Assistant Director of Campus Safety

Bennington College
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About the Job

Assistant Director of Campus Safety


Bennington College


Job Type: Full Time


Location: Bennington, Vermont, United States


Bennington College invites applications for an Assistant Director of Campus Safety. The Assistant Director works toward helping create a welcoming, safe and inclusive living, learning and working environment for the Bennington College community.


The Assistant Director is accountable for positively impacting the campus through building relationships, promoting accountability, and maintaining the safety and security of College properties, facilities, students, staff, faculty, and visitors; while also serving as a supportive resource for community members in need of services. The position reports to and works in partnership with the Director of Campus Safety in all facets of the work and acts as the Director’s designee, when needed.


The Assistant Director is responsible for assisting the Director with supervising, mentoring and coaching a team of campus safety officers and dispatchers, guiding them in their work and overseeing their professional development and progress. The Assistant Director directly supervises and manages the transportation team of van drivers.


The Assistant Director is expected to work collaboratively with various academic and administrative areas of campus to create a community of care and to promote health and wellbeing. Bennington’s Campus Safety approach is one of harm and risk-reduction, and is focused on finding the learning moments possible in any given interaction and honoring student growth and development. This approach is applied to all aspects of student engagement including all policy enforcement and general service requests.


The typical work schedule is Saturday through Wednesday, 1st shift, to ensure layered and regular management support for the Campus Safety team and the broader campus community. Regular on-call responsibilities required.


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. 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.


Key Responsibilities Include:


Assist the Director of Campus Safety with managing the daily operations of the Department and ensure routine administrative tasks are completed in a timely manner.


Communicate with the Director on a regular and timely basis. Use appropriate judgment to promote a philosophy of care and safety. Assist in creating and monitoring weekly schedules and ensure the department is appropriately staffed 24 hours a day seven days a week.


Act as First Responder during emergencies and serve as a liaison between the College and outside agencies such as law enforcement, fire, or EMS in the Director’s absence.


Conduct thorough investigations when delegated. Write reports on accidents, incidents, suspicious activities, safety, and fire hazards/alarms and other safety and security related situations. File complete and accurate reports in a timely manner.


Attend disciplinary hearings as needed


Assume duties of Director, Officer, Dispatcher, or Van Driver as needed to provide assistance to students, faculty, staff, and visitors/guests. Perform safety patrols in vehicles and on foot or by bicycle. Secure buildings and property.


Serve as a backup in managing the van reservation program and the College’s approved driver list. Become familiar with reservation requests, update van reservation log, assign driver coverage and communicate status of reservation to the requestor. Prepare reserved vehicles for checkout and complete inspection form upon return.


Assist in maintaining proper care of vehicles and equipment including taking reports of deficiencies, updating the Vehicle Maintenance Log, executing repair orders, and retaining appropriate documentation.


Obtain and keep current all required certifications for all Campus Safety staff which include but not limited to CPR, Basic First Aid, AED, Vermont Medical First Responder.


Perform additional duties as assigned.




Bachelor’s degree required. Experience in fields of education, social work, psychology, emergency management, human services preferred.


Minimum of two years of related experience; preferably in a higher education setting plus demonstrated supervisory experience. Or a minimum of three years of other supervisory experience (coaching, mentoring, developing talent).


Must have a valid driver’s license. Ability to possess or be willing to train for CPR, Basic First Aid, AED, Vermont Medical First Responder.


Must be willing to travel to attend training courses as assigned.


Proficient in Google applications, email applications required. Ability to adapt to and use changing technology.


Must be effective and work well in a collaborative environment. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to set priorities and multi-task in a fast-paced setting required.


Strong verbal and written communication skills required, including ability to negotiate and resolve conflict. Able to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization; able to establish positive relationships; gain trust and respect of others


Demonstrated experience and ability to work a diverse student population and inclusive practices.


Demonstrated commitment to continued learning of issues, and practices of diversity and inclusion.


Superior interpersonal skills necessary to maintain good relations and open communication with a variety of constituents. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain business relationships and resolve sensitive matters through mediation/negotiation. Able to handle sensitive information/matters confidentially and with discretion and to triage and facilitate initial handling/processing. Ability to exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment.


Experience in recognizing emergency/high stress situations and effectively de-escalating/resolving. Must be able to remain professional and calm during stressful situations and be able to treat sensitive/confidential information with discretion and tact.


Must have a high attention to detail and be able to work independently with limited supervision.


Bennington College requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.


Working conditions and physical demands


This position works both inside and outdoors and may be exposed to inclement weather, extreme temperatures and unpredictable situations. Work requires standing, bending, reaching, stooping, climbing stairs, walking, and driving. Work may involve strenuous physical activity/contact. Occasional long shifts required.


The College


Bennington College 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 campus celebrates the ongoing making of work—shared on walls, in shows and performances, in lectures and readings, and in conversations—and believes that equity, diversity, and inclusivity are vital to a collaborative community. This position captures, contributes to, and reflects the ethos of this creative community.


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.


Bennington College offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, and tuition benefits including Tuition Exchange scholarships. The College also offers an on-site fitness center as well as generous time off benefits.


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Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Diversity Statement:
Bennington College is fully committed to advancing antiracism and social justice throughout all aspects of the institution. The impetus of this work was President Laura Walker’s establishment of the President’s Working Group on Anti Racism (PWG) with the goal of becoming an antiracist, equitable institution "that is more diverse, more inclusive and is actively fighting against racism while exploring the intersections of class, gender, and other vectors of identity and positionality."

Bennington College’s inaugural Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer, Dr. Alfredo Medina, has prioritized working collaboratively with all constituents in dismantling systems, policies, and programs that are systemically racist and to consistently create and sustain equitable systems and solutions to challenges at the college. Additionally, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) Associate Director is charged with overseeing educational and social justice literacy training and programming on campus for students, faculty and staff. The ODEI works to finalize an action plan that incorporates PWG recommendations and addresses system and policy related initiatives.

Wage or Salary
$57,000 to $66,000