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.

Associate Dean for Academic Advising and Learning Support

Sterling College, the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship, located in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, invites applications for a full-time Associate Dean for Academic Advising and Learning Support.

The Associate Dean for Academic Advising and Learning Support works closely with students, faculty, the Dean of Academics, Dean of Community, and Registrar to support student learning needs across the curriculum. This full-time position reports to the Dean of Academics.

The principal responsibilities of the Associate Dean for Academic Advising and Learning Support are to:

  • Coordinate and oversee the ongoing development and implementation of a comprehensive academic support and advising program;
  • Create enhanced systems of communication among advisors and Deans to support student progress;
  • Work with individual students to assess and support learning and development in conjunction with the Dean of Academics and the Dean of Community;
  • Facilitate advising and learning support workshops with faculty and advisors;
  • Assist with the administrative work of the Dean of Academics and Registrar.

Expected applicant qualifications include:

  • An advanced degree in Education, Learning Therapy, Counseling & Guidance, or a related field (including coursework in cognitive and educational science, psycho-educational testing, coaching, or teaching);
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified;
  • Advanced knowledge of advising and counseling techniques and philosophies, including CAS advising standards and student development theory;
  • Demonstrated leadership in an academic support services position and a record of fostering teamwork, collegiality, relationship building, and mentoring within a campus environment.

This position begins in January 2016.

To apply, please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three references by October 30, 2015 to Katie Lavin, Assistant to the President, klavin@sterlingcollege.edu. Phone: (802) 586-7711 x111.

Faculty Position in Outdoor Education

Sterling College invites applications from experienced college level educators for a full-time faculty position in Outdoor Education. We seek motivated and energetic candidates who have demonstrated ability to teach a range of technical skills, such as rock and ice-climbing, backcountry skiing, and canoeing, as well as experience in developing and instructing field programs of two to ten weeks in duration.  The successful candidate will be able to teach additional courses such as small group dynamics, challenge course facilitation, and upper level Outdoor Education courses in program administration and risk management.  This new position will include collaborative program leadership, as the College engages in a capital campaign to build new facilities and to launch the new Jed and Perry Williamson Center for Outdoor Education.  

Successful candidates will have the skills to work closely with colleagues to refine and develop the curriculum and program consistent with Sterling’s mission of environmental stewardship education. Important skills will include administrative and communication abilities, experience networking with outdoor education professionals, a strong academic background in experiential teaching methodology, excellent group facilitation skills, and enthusiasm for a range of outdoor pursuits in Northern New England and other regions.

The student to faculty ratio at Sterling is 8:1 and great emphasis is placed on personalized education, strong advising, and interdisciplinary approaches to undergraduate study. Responsibilities also include; working with students to develop and conduct independent studies, senior projects, and self-designed major proposals; supervising a student work crew position in support of the Outing Club, and collaborating with Sterling’s athletic program.   

A terminal degree in Outdoor Education or a related field is preferred, but candidates with a master’s degree and related teaching experience will also be considered. The Search Committee encourages applications from candidates with broad experience, but requires Wilderness First Responder certification, with American Mountain Guides Association certification a plus.

The College seeks to fill this position by July 1, 2016. To apply, please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three references by November 24, 2015 to Katie Lavin, Assistant to the President, klavin@sterlingcollege.edu. Phone: (802) 586-7711 x 111.


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.