Dean of Community & Work

Craftsbury Common, Vermont
Nov 09, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Dean of Community & Work is an administrative leadership position that supports the wellbeing and holistic education of the degree and non-degree seeking students of Sterling College.

The Dean of Community & Work oversees Student Leadership programs, Residential Life, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Health and Counseling, Work Program, Student Activities, Athletics, Campus Safety, and chairs the Community Council.

The Dean of Community & Work reports to the President and is one of the four members of the President’s Cabinet, working very closely with the Dean of Academics, Vice President of Finance & Administration, and Chief Enrollment Officer.

This position is required to live on the Sterling College campus in housing provided by the College.

The Dean of Community and Work Responsibilities:

  • Responds to the individual needs of students (matriculated and continuing education) by advocating for the support each student needs to be successful at the College.
  • Designs and supports a residential life program that reflects the values articulated in the College’s mission and vision statements, including the hiring, training, and supervision of student Community Advisors.
  • In conjunction with the President and Cabinet, provides oversight for campus crisis response and emergency on-call rotation and acts as the point person for campus safety.

  • Designs and leads student engagement and retention initiatives throughout the community.
  • Provides active leadership to the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by promoting education and programming focused on fostering a welcoming and just experience for all students.
  • Chairs Community Council and addresses issues of student rights and responsibilities, including upholding community standards through restorative justice practices.
  • Takes responsibility for disciplinary actions related to student life issues.
  • Leads and coordinates faculty and staff participation in the orientation experience for entering students.
  • Supports student labor and learning through the College’s membership in the Work Colleges Consortium.
  • Provides oversight for the Work Program and supervises the Director of Community Services.
  • Coordinates the services of the Wellness Center and oversees counseling and health staff and contractors.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Enrollment to review individual applications on a case-by-case basis and provides support for an informed arrival of each incoming class.
  • Provides counseling and resource referrals as needed, including to Title IX Coordinators.
  • Provides oversight for the College’s competitive athletics programs and supervises the Director of Athletics.
  • As for all employees, performs other duties determined by the President to be beneficial to Sterling College.


  • Demonstrated personal and/or professional commitment to the Sterling College educational mission and vision of environmental stewardship.
  • Bachelor's degree required, a graduate degree or equivalent work experience preferred.

  • A minimum of 3 years working in a leadership or senior role in student services, preferably at the College level.
  • Familiarity with small liberal arts colleges and community governance.
  • Proficiency in collaborative leadership styles.  
  • Experience working in professional settings with representation of historically underrepresented groups, including students of color, first generation college students, adult learners, LGBTQ students, international students, veterans and students with disabilities
  • Knowledge of student information systems for data collection and analysis.
  • Proven success in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students and external constituents.
  • Experience in helping to create and maintain healthy and vibrant communities
  • Strong desire to work in a rural community and be an exemplary representative of the College

Position is open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received before December 18, 2017.  Applicants should send the following materials electronically: cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without candidate permission.

Application materials should be addressed to Laura Bebee, Search Committee Chair, and sent to Ms. Katie Lavin, Assistant to the President, at

About Sterling

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.

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 status.