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Assistant Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Northwestern University
Illinois, United States
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Posted Date
Jun 16, 2017
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About Northwestern University:

Northwestern University is a private research university located on lakefront campuses in both Evanston and downtown Chicago, Illinois. Northwestern was founded in 1851. In fall 2008, Northwestern opened another campus in Doha, Qatar offering bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communications in partnership with the Qatar Foundation.  

The university employs approximately 7,100 full-time faculty and staff members among its 12 schools and colleges. NU offers over 130 undergraduate programs and 70 graduate and professional programs to the almost 16,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled full time.

Northwestern University is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research, and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community.

Northwestern University Opportunity (Job ID 30593):

Northwestern University seeks to employ a varied and diverse range of dynamic people who understand the importance of our mission and vision. When you consider a career at Northwestern University, you know that you are joining an institution with a deep history of academic, professional and personal excellence.

Currently, we have a career opportunity as an Assistant Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life (Evanston Campus).

Job Summary:

Northwestern University is looking for an experienced, innovative, culturally competent, student-centered administrator to serve as the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life. One of four full-time professionals working with Northwestern University’s fraternity and sorority community, this position will be the advisor to one or more of Northwestern’s four governing councils (Interfraternity Council [IFC], Multicultural Greek Council [MGC], National Pan-Hellenic Council [NPHC], and Panhellenic Association [PHA]) and its member organizations. Beyond council and chapter advising, the Assistant Director will focus on designing and implementing one of three thematic educational initiatives for the fraternity and sorority community: leadership/community development, social justice education, or harm reduction/risk management. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. This position is a member of the Campus Life team composed of three departments: Fraternity & Sorority Life, Leadership & Community Engagement, and Student Organizations & Activities.

Please Note: Willingness to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends when needed.  

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance to chapters and councils at Northwestern University particularly in the areas of risk management, membership recruitment and education, problem resolution, cultural competence, and community building.
  • Establish, disseminate, and interpret University policies and procedures as they pertain to the fraternity and sorority community at Northwestern University.
  • Provide emergency response and crisis intervention to the fraternity and sorority community when needed.
  • Address student issues, including but not limited to eating disorders, sexual harassment and assault, mental health, relationship violence, hazing, alcohol, and other drugs.
  • Participates in the collection and analysis of various assessment data to support departmental accreditation and program reviews.
  • Assist in the coordination of thematic programmatic/educational initiatives: leadership/community development, social justice education, or harm reduction/risk management.
  • Attend appropriate fraternity and sorority functions and campus events to maintain visibility/approachability.
  • Participate in on-going strategic planning process and develop long-term goals and annual objectives related to Fraternity and Sorority Life.
  • Identify mechanism to regularly assess needs, satisfaction and learning outcomes of members of fraternities and sororities.
  • Supervise graduate assistant/intern (when available)
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's college student personnel services, higher education or other relevant discipline required. OR appropriate combination of education and experience.  
  • Experience in fraternity and sorority life at a college/university required. Graduate work may be considered.
  • Strong advising skills and demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with fraternity and sorority governing councils, executive boards, and chapters, as well as alumni volunteers.
  • Knowledge of issues and challenges facing undergraduate students in general and members of fraternities and sororities in particular.
  • Ability and willingness to function as a member of a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Trains people for current assignment and develops them for promotion; uses feedback and personal example to encourage higher performance
  • Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one's own team; respects the needs and contributions of others.
  • Communicates effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
  • Creates an environment of understanding and acceptance; solicits input from a wide variety of people and functions; challenges organizational policies and practices that may be exclusionary.
  • Effectively performs duties and responsibilities; displays attention to detail; supports organizational policies; anticipates demands/pressures of assignments and adjusts accordingly.
  • Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.
  • Demonstrates ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to detail; targets projects or initiatives that require special attention and focuses on key tasks when faced with limited time and/or resources
  • Ability to easily contact and develop working relationships with students and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three to five years’ full-time experience in fraternity and sorority life at a college/university required.
  • Understanding of the educational environment at highly selective institutions like Northwestern.
  • Demonstrated experience in program development; particularly leadership development, harm reduction and prevention, and social justice.
  • Demonstrated experience working with inter/national fraternity and sorority headquarters.
  • Commitment to continued personal and professional development.
  • Prior experience advising a governing council (IFC, PHA, NPHC, MGC).
  • Prior experience advising/working with National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters/members and/or Multicultural Greek Councils chapters/members.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Stays current on technical/professional information; identifies methods for improving work procedures or systems; solicits feedback from customers, peers and superiors.
  • Follows through on commitments; incorporates honesty, respect and fairness in daily actions; demands trustworthiness from others; demonstrates courage and objectivity.
  • Explores alternatives to existing products and services; identifies opportunities to improve procedures and practices; shows imagination.
  • Demonstrates logic, rationality and objectivity; shows common sense; uses all available information to make educated decisions.

Working at Northwestern University:

Beyond being a place to learn and grow professionally, Northwestern is an exciting and fulfilling place to work! Northwestern offers many benefit options to full and part-time employees including: competitive compensation; excellent retirement plans; comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage; dependent care match; vacation, sick and holiday pay; professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement.

Northwestern greatly values work/life balance amongst its employees. Take advantage of recreational, cultural, and enrichment opportunities on campus. Employees also receive access to childcare solutions, retail discounts, and other work/life balance resources.

Northwestern University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly believes in creating an environment that welcomes students, faculty and staff of all races, nationalities and religions. In doing so, we offer our students the opportunity to learn and grow in diverse communities preparing them for successful careers in an increasingly global and diverse work force.

For consideration, please click on the link below. You will be directed to Northwestern University's electronic recruiting system, eRecruit, where you will apply for current openings. Once you apply, you will receive an email confirming submission of your resume. For all resumes received, if there is interest in your candidacy, the human resources recruiter or the department hiring manager will contact you. Job Opening ID number for this position is 30593.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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