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Director of University Housing

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 28, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Auxiliary Services, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Director of University Housing provides the vision, leadership, and oversight for all aspects of University Housing, including facility, community, staff and student related functions.  The Director works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to provide an exemplary residential experience, to administer a Housing Program that is student-success focused and supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin - Stout. The Director will be a dynamic individual who embraces change, understands the role of housing in the student experience, and can effectively lead a large department in an intentional and thoughtful way. Anticipated start date is 9/1/21.  


Minimum / Required

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college/university
  • Seven (7) years of increasing responsibility and management experience in a college or university housing program
  • Three (3) years of experience supervising full-time professional staff
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing a climate that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion

Highly Desired

  • Experience working with budgets and financial procedures
  • Experience working with administrative processes that are data-driven, effective, and educational
  • Experience making data-informed decisions that support student success in a housing program
  • Experience with incorporating student development principles and learning outcomes as they relate to university housing programs
  • Experience with industry standard best practices in student conduct administration
  • Experience with residence hall renovation projects, facilities maintenance, and custodial operations
  • Experience with developing and maintaining sustainability practices
  • Experience with developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships  


  • Creating a long-range vision for the department and working to support strategic plan of the Division and the University.
  • Developing and implementing the Housing budget (approximately $11 million), including operations, capital, debt service, revenues, purchasing and expenditure tracking. Analyze and interpret data informing budget development including occupancy forecasting and contracting procedures.
  • Managing multi-facility long range and short-term remodeling and refurbishing, including continued implementation of the Residence Hall Renewal Plan Work in collaboration with Facilities Management on on-going maintenance needs and large-scale renovation building projects.
  • Providing safe, healthy and comfortable living facilities that impact student satisfaction and student success.
  • Coordinating the departmental plans for crisis response and serving as the contact for University Housing in the event of a crisis.
  • Establishing a department that is culturally competent and that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Directing and planning departmental staffing that will achieve the mission of the department in a fiscally responsible manner. Recruit, select, supervise and evaluate a number of professional and support staff.
  • Implementing successful professional staff on-going training and developmental programs.
  • Working with the Dean of Students Office to uphold conduct standards and ensure compliance with housing and university conduct policies.
  • Engaging in regular and ongoing assessment projects and activities that enhance effectiveness and service.
  • Developing partnerships and collaborative relationships on and off campus that support the mission of University Housing and the University of Wisconsin - Stout.
  • Seeking ways to continually increase sustainability efforts.
  • Coordinating research and extramural funding efforts for the department.
  • Utilizing current and emerging technologies to support and enhance marketing, communication and service to residence hall students.
  • Establishing sound administrative policies and procedures and managing multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Representing University Housing both internally and publicly. Serve on various committees and task forces. Be an active participant in housing at the state and regional level and be cognizant of housing issues at the national level.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned by the Dean of Students.  


University Housing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout is an auxiliary operation that provides housing to approximately 3,000 students.  Students are required to live on campus through the second year of college in traditional and suite-style buildings.  

Department Vision: University Housing builds an environment where connections are made, potential is realized, and lives are purposely transformed.  

Department Mission: University Housing partners with students, colleagues, and families to provide secure and well-maintained communities that inspire discovery, reflection, and lifelong learning.  


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the University of Wisconsin System--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and an integrated liberal arts foundation.    

UW-Stout offers 47 undergraduate and 23 graduate degrees, including 21 masters and 2 advanced degrees. The current enrollment is approximately 8,000 students. The UW-Stout campus community enjoys opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and encourages collaboration within and across disciplines and professions.   

The university is on a beautiful campus in Menomonie, situated in western Wisconsin, 60 minutes east of Minneapolis-St. Paul on Interstate 94. Located in the scenic Chippewa Valley region with a population base of more than 200,000, Menomonie is a city of more than 16,400, surrounded by lakes, streams, and woodlands. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:  

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.  

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks. Official transcripts required at time of hire.  

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office at 715.232.1279.   

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).  

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application. Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.  

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and desired qualifications
  2. Resume
  3. Names and contact information (phone number and Email address) for a minimum of three (3) professional references  

To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by Monday, July 26, 2021 at 11:59PM. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  

Before starting the online application process we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:  

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.  

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

Search Chair: Justin Krahn


If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:

Search Coordinator: Sarah Sippl


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