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Director of Housing and Residence Life
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Housing & Residence Life
Position Code:   SHRL7685A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Applicant review and screening will begin on or around September 30th and will continue until position is filled.
Salary:   Commensurate with Experience
Location:   Campus Site
Background check:   Background check and fingerprinting may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.


The Director for Housing and Residence Life provides leadership and vision to carry out the department mission in support of campus growth, academic partnerships, and student success through program development. The mission of Housing and Residence Life at the University of California, Merced is to provide clean, safe, student-centered residential communities. The department helps cultivate living-learning experiences to support academic accomplishment, diversity and respect for human dignity, and student success.

The Director for Housing and Residence Life is responsible for leadership and strategic planning, ensuring the department will implement operations meeting both campus and student needs in a dynamic environment. In particular, the incumbent is responsible for anticipating, developing, and implementing best practices that are responsive to trends regarding student issues, programming, and administrative operations.

The Director works closely with the Office of Leadership, Service and Career, Bright Success Center, Health and Wellness, Public Safety, and the Office of Student Life to establish the future direction of new living learning programs to meet the needs of a diverse residential community of approximately 4,000 students by 2020. With the Associate Director of Residence Life, provides leadership for the establishment of an engaging and dynamic residence life program and experience in support of student development and retention. Important in this is the development of partnerships with other student services and academic units to deliver residential programs. With the Executive Director for Student Affairs Auxiliaries, the Director for Housing and Residence Life will lead change initiatives to improve organizational effectiveness, and establish high standards and protocols for the safety and security of on-campus residential communities.



- Master's Degree in Student Affairs, Higher Ed, or MBA
- Seven years of managerial experience in Housing operations and/or Residential Life

- Experience with the development of living learning communities

- Experience with budget planning, forecasting(assignments and occupancy projections) and fiscal management

- Experience working with a large Residential Life Program of over 3,000 residents

- Experience with management, supervision, and development of professional staff

- Experience emergency response and crisis management

- Experience with strategic planning

- Experience with assessment and development of learning outcomes

- Experience working with a large diverse student population in an urban setting

- Experience developing partnerships, and collaborating with campus faculty and staff.

- Experience working in a collective bargaining environment

- Experience with new construction and major capital projects

- Experience with housing software, preferably StarRez

- Experience with facilities maintenance and custodial services for Residential Housing

- Experience with conference Housing

- Knowledge of residential living, student development theory, programming philosophy, and assessment

- Ability to supervise, motivate, and inspire others

- Ability to forecast, budget plan, implement, and manage

- Strong crisis management and intervention skills

- Knowledge of required technology and staff
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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