and ability to make sound judgment decisions. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to treat confidential matters/information with discretion and must be able to successfully interact and communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization.  The position also requires experience in planning and an ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment; flexibility is a must - candidates must be able to effectively adjust to changing priorities.

Candidates must have the ability to operate standard housekeeping equiement including, among others, a vacuum, buffer, floor machine, wet/dry vacuum, washing machine and dryer. High School diploma required and a minimum of five years' related experience desired. The position requires a current/valid driver’s license and candidates must successfully pass a DDC-9 (defensive driving) test. The position also requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check. 

The College

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. We serve a diverse student population, and our faculty and staff also reflect diverse backgrounds and identities.  Our aim is to educate students towards self-fulfillment and constructive social purposes, and we believe that equity, diversity, and inclusivity--in community and in curriculum--are vital to achieving those aims.

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.