Assistant Dean & Director, Fraternities, Sororities, and Living Groups

Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Massachusetts

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 29, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time


The MIT Division of Student Life seeks an energetic and visionary leader for the Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living Groups (FSILGs). As the Assistant Dean/Director this person will oversee a greek system established over 125 years ago and will guide the office as it enters a new stage in its long rich history. We seek a candidate with the ability to collaborate across the organization with student leaders, faculty, alumni and divisional colleagues to move forward a vision into action. The ideal candidate will be well versed in best practices of Student Affairs and Greek Life and will have the ability to balance those skills with the specific needs of the Institute. Additionally, we seek an individual who thrives in a student-centered environment and appreciates the knowledge and energy MIT alumni bring as members who are ingrained in the fabric of the Institute.


Basic Function and Responsibilities

The Assistant Dean/Director of FSILGs helps to develop and maintain an environment that maximizes the personal growth of students and student leaders; supporting a diverse and multicultural community and contributes to the development of policies and programs throughout the Division of Student Life. The Assistant Dean/Director will also represent the Institute to government and private organizations in Boston, Cambridge and nationwide.   

The Assistant Dean/Director has a central role in sustaining and deepening the long relationship between the FSILG Office and the two groups of alumni and volunteers who advise and support on a programmatic level as well as an operational level. These alumni volunteers are committed to the health and vitality of MIT’s exceptional FSILG community. In particular, the Assistant Dean/Director of FSILGs must be especially effective in communicating the values based ideals of the FSILG’s to the larger community, increasing opportunities for coaching and mentoring of undergraduates as well as sharing these skills with alumni volunteers.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

·         Develops a strategic plan that supports both the educational mission of MIT and the student development curriculum, including the assessment, design, and implementation of a comprehensive operational and programmatic plan.

·         Works closely with alumni, students, staff, faculty, and others in assessing the needs and outcomes of a successful values-based FSILG program.

·         Advises student leaders on the development of new programs and initiatives along with continuing to support established initiatives and programs. 

·         Researches best practices at other educational institutions.

·         Provides supervision and direction to staff. Supports long-term career success of staff by encouraging professional development activities, participating in training programs, and ongoing assessment of performance.

·         Encourages and facilitates the development of effective working relationships between students, staff, faculty, alumni and student governing councils.

·         Works with alumni of FSILG House Corporations that manage independently owned FSILG properties.  Provides oversight and direction to a system of 37 live-in graduate resident advisors (GRAs) that serve as a link between the Corporations, the residents, and MIT.  

·         Provides management and direction to staff in the planning and administration of GRA selection, training, and evaluation, including regular in-service training and/or information programs.  

·         Advises alumni FSILG officers and committees to assist them in accomplishing their goals in the context of the mission of the Institute.

·         Supports student and alumni governance processes by participating in ongoing meetings and initiatives, including the Association of Independent Living Groups (AILG), the Independent Residence Development Fund (IRDF), the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Living Group Council (LGC), and the Panhellenic Association (Panhel).

·         Develops and maintains effective management procedures and policies as they apply to FSILG programs and events, and alcohol policies.

·         Manages the FSILG budget and ensures that funds are spent carefully and responsibly and are aligned with both the DSL and MIT missions.

·         Establishes and promotes collaboration with other MIT administrative offices to enhance the MIT FSILG experience.  Work closely with all Dean for Student Life offices as well as other MIT department/divisions on opportunities to develop and enhance student life as appropriate.

·         Serves as a back-up responder as a leader of the Dean on Call system.  In this role provides Dean on Call support and student crisis intervention for the campus on a 24 hour rotating on-call basis. Assists in the supervision and support of primary on-call responders.

·         In partnership with the Office of Community and Government Relations, serves as liaison to, and builds and maintains productive relationships with various city regulatory agencies and boards, neighborhood associations, and nearby colleges and universities, including the Cambridge License Commission and the Boston License Board.   

·         Serves as liaison to and works collaboratively with the Institute offices and departments, including the Campus Activities Complex, Campus Police, the MIT Alumni Association, the Center for Community Development and Substance Abuse Research and Policy, Office of Student Citizenship, Insurance and Legal Counsel, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), Facilities, Office of Community and Government Relations, the Treasurer, and others in support of events, contracts, or policies relating to each.

·         Assists in conflict resolution and discipline at MIT, including all FSILG student government processes. Ensure that effective support and advice is provided to uphold FSILG ideals and standards. 

·         Maintains collaborative relationships with National and International Fraternal partners.

·         Additional projects and assignments as directed by the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life.
Supervision Received
Direct supervision is received from the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life.

Supervision Exercised
Direct supervision is exercised over two Assistant Directors of FSILGs.


Master’s degree in Counseling, College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or related area required. A minimum of seven years of progressive experience in a university setting, with substantial depth and breadth in Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, and living/learning communities, required. Demonstrated commitment to the development of comprehensive programming models and evaluation mechanisms is required. Strong adherence to best practices, including AFA Core Competencies, NASPA and ACPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners, and CAS Standards. Strong management, communication, and organizational skills are essential, as is good judgment, flexibility and sensitivity in understanding and relating to students of various backgrounds. The ability to work closely with faculty and alumni is required. Experience in a diverse, high intensity academic environment is desired, as is the ability to think critically and broadly about issues facing Fraternity/Sorority life. Demonstrated experience in hiring, training, and supervising a diverse and dynamic staff is essential. This position requires some evening and weekend work.

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