Assistant Director of Residential Life | Staffing and Operations

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Residential Life - Staffing and Operations to join a vibrant community of scholars, artists, scientists, and thinkers.  The intentional and creative Assistant Director will join a vibrant 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.   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.

Most undergraduates live on campus in one of eighteen (18) houses each accommodating approximately thirty (35) students and two (2) student “house chairs”. Bennington is poised for growth and this Fall, housing will expand to add an alternative model (apartment-style) for living and learning together.    

The Assistant Director is a key and critical member of the Student Life team, responsible for supervising House Chairs and managing the day to day operations of a residential region including managing facilities concerns, student issues and room changes.  This position has responsibility for the administrative processes aligned with the residential House Chair positions including recruitment and staff  training/development.  The responsibilities of this position works closely with aspects of residential education and programming including the registration of house social events.  The Assistant Director actively participates in student conduct meetings and deliberations to ensure that students are meeting community expectations.  The Assistant Director of Residential life also supports housing operations and handles room condition reports, damage billing and storage.  

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 is a 12 month, live-on position that includes an on-campus apartment.  Some evening & weekend work is required.  

The College

This past fall, Forbes named Bennington one of "tomorrow's hot colleges" thanks to the College's dynamic new leadership and its progressive approach to 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.

Bennington continues to inspire more voices, more experiences, and more points of view. In addition to recently welcoming one of the most diverse classes in the College’s history, Bennington is investing in the diversification of its faculty and staff to reflect the fullest possible range of experiences in this community.

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.