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Campus Safety Officer (Unarmed) (part-time)

Sweet Briar College (www.sbc.edu) 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. 

Director of Financial Aid

The Admission Department at Sweet Briar College has a Director of Financial Aid position available on its team.  Reporting to the Dean of Enrollment Management, this position is responsible for the overall management and administration of all student financial aid and the operation of the Financial Aid Office.  This individual supervises the Assistant/Associate Director of Financial Aid and student worker(s).

The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of need-aware admission and financial aid packaging in relation to a single-sex, liberal arts education.

Typical responsibilities include:

·         Direct and coordinate the delivery of student financial aid, ensuring compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, regulations and requirements

·         Recommend, interpret, administer and update financial aid policies ensuring compliance with pertinent federal, state, and local laws and contractual regulations

·         Administer a financial aid program that offers personal and quality service to students and their parents

·         Oversee all administrating functions of the Financial Aid Office

·         Work closely with the Dean of Enrollment Management, Director of Student Financial Planning and Director of Recruitment on financial aid-related strategies and procedures for prospective students and their families; collaborate with colleagues throughout the College to ensure appropriate awarding and administration of financial aid

·         Serve on internal and external committees as needed

Required qualifications

·         Bachelor’s degree

·         Knowledge of general financial aid theories, procedures, and federal and state financial aid programs

·         Knowledge of basic management skills and counseling techniques

·         Strong communication, interpersonal and analytical skills

·         Ability to deal effectively with a diverse student body

·         Demonstrated leadership in an office environment with at least 4 years of prior supervisory experience

·         General knowledge of accounting practices, data processing, computer applications

·         Budgetary experience

·         Unquestionable ethics

·         Ability to work independently and meet deadlines

·         Minimum required experience: 7 years of experience in related work

·         Must be able to work in a traditional office setting (desk, computer, etc.) in a multi-story building and be able to attend meetings throughout campus

·         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 finaidsearch@sbc.edu.  Applications received prior to August 22 will be given priority.

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 Enrollment Management Strategic Operations, 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.

Enrollment Management Operations Specialist (part-time)

The Admission Department at Sweet Briar College has a part-time Enrollment Management Operations Specialist position available on its team.  Reporting to the Director of Enrollment Management Strategic Operations, this position supports student recruitment and enrollment processes by keeping data in the Admission database current, accurate and timely, and by ensuring timely communication with applicants, their families and high school guidance counselors. 

We are seeking a team player with great attention to detail, strong organizational and time-management skills, and self-motivation.  The successful candidate will show evidence of a commitment to providing excellent customer service to prospective and enrolling students and their families.

Typical responsibilities include:

·         Accurate and timely entry of data from sources such as prospect cards, visit sheets, application and inquiry information, high school transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, supplemental information, and deposits

·         Initiating and supporting outbound admission communications from the College, including:

o  Extracting information from the database to generate daily correspondence and special mailings

o  Producing and processing inquiry letters/packets, acknowledgement of application receipt, application checklist reminder letters, application completion letters, acceptance letters, scholarship/award letters, deposit acknowledgements, referral acknowledgements

o  Sending timely fall travel invitations to students and communications to high schools/community colleges in advance of admission counselors’ visits

o  Sorting and stamping mail

·         Supporting the Admission Office Visit Coordinator in organizing and facilitating visits to campus by prospective students and their families

·         Supporting the Admission Office Visit Coordinator by providing coverage of the Office’s front desk, which would entail answering phones as well as greeting and providing a professional face to prospective students, their families, and all other visitors to the office

Required qualifications

·         High school diploma; Associate’s degree plus additional formal training or higher education/certificate preferred; formal Microsoft Office training and database training a plus

·         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

·         Proficiency in data entry into a large database; experience with Banner preferred

·         Minimum required experience: experience in related work

·         Must have flexibility to work occasional weekends 

This part-time position will be from 10-20 hours per week (fluctuating based on the cyclical nature of admission processes) and is therefore not eligible for full-time 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.

Resident Director (part-time residential position)

Sweet Briar College seeks a Resident Director for the 2014-15 academic year. This part-time live-in position provides support to the student-staffed resident advisers and manages operational functions in assigned residence halls. The Resident Director provides services directly to students such as personal and disciplinary counseling and developmental, cultural, and educational programming.

Job duties include:

·         supervising undergraduate students working as Resident Advisors (RA) in college residence halls and/or on-campus apartments

·         coordinating and administering the overall Residence Life Program, including both student development and operations components, in assigned residence halls

·         serving as primary support resource for staff and students in dealing with specific residence hall problems including roommate conflicts, personal and emotional problems, diversity issues, and other developmental concerns

·         managing operational functions for residence halls such as key distribution and collection, damage assessment, reporting and billing, maintenance requests, and hall openings and closings

·         providing "on-call" responsibility for all area residence halls on a scheduled basis

Qualified candidates will possess:

·         Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent of education and experience) required 

·         Previous work experience in a residential life/housing facility at a college or university (strongly preferred)

·         Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated leadership and supervisory abilities

·         Demonstrated knowledge of business computer applications (MS Word, Excel, Google mail, and Incident Reports)

·         The ability to link theory and practice in interactions with students, parents, colleagues, and other constituencies

As the Resident Director will be required to live in the residence hall the 10 months during the academic year (August through May), housing is provided in an apartment-like setting year round; meal plan is provided when classes are in session.

Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled with preference given to applications received by June 21, 2014.  Target start date of August 15, 2014. Send cover letter and resume along with the names of three (3) professional references to resdirsearch@sbc.edu.

Assistant Professor - Psychology

The Psychology Department at Sweet Briar College invites applications for a 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 and startup monies are 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).

Instructor/Visiting Professor of Physical Chemistry (part-time)

Sweet Briar College seeks an Instructor/Visiting Professor of Physical Chemistry to teach Thermo & Kinetics (CHEM 332) in the fall 2014 and 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.  A.B.D. 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