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Associate Director for Student Life, Fraternity

James Madison University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 19, 2024

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Associate Director for Student Life, Fraternity & Sorority Life

James Madison University

James Madison University is seeking a dynamic Student Affairs professional to lead its fraternity and sorority community. The Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life is the senior position in the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and is responsible for promoting the success of a fraternal community comprised of over 4,000 members across 32 chapters. The position provides strategic vision, leadership, support, and training to promote a culture of inclusiveness, excellence and the ideals of scholarship, service, leadership, and personal accountability. We are looking for someone to provide strong administrative leadership, empowerment, and motivation for the professional and student staff team.

The Student Life Department at James Madison University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in all of its forms. We foster belonging through the personal growth and development of an engaged citizenry by providing inclusive experiences and spaces.

Student Affairs Values
• Focusing on Students
• Leading Courageously
• Transcending Boundaries
• Creating Belonging
• Embracing Innovation and Change
• Honoring and Valuing Our Staff
• Prioritizing Health and Well-Being

Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervision. Supervise two AP Faculty Coordinator positions and indirectly supervise two Graduate Assistants and several undergraduate student positions. Foster a productive work environment, a culture of personal and professional excellence, and working relationships based on inclusiveness and mutual respect in which individuals can be supported and grow. Hire, train, schedule, and support staff in meeting programmatic goals. Provide clear expectations, ongoing timely and constructive feedback, appropriate professional development, and effective management of performance issues if and when they occur. Maintain hiring documentation, complete ePARs, and submit payroll in accordance with established procedures.

Leadership. Provide administrative leadership of all aspects of the Fraternity and Sorority community in fostering values-based organizations, providing members the ideal fraternal experience, and contributing to the JMU community. Specifically, directly or indirectly oversee recruitment, new member education, expansion/extension and chartering of processes in accordance with university, international headquarters, and NPC/IFC guidelines. Assist advisors of Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils with officer, advisor, and leadership development, developing and implementing programs and events that provide meaningful recognition of individual and chapter achievement. Create and implement educational, developmental, risk prevention and management programs such as "Stop the Haze" and "Good Neighbor Program". Assist councils and chapters with achieving philanthropic goals, engaging in community service, and building connections with local community. Advise the community on university and national policies. Develop and implement strategies in addressing unrecognized organizations. Develop effective working relationships with key stakeholders such as advisors, IHQ representatives, campus partners, and community members. Assist the Office Residence Life with residential housing processes. Provide support to the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices as they manage the student organization accountability process.

Risk and Crisis Management. Be knowledgeable of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that relate to its respective responsibilities and that pose potential legal obligations, limitations, risks, and liabilities to the institution as a whole. Ability to identify, assess, evaluate, mitigate, and work to control risk. Be familiar with student safety issues, the campus partners who work to prevent them, and research-supported strategies for addressing them. Will coordinate and participate in an on-call rotation that typically respond to emergency situations. Ability to use situational awareness, adaptability, decisiveness, and clear communication to manage potential crisis.

Assessment. Work with the Director to develop and implement ongoing assessment efforts with the expressed purpose of measuring attainment of objectives and program improvement. Assessment should ascertain needs, participation and non-participation demographics, participant satisfaction, and accomplishment of stated goals and learning objectives. Assessment results should inform resource allocation, program improvement, and marketing processes.

Marketing. Use various marketing mediums and strategies, specifically the Be Involved platform, to disseminate information related to Fraternity & Sorority Life and associated programs and resources. Maintain the Fraternity & Sorority Life website. Utilize website usage analytics and other inputs in adapting website design, marketing efforts, and information dissemination.

Budget Management. Coordinate with the Director, Fiscal Manager and FSL staff to maintain all office budgets, ensure appropriate and effective use of available resources, and assist in the annual budget development process.

Collaboration. Proactively develop and maintain collaborative relationships across Student Life, Center for Multicultural Student Services, Residence Life, Student Accountability and Restorative Practices, Public Safety and other stakeholders where such relationships would promote efficiency/effectiveness in fulfilling the Fraternity and Sorority Life work.

Committee Work. Serve on department and university committees as assigned. Actively participate in accomplishing established goals and objectives.

Professional Development. Accomplish a minimum of 20 hours of professional development, attend Student Life professional development training, participate in staff retreats and other job-related training specific to the fraternity and sorority community. Effectively utilize conferences and other professional development opportunities as tools for staying current in the field of fraternity and sorority life.

Other responsibilities as assigned.


Bachelor's degree
Demonstrated previous professional experience working with fraternities and sororities
Experience developing, communicating, and achieving organizational mission and vision
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and working to support the diverse needs of a college student population to develop and lead cohesive, high performing teams
Demonstrated commitment to promoting staff growth and development for new professionals, graduate assistants, and student staff in a professional environment
Theoretical and practical understanding of relevant legislation and risk management and prevention in a fraternity and sorority and residential university setting
Experience developing and implementing assessment and evaluation in achieving continuous improvement
Ability to apply student development theory in managing student staff and developing and implementing educational programs
Ability to foster a collaborative environment and to work collaboratively across organizational lines with a variety of constituents to include students, advisors, faculty, staff, headquarters' contacts, alumni, parents, and community members
Effective written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated involvement at the local, regional and national level
Ability to work evenings and weekends as appropriate

Master's degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, or related field preferred
Multiple years of increasingly responsible supervisory experience

To learn more and to apply, go to and reference posting number 20000359. Review of applications begins 5/19/2024. Pay is range of $65,000 - $70,000.
James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.


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