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Director, Housing and Residence Life

Boise State University
Idaho, United States
$95,825.00 - $112,736.00
Posted Date
Apr 13, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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About Us:

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Responsible for leading the Department of Housing’s residential program serving residents in traditional, suite and apartment style residence halls; including a family and graduate housing community. Develops and guides strategic planning initiatives for residence life as well as short-term goal setting and implementation of organizational priorities that complement the mission of the University. As a campus collaborator, promotes a vision that prioritizes and advances inclusivity and multicultural practice supporting students and staff of all identities. The Director oversees student development programs that enhance the live-on experiences for residents who choose to reside on-campus.

Department Overview:

Housing and Residence Life is home to approximately 3000 students and staff in 10 campus living communities. Housing and Residence Life is a space that seeks to welcome and affirm diverse students and professionals in their intersectional identities. Housing and Residence Life provides a vibrant residential experience that promotes inclusiveness, learning, academic excellence, and meaningful relationships.

Level Scope:

Oversees through subordinate managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.

Essential Functions:

Leadership and Supervision:

  • Direct the administration of the Housing department, including development and administration of functional plans.
  • Development and oversight of a $13 million auxiliary budget
  • Develop strategic plan, attainment and reporting for Housing
  • Monitor quality of programming provided to students. Anticipate, develop, and implement best practices that are responsive to trends regarding student issues, programming, and operations.
  • Collaborate with department and division communications and marketing colleagues to promote a proactive approach to building security. Respond to campus emergencies as required. Provide comprehensive crisis management systems in the residential areas.
  • Collaborate with department facilities and financial units to develop capital projects that support the overall vision and strategic plan for Housing
  • Engage and support a diverse campus community and foster a welcoming, supportive, safe, and inclusive environment that promotes connection to campus life. Ensure diversity training is a component in staff development plans.
  • Supervise staff including hiring, evaluating performance, training, assigning work.

Business Operations:

  • Develop and oversee a $13 million auxiliary budget for Housing and Residence Life including the navigation of the financial and programmatic aspects of the university’s 3rd party contract in the management of the Honors and Sawtooth Hall.
  • Represent Housing and Residence Life in establishing agreements with campus partners and outside vendors.

Departmental Strategic Planning:

  • Develop both short- and long-term goals that are consistent with and contribute to the mission and vision of the University
  • Regularly assess effectiveness of departmental goals
  • Identify student demands and needs for on-campus housing
  • Develop and implement housing master plan aligned with student needs and university’s strategic goals.
  • Execute the housing master plan including the construction of new first-year student housing.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and strategic thinking skills
  • Ability to be a highly collaborative and ethical leader
  • Knowledge of industry standards as established within the collegiate housing profession
  • General knowledge of budget management principles with specific emphasis upon capital projects, utility use reduction, and appropriate personnel structures.
  • Knowledge of housing data management systems.
  • Ability to manage a large department composed of varying staffing levels.
  • General knowledge of facility management, including maintenance and cleaning, capital project development, and construction practices for new buildings
  • General knowledge of student development theory and its application to working with students, including the impact campus residence has on students’ academic success.
Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 8 years experience including 5 years managerial experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s or doctoral degree in student affairs, higher education, or similar field. Salary and Benefits:

Salary range begins at $98,717. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

  • Tuition Fee Waiver: for self, spouse, and dependents
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance 
  • Time Off
  • Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Required Application Materials:

    Cover letter detailing interest and qualifications for the position
    Professional resume/CV with dates of employment
    Three professional references

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