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Assistant Director of Academic Services and Student Grants Counselor

Categories: Northeast Region 1


Academic Services


Bennington College

Date Posted:

May 18 2021 2:29PM

Close Date:

June 18 2021

Position Description

Bennington College is pleased to invite applications for an Assistant Director of Academic Services and Students Grants Counselor to join the 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 Student Grants Counselor will work, primarily, in a student advising capacity, serving as the sole point-person for students interested in pursuing locally- and nationally-competitive grants and fellowships, as well as providing general academic support to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Bennington serves a diverse student population - inclusive of ethnically/racially minoritized individuals, international and global constituents, the LGBTQA community, 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, 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. 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.


Advise students regarding the availability, eligibility criteria and application processes of locally- and nationally-competitive scholarships and fellowships Support students in all aspects of developing grant and fellowship proposals and applications, including the in-house processes (recruitment, vetting, assessment, etc.) Model project development strategies and provide significant instruction/feedback on students’ written materials 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 Collaborate with faculty advisors and other colleagues across campus to support students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years, including advising students on Academic Warning and Academic Probation Support students in the development of organizational, time management, and self-advocacy skills

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Required Qualifications

General qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years experience working directly with young people in an educational or non-profit setting. uccessful candidates will demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication, as well as the ability to develop students’ writing skills in support of their fellowship applications. Of equal importance is a demonstrated ability to foster positive working relationships with students and colleagues and the ability to achieve goals through collaboration and teamwork. Candidates must have sound problem solving and keen decision-making skills, possess excellent cross-cultural communication skills, and be able to be flexible and creative in a fast-paced environment with ability to juggle multiple, changing tasks and demands. A commitment to inclusive and equitable advising practices that foster the principles of social justice and a sense of belonging is essential. The position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

An advanced degree is preferred.