POSITION SUMMARY: The Assistant to the Dean of Community reports to and works collaboratively with the Dean of Community to support the deeper integration of community life and the Federal Work Program and Work Study Program (the Work Program) in which the College participates. The Assistant to the Dean assists with the management and coordination of a variety of administrative functions. A commitment to social justice, and environmental stewardship, as well as an open mind and willingness to learn, is essential. This 12-month, full-time position requires the Assistant to the Dean of Community to live on campus in College-provided housing.
- Establish procedures and protocols for daily operations and activities within the Office; oversee and execute a variety of operational areas as they relate to the Dean of Community responsibilities.
- Perform and oversee functions related to but not limited to residential life, health, and wellness, and the Work Program.
- Develop write, design, draft, edit, etc. various written documents related to assigned functions such as policy and procedure manuals, a variety of surveys and assessment forms.
- Carry out a variety of tasks related to committee work, including taking minutes at various meetings.
- Respond to a wide range of requests by students, parents, faculty, staff, administers and external sources.
- Assist the Dean of Community with the operating budget; monitor expenditures and process budget documents.
- Provide administrative support for Community Review, Work Review, and appeals process, prepare written communications and maintain appropriate records.
- Supports the coordination of residential, work, and community initiatives.
- Supports the Dean of Community in campus emergencies; participates in an on-call rotation.
- Serve as the liaison with administration, faculty, staff, students and coordinate Student Handbook input, preparation, and updating.
- Safeguards the confidentiality of students and student records.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Valid driver’s license required.
- Three to five years progressively responsible administrative experience.
- Demonstrated personal and/or professional commitment to the Sterling College educational mission and vision of environmental stewardship.
- Demonstrated personal and/or professional commitment to social justice.
- Experience working to address systemic inequalities
- Ability to interact effectively and communicate clearly, orally and in writing.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, decision-making, critical thinking, and organizational skills.
- Excellent planning, organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.
- Skills in development assessment and surveys.
- Ability to multitask and work effectively under deadlines.
- Computer knowledge and experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, student information systems, online form builders, Google Calendar, and other Google applications.
- Ability to anticipate and respond to changing needs and priorities with respect to changing technologies and changing student needs.
- Experience in helping to create and maintain healthy and vibrant communities.
- A desire to work in a rural community and be an exemplary representative of the College.
- Valid driver’s license required.
The position will remain open until filled, and candidates should send the following materials electronically: cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without candidate permission. Application letters should be addressed to: Yvette T. McDonnell, Dean of Community at email@example.com
The Draft Animal Educator is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems faculty and reports to the Dean of Academics. The Draft Animal Educator is responsible for the direct instruction of courses that lead to a minor in Draft Animal Power Systems with an expected teaching workload that also includes instruction in woodlot management and practices and other courses that are part of the sustainable agriculture and food systems curriculum.
The Draft Animal Educator’s primary responsibilities include:
- A three-course progression in Draft Animal Power Systems;
- Supporting or directly instructing Woodlot Practices and Holistic Forest Management;
- Assisting with the summer Integrated Farming Practicum;
- Directly teaching or supporting one or more courses offered through The School of the New American Farmstead, Sterling College’s continuing education program;
- Potentially instructing Farrier Science and Cattle Hoof Trimming;
- A shared role in teaching Foundations of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, part of the College-wide foundational curriculum.
Additional responsibilities include:
- Direct management of the Alfond Draft Horse Barn which houses draft horses and oxen;
- Supervision and direction of the Livestock Manager with regard to the care and well-being of the draft animals.
- Working closely with students on academic advising and independent projects;
- Supervising students participating in the College’s Work Program;
- Regular service on committees.
Other valued qualities/skills for this position include outdoor living skills, a strong connection to the environmental humanities, and knowledge of the inter-relatedness of ecology and agricultural and food systems.
Desired Qualifications include:
- Extensive practical experience in draft animal use and management;
- Significant teaching experience;
- An undergraduate degree and/or graduate degree, preferably in a field related to the College’s mission of environmental stewardship;
- Willingness to participate in a busy team-centered farm work environment;
- Knowledge of draft powered crop production systems;
- Expertise in chainsaw safety and tree felling techniques;
- A working knowledge of low impact forestry practices.
Sterling College and the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems:
Sterling College maintains a diversified farm operation on 130 acres of mixed pasture, gardens, and forest. An integral part of the Sterling College community, the Sterling Farm serves a threefold purpose: to foster a working laboratory for academic inquiry; to demonstrate a range of farming and forestry practices used in sustainable, agro-ecological production systems; and, to provide nourishing food and timber resources for our campus community. Students are integrated into the farm and forest through coursework, the Work College program, and as a part of the Sterling College community. Students complete daily chores, conduct research, perform experiments, and receive hands-on experience growing crops, managing livestock, working with draft animals, and stewarding the College’s woodlot.
Sterling College and the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems invite applications for a full-time faculty position as a Draft Animal Educator beginning in May 2019. Please submit a cover letter together with a resume or curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three professional references to Joyce Morrissey (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin February 1st, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.
The Livestock Manager reports to the Director of the Rian Fried Center and is primarily responsible for managing and overseeing the livestock and draft animals on the Sterling College Farm. The Livestock Manager coordinates with and takes direction from the Draft Animal Educator with regard to the care of the draft animals and works cooperatively with the Garden Manager to plan and execute farm operations in a way that supports student learning and the work of the sustainable agriculture and food systems faculty while also supplying a meaningful portion of the food consumed by the College community.
The Livestock Manager’s primary responsibilities include:
- Day to day management and care of all livestock, currently including a 20-ewe sheep flock, small nurse cow herd, up to 15 sows and feeder pigs, layer and broiler flocks
- Draft horse and oxen care and management in coordination with and as directed by the Draft Animal Educator;
- Upkeep and management of grazing systems, pastures, barns, fences, livestock health, feed and feeding systems;
- Coordinating with classes & instructors that use livestock and draft animals in order to help ensure a positive and engaging student learning experience;
- Working with faculty, staff, and students to develop, articulate, and implement appropriate livestock systems;
- Overseeing, instructing, and inspiring student work crews on the farm;
- Maintaining exemplary farm operations and facilities;
- Planning for management systems and livestock production to fulfill the needs of the Sterling Kitchen and Community Supported Agriculture shares;
- Supporting the Director of the Rian Fried Center in the creation and monitoring of the farm operating budget.
- The Livestock Manager shares responsibility for ensuring coverage of farm tasks during breaks in the college schedule. This may include chore coverage; recruiting, scheduling, and supervising student workers; and providing “on-call” backup to the Farm. While these responsibilities will be assigned and planned on a mutually agreeable schedule, the Livestock Manager recognizes that unplanned emergency coverage may be required of the position.
- Development of land management goals in accordance with the tenets of the campus Land Management and Farm Vision documents;
- Interfacing with the community and our visitors, through an educational lens.
Additional responsibilities include:
- Low stress handling of large and small livestock;
- Intensive, regenerative grazing management;
- Compost building and maintenance;
- High tensile and temporary electric fence building, maintenance, and use;
- Basic farm carpentry;
- Compost application, soil fertility and health management;
- General equipment use (tractor, rototiller, weed wacker, chainsaw, mower)
Other valued qualities/skills for this position include the following:
- A robust knowledge of plant, soil, and animal science;
- Knowledge and experience in food handling and processing (ie: preservation and storage techniques, meat cutting, charcuterie; cheesemaking, food safety, etc.);
- Outdoor living skills;
- A strong connection to the environmental humanities;
- A deep commitment to ecological agriculture and food systems; and
- Tractor and/or draft animal use in support of crop production systems.
Desired Qualifications include:
- At least four seasons of experience farming in a production, educational, or comparable setting;
- Management experience on a diversified and integrated crop and livestock farm;
- Teaching and/or personnel training and management experience, preferably in a small-scale farm or other hands-on, environmental education setting;
- A demonstrated ability to work effectively and productively, both independently and as a part of a team;
- The completion a B.A. or B.S. program in an appropriate field by the start date of the hire is strongly preferred;
- A willingness to be an integral part of the campus community is also a key aspect of this position.
Candidates should send the following materials electronically: cover letter, resume, and three references. Application review will begin on January 2, 2019 and the position is open until filled. Application letters should be addressed to: Gwyneth Harris, Farm Manager email@example.com
The Staff Accountant reports to the Controller and is part of a three-person team responsible for the finance and accounting activities of the College. Working collaboratively with one other staff member and under the direction of the Controller, the Staff Accountant is responsible for day-to-day accounting activities including student billing, maintaining accounts receivable and accounts payable, posting journal entries, processing payroll, and assisting the controller with carrying out other responsibilities of the business office.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Maintaining vendor relationships, reviewing and recording invoices and processing accounts payable paperwork for a weekly check run;
- Working closely with the financial aid office to prepare and process accurate and timely student bills;
- Recording and managing accounts receivable and ensuring that financial aid and student payments are collected and accurately applied in accordance with stated terms;
- Preparing journal entries for transfers between departments;
- Maintaining employee credit card transactions and payments;
- Maintaining purchase order records;
- Reconciling bank accounts and petty cash account;
- Processing of payroll and health and retirement benefits;
- Managing office/classroom supplies and making purchases to ensure adequate stock on hand;
- Using accounting software or Excel spreadsheets to create customized reports as directed by the Controller;
- Assisting with maintaining the fixed asset schedule and recording depreciation;
- Assisting with gathering documents for the annual audit;
- Performing other accounting or administrative tasks as directed by the Controller.
Required Qualifications include:
- Strong personal interest in and commitment to the environmental stewardship mission of Sterling College.
- An undergraduate degree and/or graduate degree, preferably in accounting or business;
- Minimum 2+ years experience in accounting or related field;
- Solid experience working with financial data, unquestionable integrity and extreme attention to detail;
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and to work quickly and accurately in a fast-paced work environment;
- Proficient with Microsoft Excel;
- Strong customer service and communication skills and a positive “can do” attitude;
- Experience with Blackbaud software or similar accounting system.
This is a full-time, exempt, at-will position. Hours and days of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with occasional weekend and/or evening commitments.
The finalist must submit to credit and criminal pre-employment screening.
Sterling College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Sterling College invites applications for a full-time staff position as a Staff Accountant beginning immediately. Please submit a cover letter together with a resume and the names and contact information of three professional references to Elizabeth Brock (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin January 15, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.
Founded in 1958, Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and rural place-based education. The College was among the first liberal arts colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Sterling is home to the innovative 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 federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.
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.