Sterling College seeks new colleagues for the following positions to help us advance our mission of ecological thinking and action.
Detailed position descriptions and application instructions can be found in the linked information for each position.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
The Vice President is the Chief Operating Officer, reporting to the President, with responsibility for the effective leadership and administration of the major operational areas of the College, as well as for institutional planning and assessment and recommending and implementing new initiatives and policy. The Vice President and Chief Operating Officer is also the officer in charge when the President is away from campus fulfilling external responsibilities. Given the scope of duties at a very small institution, the Vice President must be able to move seamlessly between broad leadership and hands-on engagement in the work of the College.
The position remains open until a successful appointment has been made, but application review will begin on January 15, 2021.
Sterling College is conducting searches to identify seven new colleagues to join its faculty in the disciplines listed below. The College seeks to make one or more appointments as early as May 2021 and to have all faculty in place by September 2021.
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (for both our Vermont and Kentucky campuses)
Candidates who have submitted materials prior to December 7, 2020 will receive full consideration and the searches will continue until successful appointments have been made.
This 30-hour/week position reports to the Dean of Finance and Operations and is part of a three-person team responsible for the finance and accounting activities of the College. Working together under the direction of the Dean of Finance and Operations, the Accountant is responsible for day-to-day receivable activities including student billing, maintaining accounts receivable, and posting journal entries. The position will also provide backup for special Finance projects, and other responsibilities of the business office.
Position will remain open until filled.
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.
Matthew Derr was appointed the 11th President of Sterling College in 2012. 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.
President Derr presently serves as a Commissioner for the New England Commission for Higher Education, and as a board member for The Berry Center and Center for an Agricultural Economy. He is a regular commentator and panelist on issues related to food systems, social justice, and sustainability issues. He has had opinion pieces published nationally and has research published by the Journal of Community Practice. President Derr is the former Chair of the Work Colleges Consortium and the former Chair of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC).
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 faculty and the Director of Community Outreach.
Sterling College – its Board of Trustees and Faculty Council – has adopted a detailed ten-year strategic initiative, with grant support, that is intended to better promote equity and inclusion across all of its academic programs and in all of the locations in which they take place. Sterling College acknowledges that the land on which its students, faculty, and staff gather is the traditional and unceded territory of the Abenaki and the Shawnee people.
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.