About Berkshire Community College
Berkshire Community College (BCC) has the distinction of being the first community college established in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Nestled in the scenic Berkshire Hills, our nearly 2,000 students have access to a wide range of career and transfer programs on our newly renovated campus. Occupying a scenic 180-acre property, just minutes from downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, BCC provides students from a broad range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds with an intimate learning environment, small class sizes, and much opportunity for interaction with faculty. Berkshire County was home to many forward-thinking historic figures, including W.E.B. DuBois, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth (Mumbet) Freeman, all of whom were pioneers of social justice. The Berkshires contain both rural and urban elements, combining a beautiful natural environment with world-class museums and other cultural opportunities. Pittsfield and Berkshire County continue to evolve, with immigrants from over 70 countries now calling the Berkshires their home. BCC seeks to recruit diverse employees who embrace, as well as demonstrate, a commitment to diversity and inclusion and whose experiences and perspectives model the opportunities and success derived from a college education.
Summary of Responsibilities
The Assistant to the President provides administrative support to the President of the College and the Board of Trustees in the performance of their duties.
This position supports the Board of Trustees, scheduling meetings in compliance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, maintaining the content of the websites of the Office of the President and the Board of Trustees, and ensuring follow up and response to all communication with the President and Board of Trustees. Strong candidates will be hyper-vigilant on details, follow up, and bringing closure.
Viable candidates will possess:
- A warm and welcoming demeanor.
- Ability to schedule and manage the President’s calendar consistent with the strategic needs of the College and its constituents and stakeholders.
- Strong communication skills, including drafting, editing, and preparing materials for presentations and communication for the President.
- Ability to be judicious, tactful, and discrete; always maintaining confidentiality.
- Ability to support the Executive Council (VPs and President) and President’s Cabinet by capturing salient meeting information and items requiring follow up.
- Ability to connect and communicate with community partners, governmental entities, and individuals at the state level on behalf of the President.
- Commitment to upholding equitable and inclusive practices to support a diverse community, consistent with the goals of the College and Office of the President.
- Research skills to support compilation and analysis of information for senior leadership teams, coupled with the ability to prepare and maintain complex interrelated files and records.
- Ability to understand higher education operation systems to offer support to the President and offer various points of view.
- Desire to be a champion for support on college-wide initiatives and serve as a liaison of information to the President as needed.
- This position supports the Board of Trustees, scheduling meetings in compliance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, maintaining the content of the websites of the Office of the President and the Board of Trustees, and ensuring follow up and response to all communication with the President and Board of Trustees. Strong candidates will be hyper-vigilant on details, follow up, and bringing closure.
Candidates should have completed a bachelor’s degree and have at least four years of related experience. Ideal candidates will have supported, or are supporting, a senior leader. Candidates should function effectively with technology and social media and demonstrate experience and commitment to excellent customer service. This position requires occasional weeknight and weekend work.
Source of Funding: State funded
Salary: $68,000 – $73,000 per year
Area of Assignment: Office of the President
Supervisor: President of the College
BCC is committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment that values the diverse backgrounds of all people and encourages applications from individuals whose experiences and perspectives model the opportunities and success derived from a college education.
Berkshire Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, military service, and national origin in its education programs or employment.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than 750 words):
“As a prospective employee, what aspects of the college attract you most to this position and which themes from the website motivate your desire to work for BCC?
Position is open until filled, review of candidates to begin on June 21, 2021.