Assistant Director for Student Engagement - Programming

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time

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Bennington College, a liberal arts college distinguished for its pioneering initiatives in higher education, invites applications for an innovative and highly engaging Assistant Director for Student Engagement - Programming. The Assistant Director will be joining Bennington as we welcome the largest class in the College’s history and at a time when the College has begun the work of creating forms of teaching and learning that model what a truly equitable, diverse and inclusive institution of higher education can be. Through the establishment of a President’s Working Group, students, faculty, staff, alums, and board members are actively working to create an action plan for the future as Bennington continues to engage and inspire more voices, more experiences, and more points of view. 

The Office of Student Life plays a critical role in this work and students’ success by creating a vibrant and healthy campus community which supports student development and growth as well as the College’s strategic plan to integrate the academic, residential, and co-curricular spheres of students’ lives, connecting out-of-classroom experiences to the mission of the college.  In collaboration with students, staff, and faculty, the Student Life team strives to create a community in which each student feels a sense of belonging, has the ability to have difficult conversations and work through conflict, and has the desire to understand and appreciate other perspectives.

Working as part of a highly collaborative team, the Assistant Director for Student Engagement - Programming serves as the primary point of contact for the Office of Student Engagement for programming on campus. The Assistant Director engages with students on all large-scale community oriented programming including the events planned by the Program & Activity Council, concerts, showcases and social events. The position works closely with Student Life to plan and implement New Student Orientation, Fall Weekend, Reunion Weekend, and Late Night Breakfast, among other important campus events. The Assistant Director handles event promotion and budgeting and also oversees/manages the College’s Student Center and adjacent cafes (including a community kitchen and thrift exchange). The Assistant Director works in partnership with a range of offices on campus and is expected to actively support and engage in all facets of Student Life work.

Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting 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.  The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master's degree in related field preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Two to four years experience in advising and event planning and engagement  with student populations, preferably at the college-level.
  • Knowledge of higher education student life trends and best practices. Complimentary understanding of postsecondary education administration and governance.
  • Excellent planning, interpersonal, team-building, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • A strong commitment to and appreciation of diversity, equity and inclusion.  Demonstrated commitment to continued learning of issues, and practices of diversity and inclusion.
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with risk management policies and procedures.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Experience presenting to groups.
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to maintain good relations and open communication with students and colleagues.  
  • Strong technology orientation: experience with Google Suite, MS Office Suite, and social media The position requires successful completion of a background check.

This position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check. 

The College

Bennington College is a laboratory for innovation in higher education. At Bennington, learning and making—on campus and in the field—are inseparable, and its graduates are noted for their outsized impact on the world’s stage. This campus celebrates the ongoing making of work—shared on walls, in shows and performances, in lectures and readings, and in conversations—and believes that equity, diversity, and inclusivity are vital to a collaborative community. This position captures, contributes to, and reflects the ethos of this creative 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.