Career Counselor

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College, a liberal arts college distinguished for its pioneering initiatives in higher education, seeks a temporary Career Counselor in the Field Work Term and Career Development Office. The position is available immediately for a period of 1-3 months and offers a flexible schedule and hours (evening and weekend hours are possible; hours could range from 10-35.) You will join a dynamic team of professionals committed to the value of experiential learning and career exploration. 

As career development at Bennington is framed and scaffolded by the annual six week winter field work term, the Career Counselor will assist with career counseling strategies aimed at helping students to prepare for their upcoming field experiences. The Career Counselor will coach students to evaluate their skills, interests and goals, identify resources, clarify and follow through on job search actions. Specific tasks may include editing resumes and cover letters, helping students build a digital portfolio and online professional profile, preparing students for interviews, and helping students with career exploration tools.

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

  • Experience in career development, student/academic advising, higher education, or counseling preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and advising skills; ability to develop a natural rapport with college-aged students from a wide range of circumstances and backgrounds
  • 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
  • The position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check