San Diego State University seeks a dynamic, innovative, and strategic leader to serve as the next Director of the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life.
About San Diego State University
San Diego State University (SDSU) is the flagship research institution of the 23-campus California State University system and one of the top 68 public universities in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report and is designated as a Minority-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. SDSU is committed to creating educational opportunities that contribute to intellectual development and equip students to succeed in a global society. Committed to serving the richly diverse San Diego region, SDSU ranks among the top universities nationwide in terms of ethnic, racial and economic diversity among its student body. More than forty percent of its students are from the San Diego region, and more than fifty percent of its graduates stay in San Diego or Imperial County.
In 2020 SDSU launched a 5-year strategic plan that included a commitment to teaching, research and creativity, with the intention of transforming the lives of students and engaging communities. SDSU has long aspired to build a world-class university campus, research center and multi-use stadium in Mission Valley. In 2018, San Diegans enthusiastically expressed support for SDSU’s plan, which includes transit, retail, housing and the development of more than 80 acres of community parks and open space, including the 34-acre River Park. The Mission Valley campus is seen as crucial to SDSU's future enrollment growth and will enhance the university's overall impact in the region. It is expected that the campus will enable SDSU to add 15,000 students. The first phase of the expansion, Snapdragon Stadium, will open in September 2022.
About the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity
The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity is responsible for the coordination and development of student services and building the inclusive excellence of SDSU's staff and faculty. Departments include: Assistant Deans for Student Affairs; Career Services; Center for Educational Partnerships, Outreach and Success; Communications Services; Counseling & Psychological Services; Cultural and Identity Centers; Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs; Financial Aid and Scholarships; Military Veterans Program; New Student and Parent Programs; Office of the Student Ombudsman; Residential Education; Resource Management; Student Ability Success Center; Student Health Services; Student Life and Leadership; Student Rights and Responsibilities; Testing Services Office; Well-being & Health Promotion; and programming related to Inclusive Excellence.
The Division works proactively to address systemic inequities through professional learning, community building, advocacy, policy recommendations and organizational structures, while facilitating an integrated vision and shared responsibility for prioritizing and advancing institutional goals. The Division aim to foster an affirming campus culture based on the core values of excellence, equity, diversity, belonging and inclusion through:
- Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse student body and communities served by SDSU, and recruiting students who are representative of the rich diversity of the region and the world;
- Fostering an environment that is welcoming, affirming, and empowering for students, faculty, staff and alumni of all backgrounds;
- Enhancing the career and educational pathways of a diverse student body, the faculty and staff;
- Cultivating relationships with the local community that advance the well-being of diverse individuals and communities.
About Fraternity & Sorority Life
SDSU has 46 recognized sororities and fraternities and over 3,600 student members. These organizations create smaller communities with the larger University environment for the purpose of facilitating growth of SDSU students. Fraternities and sororities each have a unique purpose based on values and ethics that foster the highest ideals and behavior. SDSU's social fraternities and sororities, including both general and culturally-based organizations, are represented by the four governing councils: College Panhellenic Association, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the United Sorority & Fraternity Council.
The Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life (CFSL) facilitates student development opportunities for the fraternity and sorority community. Serving more than ten percent of the student population, CFSL provides critical support, advising, education, and engagement opportunities for the community. The center is rooted in eight espoused values, specifically:
- Academic Achievement
- Alumni and Family Relations
- Chapter Management
- Community Relations
- Community Wellness
- Diversity Education and Inclusion
- Leadership Education and Development
- Philanthropy and Service
About the Position
This is a unique opportunity for a high-energy professional to create a vibrant and engaging fraternity & sorority life program. Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Life, the Director of the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life manages a staff of 5 professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate student assistants. The Director has oversight for the daily operations of the CFSL, as well as the implementation of educational programming and engagement opportunities facilitated by the center.
The Director will develop programs and initiatives and works with various internal and external constituents in order to enhance the quality of the fraternity and sorority experience. The Director oversees long and short‐range goals and strategy development, program planning, marketing, and assessment for CFSL. The Director provides leadership and advising on issues unique to the fraternity and sorority community, on‐campus programming, and risk and liability management.
In leading the CFSL, the next Director will be expected to:
- provide inspirational vision, leadership and oversight for the university’s comprehensive fraternity & sorority life program;
- engage and support a diverse campus community and foster a welcoming, supportive, safe, and inclusive environment that promotes a sense of belonging and connection;
- advise student leaders on the development and implementation of programs, applicable policies and procedures, risk management, leadership development and organization management;
- convey a strong understanding of national and regional trends, policies, procedures, governance, organizational development and recruitment processes;
- assist with compliance with governance requirements, chapter standards, and local and campus policies through educational and restorative processes;
- review existing programs and introduce new and/or ‘best practice’ activities which enhance the student experience;
- broadening and implementing strategic priorities that support the fraternity and sorority community;
- serve as a liaison with alumni/ae advisors, community members, and inter/national offices and boards;
- write and support grant applications related to fraternity and sorority life, and collaborate with SA+CD Development in order to identify additional funding support for the CFSL;
- lead the organizational investigation and adjudication process;
- develop and implement appropriate assessment tools and programs for the community;
- forge connections and regularly dialogue with other universities that have similar fraternity & sorority life programs and be involved in professional organizations to ensure the program remains innovative and relevant to current trends;
- serve in the On Call Staff rotation and assist with crisis intervention and support for students. This position also requires evening and weekend availability;
- serve on a wide variety of University Committees including: the University’s Collaborative Incident Management Team, Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force, Hazing Prevention Task Force, Campus Management Action Team, and Aztec Nights Management Team;
- serve as a judicial hearing officer as requested by the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Candidates for the position must bring a personal energy and commitment along with professional maturity to the position. The successful candidate must possess a Master’s degree in Counseling, College Student Personnel Administration, High Education, or related field is required. A minimum of 6 to 8 years of experience in fraternity and sorority life, student activities, and/or student leadership development in a university setting is essential. Ideally, the incumbent will have knowledge of or the capacity to rapidly gain a working knowledge of the California State University System and its policies and procedures as they impact students. Experience working with privately-owned fraternity and sorority houses is a plus.
The successful candidate must demonstrate: the ability to assess, understand and be a key advocate for a healthy campus climate; a commitment to contribute to SDSU’s ongoing effort to promote a diverse and open campus community; competence in the use of assessment tools to monitor progress in meeting goals; the ability to develop and maintain productive community and university partnerships; and the proven ability to collaborate effectively and with enthusiasm.
In addition, the successful candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:
- a persuasive, charismatic, and articulate leader known for their fair-mindedness, consistency, resourcefulness and creativity in developing and presenting sound and well thought out ideas;
- possess strong leadership skills and the ability to communicate and interact with diverse groups;
- interpersonal skills to be able to identify, assess, and mediate conflict, problem solve, and propose appropriate solutions;
- demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships with multiple departments and diverse constituent groups;
- ability to work collaboratively using a team approach;
- demonstrated experience assessing the needs of students with respect to leadership development;
- proven experience exercising good judgment and the ability to remain unbiased and impartial in dealing with fraternity and sorority issues;
- demonstrated experience advising and counseling students, ability to provide guidance and advise in all aspects of program planning, budget implementation, leadership development, problem solving, and assessment;
- demonstrated experience responding appropriately to student concerns and manage student issues with sound judgment and professionalism.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send, as two separate documents, a resume and a letter of application that relates skills, abilities, knowledge, and professional experiences to the stated qualifications for the position and notable achievements. The packet should be sent to: DFSLSDSU@wspelman.com Recruitment is underway and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by July 15, 2022. Confidential inquiries should be made to Megan Spelman at (585) 750-7091 or Megan@wspelman.com
San Diego State University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.
After a contingent offer of employment is made, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed. Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of the applicant or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for this position.
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy
In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine.
The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.