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Associate Director for Student Life, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: March 16, 2023

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Associate Director for Student Life, Fraternity & Sorority Life

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Administrative and Professional Faculty

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300328 - Fraternity/Sorority Life

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About James Madison University


We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.

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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 31 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.
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 embrace self-discovery, belonging, and authentic engagement with each other and our communities. We value inclusion, innovation, and a focus on students.Student Affairs Values

  • Focusing on Students
  • Leading Courageously
  • Transcending Boundaries
  • Creating Belonging
  • Embracing Innovation and Change
  • Honoring and Valuing Our Staff
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Employee Supervision. Supervise two AP Faculty Coordinator positions and indirectly supervise two Graduate Assistant and numerous student positions in carrying out the Fraternity & Sorority Life mission. Hire, train, schedule, and support staff in meeting programmatic goals. Provide clear expectations, 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. Foster a productive work environment, a culture of personal and professional excellence, and working relationships based on inclusiveness and mutual respect.

    Leadership. Lead 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. Develop and implement 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". 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 ORL with residential housing processes. Assist with implementation of conduct accountability policies and procedures. Coordinate FSL programs and services with those of other offices/departments, such as Student Life colleagues, CMSS, ORL, and Public Safety.

    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 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 with Student Activities and Involvement, Off-Campus Life, Student Leadership Center, Center for Multicultural Student Services, Residence Life, Student Accountability and Restorative Practices, University Unions, Public Safety and other stakeholders where such relationships would promote efficiency/effectiveness in fulfilling the Fraternity and Sorority Life mission.

    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.


    • Four years of experience in the fraternity and sorority community
    • Experience developing, communicating, and achieving organizational mission and vision.
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and meeting the diverse needs of a college student population
    • Theoretical and practical understanding of risk management and prevention in a fraternity and sorority and residential university setting
    • Experience developing and implementing assessment and evaluation in achieving continuous program improvement
    • Ability to work independently and to build and lead cohesive, high performing teams
    • Ability to apply student development theory in managing 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
    • Demonstrated commitment to promoting staff growth and development for new professionals, graduate assistants, and student staff in a professional environment
    • 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 preferred

        Conditions of Employment
        Per the Governor's Executive Directive #18, new JMU employees upon hire must disclose to the University Health Center their COVID-19 vaccination status. Unvaccinated employees are required to be tested weekly.

        Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

        E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

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        Beginning Review Date

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        Open Until Filled

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        EEO Statement
        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.

        Reasonable Accommodation Request
        If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or . You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

        Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report
        Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

        The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

        The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

        The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically http://www.jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/2018Annual-Security-and-Fire-Safety-Report.shtml

        You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.

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        Additional Posting Information
        JMU's Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2OTF1NG.

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