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Assistant Dean, Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living Groups

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Starting salary range: high $70s-mid $80s based on experience.
Posted Date
Jul 11, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Core Function and Responsibility:

Reporting to the Associate Dean of the Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups (FSILGS) Office, the Assistant Dean provides primary support, advisement, and direction to MIT’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the organizations that fall under the IFC, particularly in the areas of leadership, organizational development, and chapter and community programming. The Assistant Dean works with IFC’s twenty-six organizations and Interfraternity Council to strengthen the ongoing viability of the Fraternity/Sorority community and to ensure the system offers effective and quality programs that support MIT’s educational mission. The Assistant Dean empowers member students and alumni/ae organizations to responsibly approach issues of risk management and effectively oversee daily chapter operations. The Assistant Dean offers resources and skills in the areas of event planning, organization activities support, educational and officer training, leadership development, crisis response, and effective communication between MIT’s Division of Student Life (DSL) and the FSILG Community.

The Assistant Dean also contributes to the development and maintenance of the entire FSILG community in an effort to maximize the personal growth potential of students and student leaders and create productive learning environments for students.

Characteristic Duties & Responsibilities

  • Advise the Interfraternity Council and individual board members in all areas of management and programming, including recruitment programs, new member education programs, and risk management programs. Attend weekly cabinet meetings and regularly scheduled council meetings.
  • Advise the chapter leaders of the IFC member organizations in all areas of management and programming, including risk management, new member education programs, chapter and member development and facility maintenance. Meet regularly with each chapter president.
  • Assist in and coordinate the development and implementation of leadership training programs for fraternities, sororities, living groups, NPHC groups, and their members, including community service programs, alumni development, officer development and other leadership programs.
  • Work closely with other members of the FSILG Office team to develop chapter intervention and support strategies. This work includes developing chapter training, retreats, and organizational consultations.
  • Monitor compliance of FSILGs to MIT’s policies and procedures, state, local, federal laws, and inter/national policies.
  • Work with Fraternity House Corporations and the FSILG Cooperative, Incorporated (FCI) in monitoring safety standards for approved housing and other Institute policies as they relate to housing facilities.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Dean of the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards (OSCCS) in advising and training the IFC judicial board, mediate complaints between MIT students and organizations, and advise individual students and student leaders, as appropriate.
  • Advise the IFC community, including the Association of Independent Living Groups (AILG) and individual alumni house corporation officers, in areas of fraternal values, risk management, recruitment, academics, leadership development, retreats, programming, neighbor/community relations, building safety, security, house operations management, including policy development and implementation.
  • Assist in selection and training of the live-in Graduate Resident Advisors and development and management of the GRA program.
  • Supervise GRAs located in fraternity houses. This includes holding regular GRA cluster meetings and once a month one on one meetings.
  • Under the direction of the Associate Dean, develop and implement a strategic plan for program development and leadership education efforts within the FSILG system.
  • Work with Interfraternity executive officers, individual chapters, Graduate Resident Advisors, and alumni to develop innovative and effective programs that improve neighbor relations.
  • Serve as point of contact for all IFC fraternity expansion inquiries.
  • Collaborate with the FSILG Office team and DSL Partners (e.g. Student Activities Office and Undergraduate Residential Life Programs) to ensure a diverse slate of programs and an open, welcome environment for all students in the FSILG community.
  • Serve on Residential Education and Division of Student Life (DSL)-wide committees as necessary.
  • Develop relationships with MIT departments and faculty that will enable improved programming with the FSILGs including the Office of the First Year, Community Wellness, Environmental Health and Safety Office, MIT Medical, Athletics, Student Activities, Public Service, and other areas of DSL.
  • Assist individual IFC chapter officers, the FCI, and the AILG Safety, Licensing and Inspection programs to ensure life-safety and risk management compliance. Work with chapters and MIT Facilities on move-in, move-out, and recruitment preparation support.
  • Serve as a secondary responder for the Dean-On-Call system.
  • Oversee the hiring, training and supervision of FSILG Graduate Assistants.

Supervision Received:

Direct supervision is received from the Associate Dean of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups.


Bachelor’s degree in a related field required. Master’s degree preferably in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or related field. Minimum 3 years of related professional work experience required. Experience working in fraternity/sorority field full time preferred. Ideal candidates will exhibit a strong adherence to best practices, including AFA Core Competencies, NASPA and ACPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners, and CAS Standards. Qualified candidates will embrace a fast-paced, multi-task setting and have the flexibility to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are necessary. Experience and skills in conflict resolution, leadership training, public speaking and writing are necessary, as is good judgment and sensitivity in understanding and relating to students of various backgrounds. Must possess the ability to articulate a student development philosophy in a high intensity academic environment. Must be both team and service-oriented with the ability to work collaboratively with students, alumni, administration, and local officials. Preference will be given to candidates with an appreciation for the value of the fraternal experience as a component of the college educational experience. Evenings and weekend hours are necessary.

This position has a hybrid work schedule, with both remote and on-campus work.

Starting salary range:  high $70s-mid $80s

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