Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Inc.
The O∆K Leadership Consultants are frontline ambassadors of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society. Leadership Consultants work with the more than 280 circles located on college campuses around the country in assisting them with various issues from recruitment to event planning to educational programs. In the 2014-15 academic year, the staff at the national headquarters completed more than 150 in-person visits with circles and many of these consultations were completed by the Leadership Consultants.
The consultant experience can be a springboard to a variety of future opportunities in higher education and non-profit administration. Former staff members have found a high degree of success in marketing their experience to employers because of the travel requirements and high level of responsibility given to our consultants.
The O∆K Leadership Consultant position is a two-year commitment beginning on August 1, 2015, and concluding on June 30, 2017. The Leadership Consultant is a full-time staff member and is based at the O∆K National Headquarters in Lexington, Va. The O∆K Leadership Consultant reports to the Associate Executive Director for Business Operations.
Alumni and Development (10%)
- Pursue and develop opportunities to actively engage alumni across the country.
- Assist the Associate Executive Director for External Relations with alumni cultivation and donor stewardship as it relates to the 2017 drive-in workshops and planning for the comprehensive campaign.
Volunteer Corps, Committees and Programs (30%)
- Manage the selection process for the O∆K Foundation Scholarships and the work with the Scholarship Review and Selection Ad Hoc Committee (first-year only).
- Staff the National Awards Committee including selection of Leader of the Year, Morlan-Bishop, and Clay Grant programs (second-year only).
- Staff the Diversity and Inclusion Work Group.
- Serve as a secondary liaison to the Membership Committee.
- Coordinate the 2017 drive-in workshops.
Circle Services and Extension (50%)
- In consultation with the Membership Services team, plan and implement a schedule for visiting existing and prospective circles.
- Provide support for all circle officers and especially work with inactive or “troubled” circles.
- Work with circles to achieve minimum circle standards in order to qualify for circle recognition awards.
- Pursue and develop opportunities to promote the development of new circles, particularly those at HBCU institutions.
- In conjunction with the other Leadership Consultant, coordinate with the national headquarters staff and the members of the National Advisory Council periodic calls to circles.
- Identify training opportunities for faculty and student officers and especially support new circles in their efforts to improve membership, leadership education, alumni involvement and circle activities.
- Maintain master circle list (first-year only).
- Coordinate collection of annual reports and awarding of circle recognition awards (first-year only).
- Facilitate collection and analysis of circle and member assessment data (second-year only).
- Develop, edit, and update online and print officer resources including the annual officer handbook and fall mailing (second-year only).
Communications and Programming (10%)
- Coordinate the social media activities including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Merit Pages (first-year only).
- Assist with production of The Circle magazine, including the “On Campus” section of each issue (second-year only).
- Manage the annual O∆K Day of Service.
Perform other duties that advance the vision and mission of Omicron Delta Kappa as requested.
- Initiated member of Omicron Delta Kappa.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master's degree in higher education administration, counseling or student affairs administration is preferred.
- Proficient in Windows, Microsoft Office and preferably Macintosh operating systems; experience working with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is a plus.
- Available to travel as needed.
- Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills including public speaking.
- Demonstrate a “team player” attitude with the ability to handle a multitude of challenges.
- Serves as a professional role model to local O∆K circles and members by demonstrating certain qualities: effective time management, ability to manage multiple projects at one time, personal initiative and self-motivation, detail orientation and organization.
- Ability to motivate and inspire others by possessing an outgoing and innovative personality.
- Strong customer service skills.
- The ability to maintain a valid driver’s license and personal automobile insurance.
- Please note that a complete background check, including drug testing, will be conducted.
The salary range for the O∆K Leadership Consultant is $24,000 - $30,000 a year (commensurate based on education and experience) plus full benefits including life, dental, and health insurance and retirement contributions. Personnel at Omicron Delta Kappa’s national headquarters have free parking and access to recreation and library facilities at Washington and Lee University.
Submit a cover letter, resume or vitae and three references to Dr. Tara S. Singer, Executive Director, via firstname.lastname@example.org by July 14, 2015.
The Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation recently announced its intention to create a new award--one that honors alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in one of the Society's five pillars of leadership:
- Campus or Community Service, Social and Religious Activities, and Campus Government
- Journalism, Speech and Mass Media
- Creative and Performing Arts
The Pillars of Leadership Awards will be formally announced at this year's National Convention and Centennial Celebration.
"We look across the country and see so many O∆K alumni who have taken what they learned as student leaders on their college campuses and have expanded upon it to create lasting change in their area of influence," said Tara Singer, executive director of Omicron Delta Kappa. "They're living the O∆K Idea every day."
This year's Pillars of Leadership Award recipients are:
Composer, Musician, and Performer
Rollins College Circle (1975)
Michael G. Riley
CEO and Editor in Chief, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Wake Forest University Circle (1981)
Larry J. Sabato
Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Political Science
University of Virginia Circle (1972)
Quinton D. Studer
Founder, Studer Group, Inc.
University of West Florida Circle (Fall 2014)
Patricia S. Summitt
Head Coach Emeritus, Lady Volunteers Basketball Team
University of Tennessee Circle (1978)
Omicron Delta Kappa's Board of Directors has announced the preliminary approval of a 10-year long range plan, "ODK 2024: Leading for Our Second Century." The plan will be officially adopted at the 2014 National Convention and Centennial Celebration.
At the summer 2013 meeting of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society Board of Directors, the Long Range Planning Steering Committee met for the first time and adopted seven strategic priorities:
- Strategic Priority 1: Increase membership and enhance member participation
- Strategic Priority 2: Advance leadership education
- Strategic Priority 3: Develop strategic alliances
- Strategic Priority 4: Strengthen and leverage existing programs of promise and distinction
- Strategic Priority 5: Diversify and increase revenue
- Strategic Priority 6: Recruit and retain great personnel and volunteers
- Strategic Priority 7: Increase charitable resources
During the following nine months, dozens of national volunteer leaders from across the country--members of the Board of Directors, Foundation Board of Trustees and National Advisory Council-- worked with staff to develop initiatives, action items and metrics for each of the seven strategic priorities.
The plan was intentionally developed with a decade-long lens. ODK's Long Range Plan, "ODK 2024: Leading for Our Second Century," outlines the initiatives and action steps the Society will implement over the next decade, acknowledging that items may need to be revisited and adjusted over time. The Board of Directors anticipates that the core strategic priorities will largely remain unchanged.
The Board of Directors provisionally adopted a draft of the long range plan on April 8, 2014. The plan will continue to be refined going into this June's National Convention, with initiative managers being identified and metrics being developed to gauge the plan's progress.
A draft is available online. ODK 2024 will be formally unveiled at the Biennial Convention and Centennial Celebration scheduled for June 12-14, 2014 in Lexington, Va.
To inspire service to our community, OΔK hosts a National Day of Service each year. In 2015, OΔK’s National Day of Service will be held Thursday, April 9.
There are three ways your Circle can get involved and give back:
- Volunteer individually or as a group with an established nonprofit
- Plan and execute a small-scale service project that members of your Circle can complete together
- Plan and execute a campus-wide service project that is open to participants who are not members of OΔK
Learn more about ways your circle can support OΔK’s National Day of Service.
Last week, many members of Omicron Delta Kappa gathered in New Orleans while attending the 2015 annual meeting of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education). It was a great opportunity to get caught up with numerous faculty officers from around the country and to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing the current generation of college students. More than 40 O∆K members gathered for our annual breakfast reception where National President, Dr. Michael Christakis, gave a brief "State of the Society" update.
During the course of the convention, Frank Krimowski, our leadership consultant, and I also held a number of meetings with individuals who are working to establish circles of Omicron Delta Kappa at their institutions. We visited with colleagues representing colleges and universities coast (New York) to coast (Oregon). Before the end of this academic year, we hope to install at least four more new circles.
One of the great things about visiting New Orleans is having the opportunity to enjoy the sites and sounds. I will confess to partaking in the wonders of Bourbon Street one evening and enjoying dueling pianos and torch singers. New Orleans music is a wonderful combination of jazz, blues and soul, and a song that I think perfectly embraces all of these genres is Etta James "At Last."
"At Last" could have been the theme song last Monday evening when our newest circle, Loyola University New Orleans, was installed. National Vice President Michelle Burke was the installing officer. Society Board of Directors Matt Clifford and Ben Williams also joined Frank and me at the chartering ceremony.
The Loyola University New Orleans Circle, our 295th active circle, took a while to develop. Matt Hopper, our first O∆K Fellow, made a visit there several years ago as did other staff members. Frank and Brent Anderson worked closely with Heather Seaman, faculty secretary, and Caitlin Dobson, faculty advisor, in preparing for the circle's chartering. It was also great to have the support of Dr. Cissy Petty, the institution's vice president for student affairs and O∆K member, throughout the entire process.
At last, our circle has come along, and good things come to those who wait. Congratulations to the founding members of the Loyola University New Orleans Circle and thank you for your perseverance. This work has truly been an example of success achieved in a very worthy undertaking.
It's the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the unveiling of ODK's annual bracket for the men’s NCAA basketball championship!
I’ve been sharing the ODK bracket since I became National President in 2012. My logic in picking the winners in the bracket is pretty simple – ODK always wins.
Here’s how it works:
If a campus has a circle of ODK, they win.
If both campuses have a circle, the campus with the oldest circle wins.
It’s that simple.
I should note that in 2013, I accurately picked Louisville to win it all. I should also note that that same year we hired a Louisville alum, Dr. Tara Singer, as ODK’s new Executive Director. It was a good year to be associated with Louisville.
So, without further ado…here’s this year’s ODK Bracket…
Congratulations Davidson; sorry Kentucky (now, that would be something!!).