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Associate Director of Student Life - Fraternity/Sorority Life - Student Life Office

Apply now Job no: 493382
Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: Student Services


The Associate Director will develop, build, and administer the comprehensive services, resources, staff, and support for the Fraternity and Sorority Life community. This person will demonstrate innovation, knowledge of best practices and trends in FSL, and data/predictive measures for FSL planning and decisions to advance the community. The Associate Director will possess outstanding organizational skills, will be able to build organizational capacities in others, and establish solid collaborative relationships with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other university colleagues.  The ideal candidate for this position will have progressively responsible professional campus experience working with Fraternity and Sorority Life. Specifically, this person will be able to assess the community needs and establish programs and services that promote student success.

Grand Valley hosts 30 inter/national fraternities and sororities which fall under four governing councils: Black Greek Council (8), Interfraternity Council (8), Multicultural Greek Council (4), and the Panhellenic Association (10). Additionally, the community includes the Order of Omega and the Greek Life Board, which host programming and address issues of the FSL community of approximately 1,600 students.

Grand Valley State University values excellence, integrity, inquiry, inclusiveness, community, sustainability, and innovation. The university promotes a fraternity and sorority life experience that enhances these values by focusing on students’ personal growth, academic achievement, diverse community involvement, and development of lifelong friendships.


  • Build and implement the strategic roadmap for the GVSU Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) community.
  • Provide supervision for the Assistant Director of Student Life (Fraternity and Sorority Life/Civic Engagement), 2 Graduate Assistants, adjunct staff council advisors, and student staff.
  • Direct the FSL team in the execution of a chapter advising model, advisement of five councils, training and development, risk management, programming, and communication.
  • Chair the FSL Advisory Board and execute recommended tasks created by the 2019 FSL Task Force.  Establish a regular reporting process to the community on the progress of Task Force initiatives.
  • Manage FSL budgets totaling approximately $50,000 from various sources, including tracking expenditures, monthly reconciliation, and future fiscal planning.
  • Manage internal and external core documents and online resources including the FSL Relationship Agreement, event guide resources, etc. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal stakeholders (Student Conduct, ACES - Alcohol & Other Drug Campus Education Services, Center for Women and Gender Equity, Housing and Residence Life, Grand Valley Police Department, and Title IX) and external stakeholders (National Organizations, Alumni, Advisors and Professional Organizations).
  • Partner with ACES (Alcohol & Other Drugs Campus Education Services) staff on FSL alcohol and other drugs programming, serve on the Alcohol Advisory Committee, and strategically work with campus wellness initiatives.
  • Collaborate with Student Conduct and the Assistant Director of Student Organization Development for education and advocacy of fraternity and sororities through the conduct process.
  • Communicate with fraternity and sorority stakeholders to advance the mission and values of the fraternity and sorority life community including the creation of an annual community report and other publications to tell the story of FSL at GVSU.
  • Establish initiatives to engage and maximize GVSU FSL alumni for advising, programming and financial resources to support FSL programs.
  • Serve on department, division, and university committees and assist in department staffing of events (Campus Life Night, Presidents’ Ball, University commencements, etc.).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Master's degree in student personnel administration, higher education administration, social work, or a related field is required.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years full time professional work experience.
  • Minimum three years of campus based fraternity/sorority life experience.
  • Must have knowledge of student development theory, demonstrated experience implementing training and assessment practices.
  • A working knowledge and experience in working with cultural based fraternal organizations and Panhellenic primary recruitment.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the capability to facilitate presentations to large and small groups of students, staff, and faculty.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Master’s degree in student personnel administration, higher education administration.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, National APIA Panhellenic Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council, National Panhellenic Conference, North American Interfraternity Conference, and/or other umbrella fraternal organizations.
  • Demonstrated skills in the area of risk reduction (Alcohol, gender based violence, and hazing).
  • Experience working with student information databases/systems; (Campus Labs, Banner, Campus Director), familiarity with FERPA and CLERY Act compliance obligations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and experience working with people of color and other historically underrepresented groups.
  • Extensive experience in event planning and programming; ability to plan, organize, fiscally manage, and execute large-scale student life events and to coordinate resources before, during and after an event
  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills with the ability to relate to a diverse student, advisor, and volunteer populations.
  • Strong team orientation with the ability to work autonomously and in a highly collaborative team setting.
  • Self-Motivator with the ability to think independently and creatively.
  • Exhibited skill at creative program development and implementation.
  • Energetic and dynamic public speaker and educator.
  • Working knowledge of assessment.
  • Strong organizational, administrative, collaborative, supervisory, and communication skills.
  • Creative and capable of managing multiple roles and responsibilities with flexibility and efficiency.
  • A commitment and ability to engage students in the learning process through intentional planning and outreach.
  • Ability to deal sensitively with confidential information and maintain a high degree of professionalism and discretion.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating plans of action, implementation, and follow up. Experience working on and leading teams.

The most successful individual will possess characteristics deemed helpful to the role, including:

  • Student-Centric: Evidence of a personal passion for and professional commitment to student success (e.g. persistence, retention, matriculation); willingness to “go the extra mile” to help and care for students.
  • Synergistic: Collaborates to build a thriving FSL community; values the differences and capacities of individuals; shares ideas and strategies with others to benefit student success; provides meaningful feedback.
  • Influencer: Ability to inform, influence, and motivate others about important issues; incorporates strategies that are culturally inclusive.
  • Proactive: A proactive approach to positively affecting student success including taking initiative and seizing opportunities; continually seeking new and improved solutions to complex issues instead of settling for the status quo; selecting a variety of communication methods to provide information to students.
  • Enthusiastic: Enjoys shared success; motivated and receptive to change; passionate about contributing to a healthier community.
  • Strategic Thinker/Systems Thinker: Begins with the end in mind; data driven, plans with a vision to promote a positive FSL community; identifying and addressing barriers along the way; devises and assesses strategies and programs to benefit students.
  • Learner: Engages in a process of discovery; spends time in community with populations of interest to discover and implement strategies that help achieve program goals; prioritizing needs of target populations; builds knowledge base for all students.
  • Personable: Ability to communicate with diverse student populations (e.g. identities, thoughts, experiences, involvement); strives to be a good listener who articulates thoughts and ideas in a meaningful and inclusive way; caring and seeks to understand others.
  • Innovative and Resourceful: Develops innovative interventions to promote student success and student learning, uses imagination and initiative to maximize resources and generate new ideas.

Salary:  $58,000-$65,000 

Department/Division:  Office of Student Life, Division of Student Affairs

Reports to:      Associate Director of Student Life

Supervises:     Assistant Director of Student Life (Fraternity and Sorority Life – Civic Engagement)

Campus: Allendale, Michigan

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin May 1, 2020 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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