Assistant Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life – (STU00000121)

Southern Methodist University

Salary Range:
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU
SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs.

SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dedman School of Law, Perkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

SMU is data driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem – paired with entrepreneurial drive – creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.

SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

About the Department:
The mission of fraternity and sorority life is to cultivate a collaborative, values-based fraternal experience that fosters meaningful community, academic excellence, and ethical leadership.

About the Position:
This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Assistant Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life provides training, development, advice, and support for the individual members, chapters, councils, advisors and inter/national organizations of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) fraternity & sorority community. This position will provide specific advisement to the individual members and chapters of two of our four Greek councils. This position supports initiatives that benefit the entire community including event planning, training and development, and advice and support for SMU students and the fraternity and sorority community. The Assistant Director is a member of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) team and works in service of the departmental mission, and divisional strategic plan.

Essential Functions:

Advising: Provide hands-on, personalized advising to the executive board, chapter leaders, and members of two of our Greek Councils. Communicate and meet regularly with alumni volunteers, (inter)national headquarters constituents, housing corporation boards, traveling consultants, and fraternity/house directors. Coordinate formal/informal council recruitment/intake processes.

Programming: Manage the planning and execution of FSL community-wide initiatives with specific responsibility for the Greek 101 informational course and event, the Advisor newsletter, the semester community grade report in order to further the development of a unified community and support values-based programming.

Serve as an active and engaged member of the Fraternity & Sorority Life team and support the department mission. Support the implementation and realization of the goals and learning domains in the Student Affairs strategic plan. Support and encourage adoption of SMU360. Complete other duties as assigned.

Evening and weekend hours will be required.


Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred. Student Affairs, Higher Education, or related field is preferred.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience working full-time in higher education and advising fraternities or sororities is required.
  • Active membership in an inter/national fraternity or sorority is required. Experience working with diverse populations is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate working knowledge of chapter, campus and national fraternity/sorority affairs is essential.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.
  • Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.
  • Candidate proficiency in Microsoft Office is strongly preferred.
  • Candidate familiarity with Campus Labs Engage, recruitment registration software, and/or EMS is preferred.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Bend, stand
  • Push/pull
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Carry/lift 25 lbs.
  • Reach above shoulders

Deadline to Apply:
This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:
SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU’s retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn’t just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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