The Admission Counselor is part of the team responsible for effective communication with prospective students, their families, school counselors, independent counselors, and other external constituents, with the goal of enrolling students who are a good fit for Sterling College.
This Admission Counselor is responsible for the development and recruitment of Sterling’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and Environmental Humanities, as well as general recruitment for the college.
The Admission Counselor reports to the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.
The Admission Counselor will:
- Represent Sterling College to prospective students and their families, guidance counselors, independent consultants, and other external constituents.
- Travel, as needed and planned, to represent Sterling College at national, regional, and local college fairs, special events, and high schools, primarily, but not limited to the fall and spring.
- Develop and maintain connections with students in assigned caseload via various electronic means, school visits, telephone, and writing.
- Interview and counsel prospective students and families regarding admission and financial aid.
- Review admission files and recommend action.
- Conduct campus tours and present to groups as needed.
- Stay current with academic offerings, the financial aid process, campus events, and college policies.
- Participate in the planning, coordination, and execution of recruitment strategies that may include on-and off-campus recruiting events and recruitment communication such as publications, direct mail campaigns, and various electronic means.
- Be present at Sterling community events such as academic presentations, new student arrival days, weekly community meetings, and annual celebrations.
- Be personally and/or professionally invested in agriculture, the humanities, ecology, and/or sustainability to create partnerships with students and organizations to develop a strong funnel for Sterling’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and Environmental Humanities majors.
- Attend professional development activities as directed.
- Perform other duties determined by the Dean of Admission to be beneficial to Sterling College.
- Bachelor’s degree;
- Excellent interpersonal, public speaking, and writing abilities;
- Ability and willingness to work as part of a team as well as independently;
- Working knowledge of computer software (Google Apps, etc.) and database work generally;
- Working knowledge of social media;
- Valid driver’s license;
- Ability to participate in recruitment travel 6-8 weeks per year;
- Occasional evening and weekend hours;
- 2-3 years of recent College Admission experience preferred;
- Graphics and design experience helpful;
- Personal passion for the natural world, adventure, recreation, education, and inclusion.
Working Conditions & Physical Demands
This position is located in Craftsbury Common, VT, with some options to work locally, but remotely. The position requires travel 40% of the time, with trips up to 3 weeks in the recruitment season. The Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. The position requires extended periods at the computer, on the telephone, or operating other office machines. The candidate must have access to a reliable and consistent internet connection.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and contact information for 3 recommenders to [email protected] by Friday, July 29th. Search will remain open until filled. We are slating for this position to start by September 1st, 2022.
Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College advances ecological thinking and action through affordable experiential learning, preparing knowledgeable, skilled and responsible leaders to face the ecological crises caused by unlimited growth and consumption that threatens the future of the planet. Enrollment is limited to 125 students. Sterling, a liberal arts institution and home to the School of the New American Farmstead and the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and is one of only nine colleges and universities recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a “Work College.” The College has received national attention for becoming one of the first institutions in the U. S. to divest from fossil fuels. Sterling has been recognized for its sustainability initiatives by Sierra magazine and has earned a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for five consecutive years.
Sterling College – its Board of Trustees and Faculty Council – has adopted a detailed ten-year strategic initiative, with grant support, that is intended to better promote equity and inclusion across all of its academic programs and in all of the locations in which they take place. Sterling College acknowledges that the land on which its students, faculty, and staff gather is the traditional and unceded territory of the Abenaki and the Shawnee people.
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.