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Academic Services First-Year Counselor

Bennington College
Vermont, United States
Salary Not specified
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Jun 28, 2021

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Academic Services First-Year Counselor

Bennington College

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Bennington, Vermont, United States

Bennington College is pleased to invite applications from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply for the open Academic Services First-Year Counselor position. Join an inclusive, dynamic, and highly collaborative Academic Services team in their ongoing work to help students develop the habits of mind that contribute to success in their academic lives at Bennington and beyond. Rooted in an abiding faith in the talent, imagination, and responsibility of the individual, Bennington College invites students to pursue and shape their own intellectual inquiries.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Academic Services, the Academic Services First-Year Counselor supports the work of Academic Services in preparing the newest members of our community to become self-reliant Bennington students, capable of self advocacy, collaboration, and able to define and articulate their educational and personal goals. The Academic Services First-Year Counselor will strive to center the student experience, collaborate with faculty advisors and other colleagues across campus, support students on Academic Warning, advocate for and guide Bennington's program for first-generation, low income, and/or working-class students (FLoW), and lead weekly First-Year Forum Workshops.

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 academic advising or coaching, can demonstrate success with advising, coaching, student programming, team building, and/or event planning for college aged students in a small liberal arts environment. An advanced degree is preferred. This position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

A counselor who thrives in this position will have the potential to:
  • Demonstrate flexibility, creativity, intercultural awareness, and progressive thought
  • Lead programming, project management and/or event planning
  • Engage with students of diverse interests, backgrounds, and experiences in ways that are meaningful and genuine
  • Possess exceptional written and verbal communication and relationship-building skills
  • Be committed to supporting students through a collaborative and team-oriented approach
  • Have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously, work independently, work in a fast-paced environment, and be comfortable taking initiative and being self directed
  • Have detailed organization, flexibility taking on tasks of varying depths and detail, promote events through print, electronic, and social media channels
  • Possess strong technology skills including proficiency in Google Suite with advanced knowledge of Google spreadsheets
  • Be willing to work flexible hours (some evenings and weekends) to meet the needs of our students

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