Bennington College invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the newly created position of chief of staff to the president. The anticipated start date for the position is mid to late-October 2021.
Bennington is an innovative and distinguished residential liberal arts college that has, since its founding in 1932, been a laboratory for new ideas and an intellectual home to countless artists, activists, and thinkers who have shaped contemporary culture. The college was the first to include the visual and performing arts in a liberal arts education, and it is the only college to require that its students spend a term—every year—at work in the world. Bennington’s 800 students work intensively with faculty and staff to forge individualized and hands-on educational paths around their driving questions and interests, and also devote themselves to a number of community outreach efforts, often tied to the endeavors they are pursuing in their coursework.
Bennington is in the midst of an immensely exciting and transformative period in its history. In advance of the college’s upcoming strategic planning process, President Laura Walker has constituted and empowered two critical campus working groups: the President’s Working Group, which is charged with envisioning a future for Bennington College that is more diverse, more inclusive and is actively fighting against racism, and the Shared Governance Task Force, whose charge is to explore and agree on a shared governance statement of principles, responsibility matrix, and shared governance design. President Walker has also overseen successful national searches for key executive leadership roles in academic affairs; advancement and communications; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and student life. The college is poised to double its endowment in the next five years and recently received a $300,000 two-year grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, which will support restructuring the academic leadership team to strengthen the student experience.
Situated on 440 breathtaking acres in Bennington, Vermont, the campus is a convergence of creative minds, distinctive buildings, and expansive spaces. Bennington has been named one of ten college campuses with the best architecture by Architectural Digest. From campus, it is a short drive to MASS MoCA, Clark Art Institute, and other 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.