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Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations

“Nourish the Roots: The Campaign for Sterling”


Sterling College seeks an experienced and aspirational leader of fundraising and alumni relations to partner closely with its president to reimagine philanthropy for Sterling College. This is a rare opportunity for a highly motivated person to support a comprehensive campaign on behalf of the leading voice in environmental stewardship education, at a time of global focus on sustainability and the human relationship with the natural world.

Joining the College at a pivotal time of growth and renewal, the Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations will articulate the case for support to the college’s stakeholders and prospective donors for its upcoming campaign by designing and implementing comprehensive advancement programs including the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, planned gifts, endowment, and alumni and parent relations efforts.

The Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations reports to President Derr, is a member of the Administrative Council leadership team, and will share responsibility for furthering Sterling’s environmental stewardship mission and strategic plan. The College seeks a creative thinker, a persuasive communicator, and a collaborative leader. The Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations must be keen to work closely with and meaningfully engage trustees, faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni, and friends of Sterling College.


A community organizer and educational leader, Matthew Derr was selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as the 11th president of Sterling College in 2012. In 2011, he was awarded the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Chief Executive of the Year award for his work leading the alumni effort to revitalize and reopen Antioch College, an effort that raised more than $20 million. At Sterling, President Derr led the development and launch of an ambitious strategic plan and in his first three years has overseen a substantial increase in philanthropic support for the College. Under his leadership, Sterling divested its endowment from the fossil fuel sector, making Sterling only the third institution in the United States to do so. President Derr is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has studied at the George Heyman Center for Philanthropy at NYU.


Sterling College is a baccalaureate degree-granting, non-sectarian, co-educational, residential institution of higher learning accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also one of only seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation. Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Food Systems, and Outdoor Education.

For more information about Sterling and its mission, visit: www.sterlingcollege.edu.


Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree from an accredited institution and have a passion for the College’s mission of environmental stewardship. Competitive candidates will have five or more years of successful fundraising experience or similar professional experience that applies to this senior role. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working in higher education. Outstanding communication, team mindset, and interpersonal skills are required.

To apply interested candidates must submit a cover letter and résumé to Ms. Katie Lavin, Assistant to the President, at klavin@sterlingcollege.edu. The deadline for submitting materials is March 1, 2015.

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