A well-qualified candidate within this department or unit has been identified and will be considered for the position alongside other qualified candidates identified through a competitive recruitment process. The University reserves its right to give priority consideration to internal qualified candidates.
Northwestern University is looking for an experienced, innovative, culturally competent, student-centered administrator to serve as the Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life. Under the supervision of the Executive Director of Campus Life, the Director is responsible for the comprehensive supervision and advising of our fraternity and sorority life community. The position leads the strategy, program and curriculum development, and assessment of student learning, community, and support through partnerships with international headquarters, campus partners, and advisors. The Director leads the development and implementation of harm reduction, social justice, and leadership development areas for 40+ chapters across four governing councils through a lens of racial equity and collective impact. The position directly supervises three full-time staff and supports the supervision of two graduate assistants and undergraduate employees and interns. The Director is a member of the Campus Life team comprised of three departments: Fraternity & Sorority Life, Leadership Development & Community Engagement, and Student Organizations & Activities and also serves as a member of the Student Engagement Team alongside New Student Experience, Religious & Spiritual Life, and Commencement.
Please Note: Some evening & weekend hours may be necessary.
Leadership and Strategy
Leads the planning and implementation of all fraternity and sorority life programs for the ~30-40% affiliated undergraduate students at Northwestern. Oversees a comprehensive strategy with curriculum development for harm reduction, social justice, and leadership.
Works alongside the Directors of SOA and LDCE to coordinate and implement the Campus Life strategy.
Staff Management and Supervision
Supervises the FSL team, made up of full-time professionals, part-time graduate assistants, and student staff. Establishes training expectations for all staff; plans and facilitates department retreats and meetings.
In consultation with the Executive Director, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates staff within areas of responsibility
Partnerships, Communication and Outreach
Partner with stakeholders to create positive, strategic relationships with students and families, international headquarters, alumni, vendors, professional associations, and the City of Evanston including assisting with chapter establishment or re-establishment processes.
Cultivate mutually beneficial campus partnerships with alumni relations and development, residential services, dean of students, counseling and psychological services, campus inclusion and community, health promotion and wellness, new student experience, Norris University Center, student affairs marketing, and student affairs assessment and planning.
Facilitates a comprehensive risk management and harm reduction compliance and education program (including but not limited to: hazing prevention, alcohol and other drugs, Title IX and sexual misconduct, etc.) for all fraternity and sorority councils and chapters.
Directs and manages assessment programs to align with the Student Engagement Integration Model and Leadership Framework
Prepares, submits for approval, and manages the annual appropriated and self-supporting budgets for areas of responsibility.
Establish, disseminate, and interpret inter/national and university policies and procedures as they pertain to the fraternity and sorority community at Northwestern University chapters, councils, and advisors for approval with Risk Management and General Counsel.
Provide emergency response and crisis intervention to the fraternity and sorority community when needed.
Prepares and signs invoices and contracts related to student organization event activities.
Prepares annual report for the department areas as requested regarding fraternity and sorority involvement and engagement metrics, unit budgets, policies, etc.
Integrates risk management and harm reduction strategies with both on and off campus programs, advising, travel, and funding.
Serves on committee(s) of the Division of Student Affairs, and University at-large.
Performs other duties as assigned.
A master's degree, with experience in fraternity and sorority advising or student activities, or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
Course work in college student personnel and/or leadership and organizational theory, business administration, office management, is desirable;
Five years administrative experience, including a like number of years in a supervisory role in a service, management, or collegiate setting.
Demonstrated experience and skill in the following areas: fraternity and sorority chapter and/or council advising; professional and student staff supervision; staff and advisor training/development; student organization development and education; program development and evaluation; diversity, equity and inclusion training or education; leadership and risk management education; customer service response; qualitative and quantitative assessment; appropriated and self-supporting budget development and management; goal setting; and policy development.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Trains people for current assignment and develops them for promotion; uses feedback and personal example to encourage higher performance
Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one's own team; respects the needs and contributions of others.
Communicates effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
Creates an environment of understanding and acceptance; solicits input from a wide variety of people and functions; challenges organizational policies and practices that may be exclusionary.
Effectively performs duties and responsibilities; displays attention to detail; supports organizational policies; anticipates demands/pressures of assignments and adjusts accordingly.
Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.
Demonstrates ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to detail; targets projects or initiatives that require special attention and focuses on key tasks when faced with limited time and/or resources
Ability to easily contact and develop working relationships with students, colleagues, and community partners.
Administrative and supervisory experience in a college setting.
Experience training student leaders and advisors.
Experience coordinating campus-wide programs and working with students at a college or university.
Experience developing and facilitating programs, with attention to risk management, budgets, and student travel.
Experience with fraternity and sorority learning, development, and social justice & equity.
Supervision experience of professional staff, graduate students and undergraduate interns.
Experience with student learning outcomes, programmatic outcomes and various assessment strategies.
Knowledge of current issues and trends in and student affairs, student involvement, and fraternity and sorority life.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Stays current on technical/professional information; identifies methods for improving work procedures or systems; solicits feedback from customers, peers and superiors.
Follows through on commitments; incorporates honesty, respect and fairness in daily actions; demands trustworthiness from others; demonstrates courage and objectivity.
Explores alternatives to existing products and services; identifies opportunities to improve procedures and practices; shows imagination.
Demonstrates logic, rationality and objectivity; shows common sense; uses all available information to make educated decisions
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