Fraternity Recruitment Chair Responsibilities

This article is Day 2 of the series: 31 Days to Better Fraternity Recruitment.

There is a myth in many fraternities that it is the responsibility of the recruitment chair to recruit all the new members for the fraternity.  This is completely wrong and a sure-fire way to have a crappy fraternity recruitment period.  It is every brother’s responsibility to recruit.

However, the recruitment chair has more.

11 Fraternity Recruitment Chair Responsibilities

1) Maintain the Names List

The recruitment chair is responsible for maintaining the master list of recruitment contacts.  This means making sure all potential new members are on the list with the correct contact information.

2) Make Sure Rushees are Invited

The recruitment chair must make sure that the guys on the names list are actually invited to recruitment events.  It is not his responsibility to directly invite the guys, but it is his responsibility to make sure it happens.

3) Schedule Rush

The recruitment chair is responsible for making sure that all the recruitment events are planned well in advance.

4) Manage the Recruitment Budget

All committees should work with the treasurer to maximize fraternity funds.  The recruitment chair is no different.  Most recruitment budgets are a significant portion of the fraternity’s annual budget.  This is a poor use of money and you can have just as much success spending very little money.

5) Keep the Brothers Informed and Organized

Brothers are scatter-brained, especially the first few weeks back from summer break.  The recruitment chair is responsible for making sure they know where they are supposed to be and when they are supposed to be there.

6) Know the Recruits

The recruitment chair needs to meet all the recruits and know them well-enough to have an opinion of them.  Eventually you are going to vote on whether or not to give these guys bids, and it is imperative that the recruitment chair can speak about each potential new member.

7) Know the Rules

Universities have very stringent recruitment rules.  The recruitment chair needs to know them in order to avoid any potential violations.

8) Be Visible

There is a ton of work that goes into rush, including a lot of grunt tasks like dorm-storming and cleaning the house.  The recruitment chair has to be a part of these efforts.  If he isn’t, you can expect the brothers to dog out on them as well.

9) Put the Fraternity in a Position to Succeed

The recruitment chair should know the guys rushing better than anyone.  He needs to introduce the brothers to the guys who he thinks will hit it off due to similar interests.  Remember that guys join fraternities due to the personal relationships they form with the brothers.  The recruitment chair needs to try his best to develop those relationships.

10) Keep Facebook/Twitter/Chapter Website Updated

The recruitment chair needs to make sure these are kept updated during rush.  He doesn’t necessarily have to do it, but he has to make sure that someone does.  After a rush event one of the first things a rushee is going to do is go to these places.  What do you want them to see?

11) Keep it Positive

Guys will not join a fraternity that has a bad vibe.  The recruitment chair needs to remind the chapter that there is no need to air dirty laundry in front of rushees.

To learn more, check out our most in-depth article on fraternity recruitment: The Complete Guide to Fraternity Recruitment.

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  1. Here’s a few others:

    1. A Rush Chair should know if an alumni recommendation is given to a prospective member and communicate to the alum that gives the rec information about the prospect.

    Alumni give recs and expect to hear feedback on them. Alumni Associations also want to know that their recs are being considered.

    2. A Rush Chair also should know if the prospect is a Legacy as well. Legacies should be given every courtesy in recruitment.

    I’m not saying that every Legacy be automatically given a bid; there has to be extreme extenuating circumstances (criminal record, academic fraud for example). But it ought to be remembered that if a Legacy is ‘no-bid’ without reason that there will be consequences in losses of donations of time and money from that Legacy’s alumni connection and his connections.

    For a new chapter on campus organization, bidding a Legacy from another chapter can help the new jump start their alumni connections. And, if done right by existing chapters, doing the same can revitalize the alumni base.

    3. When Rushing, it is important to remember ‘what you can mold this prospect into’ or ‘what can this prospect bring’ into the fraternity to benefit the fraternity as a whole. These are intangibles, and the Chapter Advisor should be able to help navigate this as well.

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