Is the “Traditional Career Path” to the Chief Housing Officer Position Changing?


This post was originally posted on the ACUHO-I Online Community 

Is the “traditional career path” to the Chief Housing Officer position in our field changing?

When I refer to “the traditional career path” I am referring to an observation (on my part) that most Chief Housing Officers come from pedigree residential education backgrounds. However, for the past several years, I have noticed a change in the language that is included in many CHO position postings. Things like “Doctorate or MBA is preferred” and “strong financial acumen is necessary” seem to be included more often these days.  I am also noticing an increase in language that talks about a candidate’s ability to address deferred maintenance, generate additional sources of revenue, forecasting, experience with public / private partnerships, etc.

This isn’t to say that one can’t get these experiences while working in the residential education side of the house but it does seem to allude hiring committees are hoping to bring in people with a certain level of expertise in these areas when determining who they want in the Chief Housing Officer role.

I’m not sure if this is a response to shrinking budgets and decreasing state support. However, I do wonder if in the coming years we will see more Chief Housing Officers ascend to those positions from the Assignments, Occupancy Management and Facilities side of the house.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you also noticed this as a trend in the Residential Life and Housing Field?

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