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Executive Director

Employer
Chi Psi Fraternity and Educational Trust
Location
Tennessee, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Feb 25, 2022
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Executive Director

Chi Psi Fraternity and Educational Trust

Nashville, TN

 

Chi Psi Fraternity, a cultivator of student belonging and alumni affinity, seeks a new Executive Director, who also serves as Executive Secretary of the Chi Psi Educational Trust (the “Trust”), and Executive Secretary of Spencer Properties (which assists in the construction, ownership, and maintenance of Chi Psi Lodges). 

 

Chi Psi is a private association that enrolls undergraduate gentlemen and supports them in their individual self-fashioning.  The Fraternity nurtures in all its members lifelong friendship, loyalty to alma mater, and appreciation for the value of higher education generally.  Founded at Union College in 1841, Chi Psi is the eighth oldest Greek-letter organization, but the first established on the fraternal and social ideals of a brotherhood, rather than as a literary society.  Presently, 32 leading colleges and universities host an Alpha (chapter) of Chi Psi, with local extension ongoing in other flagship public universities and highly selective private institutions.

 

Appointment as Chi Psi’s Executive Director is a singular not-for-profit higher education leadership opportunity.  The position encompasses general management, advocacy, alumni relations, facilities, student development, and professional mentorship.  It also affords the opportunity to create and deliver educational programming (around academic achievement, cultural capital, ethical discernment, socialization, community service, and career readiness) that enhances the classroom curriculum of 1,800 striving undergraduate members.  The new Executive Director will be charged with elevating and stewarding a national college Fraternity that has long been a pioneer and beacon for progressivism and inclusivity in campus life.

 

Reporting both to the Chairman of the Chi Psi Executive Council and the Chairman of the Trust, the Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Fraternity and Trust.  The Executive Director oversees all programs, budgeting, financial reporting, and operations, including fundraising; communications to internal and external audiences; the development, delivery, and management of educational programs; the recruitment, mentorship, and supervision of 13 full-time and one part-time professionals working out of the Chi Psi Central Office in Nashville and remotely; and the production of Chi Psi’s Annual Convention, typically held each summer on one of the Fraternity’s host campuses.  The Executive Director is the public face of Chi Psi and its most visible and representative ambassador.  With 35% of the match for a 2019 ten-year, $10 million challenge grant raised over the past 33 months, the new #23 will take the helm of a financially robust membership organization with validated capacity for advancement support and a Trust whose endowment now stands at $21.5 million. 

 

Since its move after 55 years in Ann Arbor to Nashville in 2006, the Chi Psi Central Office has made its headquarters in Jeffrey Hall, a historic house refurbished for fraternity use by Malcolm D. Jeffrey (Williams ’54) and his family.  Jeffrey Hall contains gracious office, reception, and meeting spaces and serves as the archives, headquarters, and museum of the Fraternity. Chi Psi’s making its new address here precipitated the renewal of the Rutledge Hill neighborhood, now described as Nashville’s “hippest.”  The new Executive Director will arrive in a city that is a top relocation destination for college graduates under 30.  “Flush with young new residents and alive with immigrants, tourists and music, [Nashville] has made its way to the top of all kinds of lists,” according to the New York Times.  Says another commentator: “Blurring the lines between a big city and small town, Nashville has retained much of its charm as it has grown into a much-desired place to both visit and live.  The culture, climate, and increasingly cosmopolitan nature of Music City are big draws, and the welcoming community, rich with arts, schools, culture, and food, creates an opportunity for a quality of life many struggle to find elsewhere.”  Vanderbilt, the #14-ranked national research university, provides a community of academic, alumni-affairs and student-affairs colleagueship for Central Office staff, with the pre-eminent PhD program in higher education administration.

 

The search committee is eager to consider a candidate pool possessed of diverse professional experience, academic credentials, and individual distinction and promise.  Professional and/or volunteer experience in higher education, association management, and/or fraternity affairs is preferred.  An internal position description, which is aspirational rather than mandatory in its requirements, is available upon request to Central Office Business Manager Martha Vetter at mvetter@chipsi.org.  Inquiries and nominations may be directed to Ms. Vetter, who will forward them to the appropriate search committee member for response.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and is targeted to be comparable at the range’s top end to that of a faculty member at the full professor rank.  Benefits include comprehensive health, dental and a 5% IRA contribution match.

 

A complete application will include a two-page letter of interest, a current resume or CV, and contact information for five professional references e-mailed as separate PDF attachments to executivedirector@chipsi.org.  Referees will not be contacted without prior notice to the candidate.  Review of applications will begin in late February and continue until the appointment, with a target start date of July 1, 2022.

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