The University of Georgia invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Greek Life, a key campus leader in efforts to build community for students and foster student engagement.
The Director provides vision, strategic leadership, and overall supervision for the Greek Life Office in support of the University’s academic mission and the strategic priorities of Student Affairs and UGA. The Director also serves as a visible resource for the university community by enhancing the understanding of and appreciation for membership in all fraternities and sororities and strengthening the relationships between those organizations.
As a unit within the Division of Student Affairs, the Greek Life Office seeks to enhance the learning environment for members of the University of Georgia community by inspiring students to engage meaningfully, grow intellectually, and build character. Greek life is an established tradition at the University of Georgia dating back more than 150 years with more than 60 national Greek-letter organizations currently chartered. For more information about UGA Greek Life, visit greeklife.uga.edu.
For this role, UGA Student Affairs seeks a thoughtful, energetic, and collaborative partner who can artfully and effectively bring together students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, alumni, chapter advisors, headquarters staff, and other stakeholders to best meet the identified needs of students.
The Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and serves as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team. UGA Student Affairs comprises 18 campus departments that inspire students to engage meaningfully, grow intellectually, and build character so they will create thriving communities. For more information, see studentaffairs.uga.edu.
The Director is responsible for providing educational, cultural, and leadership development programs, services, and resources as well as advising 60-plus registered fraternity and sorority chapters, their more than 7,000 members, and their respective umbrella groups and auxiliaries (Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Panhellenic Council). The Director is responsible for the operational management and supervision of the Greek Life Office and staff which consists of three Assistant Directors, one Coordinator, one Administrative Associate, and two Graduate Assistants. The Greek Life Office also coordinates the Student Food Pantry and advises UGAMiracle (student organization).
Provide leadership and strategic vision for the Greek Life Office:
Create, communicate and implement the vision and future direction of the Greek Life Office.
Provide leadership to enhance the understanding of and appreciation for diverse membership in all fraternities and sororities and strengthen the relationships between those organizations.
Manage and facilitate crisis and conflict situations.
Conduct periodic review of national standards and best practices, processes and procedures and make recommendations for revisions. Stay abreast of emerging trends and compliance issues.
Support departmental, divisional, and university strategic goals and initiatives through service on various committees or task forces.
Participate in bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with supervisor. Attend monthly Student Affairs Leadership Team Meetings and other Division meetings as appropriate.
Assist with division and Greek related fundraising and development initiatives.
Perform administrative tasks to operate the Greek Life Office:
Develop and administer the Greek Life budgets.
Facilitate and implement policies, procedures, and guidelines. Advise UGA students on university policies and procedures.
Serve as the Data Steward for the Greek Life Office, reviewing and approving access to sensitive institutional data contained in various data management systems.
Review and approve all informational material distributed by the Greek Life Office.
Update, inform and consult with University administration and offices, as appropriate, regarding student behavioral cases and issues.
Provide supervision and guidance to staff members:
Supervise and evaluate three Assistant Directors (Advisor to IFC, Advisor to NPHC and MGC, and Advisor to Panhellenic Council), one Coordinator for Greek Housing Management, one Administrative Assistant and two Graduate Assistants.
Oversee the advisement of the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic Council and ensure that training, continuing education, and the facilitation of chapters/members are in line with national standards and best practices.
Provide functional supervision to and consultation with University Housing staff members responsible for administration of the Greek Park.
Provide training for the Greek community:
Conduct assessments of student development needs and create and implement programs and services to meet those needs.
Design and implement training, leadership, organizational, personal development and diversity education programs, seminars, retreats, classes, workshops and institutes for the Greek community.
Plan and participate in ongoing and annual training for fraternity and sorority chapter advisors.
Effectively communicate with all (external and internal) constituents of the Greek community:
Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with various departments on and off campus.
Promote the Greek experience to various constituencies including students, parents, faculty and staff members, alumni, and community stakeholders.
Serve as a resource for students, staff, faculty, parents, and other stakeholders in regard to general fraternity and sorority issues, questions, or concerns. Provide outreach and education for various groups as necessary.
Provide individual and group advising to help students achieve more effective social, personal and/or educational development.
Perform related work as required and other duties as assigned.
University of Georgia
Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America—launching our nation’s great tradition of world-class public education. What began as a commitment to inspire the next generation grows stronger today through global research, hands-on learning and extensive outreach. A top value in public higher education and research, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges, from combating infectious diseases and creating a dependable food supply to advancing economic growth and strengthening cyber and global security.
As Georgia’s flagship institution, the university is recognized for its commitment to student excellence through an emphasis on rigorous learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom, including hands-on research and leadership opportunities. These experiences contribute to the university’s exceptional rates in retention, graduation and career placement. Among public universities, the University of Georgia has been one of the nation’s top three producers of Rhodes Scholars over the past two decades, and its honors program is ranked as one of the top 10 in the country. The university is also home to the Peabody Awards, the most prestigious prize in electronic media.
Scholars at the University of Georgia are committed to improving quality of life for all and are leaders in pivotal fields, such as vaccine development, regenerative medicine, plant sciences and more. One of the nation’s top universities for technology commercialization, the University of Georgia ranked No. 1 in 2017 for total products reaching the market, with more than 725 products to date derived from university research. The University of Georgia has been in the Top 20 public universities in overall licensing revenue for 14 consecutive years, ranking No. 12 among public universities and No. 31 overall in 2017.
With its comprehensive reach, the university’s 17 colleges and schools enroll more than 37,000 students and have produced over 315,000 alumni living worldwide. The University of Georgia’s initiatives extend globally while touching every corner of the state, realizing the university’s land- and sea-grant missions. The university’s eight Public Service and Outreach units, which are among the strongest in the nation, help create jobs, develop leaders and address critical challenges. Research, outreach and extension serve as major drivers of economic and workforce development and spark successful partnerships that create new businesses and train the workforce of tomorrow.
The university’s threefold teaching, research and service mission spans the globe with campuses in five Georgia locations, Washington, D.C., England and Italy, as well as partnerships in more than 50 countries on six continents.
Located in the Classic City of Athens, approximately an hour northeast of Atlanta, the university thrives in a community that combines a culture-rich college town with a strong economic center. The campus is home to nearly 800 registered student and service organizations. The university’s athletic programs—21 varsity athletic teams competing as the Georgia Bulldogs—are among the most successful in NCAA Division I, and its English bulldog mascot, Uga, consistently ranks as one of the nation’s most recognizable mascots.
At the University of Georgia, it’s more than a mission. It’s a commitment we make to our students, the state of Georgia and the world.
How to Apply
Applicant screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by Monday, October 21, 2019. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated above; a current resume/CV; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant).
To provide a nomination or seek additional information, please contact Dr. Michele Howard, Search Committee Chair, at email@example.com or 706-542-3564.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
Understanding of the role of Greek Life at a large, complex institution.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise sound judgment while maintaining effective working relations with members of the University community.
Understanding of student development concepts and the ability to utilize them in student organization matters.
Demonstrating discretionary skills, ability to prioritize, and professional judgment.
Proven competence in responding to sensitive and serious crisis situations.
Knowledge of higher education law preferred.
Must possess computer knowledge and skills and be able to utilize word processing, email, internet, and calendar and database programs.
Ability to manage detailed work and balance time demands well.
Willingness to work some nights and weekend hours.
Education and Experience
Master’s Degree in higher education, college student affairs, or related field required. Completion of a terminal degree (i.e. J.D., Ph.D., Ed.D.) is preferred.
Minimum of five (5) years full-time college student affairs or related experience.
Minimum of five (5) years experience working in the area of fraternity and sorority life or related area.
Minimum of five (5) years experience working with a diverse student population preferred.
Minimum of five (5) years experience with conflict resolution/mediation preferred.
About University of Georgia
Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America — launching our nation’s great tradition of world- class education for all. One of America’s “Public Ivies” and a top 10 best value in public higher education, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges
— from combating infectious disease and securing the world’s food supply to advancing economic growth and analyzing the environment.
As Georgia’s flagship institution, the university is recognized for its commitment to student excellence, particularly through an emphasis on rigorous learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom, hands-on research, and leadership opportunities. These experiences contribute to the university’s exceptional retention, graduation and career-placement rates. Our students have earned more than 50 Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and other prestigious national academic scholarships over just the past decade. With its comprehensive reach, the university’s 17 colleges and schools enroll 36,000 students and have produced 315,000 alumni living worldwide. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instru...ctional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff.
The University of Georgia is actively engaged in a comprehensive campaign, Commit to Georgia, which includes a priority of removing barriers and opening doors for students.
Located in the Classic City of Athens, approximately an hour northeast of Atlanta, the university thrives in a community that promotes the benefits of a culture-rich college town with a strong economic center. The campus is home to more than 600 registered student and service organizations. Please see: uga.edu