Why work at Bennington College?
Because it 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 24-7 campus celebrates the ongoing making of work—shared on walls, in shows and performances, in lectures and readings, and in electric conversations—and believes that equity, diversity, and inclusivity are vital to a collaborative community. Our staff, faculty, and students create this atmosphere every day—and Bennington strives to make them thrive.
We welcome your interest in exploring employment opportunities. Bennington College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to making our interview process welcoming and inclusive for all candidates. Please let us know if there is anything we can provide to make this process more accessible. If you need further assistance or information, please contact Human Resources or the specific faculty discipline noted in the job listing.
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 and community cohesiveness. 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.
Bennington College conducts a background check as part of the hiring process. Candidates will be asked to authorize the background check as a condition of employment, at the time an offer is made. The offer of employment is contingent upon the the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check. Background checks are conducted in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws.
The College is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act (“VFEPA”), and all applicable laws providing for nondiscrimination in employment against qualified individuals with disabilities and other protected characteristics. Applicants for employment who are in need of accommodation may contact Human Resources and suggest appropriate methods of reasonable accommodation. All information concerning disabilities will be considered confidential and will be released only in accordance with the requirements of the ADA and the VFEPA.
In the interest of the health and safety of the entire campus community, Bennington College requires all employees to provide the College with proof of (full) vaccination against COVID-19 on/before their first day of employment. The College complies with law relative to requests for vaccine exemptions but individuals must request an exemption and receive approval prior to their first day of employment.
For internal applicants
Bennington College encourages employees to explore internal employment opportunities. Internal candidates should apply using the designated application link. Employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement should review the eligibility criteria and application procedures outlined in the Agreement; bids should be submitted online using the designated application link. Employees are encouraged to contact their supervisor and Human Resources to discuss career advancement and development at Bennington College.
Vermont Relocation Program
Vermont is making it easier for you to relocate to our beautiful state. Check out the Relocation Grant Programs offered through the State of Vermont.
Bennington College encourages new hires and prospective hires to learn more about available relocation grant programs offered by the State of Vermont. These grant programs were created to attract new residents (like you!) to the state and grow the workforce and provide support to Vermont employers. In total, these State programs have assisted hundreds of new workers and their families to live and work in Vermont. As a new Vermonter, you can enjoy all our state has to offer. Whether you are returning to live closer to friends and family or thinking of relocating to enjoy access to outdoor recreation and a safe environment to live and raise a family—the State may have relocation grant programs for you. Enjoy all the perks of living in the Green Mountain State. Check out the FAQs.
Resources for Spouses and Partners
As part of our commitment to supporting the needs of dual-career couples, spouses/partners of faculty and staff have access to the Plus One Network, an online community platform. Bennington College recognizes that for many prospective and current faculty and staff, issues relating to the professional integration of their partner is essential to their acceptance of employment and their continued investment in the college community. Your spouse/partner will have access to job postings at colleges, universities, and independent schools in New England and New York as well as networking events, workshops, and speakers; relocation tools; and opportunities to connect with other dual-career couples. Explore the Plus One Network today at no cost to you.
Expansive natural beauty, distinctive architecture, and a vibrant community are defining qualities of the Bennington campus. Consistently named one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, Bennington is also celebrated for its dynamic facilities and engaging classroom experience. Check out Bennington Stories to hear voices from throughout the unique and multifaceted Bennington community.
Bennington offers the best of both worlds: top-class cultural offerings amidst stunning natural surroundings. The College borders New York’s capital district and the culture-rich Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. MASS MoCA, The Clark Art Institute, and Williams College, plentiful opportunities for outdoor adventure, farmers markets and restaurants, and shopping—you will thrive here.
Bennington College offers a robust benefit package to its eligible employees, including health, dental, and vision care, life insurance and long term disability coverage, retirement savings programs, generous time off benefits, the opportunity to take classes at the College, and a tuition exchange program for college-bound dependents. Employees are also invited to participate in the many cultural and recreational offerings on campus including the use of the Meyer Recreation Barn and the Crossett Library.