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East Wing Captain

Sweet Briar College seeks applicants for a full-time East Wing Captain.  Responsibilities include maintaining total care for approximately 30 horses, and stable facilities.  Care includes feeding, haying and watering, turning out, hand walking, picking feet, grooming, wrapping, and blanketing.  Additional duties include fence repair, raking, picking stalls, weed-eating/bush-hogging, cleaning beds/stalls, checking water and grain supplies.  This individual will have supervisory role training and overseeing student workers.  

Applicants must have excellent horsemanship skills, be physically strong enough to lift 50 lbs. on a regular basis, perform several hours of walking and working on their feet daily to care for the horses, and be willing to work outside in all types of weather.  Additional requirements include demonstrated reliability, maturity, integrity, strong work ethic, and attention to detail.  High school diploma and some college level work preferred.  Individual must be able to work with limited supervision.  Work schedule during the academic year is normally Monday - Friday.  During the summer months the schedule will include working some weekends.  Tractor driving skills are a plus.

This full-time position is eligible for medical and retirement benefits.  Interested applicants can obtain an SBC employment application above and submit it to eallen@sbc.edu or call (434) 381-6116 (weekdays) for further information.  Applications accepted until position is filled.


Sweet Briar College has an opening for a full-time accountant.  This position provides accurate and timely reporting of financial information and provides accounting for college accounts receivable in accordance with GAAP.  This position also monitors all Title IV activity and compliance with Federal regulations.  The Accountant reports directly to the Director of Accounting.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Preparation, verification and posting of entries to the financial reporting system.
  • Monitoring uncashed checks, performing due diligence and preparation and filing of annual Unclaimed Property Report.
  • Preparation of Perkins Fund bank and monthly account reconciliations.
  • Review and verification of weekly accounts payable batches.
  • Oversight and reconciliation of Loan funds. 
  • Review of vendor payments for 1099 compliance and preparation of 1099 forms and 1096 transmittal.
  • Understanding of Accounts Receivable system, reports and collections.
  • Collection activities.
  • Working closely with Accounts Receivable coordinator for processing monthly Accounts Receivable system and loan activity.
  • Understanding of and compliance with federal financial aid regulations.
  • Maintaining an understanding of SBC Business Office operations and responding appropriately to questions from college community.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a Bachelors degree in Accounting or Business with at least accounting coursework through the intermediate level.
  • Have knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, practices and procedures and ability to apply this knowledge to the analysis of complex accounting problems.
  • Have ability to accurately maintain complex records and computer systems, including proficiency and accuracy in creating spreadsheets, database entry, data analysis and standard accounting reports.
  • Be able to communicate well with students, parents, loan processors and collectors, faculty and staff.
  • Have proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, email and office protocols.Have a team-oriented work style and collaborative approach.

All candidates must complete and sign a Background Check Consent Form.  A background check includes an education verification, confirmation of dates of employment/salaries and a criminal history check.  A Background check will be performed on finalists for this position. 

Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled.  Send cover letter and resume along with the names of three (3) professional references and their contact information via email to accountingjob@sbc.edu

Director of Operations and Technology, Admission Office

The Admission Department at Sweet Briar College has a Director of Operations and Technology position available on its team.  Reporting to the Dean of Enrollment Management, this individual works closely with the Dean, the Director of Financial Aid, the Director of Student Financial Planning and the Director of Recruitment to ensure a seamless experience for applicants as they proceed through the admissions cycle, from inquiry to enrollment. 

The successful candidate will ensure operational effectiveness across the division’s many functions, including consistent routines and protocols for daily activities.  Working closely with the Computer Services department to continue to develop, enhance and build operational efficiencies, the Director works to establish viable solutions for various needs.  This individual supervises 3-4 operations staff members and student workers.

Typical responsibilities include:

·         Supervises the operations team in the Office of Admission

·         Collaborates with staff in Computer Services, Admission and Financial Aid to fully and effectively utilize the division's databases and the data collected from them

·         Leads CRM implementation and enhances recruitment efforts by leveraging the CRM tool

·         Trains admission counselors and departmental staff in the use of enrollment-related software tools

·         Assists in the development of student recruitment materials, in partnership with the Office of Media, Marketing and Communication (MMC)

·         Collaborates with the Office of Institutional Research to provide relevant and required data

Required qualifications

·         Bachelor’s degree minimum; Master’s preferred

·         Knowledge about best practices within the college/university admission field

·         Proficiency in various computing systems, database management, Microsoft Office suite

·         Ability to gather, analyze and report data coherently, both orally and in writing/presentations

·         Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, including proven ability to develop and sustain effective relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students and outside organizations

·         Ability to foster a team environment and to work cooperatively and positively as a member of that team

·         Experience successfully managing and developing staff

·         Ability to work independently and meet deadlines

·         Minimum required experience: 3 years of experience in admission operations

·         Must be able to work in a traditional office setting (desk, computer, etc.) in a multi-story building without an elevator and be able to attend meetings throughout campus.  Must be able to lift 25 lbs. occasionally.

·         Regular hours for this position are 8:30am – 5pm Monday-Friday.  Flexible hours and occasional weekend/evening work.  Ability to travel to workshops and conferences on behalf of the College. 

This full-time position is eligible for medical, retirement, paid time off and other benefits.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references to admissionjob@sbc.edu.  Applications received prior to October 1, 2014 will be given priority.

Campus Safety Officer (Unarmed) (part-time)

Sweet Briar College has a part-time unarmed Campus Safety Officer position available in its Department of Campus Safety.  This individual will be responsible for maintaining mobile and foot patrol of the main campus and perimeters, responding to all alarms, suspicious person reports, and medical emergencies, staffing the entrance checkpoint, securing buildings, escorting students, conducting investigations, and enforcing campus parking and traffic regulations by issuing parking violations. 

The successful candidate will:

·         Patrol Sweet Briar College properties and facilities by foot and motor vehicle.

·         Perform effectively under stress.

·         Be in good physical and mental condition.

·         Demonstrate the ability to interact with others in a professional manner and use sound judgment when resolving issues and assessing situations.

·         Demonstrate positive customer service and ability to build relationships within the framework of Community Policing.

·         Be able to communicate well with students, staff, faculty, guests, and other law enforcement officers.

·         Follow written and oral directions given during the performance of daily assignments.

·         Have a basic knowledge of current law enforcement and/or security techniques.

·         Have familiarity with Virginia and federal laws and regulations applicable to the College.

·         Maintain confidentiality of information and records pertaining to investigations and college operations.

·         Perform other duties as assigned by the director of campus safety or other college official.

Applicants must be high school graduates (or have a GED).  Minimum of six months in security, customer service, or similar experience is required; related law enforcement/emergency response/ dispatch experience is preferred.  Position requires current DCJS Campus Safety Officer Certification, or ability to obtain Certification within six months of employment.  Positions require certification in CPR, Basic First Aid, and AED operations, or ability to obtain certification with 30 days of employment.  Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to submit to background and motor vehicle report checks.

Applicants must be able to meet the physical demands of the position, including, but not limited to:

·         Ability to confront or restrain subjects

·         Working in extreme weather conditions

·         Remaining seated in a normal position, or remaining standing for long periods of time

·         Ability to maintain balance while walking, standing, crouching, or running

·         Ability to reach up and out with hands and arms

·         Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl

·         Ability to climb stairs and ladders

·         Ability to pick up, push, or pull, up to 50 pounds and carry a distance of 10 feet

This position requires ability to work 1st, 2nd and 3rd shifts, as well as weekends and holidays.  This part-time position is not eligible for medical and retirement benefits.  Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled.  Send cover letter and resume along with the names of three (3) professional references via email to safetyofficer@sbc.edu. 

Assistant Director of Operations

The Admission Department at Sweet Briar College has an Assistant Director of Operations position available on its team.  Reporting to the Director of Operations and Technology , the Assistant Director of Operations supports student recruitment and enrollment processes by maintaining the Admission database, keeping it current, functional and maximized by ensuring data and report accuracy, and the accurate and timely import and export of data.

We are seeking a goal-oriented individual with strong initiative, creative and critical-thinking skills, organizational qualities, and a consistent attention to detail.  The successful candidate will have excellent customer service and communication skills, both written and verbal.

Typical responsibilities include:

·         Lead Banner expert - interact with IT regarding all aspects of Banner for the Admission Department

o   maintain and update tables and data entry standards

o   create workflows and communications plans within Banner

o   ensure the proper flow of data into Banner from outside sources and software (e.g., a soon-to-be-implemented Constituent Relationship Management system)

o   provide training to all members of the Admission Department staff as needed to ensure adequate cross-training and operational capability

·         Data loads – be responsible for all aspects of batch data loads

·         Query writing/running – write queries independently and work with IT as needed

·         Data extraction – provide support for Enrollment Management and other SBC staff as needed

·         Provide quality control and assurance for data entry

Required qualifications

·         Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree or post-baccalaureate certifications preferred

·         Progressive experience and demonstrated ability in database management, research, and analysis in Enrollment Management/Admission or another higher education function

o   Proficiency in database management, data entry and generating reports (routine and ad hoc); experience with Ellucian Banner preferred; SQL or similar experience.

o   Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications with full facility in Excel (manipulating data, graphs and pivot tables) and Word (mail merges and conditional logic)

o   Demonstrated ability to audit work and improve processes to improve efficiency

o   Ability to manage own workflow, troubleshoot, and solve problems

o   Ability to work with IT partners to resolve issues and create new processes

·         Minimum required experience: 3-5 years’ experience in related work

·         Must be able to work in a traditional office setting (desk, computer, etc.) in a multi-story building without an elevator and be able to attend meetings throughout campus

This full-time position is eligible for medical, retirement, paid time off and other benefits.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references to admissionjob@sbc.edu.  Applications received prior to August 22 will be given priority.

Assistant Professor - Psychology

The Psychology Department at Sweet Briar College invites applications for a non-tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level, beginning Fall 2015, in the area of Experimental Psychology. We are interested in candidates with a primary specialization in Cognitive Psychology. The candidate must be committed to teaching excellence in a liberal arts community while maintaining an active program of scholarly research that involves undergraduates. A research laboratory is available. Teaching assignments are 3/3, and preference will go to candidates who can successfully teach Cognitive Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Methods and/or Statistics, Introductory Psychology, as well as courses in one’s area of specialty. The ability to teach in any of the following areas is also desirable: Behavioral Neuroscience, Evolutionary Psychology or Abnormal Psychology.

A Ph. D. or ABD in Experimental Psychology from an accredited institution is required. Review of applications will begin immediately with preference given to completed applications received by October 10, 2014.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, research plans, and three letters of recommendation via email in pdf format to psychsearch@sbc.edu.  Further information may be requested from Dr. Jessica Salvatore (jsalvatore@sbc.edu; (434) 381-6129).

Visiting Assistant Professor/Technical Director

Sweet Briar College seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor/Technical Director for a five-month sabbatical replacement, January-May 2015, responsible for teaching two courses in Design/Technical Theatre, providing scenic and lighting design for main stage productions (including theater, dance and music events), and providing technical support for all events in proscenium and Studio Theatre.  Other duties include supervising the operation of the scene shop and student assistants, and maintaining the theatre and related technical facilities and equipment. This position is half faculty, half staff.

Sweet Briar’s Division of Performing Arts offers majors in theatre, musical theatre, dance and music, and is staffed by a permanent faculty of ten, assisted by visiting artists. Theatre facilities housed in the Mary Reynolds Babcock Fine Arts Center include a 526-seat proscenium theatre with fly gallery, light bridge, and fully-equipped scene and costume shop.

Qualified candidates should have a minimum of M.F.A. or comparable professional experience; serious commitment to teaching and production activity in an undergraduate program dedication to creating respect for design and technology as an equal and vital part of the production process; strong background in scenic and lighting design; and, continuing interest in professional growth.  Successful candidates will possess effective communication skills and prior instructional experience.  (Note: As a one-semester position, this position is not eligible for employee health or retirement plan benefits.)

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV and three letters of recommendation by November 14, 2014 to: Dr. William R. Kershner, via email to theatersearch@sbc.edu.

Note: Official transcripts are not required at this stage of the process. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Visiting Professor - Economics

Sweet Briar College is accepting applications for a 1-2 year visiting professor in Economics with employment to begin in August 2015. Highest priority fields include microeconomics, development economics and public policy, though the College will consider high quality candidates in all fields of economics.

Applicants must possess a deep commitment to undergraduate teaching and scholarly research, and be prepared to use technological tools to promote student understanding of economics. Candidates should be interested in working in a dynamic liberal arts environment and exploring ties with colleagues in other departments. The successful candidate will be prepared to participate fully in the life of the College through activities such as academic advising and mentoring undergraduate research.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in economics or ABD with a completion date no later than August 2015.

A complete application includes: (1) a personal statement that addresses the applicant's teaching experience, philosophy, and methodology; (2) a description of the applicant's scholarly interests, ongoing projects, and future research plans; (3) curriculum vitae; (4) unofficial graduate transcripts; and, (5) three letters of recommendation, with at least two letters addressing the applicant's teaching ability and potential. Materials should be sent to econsearch@sbc.edu. Other inquiries should be directed to Dr. Robert Alexander (ralexander@sbc.edu).  Applications received by December 10, 2014 will receive full consideration.

Instructor/Visiting Professor of Physical Chemistry

Sweet Briar College seeks a part time Instructor/Visiting Professor of Physical Chemistry to teach Quantum Mechanics & Spectroscopy (CHEM 331) in the Spring 2015.  The possibility of teaching other courses & labs exists depending upon the candidate’s expertise and the staffing needs of the department.  Teaching responsibilities include classroom/lecture instruction and laboratory section(s).   

Qualified candidates should have a minimum of an M.S. or Ph.D. in physical chemistry or related field.  ABD candidates are also encouraged to apply with the support of their adviser if they can provide a strong record of teaching at the collegiate level.  Successful candidates will possess effective communication skills, fluency in English and prior instructional experience.  Salary will be commensurate with experience for this continuing part-time position.  (Note: As a part-time position, this position is not eligible for employee health or retirement plan benefits.)

Send a letter of intent in PDF format addressed to Chair: Department of Chemistry, Sweet Briar College.  Attach the letter to an email addressed to chemsearch@sbc.edu with the subject line of Physical Chemistry.  The cover letter should include:

·         A brief description of your qualifications

·         A brief summary of any prior teaching experience. 

·                Your contact information

·         The names and contact information of at least three references.

Note: You do not need to solicit letters from your references at this stage of the process.  Official transcripts are not required at this stage of the process. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Sweet Briar College, located on 3,250 scenic acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Lynchburg, VA, is a nationally ranked, independent, residential, liberal arts and sciences college for women preparing students to fulfill their academic, professional and personal aspirations by providing excellent academic and co-curricular programs. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our academic and co-curricular community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.



Please refer all inquiries to the office listed in the specific posting for each job. Otherwise, contact:

Sweet Briar College
Human Resources Office
P.O. Box 1090
Sweet Briar, VA 24595
(434) 381-6506