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Assistant Dean & Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life

Directors in the Division of Student Affairs have programmatic, student support and, in some cases, incident response and crisis management responsibility.  For this particular position, the Director is a member of the broader Student Engagement & Inclusion team, supporting students’ involvement across a wide range of functional areas beyond FSL and including multicultural student services, public service, leadership, and student organizational support. Significant cross-functional teamwork is expected and serves to strengthen both student and professional experiences.

Programmatic responsibilities depend on the particular Director’s assignment, but include setting the mission and strategy for a department. They establish and assess annual departmental goals, allocate staff and financial resources, communicate with key stakeholders across the University, and support the broader strategy of the Division of Student Affairs and the University. Often Directors are not managing programs themselves, but are supporting students in program design and implementation, requiring them to collaborate with students in meeting their goals. They often practice considerable supervisory responsibility and engage in staff performance management.

Student support responsibilities include mentoring, training, and/or supervising students and student groups, as well as helping students solve problems and respond appropriately to challenges and/or crises.  Through formal and informal interaction, student affairs professionals assist students to achieve their goals.  These interactions may include responding to student walk-ins; responding to questions from parents, faculty or staff; or meeting with students and student groups on a variety of issues.

Finally, Directors may serve on the “Dean On-Call” rotation, and have other responsibilities relating to incident response and crisis management. In these cases, Directors will also carry the title of Assistant Dean and will be expected to respond appropriately to student incidents and crises; coordinate emergency protocols and provide crisis management support. Assistant Deans must also collaborate with and make referrals to University offices/organizations to provide broad-based student support while implementing appropriate administrative processes, as needed. This position will report to the Associate Dean of Students in Student Engagement & Inclusion.

  • Candidates must have the following required knowledge areas, skills and abilities:
    • Master’s degree or equivalent in Counseling, Higher Education, or other discipline, or a degree in a relevant field.
    • Minimum of 5-7 years of progressive relevant experience
    • Strong commitment to the division’s core values of academic rigor, honor, student self-governance, public service, diversity and multiculturalism, and health and wellness.
    • Demonstrated commitment to equity and belonging;
    • Ability to lead and manage a cross-functional, collaborative team;
    • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • A competitive applicant for the Director position will have many of the following preferred knowledge areas, skills and abilities:
    • Deep knowledge of student and student organization advising, leadership development, and support and management of student programs as well as an understanding of cognitive and psychological models related to support and development of college students. 
    • Strong knowledge of student affairs practices as applied to a diverse range of programmatic areas.
    • Experience as part of an on-call/crisis-management team;
    • Experience with community and stakeholder engagement; 
    • Experience with assessment and data-driven decision-making;
    • Understanding of financial stewardship and budget management.
    • Domain knowledge specific to the Student Affairs program or department in which the Director will work.

The Assistant Dean and Director in Fraternity and Sorority Life in the Office of the Dean of Students/Student Engagement & Inclusion will work directly with students and student organizations participating in the four Greek Councils at UVA with a membership of roughly 30 percent of the undergraduate student population (62 Greek organizations in total). Programmatic responsibilities for this position include setting and leading the mission, vision, and strategy for the office and providing leadership, training, assesment and management of staff members engaged in program design, implementation, and support services for students and chapters that are part of the four councils: the Inter-Fraternity, Inter-Sorority, National Pan-Hellenic, and Multicultural Greek Councils. Particular emphasis will be on leadership development, risk management, responsible student self-governance, and inclusion/equity within the Greek community. Student support responsibilities include those enumerated for all Directors, though primary focus will be on members of the Greek community across all fours councils. Given the nature of the work in Fraternity & Sorority Life, stakeholders requiring direct engagement and support will include chapter advisors, alumni, community, parents and headquarters partners. Finally, the Director will also hold the title of Assistant Dean and incident response responsibilities will include being a member of the Dean on Call rotation, as well as being asked to assist with incident management and support in the wake of student incidents or crises that have particular impact upon the Greek community.

Additional required qualifications for this position include:

  • Experience as a member of a Greek-letter social organization or in advising a Greek-letter social organization;
  • Experience with organization(s) affiliated with all four Greek councils in some capacity;
  • Knowledge of specific trends and issues affecting fraternity and sorority communities, including legal issues, programming, and national councils.

The anticipated hiring range for this position is $ 60,000 to $ 75,000 and is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

With a hiring freeze recently lifted and the fall semester fast-approaching, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by July 15, 2021, though positions will remain open until filled. Requested application materials include a letter of interest or cover letter; resume or curriculum vitae; and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential.

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Women, racial minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.