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Employment

Sterling College is in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, with a supportive staff and dedicated students. Full-time employees are eligible to participate in Sterling College’s group health insurance plan and TIAA-CREF retirement plan.  Salary commensurate with experience.

Admission Counselor

Do you love big conversations about compost, rock climbing, climate justice, and the poetry of Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, and Gary Snyder? Do you love to travel, write letters, and make meaningful connections between people and place? Do you enjoy eating delicious local food? How about cheese?

The Admission Counselor is responsible for communication with students, families, and school counselors, and contributes to the goal of enrolling a terrific class of students who are a good fit for Sterling College. The Admission Counselor reports to the Director of Admission.

Requirements include: Bachelor’s degree; excellent interpersonal, public speaking and writing abilities; ability to work as part of team as well as independently; working knowledge of computer software;
appreciation for environmental stewardship; enthusiasm for social media (with extra points for Instagram); valid driver’s license; occasional evening and weekend hours.

This is a full-time salaried position with benefits and the potential for speedy advancement and promotion.

For more information, contact:

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for two references to Katie Lavin, Sterling College, P.O. Box 72, Craftsbury Common VT 05827. Email: klavin@sterlingcollege.edu
Phone: (802) 586-7711 x101 Fax: (802) 586-2596

You may also include  links to your social media and blog accounts if you want to include those in your application.

Electronic submission of application material is preferred.

College Access Coordinator (VISTA)

The College Access Coordinator works closely with the Director of Admission, the Director of Financial Aid, and the Dean’s Council to build institutional capacity for the recruitment and retention of Pell-eligible students who are Vermont residents and aspire to be the first person in their family to earn a college degree.

The College Access Coordinator reports to the Director of Admission.

The College Access Coordinator will:

      • Counsel first-generation and Pell-eligible Vermont students about the college application process, financial aid, and career planning.
      • Research and recommend best practices for a comprehensive campaign to enable Pell-eligible first-generation Vermont students to access Sterling College, for consideration by the administrative council.
      • Build and cultivate a network of support for college access from external organizations and constituencies, including but not limited to the Vermont Student Assistant Corporation, high-school and tech center college and career counselors, and the Community Colleges of Vermont.
      • Coordinate with the Dean of Work and the Work College Consortium to research best practices for student access at Work Colleges and recommend strategy for Sterling College.

Skills and Characteristics: strong interpersonal skills, interest in college access policies and programs, ability to gather and synthesize information and recommend strategy, excellent writing and oral communication skills, interest in environmental stewardship.

For more information, contact:

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three references, by May 22th, to Katie Lavin, Sterling College, P.O. Box 72, Craftsbury Common VT 05827. Email: klavin@sterlingcollege.edu
Phone: (802) 586-7711 x101 Fax: (802) 586-2596

Electronic submission of application material is preferred.

Sustainable Agriculture Garden Apprentice

The Sterling College Sustainable Agriculture Garden Apprentice position is an experiential, immersive learning and leadership opportunity for a passionate, inspired, and enthusiastic individual ready to help teach Sterling College students how to manage a diversified year-round farm and live in a small close-knit college community.  The position begins July 1st, 2015.

The Sterling farm is a working, multi-faceted, living classroom that serves the entire Sterling College community.  The Garden Assistant is the teacher and technician who engages in whole farm care to maximize educational opportunities.  The Assistant’s primary function at the College is to make this agricultural classroom available to the Sterling College curriculum and community.

To create availability and functionality for our academics, the Assistant will take responsibility for day to day management of five acres of Sterling Gardens and associated structures, work directly with the Sterling kitchen to provide food for meals, coordinate with faculty and staff to fulfill academic and other needs, and interface with the community through an educational lens.

All of these duties the Assistant performs with direct mentoring from the Sustainable Agriculture Faculty team and Farm Manager.

      • The Assistant works with a team of six to twelve student employees.  She or he is responsible for supervising work crews and creating an educationally stimulating work setting, to facilitate completion of all crop management tasks.
      • The Assistant coordinates with the faculty and staff to ensure the Sterling curriculum, kitchen, and garden is well supported throughout the seasons.  The Assistant interacts with crop production classes, helps supervise land management by students involved in independent studies in the gardens, and ensures availability of garden/land resources for research and other academic uses.
      • The Assistant helps manage crop production, coordinate weekly harvest, manage hoophouses, maintain all gardens and related structures in an organized and aesthetically pleasing manner, and works directly with the Sterling kitchen to facilitate order placement and fulfillment.
      • The Assistant acts as the voice of the Sterling Gardens, through community announcements and awarenesses, developing periodic on-farm events, and presentation of the Gardens to prospective students, community members and other visitors to the College.  This requires public speaking, informal presentations, garden tours, and attendance at agricultural events, both on- and off-campus.
      • The Assistant’s specific responsibilities include tasks such as: teaching how to plant, cultivate, fertilize, harvest, clean and package a wide range of crops for kitchen use; installing irrigation systems; identifying and managing disease and pest problems; construction and maintenance of necessary fencing and season extension structures; management of perennial food crops; integration of herb, flower, vegetable and fruit crops into the food production system; preservation and processing of crops; food systems coordination for invoices, vegetable deliveries, and curriculum-kitchen connections; and record keeping and planning for production.  All of these tasks should be done with student involvement, and in concert with farm and academic goals.

Qualifications:

Applicants should have experience teaching, preferably in a small-scale farm environment, have a demonstrated ability to work independently, and as a part of a team, have experience in managing a small diverse farm or a similar system and have completed a B.A. or B.S. program in an appropriate field by the start date of the hire.

The Sterling Sustainable Agriculture Garden Assistant is a 24-month renewable position with review after 6 months, that includes an $1000 monthly stipend, housing, meals, one three credit equivalent course per semester, and eligibility to enroll in Sterling College full-time employee benefits.  This compensation package is valued at over $2800 per month.  The position begins in early July 2015.

For more information, contact:

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three references, by May 20th, to Katie Lavin, Sterling College, P.O. Box 72, Craftsbury Common VT 05827. Email: klavin@sterlingcollege.edu
Phone: (802) 586-7711 x101 Fax: (802) 586-2596

Electronic submission of application material is preferred.

 


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.