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Assistant Director of Academic Services and Study Away Counselor

Bennington College
Vermont, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
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Assistant Director of Academic Services and Study Away Counselor

Bennington College

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Bennington, Vermont, United States

Bennington College is pleased to invite applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives for the position of Assistant Director of Academic Services and Study Away Counselor to join the 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 empowers students to pursue and shape their own intellectual inquiries. Reporting to the Associate Dean of the College, the Assistant Director of Academic Services and Study Away Counselor will work, primarily, in a student advising capacity, in three key areas:
  • Serving as the sole point-person for students interested in studying away domestically and internationally
  • Developing a coordinated and collaborative system of support for students who have transferred to Bennington
  • Providing general academic support sophomore, junior, and senior students who are struggling academically

This position is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the study abroad/away process, which includes assisting and advising students on program choice and relevant scholarship opportunities, managing the college's study away application process, and creating and conducting pre-departure and reentry programming for study away students. The Assistant Director is also responsible for the management of existing domestic and international exchange agreements; coordinating communications and support to all students studying/learning away from the college for a term or year; outreach and education to students and faculty about study away opportunities; program evaluation; and other initiatives aimed at learning beyond Bennington's campus.

Additionally, the Assistant Director will work with incoming transfer students to facilitate their transition to the College, deepen their understanding of Bennington's model of progressive education, and foster their sense of connection to the Bennignton community.

The Assistant Director will also provide ongoing general academic support for upper-level students, including meeting regularly with at-risk students on Academic Warning and Probation to help support their academic progress and collaborating with faculty advisors and other colleagues across campus to support students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years. They will provide general advising on all academic issues including (but not limited to) course registration, reduced course load, leaves of absence, course withdrawal, transfer credits, concerns about in-class performance or attendance, changing advisors, academic standing, accessing accommodations, as well as support students in the development of organizational, time management, and self-advocacy skills.

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.

General qualifications include a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of five years experience working directly with students in an educational or non-profit setting. An advanced degree is preferred. Experience living or working abroad and/or fluency in a second language is desired. The position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

An Assistant Director who thrives in this position will:
  • Engage with students and colleagues of diverse interests, backgrounds, and experiences in ways that are meaningful and genuine
  • Demonstrate a commitment to inclusive and equitable advising practices that foster the principles of social justice and a sense of belonging
  • Support students through a collaborative and team-oriented approach
  • Have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously, be flexible and creative in a fast-paced environment
  • Be comfortable taking initiative and being self directed in their work
  • Possess sound problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Have detailed organization, and flexibility in taking on tasks of varying depths and detail
  • Possess technological fluency, including proficiency in Google Suite

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.

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