The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (U-M), the public flagship university of the state and one of the world’s preeminent research universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean of Students/Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Now operating in its third century, U-M continues to explore how it will fulfill its mission to develop leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. Since 1845, fraternities and sororities have provided quality academic, personal, social and service opportunities that empower students. As the University of Michigan prepares to begin a new chapter for FSL in its extraordinary history, it seeks a leader who will develop a strategic vision to enhance the community and activities of FSL.
Reporting to Dean of Students Laura Blake Jones, the associate dean/director serves as a divisional leader for Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) and a member of the Dean of Students leadership team. Approximately twenty percent of undergraduate students are involved in FSL, which includes more than 50 organizations that produce a high volume of programs, events and activities, and occupy 34 off-campus chapter-housing facilities. In February 2020, U-M will open a new 11,000 square foot center for Fraternity & Sorority Life, centrally located on the campus, which will provide a forum for meetings and events hosted by unhoused chapters.
The successful candidate will be an experienced leader and bold problem-solver who can think creatively about the great potential of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Michigan, bringing best practices to bear for FSL from a variety of areas including diversity, equity and inclusion, mental health, risk management, fiscal management and incident response. The new leader will be student-centered, highly collaborative, politically astute, and possess a commitment to the supported self-governance structure of FSL specifically and more broadly, at the University. An ability to adapt strategy to accommodate both emerging national trends and the U-M community's needs, aptitude for developing trusting and positive relationship with a variety of stakeholders, and excellent and diplomatic communication skills will be foundational qualities for the Associate Dean. A master's degree and seven years of progressively responsible and relevant leadership experienced is required; affiliation with a fraternal organization and experience with fraternity and sorority life is preferred.
Additional information on the University of Michigan can be found at https://umich.edu/. The global executive search firm WittKieffer has been retained to assist the University with this recruitment. A leadership profile can be found at www.wittkieffer.com. Inquiries, nominations and applications are welcome. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 4, 2020. Candidates should provide as two separate documents a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Sheila Murphy, Shelley Arakawa, and Sara Sheckells at [email protected]. The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Shalonda Alleyne, administrative support for this search, at 630-575-6157.
The University of Michigan is an inclusive community. U-M consistently ranks as a top employer in higher education and with a diverse population; we are better equipped to serve our missions of education, research and patient care. With a more equitable and welcoming climate, we can better attract and retain world-class students, faculty and staff.
The University of Michigan Student Life is committed to student learning and the development of the whole student in a diverse and multicultural campus community. Student Life seeks to engender a diverse community that is accessible, safe and inclusive. We value a community that appreciates and learns from our similarities and differences. We pledge our commitment to support the success of all community members.