Chief of Staff

University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, NC

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C-Level & Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

UNC Asheville Overview:

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.
UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Staff members are encouraged to take an active role to engage in the institution’s efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the workplace. The successful candidate is expected to foster an inclusive work culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are respected and welcomed. Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position Type:

EHRA Staff


Chief of Staff

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Recruitment Range:

Salary Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule and Hours:

University business hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. This position carries a campus wide impact and will have a typical administrative workload, with additional hours on evenings and weekends as needed to meet the needs of the University.

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Months per Year:

12 Months

Position Summary:

The Chief of Staff reports directly to the Chancellor of UNC Asheville and serves as support staff to the Chancellor’s Senior Staff. The Chief of Staff directs the work of the Office of the Chancellor and coordinates and supports the meetings of the Board of Trustees, serves as the liaison between the University of North Carolina System Office and the Chancellor, serves as the point of contact for the various constituent groups served by the university, and provides coordination and leadership on administrative University matters. In collaboration with other members of the Chancellor’s Senior Staff, the Chief of Staff is responsible for planning, organizing, and guiding the initiatives and activities of the Chancellor as they relate to the internal operations and the external relationships of the University including strategic and financial matters.

The Chief of Staff is responsible for researching and providing appropriate and timely information to the Chancellor to facilitate efficient and effective decision-making, overseeing the implementation of inter-divisional initiatives, ensuring that issues have been vetted and that information has been adequately developed for the Chancellor to make decisions, and working closely with the Chancellor to establish priorities for the Chancellor’s time and attention. The Chief of Staff works in close collaboration with the Chancellor’s Executive Assistant on scheduling events, briefing Trustees, faculty and staff matters and coordinates Senior Staff meeting agendas.



Required Education/Experience/Skills:

Master’s degree. May also consider a Bachelor’s degree and equivalent 5-7 years of experience. Three to five years of senior executive leadership experience. Knowledge of higher education and experience in College or University. Highly effective written and verbal communication required, held a leadership role of increasing responsibility and prior supervisory experience.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills:

Five to seven years of progressive experience in executive-level roles within a large organization, preferably within an institution of higher education.

Experience in building trust-based relationships with senior leaders, faculty, staff, governing board members, elected officials, and community representatives.

Experience in working directly or indirectly with a governing board of an institution of higher education or non-profit organization.

An understanding of the distinction between governance and executive-level briefings and scheduling and priorities. Experience in managing or working with administrative support staff.

Background in the following is highly desirable: organizational planning and development, project management, policy development, and calendar and multiple constituency scheduling.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

Candidates must possess (1) professional interpersonal skills and the ability to listen to alternative points of view and to recommend policies and solutions that are in the best long-term interest of the University; (2) the capacity for sound judgment, diplomacy, confidentiality and discretion; (3) the ability to maintain personal and professional confidences; (4) a strong sense of personal and professional integrity; and (5) the intelligence, flexibility, creativity, strong attention to detail, tolerance for ambiguity, and sense of humor to handle a high-profile fast-paced environment; (6) the ability to create and sustain strong working and professional relationships with campus leaders and the UNC System Chief of Staff, UNC Asheville faculty, staff, student, athlete and alumni leaders; (7) to foster and advance donor and constituent relationships with elected officials and friends and donors of the University. Superior skills in writing and oral communication, including editing for clarity and correctness, and the ability to convey complex ideas in a concise and comprehensible fashion under time-constrained conditions. Ability to analyze complex short and long term institutional and interpersonal situations, assess and develop alternative solutions, and to understand and utilize statistical data sources and forms of analysis common in higher education as necessary.

Special Instructions to the Applicant:

Community Expectations
During this time it is important that the community understand how UNC Asheville operates and what is expected of community members as we work together to prioritize everyone’s health and safety. Please see UNC Asheville’s Community Expectations for more information. This is the URL for UNC Asheville’s Community Expectations: UNC Asheville’s Community Expectations.

Application Information
This vacancy is open until filled.
Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned. Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations. It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

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The University of North Carolina Asheville offers a singular experience for original minds.

We’re the original and only liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. We break down conventions, overcome obstacles, expand horizons. We dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility. When the world looks down, we look up.

We’re a public resource that draws on a deep history to make a profound impact—on our students and on the world. We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our STEAM Studio helped to produce the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer majors and concentrations that re-tool the liberal arts and sciences for new challenges and new opportunities. We live in one of America’s great small cities, a mountain town with wit and grit, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

We are the originals. We’re rooted in the Land of the Sky, at the intersection of what’s known and what’s possible. This is an education that’s affordable, adaptive, and endlessly relevant. This is an experience where every path leads to a new vista, where there’s room for every voice, and where the future is a frontier—vast and bright and close enough to touch.

UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its unique student-centric public liberal arts and sciences mission. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,300 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. More than 65 percent of UNC Asheville students conduct applied research alongside faculty experts. UNC Asheville consistently ranks as a national top 10 Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University by U.S. News & World Report, and on its list of Most Innovative Schools. UNC Asheville regularly earns several national top 20 rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges,” including Best Quality of Life, Town-Gown Relations, and UNC Asheville has ranked in the top two nationally for the “Best Schools for Making an Impact,” in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges that Pay You Back.”

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