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Fraternity and Sorority Affairs - Leadership Development GA

The Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development and Training (GALDT) is a para-professional staff member for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (FSA) in the Office of the Dean of Students.  The primary charge of the GALDT is to coordinate a variety of campus-wide leadership development programs and services, with specific attention to leadership training and educational programs for fraternity and sorority members, as it aims to support a vibrant, success-driven model for the fraternity and sorority community that focuses on creating true College-centered chapters.  As a staff member in Fraternity and Sorority Affairs the graduate assistant is directly involved in leadership training and development, student group advising, in addition to coordinating support, as needed, for services and programs of areas within the Office of the Dean of Students.  This position requires the flexibility, ability, and willingness to work nights and weekends in structured and unstructured settings with students, staff, and faculty.

The primary areas of responsibility for the Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development and Training (GALDT) are as follows:

Leadership Development:

  • Design, initiate, and facilitate curriculum for leadership education and other training programs for fraternity and sorority members at all developmental levels consistent with the College educational mission and values, FSA goals and objectives, the principles of the Expectations for Excellence, student developmental needs, and the Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL) model of community leadership.
  • Coordinate and implement the Leadership Values in Action (Leadership V.I.A.) series including, but not limited to, fall and spring semester New Member Educator Workshop and New Member Orientation programs, the Annual Archon Challenge, and the Annual Hazing Prevention Education Webinar series.
  • Work with the Director to oversee the Fraternal Peer Educators program.
  • Coordinate the fraternity/sorority officer participation in the annual Fall Leadership Conference.
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of the Annual Fraternity and Sorority Achievement Reception each spring.
  • Develop comprehensive system-wide training workshops and other resources to ensure continuity and a smooth officer transition for chapter and council leadership.
  • Work with RCCL to gain expertise in the College’s student leadership curriculums, particularly as they may relate to fraternity and sorority life.
  • Coordinate a process for recognizing the positive leadership of fraternity and sorority members and organizations on an ongoing basis.
  • Create and implement a fraternity/sorority emerging leaders program to include two or three representatives of the new member classes of all chapters.
  • Coordinate student attendance at national, regional, and local fraternity/sorority centered leadership opportunities (i.e., Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), LeaderShape, etc.)


  • Assist the Assistant Director in the management, assessment, and facilitation of the student programs of the FSA program and its goals and objectives.
  • Assist in the creation and promotion of educational programs which address social issues confronting today's student such as alcohol, substance abuse, risk management, hazing, values and ethics, health issues, sexual harassment and assault.

Student Group Advising:

  • Provide consultation with individual chapters and the greater fraternal community regarding Scholarship, Community Building and Programming, Character and Values, and Leadership and Organizational Management, with particular attention to building leadership development and training programs in those areas.
  • Advise executive board officers and delegates of the three governing councils and their member organizations as it relates to leadership development and training.
  • Assist the Director in advising the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Association (PHA), and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), with particular focus on a single council, attending council meetings and meeting with council Presidents as necessary. Identify/share resources from national umbrella associations (NALFO, NPHC, NPC, NIC, and NAPA) with council officers. Provide collaborative support with nearby institutions for city-wide chapters.
  • Assist with the advisement of fraternity/sorority members and the implementation of policies and regulations.
  • Foster cross-organization and inter-council communication and collaboration.
  • Empower new members to take leadership positions through skill-building, training, and meaningful discussion.


  • Report directly to, and meet weekly with, the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and serve as a member of the FSA staff.
  • Attend Office of the Dean of Students staff meetings.
  • Serve as the FSA Representative in departmental and/or College committees, as needed.
  • Attend various FSA sponsored programs such as staff meetings, monthly All-Fraternity and Sorority Presidents’ Meeting, etc.
  • Create and distribute monthly Leadership Development Update for the All-Fraternity and Sorority Presidents’ Meeting.
  • Attend various Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), Panhellenic Association, and member groups, sponsored programs and meetings as needed. 
  • Attend Management Committee, Standards Sub-Committee, as well as monthly Chapter Advocate/Alumni Advisor group meetings as needed. 
  • Other duties of special interest to the graduate assistant or as assigned by the Director or Assistant Director.

Time Commitment

20 hours per week including some evening and weekend events.  Term of position is July 1-June 30 with possible reappointment.


Minimum requirements for the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Must be a full-time, matriculated graduate student in a Masters or Doctoral program at the University of Rochester.
  • Strong leadership, campus programming, and student organization experience preferred.
  • Ability and flexibility to work independently and in conjunction with the College community.
  • Affiliation or experience with a Greek-letter organization preferred, but not required.
  • Interest in a two-year appointment preferred, but not required. 


An unfurnished, two-bedroom, garden apartment, including all utilities. 


Questions can be directed to John DiSarro, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at (585) 275-3167 or via email at John.DiSarro@rochester.edu.


Phone: (585) 275-9390
Fax: (585) 273-5306
Email: wcsa@rochester.edu

Mailing Address:
201 Wilson Commons
University of Rochester
PO Box 270281
Rochester, NY 14627


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