Assistant Director of Residential Life

Bennington, VT Full-time

Bennington College’s campus experience is grounded in self-governance in which faculty, staff & students work together to develop policy, practice and initiatives that meet the changing landscape of education and the campus community.  The Office of Student Life leads campus initiatives around the area of self-governance and student advocacy.

The Assistant Director of Residential Life – Housing & Community Standards 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 role will work closely with our residential communities around self-governance and with the student leaders who facilitate these initiatives.  You 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.  

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.

This position will also manage the administrative processes aligned with Housing Assignments – including maintaining the on-campus roster, generating housing assignments for incoming students, facilitating housing selection process for returning students and maintaining the residential vacancy roster and room change process.   This position will also work with students seeking off-campus permission through an appeals process.

The Assistant Director will train and advise student leaders who are conducting peer mediation & restorative justice conversations within the residential experience.  Additionally, this position will serve as an advisor and supervisor to student mediation and restorative justice groups. 

This position serves as a case manager and, if requested, advisor to student respondents in the Title IX process.

This is a 12 month position.  Some weekend and evening work required.  



A BA degree required; MA strongly preferred.  Experience working in residential life, higher education or related experience along with supervision and/or advising experience preferred.  Candidates must be adept at both mediation and conflict resolution and must possess excellent oral and written communication skills. The position requires a 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. We seek a team player -- someone who is willing and nimble, able to jump in when needed, and can work collaboratively with others. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.