Executive Director of the Carolina Union
The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators, and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC-CH/Carolina) nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry, and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students. In Chapel Hill, students develop a voice for critical thought and the courage to guide change. Carolina enrolls approximately 18,862 undergraduates and 11,049 graduate and professional students offering 77 bachelor degree, 111 masters’ degree, 65 doctoral degree, and 7 professional degree programs. For 17 consecutive years, UNC-CH has been ranked first among the 100 best U.S. public colleges and universities that offer students high-quality academics at an affordable price.
Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the executive director of the Carolina Union serves on the Student Affairs Leadership Team and is instrumental in shaping the future of the Carolina student experience through developing and maintaining programs that attract and retain a diverse student body and improve student life. The executive director is responsible for enhancing the learning environment through student involvement in co-curricular and extra-curricular programming, assessment and program review, leadership development, management of the Carolina Union organization, and operation of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union Building.
As a highly engaged leader, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the student fee funded Carolina Union creates safe, inclusive, and educational experiences that enable all students to maximize their time at Carolina. The many co-curricular programs, services, and facilities supported by the Union are developed and operated with a focus to serve the students and are intended to impact the intellectual and experiential climate of the University, providing opportunities for campus members to engage in debate, conversation, interaction, and learning. Through continual professional development and capacity building led by the Executive Director, the 51 full time staff and over 160 student employees work collaborative to build a sense of community as a unifying force on campus and provide students the space and resources needed to put theory into practice.
The executive director engages directly with students and provides strategic supervision, leadership, and programmatic, budget, and operational oversight for the following areas: Student Life and Leadership, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Activities, Student Organizations, Communication and Creative Services, and Student Government. The work of the Carolina Union extends beyond the boundaries of the 153,000 square foot building. The executive director is an energetic, innovative, student-centered leader who balances responsibilities spanning continually evolving student-driven programming and strategic initiatives; facility maintenance, renewal, and renovations ensuring attractive and effective space utilization; collaboration with University-wide partners; accountability and oversight of a $4.6M annual budget; human resource management of full- and part-time staff and student para-professionals; and an unwavering commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Anticipated start date, August 2019.
A master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Educations, or a related field and three to five years of experience in a director level position, or five years or more of progressive leadership experience in an administrative position within a student union operation, are required. The successful candidate will possess: knowledge of student development best practices and a strong desire to provide an engaged environment for students; demonstrated abilities in program planning, evaluation and outcomes assessment; previous experience with facility management and building renovations; documented experience with supervision of diverse staff; familiarity with experiential education; and demonstrated experience with strategic planning.
Review of applications will begin May 24, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at [email protected] or Valerie Szymkowicz at [email protected] Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment with regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.