Human Resources

Associate Director for Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth

October 08, 2021

The Associate Director provides guidance and support for the Fraternity and Sorority Life community, leads the planning efforts for major campus traditions, and supports the operations and management of the Mohr Student Center. The Associate Director is responsible for executing a variety of co-curricular programs and activities that promote involvement in campus life, foster leadership development, and support student success. 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.


  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
    • 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.
  • Event Planning and Management
    • Plan and execute major campus traditions including Homecoming, Forester Day of Service, and Late Night Breakfast.
    • Assist with the planning and execution of Gates Center sponsored events including Weeks of Welcome and Winter Gala.
    • Plan and execute senior events including Senior/Faculty Reception and Senior Party.
    • Work in partnership with the Business Office to negotiate and review contracts.
  • Volunteer and Service Programs
    • Partner with various non-for-profit organizations to implement a series of volunteer and service opportunities for students throughout the academic year.
    • Lead the planning and execution of the Forester Day of Service.
    • Hire, train, and supervise federal work study students to support volunteer and service programs.
  • Mohr Student Center
    • Oversee the event approval process for large student organization programs held in the Mohr Student Center.
    • Hire, train, and supervise event support staff.
    • Serve as the liaison to entities who provide support services to the Mohr Student Center including Parkhurst Dining, Facilities Management, Mail Services, and the Gear Store.
    • Oversee the Mohr Student Center refurbishment account for general upkeep, maintenance, and facility improvements.
  • New Student Orientation
    • Assist with the planning and execution of New Student Orientation.
    • Coordinate all afternoon/evening social programming and featured speakers.
    • Coordinate all logistics, rentals, and meals.
  • Spring Leadership Awards
    • Coordinate the selection committee for various campus leadership awards.
    • Plan and execute the annual Leadership Awards Ceremony and Reception.
    • Collaborate with the Dean of the Faculty’s Office to coordinate the Senior Class Commencement Speaker selection process.
    • Serve as Gates Center representative in campus committees.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


Qualified candidates will demonstrate substantial experience in the following areas:

  • Supporting fraternity and sorority life including formal recruitment, risk management, and governance regulations.
  • Planning and executing small and large-scale events.
  • Training and advising students, faculty, and staff in individual and group settings.
  • Supporting student center operations.
  • Delivering presentations of various types in a clear and concise manner.
  • Supervising students and mediating student conflicts.
  • Establish work priorities and working on multiple projects concurrently.
  • Building relationships and working effectively with students, faculty, staff, service providers, and off-campus partners.
  • Managing budgets and overseeing budget allocations.
  • Crisis management and emergency response protocols.
  • Strong administrative skills and having excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • A master’s degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs or related field is required.
  • A minimum of 4 years of full-time work experience in Student Affairs, event planning, or student center operations.
  • Work-related experience in fraternity and sorority life is required.
  • Exceptional event planning skills, superb interpersonal skills, and excellent communication, problem solving, advising skills.
  • Ability to work regular evening and weekend hours.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, as some occasional driving is necessary.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter electronically to Cindy Orr at is Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

Lake Forest College embraces diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.