Director of Wellness Services
The Director of Wellness Services at Sterling must have an understanding of our mission of ecological thinking and action and support the College’s vision of being a community in which people of all backgrounds and identities feel at home, where differences are embraced and individuals take responsibility for furthering the dignity of all.
The Director of Wellness Services is a Registered Nurse who reports to the Dean of Student Life and is responsible for overseeing, implementing and communicating Wellness Services to the Students at Sterling College. This person will provide nursing care, patient education and clinical support within the scope outlined by the Vermont State Board of Nursing and Vermont Statutes. The licensed Registered Nurse may be assigned to supervise licensed and unlicensed assistive personnel and may delegate nursing procedures to such in accordance with the VT State Board of Nursing guidelines.
The Director of Wellness Services will be a self-directed and self-motivated professional who communicates effectively in a manner that protects patients/student confidentiality and is sensitive to their individual needs. This person will actively establish, maintain and work cooperatively with internal and external professional relationships; assume special projects as directed; and recognize/propose opportunities for projects which will benefit the goals of The Wellness Center at Sterling.
This position requires significant hands-on engagement as well as collaborating with and empowering staff and students across the institution in the area of wellness. Additionally the position requires utilization of external partnerships and maintaining relationships with local health and wellness resources (CHSLV, local counselors, VDH in Morrisville, Local Emergency Planning Committee in Newport, and others) to ensure Sterling is encapsulated in a full spectrum of wellness support services and students have a barrier free access to healthcare when needed.
Direct Student/Patient Support:
- Communicate with incoming and matriculated students in regards to medical history documents, completion of CHSLV information packet, and insurance requirements for attending Sterling College.
- Educate new students on CHSLV affiliation for dental, neurology, medical health and behavioral health services on a sliding fee scale and process for access of those services in person and through telehealth.
- Assist Students with understanding and accessing Sterling Health Insurance including obtaining prior authorization as necessary for procedures, specialty visits, or telehealth visits.
- Review with each new student all medical documents and information for clarity and completeness prior to filing manually or signing off on electronic medical record entries.
- Triage student patients by phone and on site, and provide appropriate medical advice.
- Manage, coordinate and prioritize patient visits and daily schedule for scheduled visits, walk-in patients and urgent visit requests.
- Provide routine nursing care to patients while utilizing universal precaution practices at all times.
- Provide timely and appropriate support to patients in crisis situations.
- Document all health related visits and maintain accurate and secure health files for students per HIPAA regulations utilizing standard medical language and abbreviations and following accepted medical standards for documentation.
- Participate in and manage, as appropriate, communication with student providers and other organizations regarding patient orders and/or directives.
- Consult with the student’s practitioner or CHSLV medical support as appropriate.
- Under the direction of the CHSLV/Sterling College Medical Director or under the RN licensed scope of care, provide or assist with ordered and/or emergency injections, medication administration and treatments utilizing the five rights of medication administration.
- Assist students with scheduling and attending telehealth and in-person health care appointments as requested or needed.
- Assist students as needed with acquiring pharmacy medications and diagnostic/lab testing, as ordered by a licensed medical practitioner.
Internal Duties and Obligations:
At the beginning of each semester:
- Calibrate blood pressure cuffs and check outdates on epi-Pen and oxygen tanks.
- Assist in training of first aid skills including use and location of AED, epi-Pen and oxygen for Community Advisors and Student Leaders.
- Monthly check oxygen tank valves and AED device batteries and operation.
- Work with Community Advisors and Student Leaders to ensure stocked first aid kits in Pods and Work spaces.
Maintain a presence and visibility on campus.
- Monitor, maintain and assist with procuring appropriate supplies for Wellness Center and first aid kits in office areas, residence halls and Sterling vans.
- Clean examination room tables, instruments, countertops and equipment after each student and as appropriate and necessary.
- Have a complete understanding of what constitutes hazardous waste and the disposal of it.
- Coordinate and communicate actively with other staff in order to support the Wellness Center physical space and function, including maintenance and routine cleaning, disposal of trash and recyclables on campus, dietary needs of students, and technology maintenance and upgrades including telehealth considerations.
- Identify and assist with development, maintenance and distribution of patient educational materials.
- Provide education to patients regarding disease processes, immunizations and other healthcare related topics including medication risk, benefits, and side effects as necessary.
- Maintain necessary skills and knowledge to obtain and maintain integrity in the collection, storage, packaging, labeling and transportation of specimens to a physician’s office or the lab following Universal Precaution guidelines.
- Serve on Risk Management Committee and monitor and assess risk compliance at college.
- Stay abreast of Covid-19 developments and collaborate closely with Dean of Student Life for needed Sterling interventions.
- Participate in professional activities and consistently seek manners of self-education to broaden knowledge base of clinical, technical and legal developments in healthcare.
External Duties and Obligations:
- Continue a close working relationship with the Community Health Center of Lamoille Valley (CHSLV) Practice Administer to gain access to the CHSLV/Sterling Medical director, for the purpose of Wellness Center Clinic supplies requiring a DEA license to purchase, or special situation medical concerns, or standing order needs.
- Collaborate with CHSLV Practice Administrator and Morrisville Family Health Center for occasional disposal of Sterling Hazardous Waste including closed and sealed bagged items and approved sharps containers.
- Ensure understanding of any limitations of Sterling Student Insurance coverage and advocate for full coverage of telehealth visits at the beginning of each new health insurance policy period.
- Maintain a relationship with the Morrisville Vermont Department of Health as the primary contact for Sterling College overall for purposes support and guidance from the Health Commissioner.
- Administer Closed POD partnership in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health as requested and agreed is necessary.
- Participate in meetings of the Newport Local Emergency Planning Committee for purposes of networking, education, and resources for Sterling Wellness Services.
- Serve as advisory support to Kentucky campus for wellness services.
Required Minimum Qualifications
- Graduate or certification from an accredited school of nursing.
- Valid Vermont State Nursing license.
- Previous experience working with patients in a health care setting; medical office, outpatient clinic, or College clinic preferred.
- Current knowledge of nursing practice scope and understanding of own limitations.
- Basic computer, word processing, and on-line research skills.
- Experience with Electronic Medical Records.
- Current Vermont Driver’s License
Preferred Additional Qualifications
- Background work that indicates autonomy, organizational skills, collaborative work relationships, communication and management skills.
- Solid knowledge of HIPAA allowances and constraints.
- Risk Management experience
- Program/project development experience.
- Experience with group or classroom teaching
This is a full-time, exempt, at-will position with occasional weekend or evening commitments. The finalist must be willing to submit to credit and criminal pre-employment screening.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (The physical effort generally associated with this position.) Work involves standing and walking for long periods of time, but some duties are performed from a seated position. There is potential for eyestrain from reading catalogs and computer screens. Deadlines, workloads during peak periods and changing priorities may cause increased stress levels. Work may include occasional pushing, pulling, or carrying objects weighing approx. 50 pounds such as files, documents, equipment and soft goods. Work normally requires finger dexterity, eye-hand coordination and ability to communicate in person and by telephone.
Salary & Benefits
- Competitive salary based on experience
- Paid sick leave and vacation
- Paid holidays
- Parental leave
- Paid Bereavement
- Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
- Basic Term Life Insurance
- Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Travel Accident Insurance
- Retirement Contribution
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.
The position will remain open until an appointment has been made, but application review will begin immediately. 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: Dean of Student Life, Megan Banner Sutherland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Technology Specialist
The Information Technology (IT) Specialist is currently being offered as a part-time position who reports to the Dean of Finance and Operations.
The IT Specialist will assist in the development, implementation, operation, monitoring, and evaluation of the technology program for the college.
The IT Specialist will:
- Provide support to students, faculty and staff as needed by repairing their computers and other IT tools, assisting them with warranty claims and recommending repair services on a case-by-case basis.
- Assist the Dean of Finance, Dean of Academics and Dean of Professional Studies to develop and implement plans to address institutional technology needs, including evaluation of hardware and software, and budgetary information.
- Assist with the implementation of student, faculty and staff development in the area of information management and technology; make presentations as needed.
- Oversee the installation, maintenance, and repair of all computer hardware and software.
- Collaborate with consultants to implement a college-wide computer-networking plan
- Coordinate the purchase of all computer hardware, software, and supplies; initiate purchase orders and bids in accordance with budgetary limitations and district policies.
- Supervise the system-wide inventory of technology assets.
- Recommend the disposal and replacement of obsolete equipment when necessary and ensure it is disposed of in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
- Develop and implement a disaster recovery plan.
- Develop and coordinate a continuing evaluation of information and technology services and implement changes based on the findings.
- Implement the policies established by federal and state law, and college policies in the area of information management and technology.
- Serve as a clearinghouse of information on trends, research, applications, and effective practices related to the use of technology in higher education.
- Serve as a college-wide contact for all technology-related communication.
- Oversee telephones, printers and photocopier leases
- Develop and manage secure storage and checkout systems.
- Oversee G-suite accounts
- Offer counsel and support for adopted and potential Learning Management Systems (LMSs)
- Manage and support Audiovisual equipment
- Supervise assigned work-study students
- Support IT and AV integration between Craftsbury and Kentucky
- Perform other duties as determined by the Dean of Fiance to be beneficial to Sterling College.
The position will remain open until an appointment has been made, but application review will begin immediately. 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: Maxine Kelly, Dean of Finance & Operations (email@example.com).
Director of Student Life & Operations at the Wendell Berry Farming Program
The Director of Student Life and Operations manages student life, recruitment and admission, and program operations for the Wendell Berry Farming Program (WBFP) in Henry County, Kentucky. The Director reports to the Dean of the WBFP in Kentucky and works closely with personnel in Sterling’s Student Life, Admission, and Business Offices in Vermont.
This position entails a broad range of responsibilities, including but not limited to:
Design and support student life services for the Kentucky campus that reflect the values articulated in the College’s mission and vision statements. Oversight of residential life, student engagement, and health and wellness services. Advocate for individual students’ success in college. Take a leadership role in disciplinary actions related to residential and student life issues. Serve as liaison to Vermont campus to ensure students are able to access cross-campus services. Provide leadership in emergency situations and participate in on-call rotation.
Recruitment and Admission
Coordinate with the Office of Admission and Financial Aid to recruit highly-qualified students and to facilitate the application, admission, and financial aid processes. Network with Kentucky based college, farms, and organizations to identify and establish reciprocal relationships for prospective WBFP students. Oversight of the new student onboarding paperwork, housing logistics, and ongoing student communications.
Provide administrative leadership for WBFP finances, facilities, and office operations–including managing budgets, bookkeeping, placing materials orders, coordinating facilities maintenance, and record-keeping.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Valid driver’s license and insurance
- Commitment to Sterling College’s educational mission and ecological stewardship
- Ability to plan and manage projects efficiently
- Strong leadership and decision-making skills for working with students
- Ability to respond to a wide range of requests by students, faculty, and staff
- Skillful budgeting, bookkeeping, and financial reporting
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
- Live in close proximity to WBFP operations in Henry County, Kentucky
- Weekend and night activities occasionally required
- Occasional travel required
- At least 3 years working in college admission or student life
- Familiarity with living and working in a rural community
- Graduate degree or equivalent work experience
- Familiarity with Google Suite, MS Office, and various business software
- Farming experience and/or commitment to fostering viable farming communities
The position will remain open until an appointment has been made, but application review will begin immediately. 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
In collaboration with The Berry Center and based in Henry County, Kentucky, the WBFP delivers tuition-free junior and senior year coursework for Sterling College’s sustainable agriculture degree to students from Kentucky and elsewhere. The first cohort of 12 students began in August 2019. Led by Sterling faculty and staff, the students also work with farmers, foresters, and rural advocates, including The Berry Center staff.
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 five 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.