The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Florida (UF) seeks an accomplished and engaging leader for the position of Senior Director of Housing and Residence Education. The director is responsible for the overall planning and budgeting of departmental funds, planning and development of new construction and renovation of facilities, and establishment of policies, procedures and internal controls in directed areas. These areas include residence life and education, housing assignments, conference services, human resources and payroll management, contract management, and learning and development. A key expectation for the position will be the continued implementation of the university’s Strategic Development Plan. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, this position will have the opportunity to engage in new and innovative projects that will effect positive changes for the entire UF community.
Housing and Residence Education (HRE) is a large and complex operational department that is self-supporting through an annual auxiliary budget of $58 million. The department consists of more than 350 full-time employees and 450 part-time student employees, providing services for a bustling on-campus community that includes single-student residence halls, graduate/family housing, professional student housing, and public/private partnership housing. More than 8,000 students live in undergraduate residence halls and 2,000 graduate and professional students and their families live in graduate and professional housing. HRE’s 168 housing and ancillary buildings contain 3 million square feet.
The Division of Student Affairs comprises 13 departments that provide comprehensive student services and education for all UF students. Each unit plays an essential role in providing the signature student experience. The University of Florida is a top-10 public research university, serving over 55,000 students and covering facilities on a 2,000 acre campus and beyond.
Responsibilities and Expectations The director provides day-to-day management, leadership and policy direction for HRE. Priorities for the director include leadership and team development; financial planning and budgeting; facilities and construction management; and program and policy development and implementation.
Leadership and Team Development: Leads and motivates employees through a shared vision; coaches and develops employees; collaborates with other UF leaders; and represents the department and division with local, state and federal offices.
Financial Planning and Budgeting: Develops and manages departmental budget; utilizes industry best practices in financial management and accounting; develops and ensures adequate internal controls to insure adherence to bond provisions and state and university rules and regulations.
Facilities and Construction Management: Oversees planning and development of new construction and renovation projects; ensures productive utilization and management of HRE facilities; and implements relevant components of UF’s strategic development plan.
Program/Policy Development and Implementation: Interprets and explains university and departmental policies and procedures; develops departmental long- and short-term goals and programs; develops and implements in-service training programs; and interprets laws, rules and regulations, and formulates appropriate policies.
Minimum requirements: Master's degree in an appropriate area and six years of relevant experience; or a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area and eight years of relevant experience. Valid Florida driver's license at time of hire.
Extensive leadership experience within a complex organization
Record of successful team building and collaboration as well as managing moderate to large teams of diverse employees through motivation, coaching and development
Demonstrated record of residence life and education, facility management, financial, accounting, and personnel operations work experience at an institution of higher education
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to interact comfortably and effectively with management, partners, clients, guests and others, inside and outside the organization, at all levels
Knowledge and understanding of financial responsibilities of an auxiliary service
Internal Number: 509169
About University of Florida
The University of Florida is a top-10 public research university and the flagship of Florida’s state university system. Located in Gainesville since 1906, UF has 16 colleges, a major academic health center, a championship-winning athletic program and, in keeping with its land-grant mission, one of the nation’s most comprehensive agriculture and natural resources programs. All are located on the university’s 2,000-acre campus, joining its historic core with advanced facilities and preserved natural areas, and connecting to adjacent innovation, commercial and residential districts.
UF has 55,000 students, 31,000 employees (including 6,000 faculty members), a $5 billion annual budget and more than 140 mission-focused units across the state of Florida. It is the Sunshine State’s only member of the Association of American Universities comprising the nation’s 60 leading public and private research universities. It is ranked 8th in the U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings, 2nd in Kiplinger’s Best College Values and 6th in The New York Times College Access Index. UF has 45 elections to the National Academies and American Academy of Arts and Sciences; 51 fellows with the Amer...ican Association for the Advancement of Science.
Several qualities distinguish UF among today’s leading public research universities. The first is its highly comprehensive breadth on a single campus, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration among, for example, faculty within the adjacent colleges of journalism, engineering and medicine. The second is its unwavering support from the State of Florida, which has endorsed UF’s drive to become one of the nation’s very best public research universities – supporting those effort since 2013 with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding to grow its faculty ranks. UF’s third exceptional quality is its dynamism. Like the state of Florida, now the nation’s third-largest and among its fastest-growing, UF is undergoing rapid transformation as it pursues its overarching aspiration “to be a premier university that the state, nation and world look to for leadership.”