Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
At, Rhodes College, we aspire to graduate students with a life-long passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We will achieve our aspiration through a college wide commitment to our vision.
Rhodes' rigorous approach to liberal arts and sciences inspires students to discover and cultivate lifelong passions, and to make a difference in the classroom, on campus, in the city of Memphis, and throughout the world. Simply put, our mission is to prepare students for life and career, wherever those journeys take them.
The Division of Student Life plays an integral role in the College's vision and values, and every member of the Division of Student Life supports the delivery of a transformative student experience.
The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life provides creative vision and leadership for fraternity and sorority life programs and services. The position reports to the Dean of Belonging & Leadership and provides assistance in the leadership and administration of the Belonging & Leadership alignment and serves as one of the institution's student advocates.
The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life will be an energetic visionary member of the student life team, providing leadership and service to the Rhodes community broadly. A commitment to student development and success, experiential learning, and a high level of student interaction is essential.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead Fraternity & Sorority Life
- Collaboratively lead the review, creation, implementation and enhancement of services, programs, training, policies and procedures, which support fraternity and sorority life, including:
- Chapter Assessment Processes and Reviews
- New Member Orientation
- Chapter Leadership training and development programs
- National Organization support and communication
- Provide specialized leadership in focus on harm reduction and bystander intervention (Green Dot) training and drug and alcohol training
- service, values integration
- education & wellness
- Oversee nationally affiliated fraternities and sororities, Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society and Rho Lambda. Serve as the primary advisor for the Interfraternity, Panhellenic, and National Pan-Hellenic Councils. Provide leadership development, risk management, personal development, educational programs, and training for chapter members, chapter and council officers.
- Engage with alumni, chapter advisors, and national headquarters' officials to support FSL goals and cultivate a relationship with the college including planning and hosting advisor training and meetings.
- Serves as the primary resource related to campus fraternity and sorority life issues and works collaboratively to identify, facilitate, and implement a vast array of student support services;
- Provide resources, information and education to students, their families, faculty and staff regarding student involvement in Greek organizations.
- Collaboratively lead the review and ultimately oversee the event management process for Fraternity and Sorority life events.
Support Belonging & Leadership
- Serve as an active and engaged member of the Belonging & Leadership alignment. Provide direct support and collaboration across the alignment.
- Support diversity, equity, and inclusion work across the alignment and division.
Ensure Administrative Effectiveness
- Ensures compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
- Supervise, train and evaluate student leaders and student staff associated with FSL.
- Maintain a cooperative relationship with Physical Plant staff, Campus Safety officers and Division of Student Life staff; Collaborates effectively with a variety of departments throughout the college and in the community to enhance fraternity and sorority life.
- Fulfill on-call responsibilities on a rotating basis; As needed assist with crisis intervention and management, stabilizing the situation and coordinating the notification of the appropriate college officials/referral agencies; Manage crises related to FSL organization behavior. Serve as a liaison with the inter/national headquarters and chapter advisors. Advise, consult with and provide direction for the involved chapter(s), council and overall FSL community.
- Prepares long- and short- range plans and budgets, and monitors and reports performance related to goals and manage office budget.
- Supports and maintain programs and services that engage and retain students.
- Master's Degree in higher education administration, student personnel or related field required.
- Minimum of three to five years professional work experience in higher education (fraternity and sorority life preferred).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of Compliance & Risk Management
- Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and policies
- Proven leadership in the area of risk management
- Ability and experience in investigating and responding to risk management and wellness concerns
- Knowledge and experience with policies and legal issues in higher education
- Knowledge of FERPA, Clery, Title IX, and other applicable federal laws
Ability to Provide Leadership and Supervise Staff and Manage Environments
- Able to work independently in a highly productive and fast-paced environment
- Ability to provide consultation and coaching for managers, supervisors, staff, faculty and administrators
- Ability to mediate and use problem-solving skills to conduct alternative dispute resolution
- A thorough understanding of the organizational management of student affairs including partnership building with students, faculty, staff, parents, and community
- Ability to provide perspective and utilize a proactive style of leadership that encourages teamwork and interaction
- Ability to work with a culturally diverse population, promote a campus climate of inclusion and participation by all students
- Ability to analyze complex situations and to make sound judgments and decisions
Strong Communications Skills
- Excellent written and communication skills
- Demonstrated understanding of student services and deep commitment to the connection between the curricular and co-curricular spheres of a college community
- Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the ability to deal with complex and sometimes sensitive issues
- Ability to handle confidential information
- Ability to effectively present information to large groups of people
Collaborative and Relational Approach
- Ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships across campus with special attention to Dean of Students, Residence Life, Campus Safety, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Activities, Inclusion and Involvement, and Counseling Center
- Ability to interact effectively and respectfully with students, faculty, staff, and families in order to establish and maintain good working relationships
- Flexible and evening and weekend hours will be required
A complete application includes a cover letter, a resume and the names of three references.
Review of completed applications will begin April 12, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
Rhodes offers an excellent benefits package and a great working environment. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workforce.