Director, Sorority & Fraternity Life
University of Tennessee
Director, Sorority & Fraternity Life
The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL).
The University: As the state’s public flagship, land-grant university, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is entrusted to deliver world-class education, life-changing research and community support to the state, national and global communities. As the landscape of higher education shifts and presents individuals and institutions with new opportunities, UTK is committed to meet these challenges creatively. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee, UTK is an institution of more than 30,000 students, committed to excellence in learning, scholarship and engagement. UTK strives to provide accessible, affordable and inclusive community to the residents of Tennessee, across the nation and around the world.
Everyone Matters. Everyone Belongs. The Division of Student Life builds and supports an inclusive community that provides opportunities to lead, serve and engage as Volunteers and citizens. Comprised of more than 400 staff members who serve our students through 19 departments and functions, we strive to create a welcoming community rich with diverse experiences. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. We seek colleagues who are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students. We especially seek candidates who have an ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.
The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life works with four Greek councils and organizations therein (Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Council). The sorority and fraternity community at the University of Tennessee consists of 48 sororities and fraternities with a membership exceeding 4,800 students. Likewise, the office is responsible for providing operational support to 28 sorority and fraternity houses on University property.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students, the Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life is responsible for the strategic direction, daily operation, and leadership of the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, including the ongoing development and supervision of staff and students. The Director serves as part of an advising team providing support and guidance to sorority and fraternity chapters and governing councils in program development and providing leadership development programs for community and chapter officers. The successful candidate is expected to embody leadership qualities that value collaboration, teamwork and possesses a demonstrated history of student advocacy thought community building, relationship development with students, campus and external constituencies.
• Provides direction and strategic leadership for the department and staff.
• Utilizes a data driven assessment strategy to evaluate needs
• Implements and enforces the Standards of Fraternal Excellence, as well as assists the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards in their work with sorority and fraternity related investigations.
• Provides support to sorority and fraternity houses on campus.
• Communicates with chapter advisors and (inter)national headquarters staff.
• Serves as a resource to the university community on topics relating to Sorority and Fraternity Life.
• Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Counseling or related field, or a Master's degree and professional experience within a higher education student-focused department/position.
• 5 years’ relevant professional experience.
• Experience advising fraternities/sororities on a college campus
• Direct experience working with multiple councils (IFC, NPHC, MGC, NPC)
• Experience with formal Panhellenic and Interfraternity recruitment processes.
• Experience working with diverse constituencies
• Experience with budget management and strategic planning
• Experience with program development and implementation
• Experience with student organization advising
• Experience with crisis and risk management
• Supervision of professional staff
• Doctoral degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Counseling or related field
• Experience working with fraternity/sorority housing
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
• Significant knowledge, awareness and skills related to multicultural humility as a process with the ability to build inclusive and respectful communities
• Exemplary interpersonal and listening skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to actively participate in Sorority and Fraternity Life conferences and umbrella groups
• Knowledge of assessment practices including the development of learning outcomes and producing reports
• Ability to work and collaborate with internal and external constituents; foster positive and productive relationships and build strong rapport to further enhance the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life vision and mission
• Knowledge and understanding of specific trends and issues affecting sorority and fraternity communities, including legal issues, programming, and national councils
Application Process: For full consideration, applicants must electronically submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of five references. All materials for the position should be submitted through the University of Tennessee Human Resources application system. Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2020.
The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.