Director of Student Activities and Fraternity/Sorority Life

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Director of Student Activities and Fraternity/Sorority Life  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  
Advertised Salary: $60,000-70,000 Salary commensurate with education, experiences and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: The Unit of Student Life is seeking applicants for the Director of Student Activities and Fraternity/Sorority Life in the Division of Student Affairs. The Director of Student Activities provides vision, leadership and direction for dynamic campus programming and the campus programming board that supports intellectual, personal, and social development for all students focused on fostering student engagement, creating a vibrant campus experience, and supporting student persistence and retention. The Director will work with the staff to ensure that a there is a comprehensive calendar of events that provide intense community building and student development.

The Director will also play a pivotal role in supporting the development and success of student organizations and advocating on behalf of student leaders and organizations including Greek lettered organizations and their governing councils. This position will help advise, support and direct the assigned governing councils and fraternity/sorority chapters, overseeing their general activities and assisting with event development and management, leadership, accountability, and budget oversight.

This position will report to the Associate Dean of Student Life. The Director maintains a visible presence on campus, must be available to work hours outside the traditional work week (evenings and weekends) and is actively engaged in the creation, implementation, and support of many large scale campus events and traditions.
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university or Bachelor's degree with at least 8 years of related experience.  
Required Work Experience: At least 3 years of experience in student activities or closely related field. At least two, full-time years of experience working in student activities and/or Greek life in an educational setting.

Demonstrated experience in collaborating effectively and facilitating positive working relationships with students, parents, administrators, faculty, and staff, in a university setting.

Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and equity within a diverse organization, team, or campus community.

Effective communication skills.

The ability to manage and complete tasks in a timely manner.

Experience planning and managing large scale programing within at a college/university.

Experience providing student advisement within student governance structures, preferably with student clubs/organizations, community service and/or Greek letter organizations.
Required Licenses and Certifications: n/a  
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Previous supervisory experience.
Experience with the campus engagement platform Presence.
Previous experience advising a Greek letter organization governing council or campus programing board.
Duties/Responsibilities: Direct, oversee, and coordinate programs and services of the Office of Student Activities and Fraternity/Sorority Life. Focusing on student engagement in co-curricular activities and a thriving Greek Life

Lead and supervise the Student Activities and Fraternity/Sorority Life Team including the Coordinator of Student Activities and Student Activities Specialist/ Finance Division Fund Administrator

Create and implement innovative programming and community engagement opportunities that influence student engagement and retention

Develop and maintain a robust student programming calendar keeping in mind collaborative opportunities with campus and Student Life partners

Oversee the RSO management software Bulldog Connect powered by Presence

Maintain, develop and implement departmental policies including; RSO handbook, Use of Grounds, and Posting Policy

Work collaboratively with Administration and Finance/General Council/Risk Management to ensure spending and vendor contracts adhere to University policy

Prepares, administers and manages the various departmental budgets and student activity fees (approximately $600,000 annually) and expenditures related to the department, including co-advising the Finance Division of Student Government (allocator of student activity fees)

Serve as a delegated contract authority authorized to sign entertainment contracts less than $75,000 for programming associated with student organizations.

Provide support and direction for student clubs and organizations, including program planning and promotional support, supervision, advising, training, and evaluation

Serve as a risk manager for student and campus activities and student organization

Oversee traditional programs including; Bulldog Beginnings, Student Homecoming Committee, Family & Friends Weekend, January/Spring Welcome, Torchbearer Award Ceremony

Develop and incorporate assessment into programmatic efforts to evaluate the achievement of goals related to student learning and engagement

Serve as an instrumental liaison between campus and external partners, students, alumni, National Offices, and other stakeholders on behalf of these priorities

Collaborate with chapter advisors to provide guidance, expectations, and support to chapter presidents, officers, alumni, and advisors through regular meetings

Provide program oversight for formal and informal Greek Life recruitment periods, including marketing and programming efforts to increase awareness of Greek Life amongst the student body and University community

Develop and maintain quality educational programs for fraternity and sorority members focusing on leadership, risk management, social responsibility, financial responsibility, community service initiatives, and membership recruitment

Complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Serve as a Campus Security Authority and as a Responsible Employee as defined by Clery, Title IX, and Campus Policy

Responsible for maintaining confidentiality of designated information and for performing all duties in compliance with University, federal and state regulations

Perform additional related duties as required

Skills and Abilities:    
Required Documents:
  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter
  • Unofficial Transcript 1


Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university or Bachelor's degree with at least 8 years of related experience.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Individuals will be required to submit an official transcript prior to hiring.
Initial Application Review Date:
June 8, 2021  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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