The Director of Finance and Operations reports to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for direct oversight of the major 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 Director of Finance and Operations must be able to move seamlessly between management and hands-on engagement in the work of the College.
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 environmental stewardship mission and the liberal arts values of the College;
- Exceptional financial, operational and administrative management skills;
- 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:
- Working closely with the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer to design, implement and monitor 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;
- 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 Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
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 to Peter Merrill, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and submitted to Joyce Morrissey, Executive Assistant to the President, at email@example.com Phone: (802) 586-7711 x 111
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 together with 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 other responsibilities of the business office.
Primary responsibilities may 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 in accounting or business or comparable work experience;
- 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.
About Sterling College:
- 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. Among the smallest colleges in the nation, Sterling is home to the innovative School of the New American Farmstead and the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is one of only eight federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation. More information can be found at www.sterlingcollege.edu.
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). 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.
The College & President
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 among the smallest colleges in the United States with 18 full time faculty, 38 staff, approximately 142 undergraduate and 136 continuing education students. Sterling is home to the innovative School of the New American Farmstead and the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is one of only nine federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.
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 earned a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The Real Food Challenge ranked Sterling the number one college in the U.S. for two consecutive years, 2015 and 2016, for its commitment to serving locally sourced sustainably produced food.
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.