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Sorority house directors, sometimes affectionately called house mothers, are property managers for Greek letter women's organizations found on college campuses. Their main role is to ensure the property is maintained, build and maintain relationships with the sorority members, and manage the day-to-day operations. This position is best suited for single mature women -- over 40 -- and the job requires that you live full time in the home. It is important to have experience and a passion for young adults.
According to the Sorority Mom website, the leading website on sorority house directors, this position should be viewed as a small hotel management position. You're responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the building; supporting the chapter's policies and standards; supporting and guiding the young women; communicating with alumni, advisers and parents; managing the budget, meal planning and shopping; and supervising staff, contractors and vendors.
The salary range is based upon several factors: the size of the sorority, the location, university housing policies, the financial resources of the sorority, and the type of structure. Based on salary scales found on Glassdor.com, the salary can range from $43,000 to $64,000. Interviews with actual sorority house directors range from $7,000 to $32,000. The position includes various benefits and perks, like car and gas allowances, free rent and weekends off.
Benefits and Perks
The salaries include many benefits or perks. Some directors receive car and gas allowances, free rent, free meals, free utilities, maid services, paid weekends off and health insurance. Therefore, lower salaries must take into consideration you have no living expenses and may be compensated for the use of your vehicle. In addition to weekends off, there may be vacation time.
This position requires you to live on the property with select weekends off and vacation time. Your life must be free to provide these services; this position would not be suitable for a person who is married with young or teenage children. You will not be required to manage or discipline the young women, but you can become a support or motherly figure to the young ladies.
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