Assistant Director of Admissions
Bennington College, a liberal arts college distinguished for its pioneering initiatives in higher education, seeks an engaged Assistant Director of Admissions to join a creative team of professionals committed to making the college admissions process a powerful introduction to the values of an uncompromising education.
The Assistant Director of Admissions represents the College to individuals and groups on and off campus and is centrally responsible for designing and managing the recruitment, admission, and cultivation activities for a specific geographic region. The Assistant Director develops relationships with prospective students, high school guidance counselors, teachers, schools, and community-based organizations, and evaluates applications from the region. Members of the Bennington admissions team share an abiding curiosity and faith in the intellect of young adults and understand admissions as potentially more than a way into college—it is, at its best, the beginning of a college education.
Bennington College affirms the intersecting identities of all its community members—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—and recognizes their contributions to the vitality of our unique living and learning environment. 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, experience, and accomplishment to apply. Required qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree, one to three years of related work, and experience with or an appreciation for a liberal arts education; a valid driver’s license is also required as is completion and successful results of a background check. Candidates must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication abilities, organizational skills, and a capacity for self-starting. The position requires a strong technology orientation; experience with Google Apps, MS Office Suite, and social media required. Candidates must have the ability to engage in thoughtful and high-volume email exchange, as well as the ability to learn proprietary applications and to strengthen database proficiency. The position demands substantial travel during the academic year.
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.