Founded in 1848, the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is a leading men's fraternity that unites men in enduring friendships, stimulates the pursuit of knowledge, and builds courageous leaders who serve the world with the best that is in them. ? Over 180,000 men have been initiated into the Fraternity in its 180-year history. Currently, there are approximately 11,000 undergraduate members in 153 chapters and 13 colonies on college and university campuses in the United States and Canada. Phi Gamma Delta believes that our fraternity is Not for College Days Alone. Therefore, the Fraternity encourages the continued active involvement of graduate brothers with the Fraternity, including volunteer opportunities at the local, regional, and international levels. The fraternity has 70 graduate chapters.
Phi Gamma Delta has enjoyed the service and counsel of four executive directors over the past 96 years. With the pending retirement of its current long-time Executive Director, the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is seeking a new Executive Director who will build upon the tremendous foundation of his predecessor. The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Fraternity, leading the staff and managing operations of the Fraternity's International Headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. The Executive Director reports to the board of directors of the Fraternity, the Archonate, composed of seven graduate brothers and two undergraduate brothers.
The Executive Director of the Fraternity must be a visionary, energetic and action-oriented leader. He is the face of the Fraternity; an ambassador to undergraduate members, graduate brothers, parents, university officials, public, news media, and other stakeholders. The successful candidate must be able to tactfully and artfully deal with crises and delicate situations. The Executive Director is expected to work cooperatively with interfraternity partners including the North-American Interfraternity Conference, the Fraternity Executives Association, and leaders of other fraternities and sororities.
As the chief executive officer of the Fraternity, the Executive Director directs and administers the day-to-day operations of the Fraternity and the International Headquarters in cooperation with the staff and graduate volunteers. The Executive Director reports to the Archonate, who will provide overall direction regarding priorities, utilization of time, business development strategy support, and performance feedback.
The Executive Director is expected to:
• Keep the Archonate informed about fraternity activities. Each biennium, orient new board members and work with the Archon President on board development. Plan and coordinate its meetings to see that all appropriate business comes before it and that the members of the Archonate have the information they need to make informed decisions. Implement their decisions.
Coordinate development and implementation of the strategic plan and strategic initiatives approved by the Archons.
Hire, train, and supervise the Headquarters staff. Determine organizational and staffing needs of the Headquarters operation.
Assist and guide the staff directors to meet their goals and fulfill their responsibilities.
Work with the Fraternity's CFO to develop the budget. Review financial reports and make adjustments to meet the budget. Assure that the Archon Treasurer, the Archons, and the Financial Advisory Board are kept current on financial condition.
Communicate with other fraternity staffs on challenges, issues, ideas and education. Attend interfraternal gatherings such as the meetings of the North-American Interfraternity Conference and the Fraternity Executives Association.
Work cooperatively with the Executive Director of the Educational Foundation on the relationship of the two entities. Make the Foundation board aware of fraternity activities, programs and needs. Assist as needed with fundraising efforts of the Foundation.
Oversee the planning, scheduling, and coordination of major Fraternity projects and events including Ekklesia, Fiji Academy, Leadership Institute, campus extension presentations, and chapter charterings.
Coordinate with the Appointed General Officers of the Fraternity in their duties and responsibilities and support as needed, as well as make recommendations for such replacements over time.
Serve as staff contact with 1848 Properties (National Housing Corporation) to see that the entity and its board have the staff support they need.
Represent the Fraternity at Pig Dinners, chapter anniversaries, charterings/recharterings, campus programs and other events. Coordinate the participation of the Archons in these events.
Work with the Director of Communications in planning, writing, and editing The Phi Gamma Delta magazine and other important fraternal communications.
Manage the purchase of liability insurance coverage and the Fraternity's relationship with any brokers/agents. Handle claims, lawsuits, and coverage issues.
Position requires 80 to 90 days of travel per year on fraternity business, including weekend and short-notice travel.
Proven leadership, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
Maturity to make wise, independent decisions in ambiguous situations.
Experience hiring, evaluating, and supervising professional staff.
Ability to engage, train, and motivate graduate brother volunteers in supporting undergraduate chapters and the Fraternity.
Exceptional ability to coalesce groups of people around the mission, vision, and initiatives of the Fraternity.
Solid budget and financial management proficiency.
Experience with non-profit organizational leadership and developing relationships, including governing boards.
Knowledge of strategic planning and systematic decision-making.
Knowledge of current issues and trends affecting fraternity and sorority life.
Sensitive, diplomatic, and articulate written and verbal communication skills.
Accomplished public speaker and capable of representing the Fraternity at a multitude of events (large and small).
Superb listening skills.
Possess a strategic and results orientation.
Demonstrated success collaborating with stakeholders.
Experience responding to and managing incidents and crises.
Personal and professional integrity.
Positive attitude, energy, competence, and good humor.