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Director of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Student Affairs

Bucknell maintains a rich tradition of Greek-letter organizations, beginning with the founding of the first fraternity in 1855 and the first sorority in 1895. The fraternity and sorority community is comprised of 18 chapters totaling 50% of the eligible student body facilitated by sophomore status-deferred recruitment program.

The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs is a key staff member in Bucknell University's Division of Student Affairs, reporting to the Associate Dean of Students for Living, Learning & Leadership and supervising two Assistant Directors, collectively supporting all aspects of the fraternity and sorority community.

Living, Learning & Leadership at Bucknell University provides intentional educational experiences for students that support the academic mission of the University. We are a team of 12 full-time professionals who lead the areas of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Residential Education, First-Year Experience, Student Leadership Programs, and Housing Services. By centering student learning and affording students the authorship of their own Bucknell experience, we thoughtfully cultivate residential and leadership opportunities to advance individual growth and development. We are committed to diversity and inclusiveness, wellness, and personal development. As a team, we challenge ourselves to strive for excellence.

This position is a full-time, 12-month, exempt, benefits eligible position and requires some evening and weekend work.

Job Duties: 
-Develop strategic initiatives, programs, and policies to support and strengthen Bucknell's national fraternity and sorority system within a residential, liberal context.
-Create and implement 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.
-Provide supervision, review, support, and professional mentorship to two Assistant Directors of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.
-In collaboration with the Assistant Directors of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, advise the established governing councils (IFC, Panhellenic), Peer Advisers, Greek Honorary Societies (Order of Omega), and chapter presidents and executive boards.
-Develop and implement 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 and New Member Education.
-Engage the Alumni Greek Council and work collaboratively with members of the alumni community.
-Oversee the Council on Greek Life, comprised of a variety of University stakeholders working to advance the fraternal community.
-Develop training, communicate expectations, and establish a support structure for faculty and alumni Chapter Advisers, Alumni Advisory Boards and Housing Corporations.
-Uphold all policies and procedures of the University and assist with fraternity and sorority conduct processes, ensuring congruence with University, council and national headquarter procedures and best practices.
-Develop, implement and assess risk management policies and procedures for all chapters and the Greek-letter community.
-Supervise the recruitment efforts of fraternities and sororities, the expansion, colonization/recolonization, and chartering processes in accordance with appropriate University, international headquarter, National Interfraternity, and National Panhellenic Council guidelines.
-Manage the budgetary process for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.
-Oversee the management of university-owned chapter facilities.
-Prepare and submit reports detailing GPA, recruitment and membership statistics and maintain the website and social presence.
Departmental and Divisional Responsibilities
-Represent the Fraternity & Sorority Affairs by serving on University committees
-Attend and actively participate in office, departmental and divisional staff meetings, retreats and trainings.
-Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, including staff, faculty, students, alumni, parents, and international headquarters staff, to advance the goals of the office, division and University.
-Maintain a high degree of visibility and availability to students, faculty and staff members.
-Manage complex and sensitive issues with compassion and confidentiality.
-Complete other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 
-Master's degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, education or a related field
-Five years of professional experience working within Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
-Five years of progressively responsible experience leading, managing, and supervising professionals
-Knowledge of and a working understanding of fraternity and sorority affairs and risk management policies in a residential university setting
-Ability to effectively interface with a wide variety of constituents including students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and community members
-Strong commitment to student growth and development

The Director will be expected to be appropriately involved in professional development at the national level and demonstrate a committee to diversity and inclusiveness.

Preferred Qualifications: 
-Six years of experience working within Fraternity & Sorority Affairs

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, 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. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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