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Director, Residential Student Experience

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

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Director, Residential Student Experience

Florida State University Housing 

Florida State University (FSU) is an American public space-grant and sea-grant research university. Founded in 1851, FSU is a preeminent research university in the State University System of Florida. The 1400-acre primary campus in Tallahassee, Florida, is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is classified as a Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity (R1) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Enrolling over 47,000 students, Florida State encompasses 16 separate colleges and more than 110 centers, facilities, labs, and institutes offering more than 360 programs of study, including professional school programs. The university has an annual budget of over $1.7 billion and an annual economic impact of over $10 billion.

The Position
Reporting to the executive director for university housing, the director of the residential student experience for university housing is responsible for leading the overall management of the residential student experience (RSE) program for the 6,700 residents living in University Housing at Florida State University. RSE assists the other units in University Housing with developing an FSU living experience that supports students’ academic goals to graduation. The three direct functional areas within RSE include Residence Life, Residence Education, and HOME (Housing, Occupancy, Marketing, and Enrollment).  80% of the on-campus residents are considered “first time in college” (FTIC) students which requires a robust residential program and supportive environment to care for the students from the moment they engage with RSE during application to programming, leadership development and interaction opportunities help residents create and transition to their FSU experience and beyond.

The director develops and supports the efforts of a team of 29 professionals, ten graduate, and over 300 student staff within University Housing and oversees all administrative services, holistic program assessment, eleven living learning communities (LLCs), and fiscal oversight of the RSE budget of $197,000, to ensure high quality service and resident satisfaction across 22 residential facilities. As a member of the university housing leadership team, the director contributes to the implementation of departmental strategic initiatives through collaborative partnerships across campus and in the community to align efforts to strengthen student success and engagement, accessible programs for all, and diversity, equity and inclusion. The director is a visible and influential leader recognized for their leadership of university housing’s robust academic initiatives, thoughtful response to family and student concerns and complaints/appeals, swift coordination of crisis response for emergencies involving residential students, and the responsible management of confidential information.

Florida State University seeks candidates with progressively responsible and substantial experience leading residential life programs and staff. With a track record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to communicate broadly across audiences while cultivating and sustaining collaborative relationships. The ideal candidate will have experience with academic-based living learning communities, developing educational programs, managing occupancy, and administering student conduct. Experience in student affairs and higher education is strongly preferred.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications begins December 5, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Email nominations for this position to Kara Kravetz Cupoli at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email [email protected].Visit the Florida State University website at  

 At Florida State University, we recognize that every competitive advantage begins with people. By valuing, celebrating, and leveraging the differences and similarities of our students, faculty, and staff, we inspire an environment of innovation and passion—one that enables us to create a teaching, research, and service environment that better reflects the needs of our students, faculty, staff, customers, constituents, communities, and other key stakeholders. As detailed in the Strategic Plan our approach starts with a belief that diversity is about more than a particular head count: it must reflect the quality and depths of our interactions. We remain focused on doing all that we can to ensure FSU is the university of choice for our faculty, staff, and students. By recognizing and embracing the differences and similarities within our community, we create a fertile environment for problem-solving—one that is more inventive and compassionate. We are proud that our cohesive community has become a signature of the FSU experience. But we can, and we will do more.
 FSU is An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be accessed at:


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—home to the world's most powerful magnets.

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