Tips for Recruiting a Road Advisor

Posted by: Unknown - March 20, 2013

Chapters succeeding with The Road have one thing in common—all of them have alumni or volunteer support. Whether it is a chapter advisor or a Road advisor, the undergraduate men receive positive and supportive guidance to get their Road program started. Over the next year, you will be challenged to find a volunteer to serve as your Road advisor. Here are a few tips to help your search.

  • Review the suggested job description and have a clear vision for what you want the Road advisor to do. This will be important when you meet with potential candidates.
  • Like undergraduate recruitment, create a names list and identify potential advisors for the position.
  • Think outside the box of potential advisors. Consider current volunteers’ spouses, parents of members, your faculty advisor, academic advisors, residence hall directors or student life staff members. These volunteers do not need to be members of Delta Tau Delta. It is more important for them to understand the vision of what you want to accomplish and be motivated and well-connected.
  • Ask your chapter advisor and campus fraternity and sorority advisor for recommendations.
  • Don’t expect the advisor to do all the work. The chapter needs to prepare ideas of Road programs it would like to offer. This will help the potential advisor get a feel for the programming.
  • Don’t just send an email and ask an individual to be the advisor. Arrange a meeting with him or her to discuss the position. Invite them to a program the chapter has organized, and then ask them.
  • Follow through on what you say you are going to do. Volunteers won’t stick around if the undergraduate members aren’t committed to the process.

Learn more about Road advisors in the new Road chairman manual on DeltsConnect.