Executive Director, Housing and Residential Education

Job description

Housing and Residential Education (HRE) cultivates individuals and communities through creating and fostering growth centered transitions and educational living environments. The department provides students with the tools to successfully integrate into and navigate college life. HRE embodies dynamic change and innovation within the core values of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Sustainability, and Student Development.

Position Summary
The University of Denver is looking for a visionary leader to direct the on-campus residential living and learning environment. The executive director oversees an undergraduate and graduate community of nearly 3,000 students living in 6 residence halls, 6 apartment buildings, the Transfer House and four (4) fraternity and sorority houses. The executive director provides strategic direction for the administrative, budgetary, facilities, co-curricular, and programmatic functions of the department; works collaboratively to set and realize strategic goals for growth, equips and supports students in meaningful community living, and develops and implements programs that support and enhance students development. The Executive Director brings the vision of both Housing and Residential Education together in a cohesive manner for the team to identify and operate as one department.

The Executive Director must have a strong understanding of, and commitment to, diversity, social justice, and the creation of inclusive work and living environments. The position requires close collaboration with numerous stakeholder groups including other student affairs units, academic affairs, facilities management, budget planning, risk management, and campus safety.

The position reports to the Vice Chancellor and is a key member of the student affairs leadership team. The executive director will play a strategic role in assisting SAIE and the University of Denver with implementing the 4-D (intellectual, professional, character, wellbeing) student experience

How many people report directly to this position? 2 FTE
How many people are in the department or organization that this position serves?
Students: 3,000+
Staff: 13 full-time staff; 10 graduate students; 120+ student staff (including resident assistants and desk managers/assistants)

What is the annual budget for the people and activity this position supervises? $31-plus million in annual revenue expectation, and $18 million in annual expense authority.
Note: supervision means hiring, firing, and promotion or incumbents recommendations are used for these decisions; responsibility for training; assigning work; and evaluating performance and conducting the annual performance review discussion with employees.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in higher education administration or a related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of extensive and progressive experience in leading residence life and housing operations.
  • Demonstrated record of building teams and collaborative partnerships with colleagues and key stakeholder groups.
  • Experience designing programs for and with diverse student and employee populations, and a demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate or other terminal degree in higher education, business, higher education administration, or related field.
  • Direct experience leading a campus residential housing operation, including understanding of the regulatory parameters of contemporary residential life and university housing practices.
  • Direct project management experience, with a Project Management certification.
  • Previous experience leading and implementing a campus housing facilities master plan.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by January 31, 2021.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 15.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $120,000 - $135,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.




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Job No: 493388
Posted: 1/15/2021
Application Due: 3/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable