Assistant Director of Buildings & Grounds

Vermont, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 26, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Bennington College welcomes applications for an Assistant Director of Buildings and Grounds. The Assistant Director will join a dedicated, mission-driven Buildings & Grounds team whose work centers on the design and maintenance of campus buildings and landscape. The team contributes to student and employee success at Bennington by providing the campus community with beautiful and functional spaces in which to imagine, learn, and pursue their best work. 

The Assistant Director of Buildings and Grounds is responsible for managing all facets of housekeeping and moving services on campus - managing people and projects to ensure that campus facilities are maintained in a clean, orderly and attractive manner. The position is responsible for scheduling, assigning and monitoring work orders, handling requests for services and responding to concerns from campus constituents and guests, facility inspections, budgeting, ordering inventory, and staff management/development including hiring, coaching and performance management. The Assistant Director works closely with the Office of Student Life on student housing matters and partners with the Office of the President to manage the private residence of the President of the College. The Assistant Director supervises and manages a team of 19 full-time and one part-time staff as well as seasonal/temporary/student labor. In conjunction with the Director of Operations, the position assists with executing concierge-level conference services. The Assistant Director serves as part of the on-call management team.

The Assistant Director plays a critical role in providing an interface between students, faculty, staff, and guests of the College and the work of Buildings and Grounds.  Candidates must evidence a commitment to providing a superior customer service experience, one that is both positive and effective in nature. 

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.  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, and power through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishments to apply. 

The position requires relevant experience in the hospitality, institutional or other commercial cleaning environment (serving a multi-building environment); minimum 3 years of supervisory experience. The position requires knowledge and experience with commercial cleaning practices, protocols and materials and an understanding of related Federal and State regulations. Candidates must have experience supervising and motivating teams and show evidence of actively engaging with staff to promote teamwork. The position requires excellent communication and conflict resolution skills as well as advanced technology skills (Google Suite and work order systems); ADP payroll/attendance systems experience desired. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, have keen attention to detail and able to successfully prioritize against competing deadlines. A high school diploma or equivalent is required; Bachelor’s degree preferred. The position requires a valid driver’s license and the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

 The College

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher 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 serve a diverse student population, and our faculty and staff also reflect diverse backgrounds and identities.  Our aim is to educate students towards self-fulfillment and constructive social purposes, and we believe that equity, diversity, and inclusivity--in community and in curriculum--are vital to achieving those aims.

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.