For House Directors
WHAT DOES A HOUSE DIRECTOR DO
-Lives in-house and manages a Sorority or Fraternity House in a University setting. The HD provides a home-like environment for chapter members, with their safety and well-being as the primary responsibility. The HD is not a policing agent. but reports concerns regarding health, safety, or security to designated House Corporation or Advisory Board.
-Mentors members without being intrusive. This may include being a good listener, maintaining an open-door policy for chapter members,, upholding house rules, reporting concerns to a House Corporation or Advisory Board, taking a student who is ill to a doctor, seeking referrals if necessary, considering members’ dietary needs and requests, attends House Corp and Advisory Board meetings. The Facility Manager assists with special events, holidays, and dinners for members and guests. It can be as simple as remembering birthdays and baking cookies, or attending their sports or other events when invited. Expectations are different with each House.
-Interfaces with residents, House and Advisory Boards, staff, alumni, parents, vendors, maintenance personnel, contractors, and university personnel. May be responsible for hiring and supervision of household staff, turning in payroll hours to an accountant, managing a household budget if advised. The House Director may be involved in food ordering, menu planning, budget control, directing vendors, repairs, renovations, landscaping; organizing and hosting dinners and special events for chapter members, parents, and guests.
-Conducts routine safety checks of fire and security systems and may be a liaison between the house and fire and safety personnel Concerns are reported to the appropriate designated individuals, usually House Corporation members or Advisors.
Some House Corporations require House Director experience, others do not, and qualifications vary. Backgrounds in property management and food service such as event planning, B&B or restaurant management are desirable. Personnel management skills include interviewing, hiring and supervision of household staff. Knowledge of basic bookkeeping, payroll, and computer skills is often required. Required computer applications may include Word, Excel, Quick Books, email, internet. Some HDs are responsible for payroll and others report payroll hours for staff to a Chapter Accountant. Knowledge of food handling/sanitation laws and workmen’s comp issues are a plus. Having worked with youth in a college setting or otherwise, is desirable.
Excellent candidates may include airline retirees, educators, social workers,business owners/managers, especially related to the food and beverage industry, or public relations. We are happy to hear from empty nesters with applicable business backgrounds, and parenting skills.
Applicants must be free to relocate, provide references and employer contacts, pass a background check, and climb stairs in a multi -story home on a regular basis. The ideal candidate has a college degree or background applicable to this career, and enjoys relating to collegians, alumni, parents, staff and university personnel.
All Greek House Resource applicants area given equal consideration, and based on information you provide, matched as closely as possible with requirements presented to us by a House Corporation.
SALARIES / BENEFITS / ACCOMMODATIONS
Salaries vary according to chapter size and to some extent, geographic location. HD salaries in GHR’s experience, currently range from approximately $30k to $51k annually, and an average today tends to be $35k. Many houses provide an additional monthly stipend toward a HD’s personal insurance premiums. Some pay a car allowance for household errands a HD is required to run. The upper end of the above range tends to apply to very large houses in large cities,
Accommodations & meals are provided for a single person only. Spouses and children are not allowed to reside and single applicants are preferred. Accommodations may include a bedroom, bath, living area, possibly kitchenette, and closets. A laundry facility is usually shared with the house. Often year-round accommodations are offered if the HD has been renewed for the following year, or needs a place to leave her belongings over summer.
Most House Director accommodations are furnished with at least the basics. In a few cases, a returning HD will want to bring furniture but usually brings a few favorite household items. Basic phone and computer expenses are typically paid for by the House Corporation, and some provide a computer.
Meals are provided according to the House meal plan...i.e., they may offer 3 meals a day except on weekends, or breakfast may be something simple set out by the HD if required. Food service arrangements vary with each House.
Contracts are for 9 to 12 months and a HD may be required to live in house for part of the summer but rarely for all of it. Free time includes designated school holidays and summers or part summers off. Some houses offer a monthly weekend free during months that have no holiday, with approval and a substitute in place. If renovations or security issues require, a HD may be asked to stay part of the summer. Each house is unique.