Director of College Housing

The University of Chicago in Illinois

Deadline June 20, 2014
Date Posted May 22, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Chicago is one of the nations leading institutions of higher education and research. The University community includes approximately 5,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate, professional, and other students working together to create a vibrant and dynamic student life. The University of Chicago is located in the Hyde Park/South Kenwood neighborhood, a racially and economically diverse residential community of 43,000 people on the shores of Lake Michigan, about fifteen minutes south of downtown Chicago.

Reporting to the Executive Director for College Housing & Residential Services, the Director of College Housing is the senior residential life position and plays a pivotal role in supporting the personal growth of students in the College Houses, providing general leadership for co-curricular initiatives related to students' sense of community, leadership development, and involvement and engagement in the campus community. In addition, the Director of College Housing oversees the administration of student room and board policies and contracts, room assignments, and associated billing. Responsibilities of the Director include developing goals and objectives of College Housing under the leadership of the Executive Director and in collaboration with the Resident Masters, and developing policies aimed at assuring the health and safety of students, as well as enriching their social, cultural, and intellectual growth. The Director also works closely with residential staff in assessing the quality of the College Housing program. The University anticipates continued growth of the residential program, and the Director will support long-range and strategic planning for residence life.

This position provides supervision for the office staff which includes Associate Directors (2), Assistant Directors (5), Assignments Manager, and Office Secretary. It also oversees the recruitment, training, and supervision of 74 resident heads and 60 resident assistants in the administration of 11 residence halls housing approximately 3,000 undergraduate students. The Director works closely with Residential Services, UChicago Dining, Student Counseling & Health Services, Admissions, the Department of Safety and Security, and other key partners to accomplish College Housing objectives. The position oversees 83 staff and manages an annual operating budget of $3 million.

Requirements include a masters degree in a relevant field; extensive experience with residential staff supervision, program development and administration; a record of accomplishment as a student advocate and champion for student success; demonstrated leadership and collaboration skills, excellent problem-solving, crisis management, team building, and communication skills; and an ability to build positive and effective relationships with colleagues and student leaders. Experience with strategic planning and development of best practices related to organizational program and service development, as well as assessment activities; documented success in a large, complex university setting; and an understanding of residence life will also be important considerations in the selection of the Director of College Housing.

Review of applications will begin June 20, 2014. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the SJG website at under the link Current Searches. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Peter Rosenberg at

SJG - The Spelman & Johnson Group

The University of Chicago Director of College Housing

Peter W. Rosenberg, Senior Associate 

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The University of Chicago is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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