Executive Assistant, Office of the President

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College seeks a highly organized, professional executive assistant to provide administrative support within the Office of the President.  As a critical member of the administrative support team, the executive assistant will support two vice presidents, one of whom is focused on developing new programs and partnerships for the College and the other who is focused on engaging faculty, students and staff in reflection, dialogue and practices that will advance an inclusive campus climate. Reporting to the Director, Office of the President, the executive assistant will also work in close collaboration with the Executive Assistant to the President to meet the broader needs of the office.

The executive assistant works closely with a range of individuals from across the College to coordinate projects and initiatives on behalf of the Office of the President.  Candidates must have experience working effectively with a variety of people (different roles, diverse backgrounds, wide array of needs) and personalities as well as possess discretion and flexibility. The executive assistant serves as the primary point of contact for inquiries to the Office and works to ensure that guests/appointments are tended to in a welcoming and timely manner. Additionally, the assistant performs a wide range of administrative functions in support of the two vice presidents, including managing calendars, coordinating travel, organizing meetings/events, handling calls/inquiries, interfacing with donors, board members, faculty and staff, and students/families, drafting and editing correspondence and other written materials, and reconciling expenses and budgets. As a key member of the president’s office staff, the executive assistant also works to anticipate the needs of those within the office to effectively support all aspects of their work. The capacity for thoughtful communication and strong attention to detail are crucial. The position requires the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations as well as the ability to work with humor and grace under pressure and deadlines.

The executive assistant must be an effective communicator, an adept and tactical scheduler, and an agile multi-tasker. The top candidate must have an ability to handle sensitive and confidential information, prioritize competing work and deadlines, and produce highly accurate work. The assistant must be incredibly nimble and able to successfully navigate and thrive in a fast-paced, small team environment. 

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 should include relevant administrative experience in the public or private sector, for profit or not for profit, with demonstrated experience working in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment; a Bachelor’s degree is preferred.  Candidates must be creative problem-solvers and possess strong communication skills and have demonstrated an ability to build relationships and develop partnerships with a host of individuals. The position requires exemplary organizational skills and a strong technology orientation using MS Office and Google Suite. The position 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.