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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Leadership Development Consultant (LDC)?   

An LDC is a recently graduated Pi Beta Phi member who has given outstanding service to her own chapter and campus. Her primary role is to visit collegiate chapters across North America. LDCs usually visit between 12-15 chapters each semester. Resident LDCs provide continuous support to one chapter and provide our newest organizations with a strong foundation for future growth and success.  

LDCs will gain an expertise in areas of procedure and programming and have a wealth of knowledge, ideas and experience gained from interaction with other chapters. This full time position is for one academic year with training beginning in mid-July.  

How do I apply?   

There is an online application process. Members must be in good standing with the Fraternity and complete all application requirements to be considered for the Leadership Development Consultant program. Applicants will be asked to respond to questions about chapter and Panhellenic experience, upload a professional resume, respond to four short essay questions and provide contact information for three references.  

How are LDCs selected?   

The selection team reads all applications and selects the LDCs from a pool of very qualified candidates. While reviewing applications, Pi Phi looks for well-rounded members with Executive Council, Panhellenic Council, or university leadership experience, strong campus involvement, a solid academic record, and good leadership and communication skills. That being said, each of the LDCs brings her own individuality and perspectives to her position. There is not one type of Pi Phi who fits perfectly into the role of the LDC.  

A group of applicants will be selected for phone interviews mid-January and from those interviews, the final candidates are selected. Final candidates are invited to St. Louis to participate in LDC Interview Weekend, February 17-19, 2017.

What are the different types of visits LDCs do?   

 Typically there are three different types of chapter visits – recruitment, routine, and program-specific. Recruitment visits provide support for chapters during spirit week and formal recruitment. LDCs may also visit a chapter for a recruitment preparation visit the semester before formal recruitment. During a routine visit, LDCs meet with all members of the Executive Council as well as other leaders within in the chapter. The LDC will try and attend a chapter meeting and most chapters plan a sisterhood event while she’s visiting. Officer transition and training, risk management, initiation, and Policy and Standards Board training are all examples of program-specific visits. These visits are usually a little shorter than recruitment and routine visits.  

What does a Resident LDC do?   

An RLDC can have one of a few different roles. All RLDCs live in the same town as the chapter she is supporting. Our RLDCs at first year chapters will be part of the colonizing recruitment process and lead the way in finding charter members to fill a brand new chapter. They will also serve as leaders of that chapter, coordinating the New Member Education Program, planning sisterhood events, preparing the members for initiation, meeting with Panhellenic and staff on campus, organizing the LNC process, and eventually train and mentor the chapter’s first Executive Council. RLDCs placed at second year chapters primarily act as advisors to the chapter’s officers. They typically meet with all leaders of the chapter each week and assist them in understanding and carrying out their responsibilities. They also form relationships with AAC and on-campus staff throughout the year and often act as a liaison between the chapter, the regional team, Headquarters and the campus. RLDCs have the opportunity to work very closely with one chapter and form deep relationships with those members. They get to see the chapter accomplish its goals and establish its own foundation during that year.  

Questions and Contact Information   

If you have further questions regarding Pi Phi’s Leadership Development Consultant program, please contact:  

Ashley Karth  

Assistant Director of Chapter Services & Programming    

636.256.0680   

akarth@pibetaphi.org