Director of Psychological Services
Thu, May 6th, '21
Mon, May 10th, '21
Thu, May 6th, '21
Mon, May 10th, '21
Bennington College invites applications for the position of Director of Psychological Services. Bennington is a hub, for artists, writers, scientists, scholars—innovators in every field—who want to apply their individual talents to addressing global issues of urgent concern. Bennington College has, in its persistent reinvention of liberal education, remained true to its founding virtues; which include, continued emphasis on self-directed learning, made real through hands-on experience in the field, has established Bennington as a bellwether among the nation’s liberal arts colleges. The underlying purpose of Bennington has been clear from the start: to place students at the helm of their own education; to guide them in the direction of their greatest potential; and to enlarge, deepen, and transform their lives.
Bennington College’s Psychological Services Office is a holistic, student focused center that provides individual and group counseling and therapy, wellness programming, and community support. Therapeutic focus is trauma informed with the focus on the development of a non-judgmental, supportive relationship with students. The Psychological Services Office is committed to the highest standards of competency in meeting the needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including differences of culture, race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender identity, gender expression, ability, age, body size, immigrant status, and sexual orientation.
The Director of Psychological Services will provide vision, strategic planning, and supervision to a multidisciplinary team in the division of Student Life. The director will provide programmatic development, clinical and administrative supervision, and continuity in connection to the large college community. The ideal candidate must be a passionate and innovative leader who will increase student engagement, explore various modalities for increasing accessibility, and define and promote a vision to the college as a whole.
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.
Qualifications and Job Expectations:
Bennington College seeks candidates who are first and foremost well trained, dedicated, trauma informed therapists with a passion for serving a diverse campus. In addition, successful candidates will have experience in college university counseling, leadership experience, and a passion for program development.
Minimum qualifications include the following:
Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations
Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until complete. To apply, please submit the following application materials: letter of interest, resume/cv, statement of therapeutic and administrative focus, copy of professional license, and a list of three professional references.
The position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.
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.