Director of Finance & Administration
Located in beautiful Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is seeking a Director of Finance & Administration to partner with its President and join the senior leadership of America’s leading voice for environmental stewardship.
Reporting to the President, the Director will lead the finance and daily operation of Sterling College. Supported by an experienced two-member finance team and three facilities and grounds professionals, the Director is responsible for leadership of the College’s business operations, encompassing operational budget management, accounting systems, cash flow optimization, investment and audit oversight. The Director will serve as the liaison to the Finance & Investment and Audit committees of the Board of Trustees.
We seek a person to fill this important role who has passion for our mission of environmental stewardship, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to be a member of a vibrant rural community. To be successful, we are seeking an individual with proven experience in a similar role with a nonprofit organization with a $3 million to $10 million operational budget, with a preference for candidates who have experience working in secondary or higher education.
Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or similar. An MBA, CPA, or relevant advanced degree would be advantageous, but not required. Candidates who have extensive experience with enterprise financial management systems and a background working with Blackbaud Financial Edge are strongly encouraged to apply. Demonstrated familiarity with FASB accounting standards for non-profits and fund accounting best practices; experience directing the activities of a business office and its staff; along with excellent communications and writing skills, will be anticipated qualifications for finalists for this position.
The College & President
Sterling is bucking the trend for small liberal arts colleges. Our mission is more critical than ever, which has contributed to growing enrollment and philanthropic support. With 130 undergraduate students and 400 students in the School of the New American Farmstead, the College is, by its very nature, challenged by issues associated with its small scale and modest endowment. The President is in his fifth year and has successfully led the implementation of an ambitious strategic plan, successful re-accreditation for the next decade, and is orchestrating the final stages of a $10 million comprehensive campaign, that will conclude in a celebration of the 60th year of Sterling in 2018.
Craftsbury Common & The Northeast Kingdom
Sterling College is located thirty minutes from Stowe, Vermont in a cultural and education focused rural community with an extraordinary quality of life. The hub of the state’s burgeoning local food movement, the area surrounding the College is a beautiful working landscape of farm pastures, streams, ponds, and forests. The town is also home to Craftsbury Academy, a highly ranked and publically supported K-12 school; and the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, an internationally acclaimed training facility for rowing and cross country skiing.
Compensation & Benefits
The salary will be based on experience and is competitive for this region, where the quality of life is high and the cost of living is reasonable. The College includes generous holidays, flexible schedule, and, while students are on campus, three square meals a day in its award-winning kitchen.
How to Apply
If you would like to become a candidate, we invite you to submit your curriculum vitae and a cover letter expressing interest in PDF for confidential review to firstname.lastname@example.org. References and a background check will be required for finalists. The search is already underway and will continue until a finalist has been appointed.
Sterling College invites applications for three full-time faculty positions, to begin in August 2017. The College seeks candidates from diverse professional backgrounds who have a demonstrated passion for environmental stewardship education, interdisciplinary approaches to the liberal arts, and a deep commitment to experiential pedagogy.
Specifically, Sterling encourages candidates who have expertise and experience teaching in the following or similar areas:
- Sustainable Agriculture: Ecological Livestock & Grazing Systems
- Outdoor Education: Technical Skills & Leadership
- Environmental Humanities: Traditional Arts Practitioner
Position responsibilities include:
- Teaching within Sterling’s interdisciplinary, ecology-focused curriculum (including courses focused on ecology and environmental stewardship in the core curriculum),
- Working closely with students on academic advising and independent research projects,
- Mentoring students participating in the College’s Work Program, and
- Participating in community governance.
Upon mutual agreement, responsibilities related to teaching, may also include leading field-based study programs, managing a campus instructional facility, supporting extracurricular student activities (such as the Outing Club), participating in the College’s Winter Expedition, and engaging with the College community beyond the academic program.
Candidates should hold a master’s or terminal degree in a relevant field and/or have a combination of graduate education and extensive experience. Ideal candidates will have significant teaching experience.
We seek candidates with expertise in multicultural education, diversity, and inclusion, who can support the College in examining power and privilege in the context of the relationship between humans and the natural environment.
Positions are open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received before January 15, 2017. Applicants should send the following materials electronically: cover letter, curriculum vitae, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without candidate permission.
Application materials should be addressed to Dr. Carol Dickson, Search Committee Chair, and sent to Ms. Katie Lavin, Assistant to the President at email@example.com. Phone: (802) 586-7711 x 111.
Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on the human relationship with the natural world through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Sterling is a baccalaureate degree-granting, non-sectarian, coeducational, residential institution of higher learning accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of only eight federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.
The student body at Sterling College will continue to grow from 125 to 150 students by 2018. To ensure that the College can sustain its emphasis on advising and close relationships between faculty and students, Sterling will maintain a 10:1 student to full-time faculty ratio. At Sterling, faculty members are not organized by rank and, by faculty design, there is no tenure system.
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.