Shipping and Receiving Clerk

Bennington, VT, USA' | Full-time


Bennington College seeks a highly motivated Shipping and Receiving Clerk to provide support to the College’s shipping, receiving and packaging area. The Shipping and Receiving Clerk plays a critical role in providing support to the entire campus community - students, faculty, staff - and their shipping/receiving needs. Serving as the first point of contact, the Clerk handles all incoming/outgoing packages, interoffice mail, and deliveries on campus. Specifically, the Clerk handles the following responsibilities:

  • receive/unload, inspect, sort, register and store goods/packages using designated shipping/receiving computer programs;
  • organize packages to ensure an efficient storage and delivery system;
  • maintain accurate inventory and delivery records and ensure timely notification and delivery of packages to their correct location; 
  • organize mail and packages for nightly mail pick up and schedule pickup with designated external carriers (UPS, USPS and FedEx);
  • maintain cleanliness and organization of the loading dock and package areas
  • troubleshoot shipping or service issues as they arise and work to solve problems in a positive and expeditious manner; and 

The position requires the ability to meet daily deadlines and requires flexibility to meet changing priorities. This work may require the use of a hand cart, forklift and pallet jack for loading or unloading.

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.

One of the most important facets of this role is building relationships with our campus community. Given that the position interacts with all individuals and areas of campus, strong communication skills are essential. Candidates must be highly organized, possess keen attention to detail and be able to work independently. The positio requires a high school diploma (or equivalent); shipping, receiving and mail services experience preferred. The position demonstrated knowledge of UPS, FedX, USPS and DHL shipping systems preferred, as well as Google Suite; experience with package training software desired (such as Notifii, UPS CampusShip or USPS Click Ship). The position requires a valid driver’s license. Forklift experience/certification is desired, but the College is willing to train. This position will work in/around the College’s loading dock and will require the individual to transport mail during all weather conditions. The position requires the ability to lift and transport up to 100 lbs occasionally and up to 50 lbs frequently.

This position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

The College

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.

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.