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Dir Sorority & Fraternity Life

Apply now Job no: 509172
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Student Engagement AA
Union: PSU
Categories: Student Affairs & Services, Professional Staff Union (PSU)

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under general direction of Associate Dean for Off Campus Student Life and Community Engagement, the Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life leads the overall administrative functions, mission, and strategic direction for SFL to deepen student learning, engagement and impact.  The Director will be an energetic visionary member of the student life team, providing leadership to the service to the University community broadly. A commitment to student development and success, experiential learning, and a high level of student interaction is essential. Primary emphases of this position includes unit supervision and management, direct and indirect advising, support, risk management, and direction to assigned governing councils and fraternity/sorority chapters.  Areas of focus include developing and supporting SEL leadership and service programs in collaboration with other campus stakeholders. 


Essential Functions

  • Develops and implements standards, guidelines, policies, procedures and practices that inform risk management and regulatory compliance requirements for fraternity and sorority chapters and corresponding governing councils. Ensures all related information accurately reflects all applicable policies, laws, and codes (including the Code of Student Conduct). Revises materials as needed to ensure information is up to date
  • Maintains contemporary knowledge of related laws, codes, policies and the like that inform risk management and compliance requirements for Greek Letter Organizations (GLOs). Ensures related updates and changes are reflected in university policies and procedures, and updated materials/policy and procedures are effectively and timely communicated with fraternity and sorority chapters members, leadership, advisors and third party liaisons as well as university community
  • Supervises and evaluates aligned staff and ensures each receives the training and support needed to be successful in achieving job requirements
  • Oversees related program development, provides direction and vision for leadership and oversees related budgets. Develops programs and initiatives that support the evolving needs of students in SFL
  • Develops and sustains partnerships with advisors, house corporations, alumni, (inter)national organizations and other local community stakeholders through regular communication
  • Meets with GLO leaders and designees (including advisors, house directors, etc.) to review organization operations, including risk management, leadership development, programs, service, and related areas. Works to ensure required policies and protocols are incorporated into planning for all related events, travel, and activity
  • Supports accountability processes for student group misconduct including monitoring organizational standards and completion of assigned sanctions
  • Oversees development and distribution of online and printed publications and marketing materials
  • Provide direction and leadership in the implementation of assessment efforts for the SFL staff in collaboration with SACL Assessment Director to advance both the work of SFL and align with the SACL Vision and mission. Establishes, monitors and assesses program outcomes
  • Participates in the development and implementation of related SEL strategic goals and objectives.  Participates in and/or leads SEL and/or Student Affairs and Campus Life initiatives promoting student success and other priorities, as assigned
  • Serves as primary contact for sorority and fraternity life matters


Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery, Hazing and other compliance requirements
  • Demonstrates capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success
  • Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration
  • Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s Degree required in Higher Education, Public Policy, Business Administration or related field plus a minimum of 5 years post Master’s degree experience working with student organization support, student activities, advising, leadership development and program implementation related to the above
  • Demonstrated experience supervising professional staff, graduate and undergraduate student employees
  • Demonstrated experience in leading risk management and harm reduction policy development, processes implementation and/or implementation of educational initiatives  
  • Knowledgeable of and understanding of Greek Letter Organizations, national trends, recruitment processes of each council, and best practices for Greek letter organizations
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills and experience delivering trainings to students and staff
  • Excellent ability to establish positive and effective working relationships with diverse populations
  • Experience working with town/gown partners on issues related to fraternity and sorority life
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple concurrent priorities within established timeframes


 Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Terminal Degree in the above fields 
  • Full-time direct work experience in leading transformational change within student organizations
  • Established leadership in the advisement for national fraternities and sororities
  • Ability to build a dynamic team


 Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical office environment activity
  • Ability to lift boxes that weigh up to 50 lbs. for transport and set-up
  • Ability to drive to conferences and business meetings
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time


Work Schedule

  • Typical work schedule M-F 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Requires some evening and weekend work, including on call coverage


Salary Information

  • Professional Staff Salary Administration Program Position Level:  29
  • PSU Pay Schedule


Special Instructions to Applicants

In order to ensure consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references prior to the priority deadline of August 6, 2021. The position may remain open until filled. 


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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