Executive Director of Housing

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Position Announcement

Executive Director of University Housing


The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for the position of Executive Director of University Housing. Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, the Executive Director serves as the senior housing officer and provides leadership for a comprehensive student housing operation.


The Position: The Executive Director of University Housing has primary responsibility for providing vision, leadership, and oversight of a student housing program that accommodates over 8,000 students in 14 residence halls and apartment facilities, including guest housing. The position leads and provide oversight of departmental strategic planning, human resources, and policy development. The Executive Director directly supervises the senior leadership team, comprised of unit directors, and supports a diverse workforce of full-time, part-time, temp, and student staff. This position oversees a departmental budget total $50+ million; develops short-term and long-range plans for maintenance and improvement of university-owned housing facilities; monitors housing application and assignment data to provide occupancy projections to meet departmental and institutional enrollment priorities. The incoming Executive Director will lead with a commitment to fostering a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment for students and staff. This position will serve on various university and divisional committees and represent the University at various state, regional, and national professional organizations.


The University and Region: UTK is the state’s flagship, land-grant university. We are a Research 1 university, housing 11 colleges and 900+ programs of study. With an enrollment of 30,000 students, our undergraduate and graduate programs are repeatedly ranked among top national programs. The city of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of outdoor and cultural activities. UTK is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains; and a day’s drive to Memphis, Chicago and Washington D.C. Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a statistical area population of over 850,000 people. The Knoxville region houses many leading corporations, including Bush Brothers & Company, Discovery Inc., Tennessee Valley Authority, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

What We Require:


Education: This position requires a master’s degree in higher education, college student personnel or related field.



    Demonstrated leadership experience, typically gained by 5 years or more within student housing Demonstrated administrative accomplishments in positions of increasing responsibilityExperience in budget planning and personnel managementKnowledge of university-level organizational structures and communication channelsDemonstrated commitment to the intellectual, professional, and personal development of a diverse student bodyHistory of working collaboratively with diverse constituenciesDemonstrated knowledge and application of student development and learning theory in the advancement of policies and procedures supporting student success
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:


  • Strong knowledge of organizational dynamics, budgeting, financial management, staff supervision, and student development as it relates to student learning
  • Strategic planning skills and knowledge of legal issues and university, federal, and state statutes impacting higher education
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Knowledge of program assessment and evaluation strategies
  • Ability to successfully perform managerial responsibilities (planning, organizational leadership, budget, personnel, program evaluation, facility management and operations)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and abilities navigating a complex regulatory, legal, and policy that best meets the needs of the students, department, division, and the university
What We Prefer:


Education: An earned doctoral degree is preferred.



  • Substantial experience, typically gained by 7 years or more, within student housing
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative accomplishments in positions of increasing responsibility
  • Management and/or oversight of multiple functional areas within a housing organization
Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and other qualifications and is accompanied by a standard university benefits package. This is an exempt, 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track staff position.


For full consideration, candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume/CV and contact information for five (5) professional references with an application through our formal applicant site by April 8, 2022. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin this role on June 1, 2022.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.


Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.


In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.


Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Residence Hall Administration
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Mar 8, 2022, 7:12:03 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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