Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

University of South Carolina in South Carolina

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted March 17, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of South Carolina promotes a positive profile of the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life by providing overall advisement, training, and support to recognized social fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina. This position will report to the associate vice president and will serve as key member of the student life leadership team. This newly established leadership position has been formed as part of a strategic initiative to strengthen and revitalize the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, emphasizing its proud tradition of scholarship, service, leadership, and friendship.

In collaboration with senior administrators in the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support, alumni (chapter advisors, volunteers, and members), and student leaders, the director will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan, goals, and measurable outcomes that will support the transformation of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life into a national model system. In leading this change process, the director will be instrumental in shaping a fraternity and sorority master plan that encompasses current and future chapter facilities and addressing the leadership development, facilities priorities, and other educational, community building, and risk management programming needs of Greek organizations. The director oversees the strategic operation and management of the Greek Activity Center (set to open in 2019), which includes, but is not limited to the application of related fees and anticipating resource allocation for the future.

Additionally, the director serves as an advocate and champion for Greek life on campus; collaborates with student life, academic, university police, and Title IX colleagues on a variety of initiatives, including programming, prevention, and reporting; facilitates cooperative relationships between Greek organizations, national chapters; supports fraternity and sorority life governance; and ensures compliance with University, as well as local and national chapter standards of conduct, recruitment, accountability, and recognition, as well as applicable municipal, state, and federal laws, of all USC-affiliated Greek organizations.

The director oversees an office currently consisting of five full time professional staff and 20 Greek Village property managers. Three additional staff members will be added when the position of director is filled. The director also manages a budget of over $1 million dollars. 

Additional duties and responsibilities of the director include:

  • Make recommendations regarding the development or modification of existing campus goals and policies regarding Greek organizations;
  • Establish priorities and guidelines for program development;
  • Assist in establishing and/or maintaining the position of the fraternity and sorority community within the collegial environment by ensuring their understanding and compliance with all University policies, the USC Student Conduct Code, the fraternity and sorority life governance guidelines, as well as municipal, state, and federal laws;
  • Provide positive guidance and mentoring for student members of the fraternity and sorority community by assisting in the orientation of advisors;
  • Manage financial resources, within budget limits, in accordance with University guidelines and under the guidance and supervision of the associate vice president by planning, developing, and monitoring the departmental budget;
  • Work with Greek student organizations and national chapters to create and maintain accurate and comprehensive records of Greek membership and participation on campus;
  • Ensure that the goals and objectives of Fraternity & Sorority Life and its programs are included in the annual strategic planning process;
  • Design and implement assessment mechanisms that evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services offered by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life;
  • Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or

 

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

A master’s degree and a minimum of seven or more years of progressive, professional leadership experience with social Greek letter organizations are required. A doctorate degree in student development, higher education administration, or related field is preferred. Familiarity with best practices and resources regarding the support and development of Greek chapters, including multicultural organizations; a track record of creative and effective leadership training/programming directed to students, as well as alumni advisers and volunteers; and a collaborative management approach are essential to success. 

Knowledge of risk management and prevention strategies; the personal fortitude needed to navigate large, complex institutional environments; and a demonstrated ability to lead change are additional desired capabilities. Excellent organizational skills; strong written and oral communication ability; superior relationship-building skills to relate effectively with a wide range of constituents, including students, campus colleagues, alumni, parents, and local community representatives; demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making abilities; and an unwavering commitment to diversity and equity will be important factors in the selection of the director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Must be a respected leader who is highly professional yet approachable; knowledgeable of strategies for promoting responsible alcohol consumption, including social norming techniques/campaigns; understand contemporary higher education issues impacting student communities, including Title IX, substance abuse, sexual violence, and other behaviors leading to significant risk-management concerns; enjoy working with students; maintain a professional decorum in all environments, including on social media; be a change agent; possess a sense of humor.

 

Contact:

Sammie Johnston

sammiej@mailbox.sc.edu 

803-777-9073

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How To Apply

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