Dean of Finance & Operations
The Dean of Finance and Operations reports to the President and is responsible for direct oversight and leadership of key operational areas of the College. Direct reporting lines include finance and budgeting, technology, institutional research, buildings & grounds, campus sustainability, auxiliary services, human resources, and legal relations. As a very small institution, the Dean of Finance and Operations must be able to move seamlessly between leadership, management and hands-on engagement.
Desired qualifications include demonstrated experience in each of the areas of responsibility, including finance, facilities management and operations and human resources whether achieved in higher education or through work in non-profit or for-profit organizations; an ability to develop strong, effective working relationships with faculty, staff and students; a desire to engage deeply in the community life of students, faculty, and staff; and an appreciation for and interest in life and the outdoors in spectacular rural northeastern Vermont.
Competitive candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or equivalent and five or more years of related work experience. Experience in a private higher education setting is strongly preferred.
The successful candidate will have:
- A commitment to the ecological thinking and action mission of the College;
- Exceptional financial, operational and administrative management skills;
- A deep understanding of risk management techniques, policies and procedures and the importance of ensuring and sustaining a strong risk management culture at the College
- A “can do” attitude, strong work ethic and a desire to “roll up one’s sleeves” when necessary and to lead by example;
- Curiosity, and a willingness to stay current on the issues confronting higher education and the ability to brainstorm innovative alternatives;
- Strong leadership and human relations abilities including the capacity for effective communication with all the College’s stakeholders;
- Ability to organize, coordinate and direct multiple projects and a desire to roll up one’s sleeves;
- Advanced analytical and systems thinking skills;
- Thorough knowledge of financial, operational and administrative practices and procedures;
- Understanding of federal and state laws that govern higher education and reporting requirements; and
- Integrity and a commitment to service leadership by example.
Specific Duties include:
- Designing, implementing and monitoring annual budgets and multi-year forecasting models
- Designing, documenting and implementing policies and procedures which result in timely and accurate financial reporting and budgeting information;
- Overseeing all aspects of human resources including employee policies and procedures, benefits and handling of personnel matters;
- Chairing the Risk Management Committee and ensuring that all committee recommendations are acted upon in a timely manner.
- Ensuring that the information technology needs of the College are met and monitored and that system and software safeguards and user support services are in place;
- Conducting institutional research including the collection and analysis of peer-college data and information;
- Managing facilities use and their construction and development including master and sustainability planning, public safety, transportation and parking;
- Performing other related duties as requested by the President
Position remains open until an appointment has been made. Candidates should send the following materials electronically: cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without candidate permission. Application letters should be addressed and emailed to Peter Merrill, Vice President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com: cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without candidate permission.
Food Services Coordinator for Wendell Berry Farming Program
The Food Services Coordinator for the Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College (the Coordinator) reports to the Dean of the Wendell Berry Farming Program and is responsible for all aspects of food procurement and preparation for approximately 12 students. The Coordinator collaborates closely with the Dean of the WBFP and the Sterling College Dining Services Manager to ensure compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations and the oversight and positive engagement and education of WBFP student workers.
The Food Services Coordinator has the following responsibilities:
Coordinates residential & student food services, integrating locally-sourced products and meeting a range of dietary needs (for 5 residents, initially, expanding to 12-24 residents over 5 year period; and lunch arrangements for 12 students, initially)
- Manages the WBFP campus kitchen including:
- Meal preparation for students and staff
- Scheduling of Student kitchen duties
- Food & supplies procurement & inventory tracking
- Garden / farm produce storage & meal integration
- Kitchen deep cleaning
- Maintenance of and planning for WBFP campus dining services budget
- Coordinates and manages student Work Program and Federal Work Study responsibilities in food services.
- Ensures that the kitchen is safe, sanitary, and operated in compliance with all applicable State regulations and licensing requirements.
- Ensures that the food served for the WBFP is high-quality, local, seasonal, delicious, and meets the diverse dietary needs of the community.
- Works collaboratively with colleagues, including faculty and staff, to plan for the kitchen’s needs from the College’s farm.
- Supervises, mentors, trains, and regularly evaluates student workers
- Works some weekends and participates fully in the calendar of the College
- A commitment to the ecological thinking and action mission of the College.
- A demonstrated commitment to furthering sustainable and local food systems.
- Direct experience managing dining services of a similar scale and scope.
- Ability to work collaboratively and to lead and supervise students participating in the College’s Work Program.
- Creativity and flexibility and the desire and ability to work in a diverse community.
- A desire to engage deeply in the community life of students, faculty, and staff.
- An appreciation for life in rural Kentucky.
- Direct experience in a culinary setting that applies sustainable practices.
- A minimum of 3 years working in food services preferred.
- Proficiency in collaborative leadership styles.
- Experience working in professional settings with representation of historically underrepresented groups, including students of color, first generation college students, adult learners, LGBTQ students, international students, veterans, and students with disabilities.
- Strong desire to work in a rural community and be an exemplary representative of the College.
- Organized and detail-oriented, comfortable working with diverse teams.
- Knowledge of budgeting, bookkeeping, and reporting.
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
- Farming experience and/or commitment to fostering viable farming communities preferred.
- The selected candidate is required to live in close proximity to the WBFP students’ housing.
- Valid driver’s license required.
- Weekend and night activities are required.
- Occasional travel may be required.
- Ability to work in outdoor weather conditions is required.
- Start date: August 15, 2019
This is a part-time, hourly position at Sterling College’s Wendell Berry Farming Program campus in New Castle, Kentucky that is expected to become a full-time position as enrollment in the program grows. The position will remain open until an appointment has been made. Candidates should send the following materials electronically: cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without candidate permission. Application materials should be addressed and emailed as a single PDF file to: Dr. Leah Bayens, Dean of the Wendell Berry Farming Program, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE WENDELL BERRY FARMING PROGRAM OF STERLING COLLEGE
The WBFP provides a no-tuition, junior and senior year agriculture curriculum in Henry County, Kentucky. The program was born of a partnership forged between The Berry Center, a farmer advocacy organization in New Castle, Kentucky, and Vermont’s Sterling College. Led by Sterling faculty and staff, the students also work side by side with excellent farmers, foresters, and rural advocates, including The Berry Center staff. The full-time slate of classes is scheduled to launch in August 2019 for a cohort of twelve students. Offering pioneering, integrated approaches to sustainable farming practices and the liberal arts, the curriculum links farming, forestry, draft power, and healthy community and land stewardship. It combines the arts and sciences with cooperative economics, hands-on experience, and farm business training. The WBFP expands Sterling College’s role as the leading voice in higher education for ecological thinking and action.
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 four 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.