Assistant Director of Residential Life | Staffing & Education

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Residential Life to join a vibrant community of scholars, artists, scientists, and thinkers.  The intentional and creative Assistant Director will join a dynamic team of professionals committed to student learning through engaged, socially-just and self-governing communities.  The capacities and self-reliance needed to define and pursue a Bennington education are developed both inside and outside the classroom throughout a student’s years at the College. Learning takes place anywhere and at any time at Bennington. The residential experience is thus an integral part of each student’s experience at Bennington. Living together in community promotes discourse, debate, inclusivity, and the development of empathy through the ongoing practice of personal and social responsibility of shared governance.  

The Assistant Director of Residential Life – Staffing & Education is a key member of the Student Life team.  Bennington’s unique house structure insists that students have ownership and voice within their residential living space.  This person will work closely with our residential communities around self-governance and with the student leaders who facilitate these initiatives.  They will supervise House Chairs and manage the day to day operations of a residential region including working with facilities concerns, student issues and room changes. Of critical importance is the ability to work with a diverse student population and the commitment to creating diverse and inclusive communities within campus housing. 

This position will also manage the administrative processes aligned with the residential student staff position(s) – including the recruitment & selection, training & development and appreciation & recognition processes.  This position will also support the residential education curriculum for our community including providing passive and active programming on topics related to first year transition, well-being initiatives and identity awareness.  

This position serves as a hearing officer within our student conduct system.  This position also has adjacencies with our Office of Student Engagement around campus-wide events and with our new student programs to support Orientation and First Year Forum initiatives.  The Assistant Director will also host open hours to triage student issues and concerns and make referrals to campus resources.

All members of Student Life are expected to demonstrate ability to work with a diverse student population and inclusive practices.  Members of Residential Life are expected to demonstrate a commitment to creating diverse and inclusive communities within campus housing.  Additional requirements include:

  • BA degree; MA strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in residential life, higher education or related experience along with supervision and/or advising experience preferred. 
  • Must be adept at both mediation and conflict resolution and must possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong technology orientation with experience using the Google platform and programs.  
  • Strong work ethic, ability to handle sensitive information, work and respond to students in caring and professional manner and a commitment to social justice and inclusion are essential.   
  • Team player -- someone who is willing and nimble, able to jump in when needed, and can work collaboratively with others.

This is a 10 month, live-on position that includes an on-campus apartment.  Some evening & weekend work is required.