The University of Michigan is one of the great public research universities of the United States. Since the nineteenth century, the University has served as a national model of a complex, diverse, and comprehensive public institution of higher learning that supports excellence in research; provides outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; and demonstrates commitment to service through partnerships and collaborations that extend to the community, region, state, nation, and around the world.

The Position

Position Description

Reporting to the associate vice president for student life, the director of university housing is responsible for leading, directing, and planning self-funded, University-owned and operated auxiliary units, including approximately 9,000 undergraduate beds in 23 residence halls and 3,100 graduate and family apartments, including Munger Residence Hall for graduate students. In a typical year, residents come from nearly all 50 states and over 65 foreign countries. There is no requirement to live on campus, but because residential communities are the best places to meet others and enter into campus life, 98 percent of first-year students prefer to live in university housing.

The director develops academic partnerships with various colleges; engages student residents in Living Learning Programs (LLP’s); takes a leading role in the divisional diversity and inclusion efforts; and provides oversight for Housing’s restorative justice (student conduct). Additionally, the director provides oversight for the department’s sustainability efforts; partners with the divisional leadership to support both the departmental and divisional assessment efforts; provides strategic direction and oversight for the Housing Information Office; and collaborates with Conference & Event Services in the delivery of a robust summer/conference program. The director will ensure providing the residents with a student-centered community that focuses on student residents’ development, offering safe and secure living accommodations and addressing the facilities’ operational concerns and deficiencies by working closely with the director of auxiliary facilities and capital projects. The successful candidate will develop and maintain relationships at director level, including directors of Conference Services, Wolverine Wellness, Business and Finance, Student Unions, Recreational Sports, Trotter Multicultural Center, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, Michigan Dining, IT Solutions, Marketing, and Auxiliary Capital Projects/Facilities.

The director of university housing is responsible for developing the departmental short-term and long- term fiscal and strategic plan including revenue enhancement, effective budget utilization, collaboration in implementing the relevant divisional strategic plan; engaging in the development of The University Housing facilities master plan;  and collaborating with Student Life (SL) Budget and Finance, Human Resources (HR), Marketing, and Technology Solutions to initiate and implement best fiduciary and operational practices. The director provides financial oversight and implementation of an approximately $17 million operational budget, with annual room revenue budgeted for $92 million. The director arranges, directs, reviews, and monitors personnel activities for the University Housing department, including staffing projections, compensation, staff development, and evaluation for 80 professional staff, 185 temporary employees, and 600 student staff.


A master’s degree in a related field and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in Housing and Residence Life are required. A doctoral degree and extensive knowledge of student development, collaborative learning, residence hall/apartment programming, learning communities/special interest housing, diversity and inclusion, and staff development are preferred.

Additional required skills and abilities of the ideal candidate include:

  • progressive experience in the supervision and management of a dynamic portfolio of programs and services;
  • experience managing complex budgets with a demonstrated ability to prioritize both human and fiscal resources in order to meet changing needs in a fast-paced environment;
  • demonstrated strategic thinking and planning skills with outcomes;
  • the ability to work collaboratively with students, families, faculty, and staff at all levels in a complex and diverse environment;
  • demonstrated evidence of the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key partners, with particular emphasis on communication and collaboration;
  • demonstrated ability to create a strategic vision and motivate others; and
  • a demonstrated personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.

The successful candidate will ideally possess the following qualities and attributes, in no particular order of importance:

  • a broad understanding of housing operations, residential education, and capital planning;
  • capacity to define and create an identity for university housing while building a cohesive and collegial team environment;
  • a personal and professional philosophy that sees the work found within housing both distinctly and broadly connected to the divisional and university mission and values;
  • strong written and interpersonal communication with the ability to communicate effectively with all University and external constituents;
  • documented change management experience with a strong record of assessment and strategic planning leading to continuous program and outcomes improvement;
  • a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, student advocacy, and student-centered learning and development;
  • the documented ability to promote excellent interpersonal relationships and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, parents, and community leaders;
  • creative thinking and problem-solving;
  • savvy and agile change management experience grounded in building trust and clear communication;
  • an accessible, student-centered spirit which inspires, excites, mentors, and empowers student leaders and staff; and
  • a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

The Division of Student Life is seeking a director of university housing who is visionary, strategic, innovative, flexible, and change-oriented. As the face of housing and residential education at U-M, the next director will be a partner and steward for the student experience. With a focus on community, student-centered support, and an intentional consciousness around diversity, equity, and inclusion, the next director will exhibit highly relational characteristics, being open to new ideas and ways of leading and managing a complex organization.

There will be opportunities for a positive, accessible, and highly visible director to collaboratively and creatively strengthen program services and experiences for students. The successful candidate will also be a savvy and tenacious student affairs educator and advocate who is both connected to industry best practice and is creative in approaching current and future challenges and opportunities that exist.

It is an exciting time to join the University of Michigan. In the next few years, University Housing will celebrate 50 years of both the Diversity Peer Educator Program and the multicultural and minority culture lounges initiatives. This is both an opportunity to honor these achievements while looking ahead at how these nationally recognized programs can be further utilized to enhance student belonging and community. Additionally, the campus is about to embark on a housing study that could lead to new housing facilities on campus and the new director will have an opportunity to engage in the highest level of planning.

In transitioning to the University of Michigan, the next director will be expected to:

  • invest in learning the U-M culture;
  • develop a team that communicates critical information clearly and one that expects to cultivate relationships across campus;
  • lead from a framework that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • engage staff and campus stakeholders in the strategic thinking and planning aimed at defining housing and residential education at the University of Michigan;
  • champion and advocate for the student experience and the personal and professional development of staff in equal measure;
  • communicate effectively with passion, energy, and enthusiasm, the vision and mission of Student Life and university housing;
  • be comfortable having critical conversations with students and staff;
  • thrive in an environment with motivated and curious students and colleagues;
  • bring an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit to examine space and revenue;
  • value high impact practices and continue to cultivate and nurture academic partnerships and programming leading to a philosophy of shared investment, not ownership;
  • seek opportunities to engage with all students and families, including graduate students and families living in University housing;
  • bring flexibility and creativity to continuous improvement and shifting institutional priorities;
  • honor and embrace a strong culture of tradition while bringing student learning, assessment, and continuous improvement to the forefront of university housing, asking “are we meeting the needs of students?”;
  • understand the political acumen necessary to navigate a public institution of higher education, with the associated state budgetary expectations and advocacy opportunities; and
  • bring tenacity and creativity in the pursuit of being the nation’s premier housing program.

History of the Position

Marilyn Tyus served as director of university housing for three years before transitioning to the University of Texas, Austin to serve as assistant vice president for university housing and dining. The current position has been restructured to reflect a transition to a shared services model found within Student Life at U-M.

An Overview of the Division and Department

Mission of University Housing

One of many student-centered programs in the Division of Student Life, University Housing serves students through its mission: “To create and sustain diverse, learning-centered residential communities that further the goals of the University. Through partnership with others, we provide quality programs, services, and facilities for those we serve.”

Royster Harper, Vice President for Student Life

As Vice President for Student Life, E. Royster Harper is the University of Michigan executive officer who leads a dynamic team dedicated to student learning and the development of the whole student in a diverse campus community. She is responsible for the collective services, programs, and facilities that support all aspects of campus life, leadership, and personal growth for more than 41,000 undergraduate and graduate students at U-M.

An alumna of the University of Michigan (BA and MA), and holding a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Harper has served in her current role since 1999. Previously, she served as the senior associate vice president and dean of students, recognized for her passionate advocacy and support for the student community and for the success of the individual. In earlier positions, as assistant to the vice president for academic affairs and assistant to the dean of the college of literature, science, and the arts, she led efforts to facilitate better integration of student experiences inside and outside of the classroom and to improve the quality of student life.

She has been involved in a number of community activities, serving on the Ann Arbor Board of Education, the Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, and the Executive Board of the Ann Arbor branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She has been actively involved in a number of professional associations and is on the board of several major organizations.

Kambiz Khalili, Associate Vice President

Kambiz Khalili joined the University of Michigan in December 2017. He oversees the programs and services of Housing, Dining, University Unions, Recreational Sports, Trotter Multicultural Center, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and the affiliated departments, including:  Residential Education, Conference & Event Services, Auxiliary Marketing, and Auxiliary Facilities & Capital Projects.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he was the associate vice chancellor at the University of Colorado. His higher education experience expands over twenty-nine years, of which twenty-three years have been at the senior administrative level overseeing multiple complex operations.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

The University of Michigan is guided by “a larger sense of purpose,” to borrow a phrase used by one its former presidents, Harold Shapiro. His words referred to the U-M’s commitment to provide the educational programs that society demands, to generate new knowledge for the benefit of all, and to serve as a thoughtful critic of society so that it may continually better itself.

The U-M’s mission statement reinforces these ideals, which is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Founded in 1817 as the Catholepistemiad or University of Michigania, it was officially renamed in 1821 as the University of Michigan. Originally located in Detroit, the institution’s home moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. One of the original buildings on the Ann Arbor campus still stands and is used today as the president’s house.

The first Ann Arbor classes were taught in 1841, at which point the U-M had two professors and six students. The first commencement was held in 1845 to recognize the graduation of 11 men. Women were first admitted in 1870.

The University has grown to include 19 schools and colleges (table at right), covering the liberal arts and sciences, as well as most professions. Student enrollment surpassed 1,000 by 1865, 10,000 in 1936, and 40,000 in 2006. The enrollment for fall 2018, of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students was 46,716. The U-M provides campus housing to 9,500 undergraduate students in 24 residence halls and apartment buildings.

Based on the count for fall 2018, the U-M has 3,186 tenured or tenure-track faculty. Lecturers, clinical faculty, research professors, librarians, and archivists add 4,385 to the Ann Arbor campus academic staff. All other staff total 15,714. (Another 3,992 students have paid appointments as graduate student instructors and research assistants.)

The fiscal year 2018 operating revenues from the state appropriation, tuition, research grants and contracts, gifts, and other sources reached $4.0 billion for the Ann Arbor campus. The U-M Health System revenues added $4.4 billion, for a grand total of $8.4 billion. According to the latest national data, in fiscal year 2017 the U-M spent $1.53 billion on research –more than any other U.S. public university.

Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine is home to one of the largest health care complexes in the world. It has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the Medical School first opened in 1850.

Today, Michigan Medicine continues to deliver the Michigan Difference through cutting-edge research and premier patient care. According to U.S. News and World Report, Michigan Medicine is among the best in the nation (#5)  as well 10 specialties in a broad range of adult and pediatric specialties ranked in the top 10.

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest hospitals in Michigan and a premier academic medical center made up of:

  • U-M Health System
  • University of Michigan Medical School and its University of Michigan Medical Group practice
  • One of the nation’s largest biomedical research communities
  • Michigan Health Corp. — the legal entity that allows the Health System to enter into partnerships, affiliations, joint ventures and other business activities


The University of Michigan has a rich and storied athletics tradition. Intercollegiate competition officially began in 1865-66 when the baseball team won its first three contests it played that season. In 1879, football started its storied tradition. Women’s athletics established formal varsity sports in 1973-74 with U-M fielding basketball, field hockey, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams. Men’s soccer and women’s water polo were added as varsity sports in 2000-01.

Michigan athletic teams have claimed more than 50 national championships in 12 sports over the years, beginning with football’s 1901 national title. Since then, Wolverine dynasties have developed in football, men’s swimming and diving and ice hockey. In fact, no other NCAA Division I program boasts more national titles in hockey or men’s swimming and diving than the Wolverines. In 2005, Michigan softball captured the nation’s attention, winning its first Women’s College World Series and becoming the first school east of the Mississippi to do so.

Institutional Leadership

Mark S. Schlissel, President

Dr. Mark S. Schlissel is the 14th president of the University of Michigan and the first physician-scientist to lead the institution.

Since beginning as president in July 2014, he has launched initiatives including Academic Innovation; Biosciences; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Poverty Solutions; and Precision Health. As part of his commitment to college affordability, President Schlissel in June 2017, announced the Go Blue Guarantee, a new financial aid program that provides up to four years of free undergraduate tuition to in-state students from families in Michigan making $65,000 or less. U-M is perennially the nation’s top public university in research productivity and is consistently ranked as No. 1 or among the top public universities in the nation.

A graduate of Princeton University (AB, summa cum laude, 1979, Biochemical Sciences), he earned both MD and PhD degrees at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1986, Physiological Chemistry). He completed residency training in internal medicine at Hopkins Hospital and conducted postdoctoral research as a Bristol-Myers Cancer Research Fellow under David Baltimore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Whitehead Institute. President Schlissel is a board certified internist.

President Schlissel previously was provost of Brown University, where he was responsible for all academic, programmatic, and budgetary functions within Brown’s schools and colleges, as well as its libraries, research institutes, and centers.

President Schlissel began his career as a faculty member in 1991 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he earned a number of awards and fellowships for his research and teaching. He moved to the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California-Berkeley in 1999 as associate professor, advancing to full professor in 2002 and serving as the departments vice chair from 2002 to 2007. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in immunology and a large introductory course in biology for life science majors.

He was UC-Berkeley’s dean of biological sciences in the College of Letters & Science beginning in 2008 and held the C.H. Li Chair in Biochemistry until his appointment as Brown’s provost in 2011.

His research has focused on the developmental biology of B lymphocytes, the cell type in the immune system that secretes antibodies. His work has contributed to a detailed understanding of genetic factors involved in the production of antibodies and how mistakes in that process can lead to leukemia and lymphoma. He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 scientific papers and has trained 21 successful doctoral candidates in his lab.

Nationally, he has served as member and chair of the Immunobiology Study Section at the National Institutes of Health and on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Scientific Review Board. President Schlissel was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigators in 1998 and the American Association of Physicians in 2013.

He has been a member of the American Association of Immunologists since 1992. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013 and as Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2015. He has helped organize major international scientific meetings and is a frequent seminar speaker at universities through the United States.

In January 2018, the Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project presented President Schlissel with one of its inaugural Let Freedom Ring Awards, in recognition of the Go Blue Guarantee and for his proactive work in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion on the Ann Arbor campus. The awards pay tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for his legacy in uplifting the human condition.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, President Schlissel is married to Monica Schwebs, an environmental and energy lawyer. They have four grown children.

Benefits Overview

The health and well-being of our faculty and staff are a top priority. From competitive benefits to on-site wellness programs, we provide resources to support you and your family’s health and happiness. Benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Mental Health Counseling and Consultation Services
  • Occupational Health Services
  • Child Care and Lactation Resources
  • Retirement Plan
  • Supplemental Retirement Account
  • Group Term Life Insurance
  • Dependent Group Term Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Legal Services Plan
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • University Observed Holidays

Complete details are available at

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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