Assistant Director of Residential Life | Staffing and Operations

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time

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Bennington College, a liberal arts college distinguished for its pioneering initiatives in higher education, seeks a highly motivated and engaged Assistant Director of Residential Life - Staffing and Operations to join a dynamic, committed, and highly collaborative Student Life team in our pursuit of creating holistic learning and development beyond the classroom.  

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.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean of Student Life, the Assistant Director of Residential Life - Staffing and Operations is primarily responsible for the recruitment, selection, training, and on-going development of House Chairs (student leaders in residential houses).  Housing at Bennington is unique and comprised of small residential houses versus traditional residence halls.  As a residential campus, all students live on campus and often choose to live in the same house each year. The Assistant Director will directly supervise House Chairs and manage the day to day operations of a residential region including working with facilities concerns, student issues and room changes.  This position will manage the administrative processes aligned with the residential student staff position(s) – including the recruitment & selection, training & development and appreciation & recognition processes.  The Assistant Director will also support the administrative functions aligned with Housing Operations processes – including Room Condition Reports, end of term room and common area damage and storage.  

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. 

Preference will be given to candidates who possess a minimum of 2 years of work building relationships with college students through supervising and advising.  A true commitment and passion for working with diverse populations is expected.  An advanced degree is preferred.Excellent planning, interpersonal, team-building, collaboration, and communication skills as well as a valid driver's license.Knowledge of higher education student life trends and best practices. Complimentary understanding of postsecondary education administration and governance. The position requires a strong technology orientation; experience with Google Suite, Microsoft Word and Excel.

The 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.