Humboldt State University invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of Associate Director for Residence Life.

8233219586_fdca3374a1_mAbout the University

Humboldt State University is a comprehensive, residential campus located 280 miles north of San Francisco in the rural redwood coast region of California.  It is the farthest north of the 23 campuses that make up the California State University System and serves approximately 8,000 students.  Excellence in undergraduate education is Humboldt's primary mission, while maintaining a strong commitment to environmental responsibility and social justice.  Academic programs in the natural resources and science areas are particularly strong and attract students from across the country.  The University is located in Arcata, a vibrant and welcoming community filled with music, art, and festivals.  Humboldt State celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013-14.

The University offers 44 undergraduate majors, 73 undergraduate minor degrees, 72 options/concentrations, 12 graduate programs, 13 credential programs and 12 certificates of study. The most popular disciplines include Art, Biology, Business Administration, Elementary Education, English, Kinesiology, Psychology, and Wildlife.  Humboldt consistently ranks among the top regional colleges in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Money, Making a Difference, College Guide, and Outside magazines.  The University has been named a "Best in the West" school by the Princeton Review since 2006-07.

About the Position

The Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life is a full-time, benefited, position in the department of Housing. This position is an Administrator II in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP). Under this plan, incumbents are subject to normal management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Additional information, including the extensive benefits package, can be found at HRAdm/policies/mpp.shtml.

Reporting to the Director of Housing and Residence Life, the Associate Director is responsible for the oversight of all residential areas and related professional staff (including two Area Coordinators and six Residence Life Coordinators) as well as two Faculty/Staff in Residence. The incumbent is engaged in strategic decision-making and works to ensure that high priority projects are effectively and efficiently managed. This is a management level position and the Associate Director will apply student development theory and knowledge of best practices in Residence Life to the development of short-term and long-range plans. This position is responsible for the coordination of all Emergency Response in the residence halls and has oversight for Learning Communities and Special Interest Housing. This position requires strong supervisory experience as well as flexibility for weekend and evening response for residence hall emergencies.

Duties and Responsibilities6801647452_cbff092820_m

  • * Select, train, manage, and evaluate all residence life staff. * Incorporate student development theory to enrich the residential learning experience and support the residence life strategic plan and department/division goals. * Promote an active and engaged student centered learning environment in the residence halls that is well coordinated with the faculty on campus. Actively recruit students, faculty, and staff to participate in themed housing opportunities and develop living learning programs in campus housing. * Manage the Emergency Response (on-call) for residence life. Maintain primary responsibility for continuous (24/7 and 365 days per year) coverage for crisis response. Ensure student, professional, and administrative staff have the skills, capacity, and resources to manage and respond to emergency and on-call situations. * Provide efficient, responsible, and sustainable fiscal oversight/management for the residence life budget. * Be an active, contributing, and supportive member of the management leadership team to problem solve and achieve strategic priorities. * Develop and implement a marketing and communications plan for residence life. * Work in conjunction with the Title IX campus compliance officer to serve as an incident investigator as needed. Complete training necessary to act as a Title IX investigator. * Serve in the capacity of the acting director of housing in the director's absence. * Be an active collaborator across campus, and be an active and involved representative for Housing and Residence Life both on and off campus.


The successful candidate must meet the following minimal qualifications:
A master's degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling or a related field.

Experience managing a comprehensive residence life program with at least three years of supervisory responsibilities for professional staff.

An understanding of the dynamics of diversity in higher education and the demonstrated ability to incorporate this understanding in all levels of work.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should send a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, and a resume.  The packet should be sent to The subject line in the e-mail should be ADRL.

Confidential inquiries will be received at 951.201.8800.  Confidentiality will be maintained, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge or approval of the candidate.  For full consideration, all materials should be received by July 22, 2016. The application review process will continue until the position is filled.  

Humboldt State is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. As such, you will be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. In- correctly and improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full time activity. Part-time experience or education or activities only part of which are qualifying will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.

Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan Service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Humboldt State is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Humboldt State is a Title IX/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect reporting act required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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