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Assistant Director Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth

Position Summary

The Assistant Director provides training, guidance, and support to officers and members of all student organizations and fraternity and sorority groups on campus.  The Assistant Director is responsible for executing a variety of programs and co-curricular activities that promote student success including leadership and personal growth trainings, campus-wide events, and recognition programs. This is a 12-month, full-time position that reports to the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support to clubs and organizations
    • Serve as primary contact for 80+ student organizations on campus.
    • Serve as co-advisor to the Clubs and Organizations Committee and Student Activities Finance Board.
    • Provide regular trainings and support in the areas of institutional processes and procedures, program planning, organization management and member transition.
    • Oversee the Student Organization Event Approval and Funding Process.
    • Manage the Student Organization Recognition Process.
    • Maintain student organization membership records and share data with relevant campus departments.
    • Facilitate student organization advisor outreach and development.
    • Collaborate with campus offices to mutually support clubs and organizations as relevant (e.g. multicultural/identity-based organizations, professional/career organizations).
    • Manage the student organization management software and serve as campus liaison to Campus Labs.
  • Fraternities and sororities
    • Serve as advisor to the College Panhellenic Association and support its four member groups. Serve as advisor to the College Interfraternity Council and support its three member groups. Support the National Pan-Hellenic Council groups (historically African American fraternities and sororities) and the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations groups (historically Latinx fraternities and sororities).
    • Provide training and support in the areas of member recruitment and retention, risk management, compliance, leadership development, and philanthropic events.
    • Attend regularly scheduled meetings with the councils and organizational representatives.
  • Leadership development
    • Design and deliver regular training sessions focused on leadership development, personal growth, diversity and inclusion, and organizational success.
    • Oversee the planning and execution of guest leadership speaker programs.
  • Event planning/management
    • Plan and execute involvement fairs in the fall and spring semesters.
    • Assist with the planning and execution of New Student Orientation.
    • Assist with the planning and execution of Campus-wide events including Homecoming, Week of Welcome, Leadership Awards Ceremony and Forester Day of Service
    • Plan and execute the Student Organization Training.
  • Management of front desk operations
    • Hiring, training, and supervision of student workers.
    • Oversee departmental social media and digital signage.
  • Serve as Gates Center representatives in campus committees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills

Qualified candidates will demonstrate substantial experience in the following areas:

  • Supporting student organization operations including recognition, funding, event planning and transition.
  • Supporting fraternity and sorority operations including formal recruitment, risk management and governance regulations.
  • Training and advising students, faculty and staff in individual and group settings.
  • Planning and executing small- and large-scale events.
  • Delivering presentations of various types in a clear and concise manner.
  • Supervising students and mediating student conflicts.
  • Managing crises and responding to emergencies.
  • Supporting and advocating for a variety of student needs.
  • Managing budgets and overseeing budget allocations.
  • Applying strong administrative skills and having excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Taking initiative to establish work priorities and work on multiple projects concurrently.
  • Building relationships and work effectively with students, faculty, staff, service providers, and off-campus partners.


Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs or related field preferred.  Two years of full-time experience in Student Affairs is highly preferred. Experience supporting student organizations and with fraternity and sorority life is highly preferred. This position requires regular work on evenings and occasional work on weekends

Please email a resume, cover letter and the names of three references to Aldo Guzman, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth at gatescenter@Lakeforest.edu.  

Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented groups.