Executive Director of Housing & Residential Education

  • University of Utah Student Affairs
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Oct 05, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description

University of Utah

Executive Director of Housing & Residential Education


Located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is a public, 4-year institution committed to providing an exceptional academic and co-curricular experience for students and the University community. The “U” is a PAC-12 institution with over 33,000 students.  Housing & Residential Education (HRE) actively works to be innovative in support of the university goals of Students Success, Generate Knowledge, Engage Communities, and Ensure Vitality.  This is done through a strong team approach that focuses on daily work and practices in alignment with the department values of Staff Excellence, Integrity, Team, Service, Social Justice/Inclusion, and Positive Attitude.


Housing & Residential Education is the largest department in Student Affairs with approximately 150 benefitted staff and over 180 student leaders.  The department houses more than 4,200 residents, responsible for 39 buildings totaling over 1.1M square feet. HRE includes the following teams: Residential Education, Facilities, Housing, Occupancy, Information Technology, Resident Services, Communications and Assessment, Budget & Finance, and Dining Contract Management. The University Strategy 2025 calls for increased enrollment and an increase in beds to support the demand.


The Position

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations, the Executive Director of Housing & Residential Education (EDHRE) administers visionary leadership and direction for the department with both long-range development opportunities, including capital projects, and short-term departmental decisions while overseeing a departmental budget of $44M. The EDHRE administers and manages the single student housing program for the University. They will establish learning outcomes and implementation strategies for the department. The EDHRE directs departmental operation to insure department resources align with university and division priorities. This position will also set departmental values and goals, articulating a shared vision that is operationalized through a strategic plan; advance the department value of social justice/inclusion in support of university priorities; facilitate partnerships with campus individuals and offices across the university in support of university-wide initiatives; and proactively engage in planning and collaboration for crisis and emergencies at the university level. This position is considered to be an essential personnel position for the department.  As such, must be accessible and available in the event of emergencies or when needed to meet the ongoing operations of the University.



A master’s degree is required with at least twelve years of progressively responsible experience in residence life and/or housing within a college or university setting with at least three years administrative experience in a senior administrative position within a college housing operation. The successful candidate must demonstrate skill with planning, coordinating, and facilitating university-wide projects/programs; demonstrated experience with budget development, facilities management, and fiscal reporting; demonstrated written communication experience such as reports, proposals, professional correspondence, presentation content, and materials.  An ability to relate effectively to all members of the university community, with an appreciation for cultural, ethnic, and individual differences along with experience developing and supporting university priorities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin the week of October 11 and continue through November 5, 2021. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at lpb@spelmanjohnson.com . Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.


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