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Additionally please include your current salary and your salary expectations.

Job Summary

Actual salary commensurate with experience, education and equity factors.

Department Summary

The Office of Greek Life is dedicated to the development of its diverse student body through close collaboration with the University community, Greek 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.

Job Summary

The Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Greek Life (Director) is responsible for leading Greek-letter students and student organizations, alumni, and Office of Greek Life staff in the planning, development, and implementation of activities and programs that support and advance the foundational values upon which Greek-letter organizations are based.  The Director is responsible for executing a strategic vision to advance the community and for proactively managing the operational and administrative activities of the Office of Greek Life.

Responsibilities*

Planning (20%)

  • Provide visionary leadership for the continued strength of the Greek community at the University of Michigan. 
  • Develop and administer long-range plans 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 implementation of Achievement Expectations program to actualize goals.
  • Identify and secure funding for educational programs and leadership and chapter development initiatives. 
  • Lead strategic planning for chapters that are not meeting Achievement Expectations, membership or other goals. 

 

Student Advising (20%)

  • Assess individual student and chapter organizational needs of close to 6,000 Greek-letter students within 64 chapters and four councils in order to provide relevant education, programming, training and risk management.
  • Advise and counsel students and student organizations regarding their rights, privileges, obligations, and resources as they relate to living and learning in the University and local communities.
  • Provide direct leadership to new member education, leadership development, alumni and parent relations efforts.
  • Serve as secondary advisor, resource, and liaison to all four Greek student councils and their officers, chapter officers, new members, and initiated members.
  • Serve as secondary advisor, resource and liaison to Greek affiliated groups including the Gavel Club, Junior Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils, The Forum, Greek Week, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Greek Activities Review Panel, Social Responsibility Committee, Hazing Task Force, etc. Attend or delegate staff attendance at as many meetings and activities of those affiliated groups as possible. 

 

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 relating to Greek Life.
  • Interpret University policy at it relates to departmental services to students, Office of Greek Life staff, alumni, and Inter/National fraternity and sorority headquarters. 
  • Coordinate Office of Greek Life staff presence during high risk evening and weekend events as part of coordinated risk management efforts.
  • Partner with Inter/National organization headquarter, alumni advisors, house directors and house corporations to proactively influence chapter behavior and enact comprehensive risk management policies.

 

Fundraising and Development Activities (15%)

  • Actively partner with Student Life development staff to cultivate donor interest in advancing the Greek Life community at the University of Michigan.
  • Develop strategic funding priorities to support advancement of the department’s mission, vision, and goals.
  • Develop commitment to University philanthropy within Greek leaders and members.

 

Administrative Duties (15%)

  • Represent the Office of Greek Life and Greek-letter students and organizations within Student Life, and to other divisions and departments of the University, and to the external public. 
  • Represent the Dean of Students at meetings and events as delegated.
  • Serve as liaison between the University and the Alumnae Panhellenic Association; Alumni Interfraternity Council; alumni chapter 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; North American Latino Fraternal Organizations; University of Michigan staff and faculty and the City of Ann Arbor.
  • Actively represent Student Life on University-wide committees, councils, and task forces.
  • Serve as divisional and University spokesperson for issues relevant to Greek Life.
  • Prepare reports and provide information for the Dean of Students and perform other administrative duties as assigned. 
  • Communicate unit programs, events, accomplishments and important announcements for divisional publications and websites for widespread distribution.
  • Assist in the development of student mission, goals, and strategies and their implementation within Greek Life.
  • Actively participate on the Student Life Leadership Assembly and network actively with Student Life directors and other University staff and faculty essential to the success of the unit.
  • As Assistant Dean, provide back up support for on-call staff members in the Office of Greek Life and Dean of Students offices.

 

Finance and Human Resources (10%)

  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate the work of assistant directors, program manager and support staff. 
  • Ensure compliance with University policy and local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Work with student council officers to assure that their budgeting accommodates necessary salary obligations, programming, and administrative needs.
  • Support the professional development of all staff.
  • Develop and administer the departmental budget.

Required Qualifications*

  • Education: Master’s Degree in higher education/student affairs administration or closely related field.
  • Experience: Seven (7) years of progressively responsible leadership/work experience within higher education, Inter/National Greek-letter organizations or closely related field.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the application of student and leadership development theories within Greek-letter organizations
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing best practices in risk management.
  • Knowledge of and networks with Inter/National Organizations, alumni and external community members.
  • Successful candidates may be asked to show proof that they are authorized to work in the United States.

Position Criteria:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Experience leading dynamic and effective teams.
  • Ability to demonstrate cultural competence and prior experience relating to/intersecting with diversity, inclusion, and equity. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Professional Experience:  Eight to Ten (8-10) years of professional experience, with five years focused within Greek Life either on a college campus or within an Inter/National headquarters staff.
  • Knowledge of recruitment practices – NPC, IFC, NPHC, and MGC.
  • Maintain professional knowledge base including theory, new research, trends, and best practices in administration of Greek Life programs.  Ability to educate relevant constituencies on such.

Work Schedule

Position is exempt and requires frequent evening and weekend work from August through April and regular participation in serving as a resource for on-call staff member in the Dean of Students Office.

Additional Information

Direct reports

Student Affairs Assistant Director (2)

Administrative Assistant (1)

Program Manager (1)

 

Physical requirements

This position requires the ability to travel to various campus locations. The person in this position may need to transport items weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds, etc.

The person in this position routinely moves through the facility to attend meetings/events and access files or information.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.