Associate Dean of Student Life

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College, a private, liberal arts college located in southwestern Vermont, seeks applications for the position of Associate Dean of Student Life to join the office of Student Life.

Situated on 440 breathtaking acres in Bennington, Vermont, the College currently enrolls 811 students of whom 700 are enrolled in the undergraduate program, and offers an enviable student to faculty ratio of 9:1. Bennington was the first institution to include performing arts to its curriculum, and is the only college to require that students spend a term—every year—at work in the world. Since its founding in 1932, Bennington has viewed students as architects of their own education.

Reporting to the Dean of Students, the position oversees the residential and recreational student experiences at a moment of exciting growth in the history of the institution.  The Associate Dean of Student life oversees residence life and housing; student engagement and activities; community standards and conduct, and represents the Dean of Students and Student Life on a number of Campus initiatives.  The Associate Dean of Student Life position affords the opportunity to set an innovative vision for the living and learning environment at Bennington for the holistic development of students.

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. Bennington’s model of progressive education centers each student as the architect of their educational journey  and fosters the skill-building required for self-directed and self-governed engagement in the community.

The out-of-the-classroom residential experience is thus an integral part of each student’s overall experience at Bennington. Students are passionate about shared governance and transparency in operations and how they spend their time outside the classroom. All undergraduate students live together in individual house communities encouraging discourse, debate, inclusivity, and the development of empathy through the ongoing practice of personal and social responsibility and self-regulation.  Fundamental to the Bennington premise, the College is responsive and continues to evolve allowing for the creative development of alternative models for living and learning together as well as student leadership opportunities.

Bennington’s size provides the opportunity for a close working relationship with students, senior leadership, faculty and other constituents, and provides accelerated professional development in all areas of student affairs and Campus stewardship.

Key qualifications include:

  • Master's degree in student development, educational administration, or related field or equivalent experience.
  • 5-7 years of professional student affairs work with experience/knowledge of residential life; disciplinary/judicial, and/or student engagement/activities.
  • A commitment to student learning through the residential/out-of the classroom experience.
  • A broad knowledge of contemporary student development issues, trends, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating diverse and inclusive communities within campus housing.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work with a diverse student population, and inclusive practices.
  • Successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

Applications will be accepted through March 22, 2019.

Bennington is a beautiful Vermont town of 15,000+ people situated at the foot of the Green Mountains, and within an hour of some of the best hiking and skiing in the Northeast.  Bennington is twenty-five minutes from Williamstown, home to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and less than an hour from the Albany, NY airport, and from the Berkshires which houses the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. It is less than three hours from New York City and Boston.