The University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Sep 10, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss) is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships, and 16 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, Southern Miss is a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, Golden Eagles strive to have a positive impact on their community.

Reporting to the assistant vice president for student connections, the director of fraternity and sorority life provides leadership and vision for fraternity and sorority life engagement and promotes leadership development, chapter and council advising, policy development, and advisor support. The director supervises four full-time staff members—three council advisors and one office manager—in the oversight of 27 fraternities and sororities and the three governing councils which include: College Panhellenic Council (CPC), the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). The director communicates the mission and vision of the department to the fraternity/sorority and university communities, parents, alumni, and fraternity & sorority national headquarters staff. The director will lead departmental strategic planning and vision development and will work with the fraternity and sorority community through hands-on advising, innovative and creative programming, and educational initiatives, ensuring members are healthy, are learning and feel connected which is critical to the success of the community. The director is responsible for hiring and developing a high performing and cohesive staff, budget management, and overall administration of the sorority and fraternity community.

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in higher education, student personnel, or related field and four or more years of progressive post-masters experience in fraternity & sorority affairs, student involvement, or a related functional area in higher education. The candidate must have demonstrated management experience with budget oversight, personnel supervision, and program development. Southern Miss seeks a professional with passion, a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, student advocacy, and student-centered learning and development. Previous experience in strategic planning and an ability to build consensus and support for short and long-term goals and strong written and interpersonal communication with the ability to communicate effectively with all components of the University and external constituents will be important considerations in the selection of the director of fraternity and sorority life.

Review of applications will begin October 8, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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