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University of Arizona - Executive Director, Housing and Residential Life

Tucson, AZ

Job Description

The University of Arizona (UA), a world-renowned research institution, is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director, Housing and Residential Life.

Housing and Residential Life (HRL) is located within Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Academic Initiatives and Student Success, a division that is a national leader in increasing student access, retention and success. HRL brings students together into a caring community that supports their learning and academic success. Approximately 7,000 students live in on-campus housing units ranging in size and style. Given the impact of housing and residential life programs and facilities on the student experience, the new Executive Director will have the unique opportunity to join a dynamic and forward-thinking team and play a critical role in achieving UA’s ambitious goals.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, the Executive Director provides the strategic vision and leadership for a large, revenue-generating auxiliary unit whose mission is helping students build a foundation for success. The Executive Director serves as a visionary leader to over 200 full-time staff and 600 part-time/student employees. This new leader will foster strong relationships across campus and work in partnership with university leadership, faculty, staff and colleagues to promote a welcoming environment in which all students thrive.

The UA seeks an Executive Director who is a dynamic, inspirational, entrepreneurial, collaborative and strategic leader with a deep understanding of both the opportunities and challenges that are emerging in the rapidly changing higher education landscape and the many factors, especially those associated with housing and residential life, that impact the student experience. The new Executive Director possesses the analytical, quantitative and business acumen to lead the complexities of planning and creating a vision for the future housing needs of the university. In addition, the Executive Director possesses a deliberate student focus; excellent fiscal management skills in a revenue generating organization; experience with facilities management, residential education, business activities and capital projects; demonstrated commitment to affirmative action, multiculturalism and diversity; and the savvy to negotiate the complexities of today’s political environment. A master’s degree is required; a doctorate is preferred. Progressive experience in a large, complex college or university housing environment is also preferred.

Home of the fiercely proud Wildcats, the UA is a premier public research university located on the ancestral lands of the Tohono O’odham Nation and ranked among the best in the world. Rooted in rich history and tradition, the university today is vibrant and thriving and on the cutting edge of education, discovery and impact – the opportunities at the University of Arizona are limitless. As the state’s land-grant university, the UA honors its threefold commitment to education, research and community service. With a population of 43,625 total students, the UA has a reputation as a global leader in the preparation of students for life beyond graduation. As a proud member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the UA is at the forefront of research with a constant drive to advance the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships. Bringing more than $606 million in research investment each year, the UA ranks 21st among all public universities. Additional information may be found at the UA’s website: 

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available below, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of Arizona’s consultants Amy Crutchfield, Lois Lavan and Sheila Murphy at The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of the assistant for the search, Laura Novak, at 630-575-6943.

The University of Arizona values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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