Bucknell University, a highly selected private liberal arts college, seeks a Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs who provides leadership, strategic thinking and commitment to the fraternity and sorority community.
About Bucknell University
Bucknell is a unique national university where liberal arts and professional programs complement each other. The university offers more than 50 majors toward baccalaureate degree programs for 3,500 undergraduates. The university is located on a beautiful 450- acre campus in central Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Valley. New York City, Washington, D. C., Baltimore and Philadelphia are three hour drives from Lewisburg, which is ranked among the nation’s “most livable” small towns, on the basis of key resources of health care, safety, and the economic base. (For more information about Bucknell University, see www.bucknell.edu).
Bucknell maintains a rich tradition of fraternities and sororities with 16 chapters established, totaling 60% of the eligible student body facilitated by a sophomore status deferred recruitment program. These organizations abide by The Standards, a governing document which sets expectations that organizations strive to fulfill their missions and demonstrate commitment to the growth and development of each member. (For more information, see Fraternity and Sorority Affairs).
The mission and vision of the Division of Student Affairs
Through fostering dynamic and inclusive communities, the Division of Student Affairs supports the well-being of students, encourages their transformative development, and challenges them to positively affect their communities as responsible global citizens. Our mission is achieved through our vision of inspiring students to grow beyond what they thought was possible.
Here, the different departments within the division are collectively committed to supporting students as they achieve academic success and developmental growth during their years on campus. Assisting students in achieving personal goals both inside and outside the classroom is key to the Bucknell student experience. As a division of the Office of the Provost, Student Affairs strongly values the integration of academic and student life.
As indicated in the University mission statement, “Bucknell fosters a residential, co-curricular environment in which students develop intellectual maturity, personal conviction and strength of character, informed by a deep understanding of different cultures and diverse perspectives.” The departments within Student Affairs develop initiatives that center around Bucknell’s Educational Goals.
As a result of these goals and priorities, Student Affairs is well positioned to support and assist students in achieving personal and academic success as members of groups and communities. Our endeavors help create enthusiastic alumni and assist Bucknell in educating the leaders of tomorrow.
The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs is a key staff member in Bucknell University’s Division of Student Affairs. The Director reports to an Associate Dean of Students and supervises two Assistant Directors, collectively supporting all aspects of the fraternity and sorority community.
The Director will create and develop the vision for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, providing leadership, developing expectations, engaging in strategic planning; developing programs characterized by collegial engagement, inclusivity, and social responsibility; overseeing financial management; and assessing the fraternity and sorority experience in the context of a liberal arts, residential co-curricular institution.
The Successful Candidate
The successful candidate must possess a thorough knowledge of student development theories and their application to students at a private, liberal arts national university. Key areas for this position include: developing strategic initiatives, programs, and policies to support and strengthen Bucknell’s national fraternity and sorority system within a residential, liberal arts context; implementing The Standards, a guiding set of expectations governing the fraternity and sorority community that establishes a system and protocol to remain in good standing and a means to assess each chapter’s programs and goals; providing supervision, review, support, and professional mentorship to two Assistant Directors of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs; overseeing the established governing councils: Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic, Peer Advisers, Greek Honorary Societies (Order of Omega), and chapter presidents and executive boards; developing and implementing student leadership initiatives and programming that engender a fraternal community characterized by collegial engagement and social responsibility including, but not limited to, Fraternity and Sorority 101, Peer Adviser training, New Member Education, and Greek Leadership Summit; upholding all policies and procedures of the University and assisting with fraternity and sorority conduct processes, ensuring congruence with University, council, and national headquarter procedures and best practices; and developing, implementing, and assessing risk management policies and procedures for all chapters and the fraternity and sorority community.
Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, education, or a related field required with a minimum of five years of relevant experience. Knowledge of and a working understanding of fraternity and sorority affairs and risk management policies in a residential university setting. A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is expected. This position requires evening and weekend availability.
Interested candidates should send a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information including name, address, phone and email for five references. The application packet should be sent electronically to DFSBU@wspelman.com. The subject line in the email should be DFSBU. Confidential inquiries may be made by contacting Cynthia Woolbright at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 585-787-0325.
Confidentiality will be maintained, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge or approval from the candidate. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.