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#4 Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Graduate Assistant

The purpose of the position is to support the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL), gain practical experience in fraternity and sorority life program administration, and provide administrative and advisory support to the Fraternity and Sorority Governing Councils. This position works directly with the Director, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and/or his/her designee. This position requires a minimum of 20 hours a week, which includes some evenings and weekend hours.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as the secondary advisor to the one or more of the governing councils;
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of events and programs such as the Governing Council Leadership Training Programs and Conferences, Greek Week, Greek Sing, Greek-or-Treat, Holiday Lights Program, the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program, and the Annual Fraternity and Sorority Awards Program and Awards Ceremony;
  • Assist in creating and implementing leadership development initiatives;
  • Participate in OFSL Staff meetings, Interfraternity Council meetings, and Alumni Fraternity and Sorority Council meetings;
  • Communicate challenges and successes of the fraternity and sorority community and chapters to OFSL staff and others;
  • Understand and enforce all University, OFSL and Residence Life policies;
  • Serve as a role model for students, exemplifying leadership, ethics, and interpersonal relations.

Council and Chapter Interaction & Programming

  • Serve as the secondary advisor to one or more of the governing councils;
  • Participate in the regular one-on-one meetings with Council officers;
  • Attend Council, Chapter, Advisor, and other events or functions as an OFSL representative;
  • Meet inter/national headquarters staff and volunteers pertaining to the progress of Penn State chapters;
  • Serve as a liaison to and meet regularly with selected chapters across all Councils;
  • Advise the Order of Omega organization.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain significant experience in fraternity and sorority advising, judicial processes, leadership development, program and event planning and implementation, risk management, and community relations;
  • Demonstrate an applied and theoretical understanding of student development theory through advising and interaction with students;
  •  Enhance and develop critical thinking, communication and leadership skills;
  • Develop and enhance programming and event planning skills.


Full time enrollment in a master’s graduate program, preferably in College Student Affairs, Higher Education or Counselor Education; Ability to work effectively with diverse populations of students; Demonstrated ability to multi-task and handle varied responsibilities; Effective oral and written communication skills; Participation, experience and/or membership in a national fraternity or sorority preferred.

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