Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Vacancy # 14E149
Position # 0086

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington invites applications for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources to assume office on or about October  1, 2014.  

Profile of the University

UNC Wilmington is one of 17 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina and is a public comprehensive institution offering 52 bachelor's and 38 master's degrees in arts and sciences, business, education, and nursing, as well as doctoral degrees in marine biology and educational leadership.  The university has 14,000 students, 1,900 faculty and staff, and $295 million in total operating budgets.  Wilmington, North Carolina is an historic, coastal, seaport community of 110,000 (210,000 county-wide) between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean with an active arts and cultural environment.  For additional information, please visit and    

Role of the Position

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources (AVC HR) is the senior human resources officer for the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  The AVC HR  leads, develops and manages a comprehensive human resources program aligned with UNCW’s mission of teaching, research, and public service; the campus strategic plan; UNCW and UNC System policies; and federal and state employment laws and regulations.  Under the direction of the Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs and in close partnership with the executive cabinet, the AVC HR develops and executes comprehensive strategic plans relating to human resources programs, practices and systems.  The AVC HR serves as a member of the VCBA senior management team as well as campus and UNC system-wide committees.  In support of UNCW’s mission and in partnership with campus leadership, the AVC HR guides the development of campus wide talent management strategies by establishing a framework to actively recruit, develop, and retain a diverse and talented work force; developing policies and practices that champion diversity; and creating a safe and inclusive work culture.  Additionally, the AVC HR serves as the EEO/AA Officer and coordinates the university's equal employment opportunity/affirmative action program for faculty and staff; advises senior officers and deans on faculty and staff relations; and participates actively on UNC System and North Carolina Office of State Human Resources committees. 

Working under University of North Carolina General Administration and the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) for the State of North Carolina,  UNCW’s Human Resources comprises three units with a total of 19 employees in Employment & Compensation (including faculty and staff position management and compensation analysis), Human Resources Administration (including salary and benefits administration and worker’s compensation), and Training & Development (including performance management, employee recognition programs, & employee relations).  UNCW Human Resources has been recognized by CUPA-HR for excellence in human resources management and technology, is noted for contemporary and innovative human resources administration, and is an active contributor to the advancement of the profession through its external associations.    

Desired Qualifications and Attributes

The successful candidate will be a senior Human Resources professional with experience leading a successful HR operation that is characterized by demonstrated competency in core HR capabilities, is recognized for customer service excellence, and adds value to the organization it serves.  Candidates should describe examples in their applicant materials of leveraging HR capacities in ways that improve institutional efficiency and effectiveness or facilitate mission and goal accomplishment.  Minimum qualifications include a related bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and ten years’ progressive HR experience, including planning, budgeting, and organizational management.  Preferred qualifications include a related master’s degree, five years’ experience in higher education, or evidence of work experience in an different industry transferable to the public higher education sector.   Superior communication and interpersonal skills, an ability to engage in collaborative problem solving and develop consensus, a passion for service excellence, a commitment to valuing workforce diversity, personal energy, integrity, and vision are vital personal attributes.    

Application Instructions

To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at  A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to Bob Fraser, Chair – AVC-HR Search Committee, and attached to the online application – not emailed or mailed. Attachments must be either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF documents.  For questions regarding the online application process, please contact Human Resources at (910) 962-3160.  Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release. Priority consideration will be given to online applications received by August 1, 2014, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.



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