Admission Counselors at Sterling College are responsible for authentic and effective relationship building and communication with prospective students, their families, school counselors, and other external constituents. This position is fully focused on student recruitment, and is an essential part of a small and supportive Admission department that works to build a new incoming class of diverse, informed, and engaged Sterling students every fall and spring semester.
This position will work closely with the Dean of Admission to recruit new prospective students, guide applicants through to completion, and accompany each incoming student through their enrollment and arrival experiences. The Admission Counselor position will work creatively across the institution to foster meaningful connections between prospective students and the dynamic Sterling community. This position includes a significant amount of annual travel to recruitment events in key territories, as well as staffing of on-campus events such as Open Houses and Accepted Student Days.
Competitive candidates will have:
- Enthusiasm for the environmental stewardship mission of the College and for working with an undergraduate population.
- An ongoing and active commitment to serving an inclusive and multicultural educational community.
- An undergraduate or advanced degree, preferably in a field related to Sterling’s curriculum
- A valid Driver’s License and willingness to travel.
- Prior Enrollment Management experience (a plus, but not required)
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
- Represent Sterling College to prospective students and their families, guidance counselors, independent consultants, and other external constituents.
- Develop and maintain connections with students in assigned caseload; counsel prospective students and their families regarding fit for Sterling, the sequence of the application process, and financial aid options.
- Conduct campus tours and present to groups as needed.
- Participate in the planning, coordination and execution of recruitment strategies, including on- and off-campus events, publications, direct mail campaigns, and email marketing.
- Travel to represent Sterling College at national, regional, and local college fairs, special events and high schools, primarily, but not limited to the fall and spring.
- Stay current with academic offerings, the financial aid process, campus events and college policies.
- Review admission files and recommend action.
- Be present at Sterling community events such as academic presentations, new student arrival days, weekly community meetings and annual celebrations.
Position remains open until an appointment has been made. Candidates should send the following materials electronically Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org: cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without candidate permission.
The College & President
Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College advances ecological thinking and action through affordable experiential learning, preparing knowledgeable, skilled and responsible leaders to face the ecological crises caused by unlimited growth and consumption that threatens the future of the planet. Enrollment is limited to 125 students. Sterling is home to the School of the New American Farmstead and the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and is one of only nine colleges and universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a “Work College.”
The College has received national attention for becoming one of the first institutions in the U.S. to divest from fossil fuels. Sterling has been recognized for its sustainability initiatives by Sierra Magazine and has earned a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for five consecutive years.
Matthew Derr was appointed the 11th President of Sterling College in 2012 and has recently committed to lead the College through 2023. In December 2010, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education awarded Derr with the organization’s Chief Executive Leadership Award and the Great Lakes Colleges Association recognized his efforts on behalf of liberal education with a visiting fellowship. Under his leadership, Sterling has experienced a period of rapid growth in student enrollment and philanthropic support, with the largest successful fundraising campaign in institutional history. Sterling expanded its emphasis on field studies in 2016 with support from the Endeavor Foundation and also launched the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems. Prior to Sterling, President Derr served as an alumni leader and Interim President of his alma mater, Antioch College, where he is credited with successfully leading the effort to revive the institution. Derr was born in Flint, Michigan. His grandparents and parents were autoworkers. He attended public schools before earning a Bachelor of Arts in History from Antioch and MSW in Community and Organizing and Social Systems from the University of Michigan. He has also studied at the George Heyman Center for Philanthropy at New York University. President Derr is one of a handful of openly gay college presidents in the United States. He lives on campus with his partner Julian Sharp who serves as the Director of Community Outreach.
Sterling College is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII. Sterling College prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran’s status.