Assistant to the Sterling College Farm Manager
Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship. Sterling maintains a produce and livestock operation on 130 acres of mixed pasture, gardens, and woodlot. These educational operations also provide a significant portion of Sterling College meals, and nearly all of the farm’s lumber needs. Students are integrated into the farm through coursework, the Work College program, and generally being a part of the Sterling College community. Students complete daily chores, conduct research, perform experiments, and receive hands-on experience growing crops, managing livestock, working with draft animals, and stewarding the College’s woodlot.
“The Sterling College Sustainable Agriculture program provides students with the tools to become stewards of the land while managing a productive place-based agroecosystem. Students utilize systems thinking as a guiding principle coupled with the application of ecologically sound practices.”
An integral part of the Sterling College community, the Sterling Farm serves a threefold purpose:
- To demonstrate a range of techniques used in sustainable, agroecological production systems;
- To foster a working laboratory for academic inquiry; and
- To provide nourishing food for its campus community.
The daily management of the farm is shared among the Farm Manager, and two Assistants, and a team of student employees. Each of the Assistant Managers carry responsibilities according to their own skill-set, and work collaboratively under the supervision of the Sterling Farm Manager, with the support of the Sterling College Sustainable Agriculture Instructional Team.
We are currently seeking an Assistant Manager to take primary responsibility for livestock production. This is a full-time, 40 hr/wk, salaried position. Though work hours will primarily be completed Mon-Fri, weekend work will be required on a rotating basis. This Assistant Farm Manager position includes housing.
Duties and Expectations:
With training and mentoring from the Farm Manager, the Assistant Farm Manager is responsible for the following:
- Work with a team of student employees. She or he is responsible for supervising work crews and creating an educationally stimulating work setting, to facilitate completion of all farm management tasks.
- Coordinate with the faculty and staff to ensure the Sterling curriculum, and kitchen are well supported throughout the seasons. The Assistant Manager interacts with classes, helps supervise land management by students involved in independent studies, and ensures availability of land resources for research and other academic uses.
- Help manage production, coordinate harvests, manage infrastructure, maintain the farm landscape in an organized and aesthetically pleasing manner, and work directly with the Sterling kitchen to facilitate order placement and fulfillment.
- Act as the voice of the Sterling Farm, through community announcements and awarenesses, periodic on-farm events, and presentations 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.
- Develop management protocols and keep records to track production and profitability.
- Collaborate with the Farm Manager and other Assistant Manager in all areas of the farm as the need arises.
Applicants should have 1-2 seasons of experience farming in a production or educational setting; teaching experience, preferably in a small-scale farm environment; a demonstrated ability to work independently and as a part of a team. Management experience on a diverse farm or a similar system is preferred, and the completion a B.A. or B.S. program in an appropriate field by the start date of the hire is required.
The Sterling Sustainable Agriculture Assistant Manager position is a 12-month renewable position that includes a salary of $15,750; on-campus housing & meals; a professional development stipend of $300 to be used on your choice of workshops, conferences, or classes; and eligibility to enroll in Sterling College full-time employee benefits. There are two Assistant Manager positions and at least one of the two positions is required to live on campus. Being an integral part of the campus community is a key aspect of this position, therefore it is expected that you will maintain exemplary personal and professional boundaries.
The position’s start date is October 1st and the College will begin to review applications immediately. Applicants should include a résumé, a cover letter describing your interest in the position and three references sent to Gwyneth Harris, Sterling College Farm Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Employment at Sterling is contingent on the verification of background information provided by the applicant.
Assistant Dean of Community and Work
The Assistant Dean of Community and Work works collaboratively with the Dean of Community to support the deeper integration of the work and community curricula and assist with managing logistical issues concerning the work program and community life. The Assistant Dean works with the Dean to nurture a safe, welcoming, and vibrant student community.
The Assistant Dean of Community and Work:
- Reports to and works collaboratively with the Dean of Community.
- Provides clear and consistent leadership for and oversees daily operations of the Work Program.
- Fosters the development and cultivation of career resources at Sterling.
- Creates and supports leadership and learning opportunities for students and work program supervisors.
- Coordinates and manages all aspects of Work Program record keeping, including time cards and reporting.
- Provides regular and relevant training and support for Work Program supervisors.
- Represents Sterling College to the Work College Consortium.
- Stays up-to-date on current developments in federal funding and legal issues as they relate to the Work Program and student employment.
- Enforces policies and regulations pertaining to the Work Program and its role within the Sterling community and the Work College Consortium.
- Participates, with students, in the annual Work College Consortium Conference.
- Hosts a Work College Consortium Conference every 7th year.
- Chairs the Work Council.
- Prepares and coordinates work crew assignments for the academic year and breaks.
- Collaborates with Registrar’s Office to file and maintain student records and documentation via Blackbaud or other electronic venue.
- Supports student leaders in the design, planning, and implementation of All College Work and Service Days.
- Serves as an advocate for the student body and general support to the Dean of Community.
- Maintains an active, engaging, and supportive presence on campus.
- Coordinates with the Dean of Community to train, support, and mentor student leaders.
- Supports the planning and facilitation of A Sense of Place and all orientation and engagement programming throughout the year.
- Supports the coordination of residential, work, and community initiatives.
- Supports the Dean in campus emergencies; participates in on-call rotation.
- Maintains exemplary professional and personal boundaries.
- Safeguards the confidentiality of students and student records.
- Participates in Community Meetings, All-College Meetings, and Team/Staff meetings.
- Participates in College events, including All College Work Days, Alumni Weekend, Family Weekend, Board of Trustees meetings, Opening Days, Admission Open Houses, and Graduation Weekend, as requested.
- Works closely with faculty advisors and supervisors to support the success and holistic development of students.
- Work Colleges offer students enhanced learning opportunities by integrating Work, Learning and Service throughout their college experience. Students earn a valuable degree plus important life and professional skills.
- Bachelor’s degree required;
- Comfortable with collaborative and transformative leadership styles;
- Experience working with historically underrepresented groups including minority students, first generation college students, adult learners, LGBTQ students, and students with disabilities;
- Strong conflict management skills;
- Ability to interact effectively and communicate clearly, orally and in writing;
- Excellent planning, organizational, interpersonal, and problem solving skills;
- Exemplary professional boundaries;
- Skills in project management, planning and assessment, including establishing and measuring program and/or learning outcomes;
- Computer knowledge and experience with Word and Excel, student informational systems, online form builders, Google Calendar, and other Google apps. Ability to anticipate and respond to changing needs and priorities with respect to changing technologies and changing student needs;
- Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and respectfully in a complex and diverse campus environment.
This position requires occasional travel.
The College will fill this position as soon as possible and will begin to review applications immediately. Applicants should include a résumé, a cover letter describing your interest in the position and three references sent to Katie Lavin, Assistant to the President, at email@example.com. Employment at Sterling is contingent on the verification of background information provided by the applicant as well as completion of a criminal record as well as confirmation of educational credentials.
Sterling College strives to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can learn, work and thrive. If you have any questions related to this posting please contact Katie Lavin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-586-7711 x 111.