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Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Student Affairs

Bucknell University’s Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs seeks two energetic assistant directors to lead, advise and serve a dynamic Greek-letter community consisting of eighteen chapters totaling approximately 1500 students or approximately 55% of the eligible student body facilitated through a sophomore status deferred recruitment process. The Greek-letter community is comprised of 10 sororities, including 2 culturally based and 8 fraternities.

The Assistant Directors are responsible for the direct advisement of a fraternity/sorority governing council in addition to chapter officers for member organizations. Additionally, the assistant directors assume responsibilities related to residential living and provide supervision to the student housing staff (Peer Advisers) in fraternity or sorority living. The assistant directors collaboratively lead in the design and execution of the office’s signature programs that address leadership, student health/safety, risk management, hazing prevention, and community recognition.

The positions are full-time, twelve-month and report to the Director of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs. Some evening and weekend hours are expected.

Job Duties: 

Advising and Organizational Support
● Establish a strong rapport with students, making connections and assisting with their growth and development.
● Advise a fraternity/sorority governing council and mentor council and chapter officers.
● Provide learning and development opportunities through council retreats, community-wide strategic planning and intentional educational programs. Support student development and cultivate student leadership capacities.
● Meet regularly with community leaders to provide guidance, direction and mentorship.
● Pursue accountability when chapters violate University, fraternity and sorority affairs, residential living and council policies and procedures utilizing appropriate adjudication avenues. Provide oversight to sanction compliance when necessary.
● Advise and oversee council recruitment activities in accordance with University and inter/national organization policies and standards.
● Support expansion and new chapter development efforts in collaboration with headquarters staff and appropriate alumni.
● Provide the leadership and support to help the Greek-letter community move in a direction that meets its stated purposes, legal, and institutional requirements, and the honest expectations of both alumni and representatives of the inter/national organizations.

Education, Training and Resource Development
● Design, develop, and execute signature office programs that include: Fraternity/Sorority 101, council/leadership transitions, community recognition, new member development, risk management and hazing prevention programming.
● Design and launch educational experiences that promote integrated health and wellness programming in partnership with campus partners and local healthcare providers.
● Design, develop, and deliver services and resources for the fraternity and sorority community that promote leadership, scholarship, service, and organizational development.

Fraternity/Sorority Living & University Housing
● Support and foster a sense of community within the residential environment while maintaining a consistent presence in residential spaces.
● Maintain availability and accessibility to respond to critical student incidents or crisis.
● Provide supervision and leadership to Peer Advisers (residential student staff).
● Assist student staff and chapter leadership with design and implementation of educational programming and community development within a residential and chapter context.
● Work in close collaboration with colleagues in Residential Education and Housing Services to coordinate fraternity/sorority opening, closing, health/safety inspections to ensure a seamless living experience across campus.
● Utilize StarRez to facilitate accurate housing placements, maintain up-to-date housing rosters, and distribute communication to residents.

Administrative Responsibilities
● Identify, support, and appropriately refer individuals who exhibit academic, social and personal needs. Maintain confidentiality of all student issues and matters in compliance with FERPA.
● Maintain honest, courteous and ethical relationship with all alumni, headquarters representatives, parents/families, and fraternity/sorority constituents. Maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity.
● Represent the department and division through service on University committees and participation in university-wide events.
● Attend and actively participate in departmental and divisional staff meetings and retreats.
● Maintain a high degree of visibility and availability to students, faculty and staff.
● Work with Banner as it relates to roster management and billing support.
● Complete other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

● Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration or related field
● Minimum of one year experience working directly with fraternity/sorority advising within a higher education setting
● Knowledge of and a working understanding of NIC and NPC policies, fraternity and sorority affairs, and risk management policies in a university setting
● Strong organizational skills
● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written

The Assistant Director must have a strong commitment to student development and supporting a residential community, must be able to work collaboratively across cultures and styles at all levels of an organization, and must be able to cultivate and maintain strong relationships while building consensus and cultivating additional support.

The Assistant Director will provide experience and expertise that will contribute Bucknell’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

Preferred Qualifications: 
● Two years post-masters experiences working in fraternity & sorority affairs
● Experience working with StarRez and/or Banner software

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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