| Cornell is seeking an experienced, innovative, culturally competent, student-centered administrator to serve as Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life. |
The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life provides support resources to the self-governed Cornell sorority and fraternity community. Currently, one-third (4,800+ students) of the undergraduate student body belongs to one of the 64 recognized sororities and fraternities that make up the community. Individually, these organizations present members with unique personal development opportunities. For more information on the department
The Director serves on the leadership team of Campus & Community Engagement that assists the Executive Director with identifying and achieving the goals and priorities across the area. In this leadership role, the director is part of a team that is committed to helping all students pursue their intellectual and personal development within a university community that values freedom and responsibility, and promotes an ethos of respect and inclusiveness. The Director reports to the Executive Director of Campus & Community Engagement.
Critical to the success of this exciting position is:
- A solid background in Greek Life and appreciation for the Greek system within the context of a broader student affairs lens. The ability to see the Greek experience as one component of a comprehensive student development model.
- An appetite for evolving a sustainable Greek model that balances deep traditions with the needs of today's students and communities.
- Resiliency in harmonizing the needs of a strong constituent base.
- Above all, a natural inclination to engage students in our work. Individual should have a strong desire to involve students regularly and in meaningful ways.
The Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life provides vision and leadership for all aspects of sorority and fraternity life at the University (recruitment, judicial executive board, publicity, educational programming and community service) in the context of the larger University setting. The Director develops programs and initiatives and works with various internal and external constituents in order to enhance the quality of the sorority and fraternity life experience and enhances an actively engaged community of their own – one that fosters personal discovery and growth, and nurtures scholarship, creativity, and responsible stewardship. The Director oversees long and short-range goal and strategy development, program planning, marketing, expansion and assessment for the Sorority and Fraternity Life area. The Director is responsible for collecting, tracking, and analyzing data and developing policy recommendations based on this research. The Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life provides leadership and advising on issues unique to the Greek community, on‐campus Greek programming, and risk and liability management.
The Director will advise student leaders on the development and implementation of programs, applicable policies and procedures, risk management, leadership development and organization management. Advising and programming should use a holistic approach with emphasis on enhancing individual and student learning and development. Knowledge and understanding of the sorority and fraternity community, national and regional trends, policies, procedures, governance, organizational development and recruitment processes The position requires evening, weekend and on call commitments in order to respond to emergency situations with Sorority and Fraternity Life, which may arise within the department.
Additionally, the Director will partner with Student and Campus Life Development on fundraising initiatives; represent the University to city officials, police organizations, and be a spokesperson for the office of Sorority and Fraternity Life; may advise additional categories of registered student organizations as assigned; and counsel Greek-lettered sororities and fraternities in the area of risk management, relationships with individual inter/national organizations, local alumnae chapters, judicial board processes, and other activities with sorority and fraternity life on and off campus including working with culturally based sororities and fraternities.
This position will assist with the daily operation of The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life in fostering the mission, vision, and purpose of Campus & Community Engagement and the university. They will supervise and work closely with the professional staff in unification of the sorority and fraternity community at Cornell University including our currently recognized groups that belong to IFC, NPC, NPHC, NALFO, and NAPA. Serve on Campus & Community Engagement and Student & Campus Life committees as needed.
The Director will provide supervision and instructional guidance to the chapter officers of sororities and fraternities. Direct all administrative, budgetary, and programming activities of the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life. Establish, maintain and build connections with relevant student, staff, and faculty programs and offices at Cornell and the broader Ithaca community. Consult and collaborate with student service colleagues and offices campus-wide, as part of university initiatives, and to assess and respond to community needs.
Minimum Qualifications: A Master's degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education Administration, or a related behavioral science from an appropriately accredited institution is required. At least 3-5 years of experience advising sorority and fraternity communities, or equivalent experience preferred. Knowledge and understanding of sorority and fraternity communities, national and regional trends, policies, procedures, governance, organizational development and recruitment processes. Demonstrated experience advising and counseling students, ability to provide guidance and advise in all aspects of program planning, budget implementation, leadership development, problem solving, and assessment. Demonstrated experience responding appropriately to student concerns and managing student issues with sound judgement and professionalism. Interpersonal skills to be able to identify, assess, and mediate conflict, problem solve, and propose appropriate solutions. Demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships with multiple departments and diverse constituent groups; ability to work collaboratively, using a team approach. Demonstrated experience in an environment that required application of student development theories. Demonstrated experience assessing the needs of students with respect to leadership development. Proven experience exercising good judgment and the ability to remain unbiased and impartial in dealing with sorority and fraternity issues. Demonstrated knowledge of legal issues in higher education and risk management/harm reduction practices. Demonstrated experience working with inter/national sorority and fraternity offices to help resolve issues related to local chapters. Demonstrated experience and working knowledge of issues related to working with culturally based sororities and fraternities. Experience working with facility staff is desirable.
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University Job Title:Student Svc Assoc IV
Pay Rate Type:Salary
Contact Name:Cassie Palladino
Number of Openings:1
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