Bennington College, a liberal arts college distinguished for its pioneering initiatives in higher education, seeks an experienced and motivated Associate Director of Career Development and Field Work Term. Bennington has an 80 year track record of running field work experiences for all undergraduates and integrating these experiences into College curricula. From this history, we can boast that 97% of our employers are satisfied or extremely satisfied with their Bennington interns, 62% of employers say that our interns outperform students from other schools, and 77% of our recent graduates feel engaged with their first jobs. At Bennington, we also think beyond the internship, encouraging students to pursue entrepreneurial ventures, apprenticeships, research experiences, campus work, and service learning as part of their field experience. Want to be part of a team at the leading edge of career education for the future of work? Join our dynamic team of professionals committed to an innovative and inclusive framework for career education.
Working from a career exploration model grounded in the pedagogy of work-integrated learning, the Associate Director supervises career counseling staff, coaches students individually and in groups, and leads career education programming and coursework across the campus ecosystem.
As career development at Bennington is framed and scaffolded by an annual required field work term, the Associate Director oversees integrated academic advising and career counseling strategies aimed at helping students to navigate and learn from their annual field experiences. Specifically, the Associate Director will develop and implement a wide range of reflective student learning opportunities to optimize learning, promote self-awareness and growth, and bolster career competency development. The position also leads academic integration initiatives, including developing and teaching credit-bearing career education curricula.
The Associate Director is expected to meet the needs of Bennington’s diverse student body with inclusive and responsive student-centered programming, creative outreach strategies, and effective dialogue with students of color, students with learning differences or disabilities, first generation, international, and LGBTQIA students around issues of equity and access to work. This position works with all College departments/staff, faculty, students and alumni to cultivate a vibrant network of career champions, influencers, mentors, and partners. As requested, the position may involve developing external relationships with internship employers/sites, vendors, and other constituencies to support career fairs, summits, and other events.
Qualifications may include:
5-7+ years progressively responsible experience in career development, student/academic advising, higher education management or equivalent
Excellent interpersonal and career counseling skills; ability to develop a natural rapport with college-aged students from a diverse range of circumstances and backgrounds
Preferred certification or training in career coaching and/or assessment modalities
Proven teaching skills; preferred experience teaching career development or life design coursework with demonstrated curriculum-development expertise
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty and staff, as well as a range of external constituencies
Robust training and experience in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion; demonstrated track record of effectively supporting cross-cultural dialogue and inclusive career education programming
Team player willing to jump in when needed and work collaboratively with others; ability to give and receive feedback from a positive learning stance
Nuanced understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues as related to career development
Solid technological skills, fluency with Microsoft Office and Google suites, knowledge of career services
Strong communication skills, especially the ability to assess and meet stakeholder needs via oral and written communication
Ability to use exercise good judgement and handle sensitive information with discretion; ability to uphold academic standards; must evidence a fair but flexible style
Strong organizational skills and self-motivation; ability and flexibility to work with limited direction and handle multiple tasks, competing deadlines, and a fast-paced work flow
Sophisticated knowledge of current career services trends and best practices
Ability to leverage technology to maintain a vibrant, interactive, and meaningful social media presence