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 a dynamic and energetic president and two senior vice presidents, one of whom is focused on strategic fundraising/friendraising partnerships and the other who is focused on a broad range of initiatives that span the institution.

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 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.  Thus the top candidate must have experience working effectively with a variety of people and personalities as well as possess discretion and flexibility.  The executive assistant performs a wide range of administrative functions -- managing calendars; coordinating travel logistics; organizing meetings/events; handling calls/inquiries; interfacing with faculty, students and their families, staff, alumni, donors, and Trustees; drafting and editing correspondence and other written materials; budget reconciliation -- and works to anticipate the needs of those within the office to effectively support all aspects of their work.  The capacity for thoughtful communication and remarkable 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 good humor and grace under pressure and tight deadlines.  The executive assistant reports to the senior executive assistant within the Office of the President.

Qualifications 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 - demonstrating 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 College

Bennington College is a residential liberal arts college distinguished by 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 aim to educate students towards self-fulfillment and constructive social purposes and believe that equity, diversity, and inclusivity--in community and in curriculum--are vital to achieving those aims.  Bennington College encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

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.