Acceptance and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The global executive search firm WittKieffer has been retained to assist the University with this recruitment. A leadership profile can be found at www.wittkieffer.com. Inquiries, nominations, and applications are welcome. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 28, 2020.
Candidates should provide us two separate documents: a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Sheila Murphy and Shelley Arakawa at UMAssocDeanDirFSL@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Shalonda Alleyne, administrative support for this search, at 630-575-6157.
Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) is dedicated to the development of its diverse student body through close collaboration with the University community, fraternity/sorority alumni, inter/national organizations, and the Ann Arbor community. It provides quality academic, personal, social, and service opportunities that empower students to serve, lead, and conduct themselves with integrity and in accordance with sound fraternal values.
Students involved in FSL at the University of Michigan represent nearly twenty percent of the undergraduate student body. Organized within four distinct councils, these more than 50 fraternal organizations produce a high volume of programs, events, and activities throughout the academic year, and occupy 35 off-campus chapter housing facilities.
The Dean of Students office (DOS) promotes student development and enhances the experience of undergraduate and graduate students through programs, services, partnerships/connections, and policy development that promote an inclusive campus climate and facilitates the successful navigation of campus life. Core work includes promoting a safe and respectful campus community, enhancing students’ Michigan experience, responding to critical incidents impacting students, and recognizing and responding to the emerging needs of the student population.
The Associate Dean of Students/Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life (Director) serves as a Divisional leader and member of the Dean of Students leadership team and is responsible for leading Fraternity & Sorority Life staff, affiliated sponsored and voluntary student organizations, student leaders, and FSL alumni in the planning, development, and implementation of activities and programs that support and advance the foundational values underpinning fraternal organizations.
The Director is responsible for executing a strategic vision to advance the community and for proactively managing the operational and administrative activities of Fraternity & Sorority Life. The Director provides resources, expertise, and direction for the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the Panhellenic Association (Panhel), and their respective chapter leaders. In their capacity as Associate Dean, the Director responds to emergent student needs and issues within the University community and represents the Dean in a variety of capacities and in responding to emergent and unpredictable circumstances.
Provide visionary leadership for the continued evolution of the FSL community at the University of Michigan.
Develop and implement community mission, vision, strategic plan, and unit goals and objectives in collaboration with students, staff, and alumni.
Develop and implement leadership development, risk-management, health-wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and other programming, which meets the developmental needs of collegiate members and their chapters.
Utilize Achievement Expectations program and outcomes to actualize FSL goals.
Identify and secure funding for educational programs, leadership, and chapter development initiatives.
Develop and administer creative marketing and outreach to serve a diverse and vibrant fraternity, sorority community.
Ensure effectiveness of FSL support for chapters that are not meeting Achievement Expectations, membership or other goals.
Develop and implement strategies to engage parents/families, neighbors of off-campus chapter facilities, and other stakeholders in program development.
Assist in the development and implementation of strategies to enhance supported self-governance and advance risk-management practices for pre/professional fraternal organizations sponsored by other departments across the campus.
Finance and Human Resources (20%)
Responsible for overall effectiveness of all FSL staff: one associate director, two assistant directors, two program specialists, one program manager, one administrator coordinator, one records specialist, one building manager, four graduate interns, and four undergraduate program assistants.
Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate the work of the associate director, two assistant directors, one program specialists, and the office manager,
Ensure compliance with University policy and local, state, and federal requirements.
Develop and administer the departmental budget.
Work with councils to implement shared funding model and ensure that their budgeting and planning accommodates necessary salary obligations, programming, and administrative needs.
Crisis, Conflict, and Risk-Management (20%)
Manage crises related to student organization behavior.
Provide intervention when student behavior is potentially harmful to others and/or self-destructive.
Provide conflict resolution for individual students and between student organizations.
Develop and/or recommend services, programs, and actions for preventing or resolving problems affecting the FSL community.
Interpret University policy at it relates to departmental services to students, FSL staff, alumni, and inter/national fraternity and sorority headquarters.
Coordinate FSL staff presence during high-risk evening and weekend events as part of coordinated risk-management efforts.
Ensure effectiveness of investigations, record keeping, interventions, and reported outcomes of the Hazing/Incident Response Team and serve as complainant in formal judicial cases, as indicated.
Partner with inter/national organization headquarters, alumni advisors, house directors and house corporations to proactively influence chapter behavior and enact comprehensive risk-management policies.
Fundraising and Development Activities (15%)
Actively collaborate with Student Life Development staff to cultivate donor interest in advancing the FSL community at the University of Michigan.
Develop strategic funding priorities to support the advancement of the department’s mission, vision, and goals.
Develop a commitment to University philanthropy within FSL leaders and members.
Designate FSL staff to administer chapter scholarships and assist with grant funded projects, when needed.
Administrative Duties (15%)
Ensure effectiveness of building operations and space reservation systems for FSL facility at 1443 Washtenaw.
Ensure FSL compliance with cash handling practices relevant to collection of new member fees, chapter dues, and other payments.
Represent FSL students and organizations within Student Life, to other divisions and departments of the University and to the public.
Serve as a liaison between the University and the Panhellenic Alumnae Council; Interfraternity Council Alumni; each council’s alumni chapters and regional advisors, House Corporation Board members, and other alumni; inter/national fraternity and sorority headquarters; National Panhellenic Conference; North-American Interfraternity Conference; National Pan-Hellenic Council; National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association; North American Latino Fraternal Organizations; University of Michigan staff and faculty and the city of Ann Arbor.
Serve as divisional and University spokesperson for issues relevant to FSL working closely with staff in Public Affairs.
Communicate unit programs, events, accomplishments and important announcements for divisional publications and websites for widespread distribution.
Assist in the development of Student Life mission, goals, and strategies and their implementation within FSL.
Represent FSL in the Big10 Fraternity and Sorority Advisor working groups and the Association for Fraternal Advisors annual meetings and initiatives
Represent the Dean of Students at meetings and events as delegated.
Actively participate in the Student Life Leadership Assembly, Student Life Strategy Group and network actively with Student Life directors and other University staff and faculty essential to the success of the unit.
Actively represent Student Life on University-wide committees, councils, and task forces.
Prepare reports and provide information for the Dean of Students and perform other administrative duties as assigned.
As Associate Dean, provide backup support for on-call staff members providing 24/7 campus emergency coverage within FSL and the Dean of Students offices for critically emergent situations and after hours student needs.
Student Advising (10%)
Assess the diverse organizational needs of students within FSL chapters and councils including the unique needs of culturally-based fraternal organizations in order to provide relevant education, programming, training and risk-management.
Serve as a resource and liaison to all FSL sponsored councils and voluntary student organizations, their officers, and members including the councils, chapters, Greek Week, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Greek Activities Review Panel, Social Responsibility Committee, and Hazing/Incident Response Team.
Attend or delegate staff attendance at as many meetings and activities of these affiliated groups as possible.
Education: Masters Degree in higher education/student affairs administration or a closely related field.
Experience: Seven (7) years of progressively responsible leadership/work experience within higher education, inter/national fraternal organizations or closely related field.
Experience: Five (5) years of supervision and evaluation of professional staff.
Knowledge of and experience with the application of student and leadership development theories within fraternal organizations.
Knowledge of and experience implementing best practices in risk-management.
Ability to demonstrate knowledge in the following core areas: promotion of physical and psychological health/wellness, sexual misconduct prevention and response, prevention of high-risk use of alcohol and other drugs, diversity, equity, and inclusion, leadership development and hazing prevention.
Knowledge of and networks with inter/national organizations, alumni and external community members.
Work Authorization: Must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
Ensure that appropriate success metrics, including Key Performance Indicators (KPI's), participation, satisfaction, and comprehensive student and/or staff learning outcomes are gathered, analyzed, reported, and utilized for data-informed decision-making and continuous improvement.
Professional Experience: Eight to Ten (8-10) years of professional experience, with five years focused within fraternity and sorority life either on a college campus or within an inter/national headquarters staff.
Knowledge of recruitment and intake practices of IFC, MGC, NPHC, and Panhellenic chapters.
Maintain professional knowledge base including theory, new research, trends, and best practices in the administration of FSL programs. Ability to educate relevant constituencies on such.
This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.
Experience with strategic planning and inspiring collective vision.
Strong administrative, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to communicate effectively and develop relationships with diverse constituencies.
Experience with a fast-paced work environment.
Ability to foster relationships with students and develop partnerships with inter/national organizations, alumni, parents, faculty and staff.
Ability to demonstrate cultural competence and prior experience relating to/intersecting with diversity, inclusion, and equity.
The position is exempt and requires frequent evening and weekend work from August through April and regular participation in serving as a resource for an on-call staff member in the Dean of Students Office.
This position requires the ability to travel to various campus locations. The person in this position may need to move and transport items weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds, etc.
The person in this position routinely moves throughout the facility to attend meetings/events and access files or information.
Student Affairs Associate Director (1)
Student Affairs Assistant Director (2)
Program Specialist (1)
Administrative Coordinator (1)
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 184395
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