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Associate Director Search

The Office of Student Housing at Morehead State University is seeking the next dare-to-be-great professional staff member to continue the departmental evolution and organizational successes that have characterized the past few years. This position is the perfect opportunity for a mid-level professional that aspires to be a Chief Housing Officer to fill their professional toolbox with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to differentiate themselves in their next professional position in an Associate Director role.

Not locked into functional designations, critical tasks and responsibilities can change based on the professional needs of the successful candidate and the organizational priorities of the department. It is truly a remarkable opportunity in an award-winning department on the move with phenomenal staff and students to live and learn with. Featuring a competitive salary, optional live-on opportunities, and other various benefits and perks, this opportunity could be perfect for you!

How the Position Functions

Unlike many positions where there is strictly a functional role (business operations, residence education, facilities, etc.) our central office positions operate a bit differently. Folks in these roles can shift and juggle their responsibilities in order to best meet their own professional needs and the organizational needs of the department. Perhaps you have a strong background in residence education but need experience in business operations? Or maybe you need more specific public inquiry or parent and family touchpoints? Then this position allows you to choose your own professional adventure so to speak to best meet your goals, our needs, and our students’ success.

Minimum Qualifications

Chosen candidates must have a master’s degree by the time of appointment and a minimum of five years of progressive responsibility and successful experience in higher education/student housing or a related field. The successful candidate must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills and a passion for client-centered service and student success. An ability to put student development theories into practice is highly desired.

Compensation & Benefits

This position has a budgeted salary of $56,000. Departmental benefits include a significant professional development budget, reserved parking, considerable issued technology and telephony, and the opportunities for additional paid roles such as course instruction. Morehead State also has a competitive benefit and retirement package, viewable at There is also a robust on-campus tuition remission program including for the doctoral program, utilized by several current and former housing staff members.


  • Is this position a live-on position? This position does have a live-on option in a two-bedroom on-campus apartment in a University apartment community. As the live-on perk is not required, it will be considered a taxable fringe benefit. Like all live-on opportunities at MSU, there are allowances for partners, pets, and assorted other things to make your living space truly feel like home and not part of your job.
  • Does this position have on-call responsibilities? This position is part of a tiered on-call structure with other central office staff members. As the second-tier of the chain, calls are less frequent and there are not the same expectations for geographic limits or response time. 
  • Are there qualifications above the minimum that are desirable? While not required, it would be helpful to have a master’s degree in student affairs, business, or communications. It would also be desirable but not required to have experience in one or more of our current operating software like Adirondack Housing Solutions, Advocate Conduct Software, or Genetec Access Control.
  • What does onboarding for the position look like? At present time, there is a phased onboarding approach for housing employees that starts with our department and spreads out to the university and community. It’s our highest priority that new staff feel like they have the support and structure to be successful and thrive in our department, our campus, and our community. Whether that takes the shape of informal chew and chats with key stakeholders from the campus or outside consultants coming in to train up on processes and software, we will do whatever we can to make sure there is solid footing and successful foundation for new staff.
  • What supervision opportunities are there? There are opportunities to supervise professional staff members, administrative central office staff, and high-level student positions. Supervision structure will be determined as a central office on an annual basis.
  • What is the search timeline? We are attempting to be aggressive in this search and its timeline because we are excited to meet the next member of our team! We would anticipate doing virtual interviews in early December with a tentative start date in January 2022. Of course, like all things search-related, that timeline is subject to change based on our candidates’ needs, our organizational happenings, or even the weather!
  • Who should I contact if I have questions? Questions about the position, the search, or general departmental information can be directed to Dr. Alan Rucker, Director, Housing & Residence Education at 606-783-2060 or via email at