The Assistant (AP) to the President fulfills a critical supporting role in furthering the President’s capacity to further the mission of the College and caring for the wellbeing of the community. The AP provides both strategic and administrative to support to the President, which requires a wide range of skills and knowledge, including diplomacy and understanding of the culture of higher education and Sterling. Often the AP represents the President in on-campus meetings and coordinates with the Office of Advancement & Alumni Relations in work with external stakeholders, donors, and advisors to the President and College.
The AP is a salaried position that regularly requires support for evening and weekend commitments. This is an extraordinary opportunity for someone who wishes to learn more about how small colleges work and how environmental stewardship will contribute to addressing the critical issues of our time. Familiarity with Sterling College and its mission would be advantageous.
The Assistant to the President reports to the President and is the chief liaison between the President and the Vice President and Deans.
The Assistant to the President:
- Performs administrative responsibilities such as writing and editing correspondence and reports; communication with Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, parents, and students; maintains the President’s calendar; maintains office records and budgets; processes and reviews mail; arranges meetings, receptions, dinners, conference and travel arrangements to ensure professionalism and efficiency in all office operations;
- Acts as liaison between the President and employees and students by soliciting ideas and information from, and providing information to, these groups to promote positive campus relations and communication;
- Maintains a two-way communication flow with the Office of the President, the campus and external constituencies, including The Berry Center, Work Colleges academic consortia, boards on which the President serves, and other community organizations as necessary to foster positive community relations;
- Serves as the liaison between the President and the local community, various boards, faculty, staff, students, by communicating policy, decisions, and documents issued by the College, gathering information for the President, and representing the President’s Office on select college committees;
- Safeguards the confidentiality by exercising discretion in communicating information to employees and students served by the College, and in handling administrative records, files, and similar confidential items;
- Facilitates the success of events hosted by the President’s Office by scheduling events with appropriate offices and agencies, advising/contacting participants or invited guests, preparing agendas and programs, arranging for audiovisual and associated support equipment;
- Promotes a positive image of the President and the College by greeting and receiving visitors to the President’s Office, responding to inquiries from diverse College constituencies, providing authoritative information regarding College policies or decisions, referring inquiries or problems to the appropriate office or person, resolving problems, and following up to determine the inquirer’s satisfaction with the response;
- Other appropriate duties as assigned by the President.
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references electronically. References will not be contacted without candidate permission. Application materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.