Director of Buildings & Grounds

Sterling College
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Location: Orleans County,
About the Job

Join our team at Sterling College and make a meaningful impact on student life in alignment with our commitment to ecological thinking and action.

About Sterling College:

We are an environmentally focused liberal arts college located in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. We offer affordable experiential learning that prepares people to be knowledgeable, skilled, and responsible leaders in the communities in which they live.

Position Overview:

The Director of Buildings and Grounds is pivotal to the physical and environmental sustainability of our campus. The Director will work independently and collaboratively with the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer to oversee a broad range of responsibilities—from campus safety and maintenance to green construction and energy efficiency. The Director’s efforts will be focused on preserving and enhancing Sterling College’s commitment to environmental responsibility, while ensuring that the campus infrastructure is safe, functional, and aligned with the College’s operational goals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage maintenance of all facilities and equipment, including plumbing, electrical, fire safety control systems, septic systems, and large farm equipment.
  • Develop and manage an annual Buildings & Grounds budget.
  • Implement and oversee environmental, health, and safety requirements in collaboration with the COO and Risk Management Committee.
  • Focus on energy conservation through alternative energy sources such as propane, wood pellet and solar systems.
  • Serve as project director for construction or remodeling projects, ensuring compliance and quality.
  • Respond to physical plant emergencies and coordinate emergency response within the maintenance team.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in construction project management.
  • Five plus years of physical plant maintenance experience.
  • Three plus years of supervisory and construction inspection experience.
  • Knowledge in heating and air conditioning.
  • Ability to respond to emergency needs.

What We Offer:

  • Salary range of $55,000 – $60,000
  • Access to benefits that include medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Paid leave and retirement contributions

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: The position is open until filled, and application review will begin immediately.


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.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

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. These words are offered as a reminder; we strive to match them with acts of respect and repair.

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