Academic Services and Study Away Counselor

Bennington, VT Full-time

Rooted in an abiding faith in the talent, imagination, and responsibility of the individual, Bennington College invites students to pursue and shape their own intellectual inquiries. The College invites applications for an Academic Services and Study Away Counselor to join the dynamic and highly collaborative Academic Services team in their ongoing work to help students develop the habits of mind that contribute to success in their academic lives at Bennington and beyond.  

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Academic Services, the Academic Services and Study Away Counselor will work, primarily, in a student advising capacity, serving as the sole point-person for students interested in studying away, and providing general academic support to transfer students and to students who are struggling academically.  

This position is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the study abroad/away process, which includes assisting and advising students on program choice and relevant scholarship opportunities, managing the college’s overall application process, and creating and conducting pre-departure and reentry programming for study away students.  The Counselor is also responsible for the management of existing domestic and international exchange agreements; outreach and education to students and faculty about study away opportunities; program evaluation; and other initiatives aimed at learning beyond Bennington’s campus.  

Additionally, the counselor will work with incoming transfer students to facilitate their transition to the College, meet regularly with at-risk students on Academic Warning and Probation to help support their academic progress, and coordinate communications and support to all students studying/learning away from the college for a term or year.

In keeping with its philosophy and practice, Bennington College encourages applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply. General qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of five years experience working directly with young people in an educational or non-profit setting.  Advanced degree preferred. Experience living or working abroad and/or fluency in a second language is desired. Of equal importance is a demonstrated ability to foster positive working relationships with students and colleagues and the ability to achieve goals through collaboration and teamwork. Candidates must have sound problem solving and keen decision-making skills, possess excellent cross-cultural communication skills, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment with ability to juggle multiple, competing tasks and demands. This position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

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. 

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.