Director of Community Development and Fraternity & Sorority Life
Tracking Code R4441
St. John's established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University's outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John's University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.
A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John's is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.
Director of Community Development and Fraternity & Sorority Life
Primary Function: The Director will lead efforts to enhance a cohesive community for several student populations as they transition to represent St. John's University and to fully engage with the Fraternity/Sorority Life community, these include: students affiliated within fraternity and sorority chapters recognized by the university, students who live independently in the campus neighborhood, and those students in transition from resident student to living independently off-campus. The Director will be responsible for implementation of a comprehensive community development strategy which includes: programming, leadership development, civic participation and application of community standards. The Director encourages collaboration with faculty, alumni, and other community members and neighbors among the outlying Queens community.
Community Development: The Director will develop and implement efforts to foster the growth of community among off campus students by:
Establish new services for St. John's University off-campus students and conducting outreach and programming for off-campus students.
Develop and implementing of programs and services in conjunction with other University offices that promote community, scholarship, leadership, and service.
Educating students about university policies as they apply to students off campus and local city ordinances.
Build and strengthen neighborhood relations by facilitating dialogue and helping students promote civic citizenship to create a positive quality of life for everyone living in the neighborhood.
Serving as a liaison with Division of Student Affairs partners, Health Services, Alumni Affairs, Athletics, Residence Life, Dining Services, Government and Community Relations, and Public Safety regarding issues pertaining to FSL and students living independently in the immediate community.
Lead cross-functional work teams to promote community development associated with leadership training, community programming, off-campus living, new student orientation, and student based policies and community standards.
Fraternity and Sorority Life: Functioning as the leader responsible for the advisement, recruitment, new member, and other educational programs for all St. John's fraternities and sororities, including:
Evaluating the council and recruitment structures.
Direct the implementation of the accreditation process for each organization and determine the eligibility of organization participation.
Assure similar structure and processes with FSL on the Staten Island Campus in collaboration with the onsite team.
Providing advisement to the African and Latino Fraternity and Sorority Alliance (ALFSA), the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), and the National Panhellenic Council (NPC).
Collaborating with alumni, students, staff, faculty, and others in assessing the needs and outcomes of a values-based Fraternity and Sorority Life reflecting the mission of St. John's University.
Fostering trusting relationships with constituents who include: chapter members, parents, alumni, headquarters representatives, and chapter advisors.
Revise and advance risk management and new member education programs.
Assessment of procedures to evaluate leadership development and educational programming within the FSL Community.
Revise and implement fraternity and sorority community standards program in collaboration with the Office of Student Conduct. This program will include educational programming sessions which focus on: community services, organizational policy and system of accountability, philanthropy, and the promotion of academic excellence by the FSL community.
Ongoing assessment of emerging best practices within the field of Fraternity and Sorority Life, community relations and making recommendations for how to incorporate these practices.
Oversee and advise chapter and council budgets. Develop and maintain the departmental budget, including payments and purchases and request budget transfers.
Supervise and provide vision for student workers and graduate assistant who support student organizations and help facilitate student organization events. Supervise the advisement of student organizations and to ensure the adherence to University expectations.
This position requires evening and weekend work.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred. 5-7 years experience in higher education and prior experience with FSL.
Desired skills: Strong communication skills with young adults, ability to work well under pressure and maintain composure, experience working in a multi-cultural environment, exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise a high degree of diplomacy, planning and organizational ability, workshop presentation skills, computer literacy and/or knowledge of database/information systems extremely helpful. Adherence to best practices, including AFA core competencies, ACPA, and NASPA.
Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners, and CAS Standards. We seek a person who is creative, energetic, and demonstrates the ability to lead, mentor, and develop a FSL community that is a leader in the inter-fraternal world and creates community development initiatives that engage our students in being global citizens.
St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.
Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John's University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.
St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
St. John's University is Catholic, Vincentian and Metropolitan. We are committed to attracting, motivating, and retaining a highly qualified and diverse workforce to support our mission of academic excellence and the pursuit of wisdom. Known for over 100 years of proud athletic tradition, our Big East excitement keeps Red Storm fans cheering. Ranked among America's top universities by The Princeton Review, St. John's University educates leaders for today's global society through quality academics, high-tech resources and an expanding international presence. With 1,500 Faculty and 1,400 Administrators/Staff, St. John's is a leading Catholic University in the Vincentian tradition, dedicated to making a positive difference in people's lives through active engagement in issues of energy and resource conservation, social justice and global citizenship. These values enhance the academic experience of more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students on three residential New York City campuses in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan; a graduate center in Oakdale, NY; an international campus in Paris, France and Rome, Italy; and learning centers in other locations worldwide.