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February 7, 2017


Executive Director Search Committee


Executive Director Search Now Open

The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) is the leading association for individuals advising fraternities and sororities. Established in 1976, AFA is comprised of more than 1,500 members, has a staff of seven and an operating budget of more than $900,000.


AFA provides exceptional experiences, a vibrant community, and essential resources for the success of fraternity/sorority advisors. The Association’s commitment to members’ professional development is achieved through a deep appreciation of both academic and applied research that examines the entire spectrum of the fraternity/sorority experience and the advising profession, as well as a commitment to collaborations within and between the higher education and interfraternal communities. Through its programs and meetings, publications, networking opportunities, and other resources, AFA is the leading voice in aligning the fraternity/sorority and higher education experiences. AFA seeks a dedicated and highly motivated Executive Director to implement the organization’s strategic objectives while managing our day-to-day operations. The ED is the chief staff officer of both AFA and the AFA Foundation (AFAF) and reports to the Board of Directors.


The successful candidate must have strong communication, administrative and networking skills. The successful candidate must also be able to work effectively in motivating volunteers and providing strategic direction to the organization, while also serving as an effective supervisor and manager of the professional and energetic staff.



REPORTING RESPONSIBILITY: President of the AFA Board of Directors



AFA MISSION: AFA enhances its members’ abilities to foster impactful fraternity/sorority experiences.


AFA VISION: AFA is the catalytic force in aligning the fraternity/sorority experience with the changing dynamics and enduring principles of higher education.


AFAF MISSION: To secure, invest and distribute the necessary resources to support the educational objectives of AFA and other relevant research, scholarship and educational programming that furthers the fraternity/sorority advising profession.



The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience and success in the following areas:

  • Board Governance: Works with the Board to fulfill the Association’s mission and Strategic Framework.
    •  Responsible for leading AFA in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
    • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to carry out its governance, financial, oversight, and leadership role and to make informed decisions.
    • Coordinate Board meetings and communications.
    • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.
  • Financial Management and Fundraising: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
    •  Responsible for the fiscal integrity of AFA, and to submit to the Board a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements that accurately reflect the financial condition of the Association.
    • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and keeps the Association in a positive financial position.
    • Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support AFA’s mission.
    • Develop relationships and maintain regular communication with Association sponsors and AFA Foundation.
    • Identify grant opportunities, develop proposals and produce required reporting to funding sources as appropriate.
  • Association Mission and Strategy: Works with the Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and outreach throughout higher education.
    • Responsible for the implementation of AFA’s programs that carry out the Association’s mission.
    • Responsible for the implementation of the strategic framework.
    • Develop partnerships with organizations and associations involved in higher education and the interfraternal industry.
    • Responsible for the enhancement of AFA’s image by being active and visible across the industry and by working closely with other fraternal and higher education partners.
    • Serve as the lead spokesperson for the Association and ensure AFA’s mission is properly represented in various venues.
  • Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure the operations of the Association are appropriate.
    •  Provide overall staff direction and supervision.
    • Responsible for the effective administration of AFA operations, including providing ongoing management to ensure the Association stays within approved plans and budgets.
    • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
    • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the Association. Responsible for consulting Board of Directors before engaging in major organizational contracts.
    • Effectively manage the human resources of the Association in a manner that supports a productive, professionally competent workforce in an environment respectful of personal well-being and cultural diversity.
  • Management of Programs and Member Services: Oversee the development of cutting edge initiatives, programs and member services as needed.
    •  Ensure program quality and consistency with the Association’s goals through ongoing evaluation of all programs and services to determine effectiveness and satisfaction.
    • Oversee the development and coordination of events and new programs, initiatives, conferences, workshops, publications, website, and resources.


  • Five or more years nonprofit management experience. Experience in higher education association management is preferred, but not required.
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of AFA’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate Board members and other volunteers
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee, collaborate and build team orientation with staff
  • Strong public speaking ability
  • Understanding of the fraternal landscape (e.g. NALFO, NAPA, NIC, NMGC, NPC, NPHC, FEA, etc.)
  • Fundraising and donor stewardship skills


Compensation is commensurate with professional experience and includes a competitive benefits package.



Submit resume, letter of interest, salary requirements and contact information for three professional references to the Executive Director Search Committee via email to no later than March 3, 2017. If you have questions, please contact Justin Kirk at



This time line is subject to change and is provided only as a guideline.


February 7:                Executive Director position posted

March 3:                     Cover letter & resume deadline

March 6-24:                Applicant screening & telephone interviews

Week of April 3:         In-person interviews

April 10:                      Recommendation to AFA Board of Directors


The Executive Director start date is contingent upon contract negotiation, notice period of current position, and appropriate time for transition to relocate, if necessary. For a hard copy of the position description, click here.

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