UNC Asheville Overview:
PREPARING TO CELEBRATE ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2027, UNC Asheville is the intellectual and creative higher education hub for Western North Carolina and is a leader in public liberal arts and sciences higher education nationally. UNC Asheville is nationally recognized for excellent and dedicated faculty, strong and relevant curricular offerings, and championship- winning NCAA Division I athletics. The institution is a leader in the national Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), headquartered on its campus, and is the founding University of the National Journal on Undergraduate Research.
UNC Asheville is committed to the values of academic rigor, diversity and inclusion, innovation, and sustainability, and strives to ensure that these values inform every endeavor of the University. These strategic values prompt an openness to change, diverse ideas, creative approaches to programmatic and curricular growth, and institutional capacity.
The University fosters creative formal and informal partnerships in Asheville and the WNC region in a city marked by entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, and innovation. UNC Asheville is a center for creativity, scholarship, and excellence in the public liberal arts and sciences, bringing the community to campus for lectures, concerts, athletic events, and undergraduate research symposia.
UNC Asheville offers students small class sizes, a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program, and an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce and thought-force skills to last a lifetime.
The University seeks to expand educational opportunities and access to UNC Asheville, particularly those communities that have been traditionally underserved. UNC Asheville is committed to advancing its mission to serve North Carolina’s most promising students, regardless of need, and to facilitating their path to graduation as a strategic priority.
In 2018, UNC Asheville was ranked No. 2 among all U.S. universities for “Making an Impact,” by The Princeton Review, topping the list as No. 1 in 2016. This ranking recognizes schools with the best community service opportunities, student governments, sustainability, and on-campus student engagement. UNC Asheville continues to earn high marks for value and academic excellence, garnering an annual Top 10 place on the Best Public Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, The Fiske Guide to Colleges once again named UNC Asheville a “Best Buy,” and UNC Asheville is also featured in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition for its commitment to sustainability.
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources & Institutional Equity
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Typical administrative workload. Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional hours are needed to meet the needs of the university.
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The University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC Asheville) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice Chancellor for Human Resources & Institutional Equity. The University seeks a visionary, strategic, and experienced leader who is committed to the distinctive role of a public liberal arts and sciences university to lead this division.
Reporting directly to the Chancellor and serving as a member of the senior leadership team, the Vice Chancellor will be the institutional leader for the areas of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity and Compliance, and Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. This visible campus leadership role will be responsible for the strategic direction and effectiveness of the University’s workforce programs and services for faculty, staff, and students, and a senior leadership role for diversity, inclusion, and equity university-wide. This critical role is responsible for providing strategic, transformational leadership and administration in the development and implementation of all matters relating to human resources, human capital management, institutional equity, and diversity.
The University seeks candidates and nominees who bring expertise and leadership to engage employees and to foster a welcoming and equitable campus climate. The Vice Chancellor is expected to enhance the organization’s multicultural understanding and practice, create talent acquisition strategies to build strong pipelines for current and future hiring needs, and provide a variety of programs and services that support, develop, leverage and recognize employee strengths. The Vice Chancellor will serve as a strategic partner to the Chancellor and provide counsel and support to the leaders of the senior team, Faculty Senate, and, with the Chancellor, to the University’s Board of Trustees. The Vice Chancellor will provide leadership in the areas of:
- Equal Opportunity and Compliance – monitor, develop, and implement the University’s recruitment, hiring, and Equal Employment Opportunity policies and procedures, ensuring the University’s compliance with related state and federal laws, and university policies, regulations, and rules. Promote activities and training that arise from the University’s commitment to foster equitable treatment to employees and students and its obligation to comply with employment laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title IX, Title VII, and other related state and federal laws and regulations.
- Equity and Diversity – provide university-wide leadership on best practices and strategies to build and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community. The Vice Chancellor will promote dialogue and action about complex issues involved in creating and maintaining an equitable and diverse campus. Inform and support the Chancellor, Senior Staff, student, and faculty and staff leaders to vision, plan, and implement university-level approaches to addressing equal opportunity and non-discrimination issues with a commitment to cultural responsiveness. The Vice Chancellor will provide senior leadership for the Office of Institutional Equity.
- Human Resources – strengthen alignment between the institution’s values and human resource practices, overseeing all HR functions, including Benefits, Compensation, EEO/AA, HR Information Systems, HR Policy, Employee Relations, Employee Orientation and Development, and Talent Acquisition, and Retention. Lead and execute HR strategic initiatives that are broad based with university-wide impact and implement HR strategic initiatives that promote organizational capacity, competency and salary matters. Foster a campus culture of support, engagement and recognition. The Vice Chancellor will also provide senior leadership for the Office of Human Resources, seeking opportunities to align HR services and technologies more closely with the strategic needs and goals of UNC Asheville.
As a strategic leader and in partnership with the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor will develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate Human Resources strategies, policies, programs, and procedures and oversee HR functions and the HR team in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the University.
- Master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) in a related field or a Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) plus additional senior level leadership experience.
- Minimum of ten years of senior level leadership experience in higher education or comparable environment.
- Proven leadership and results with equal opportunity, Title IX, diversity, equity, and talent development.
- Ethical and clear communication, open interpersonal and team building skills.
- Demonstrated leadership skills in complex environments.
- Deep knowledge of Human Resource functions, including applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
- Career history that shows progressively increasing responsibility in Human Resources, Equal Opportunity and Compliance, and Diversity and Equity related fields.
- A visionary, strategic, and inclusive leader committed to the highest standards of integrity, problem solving and communication.
- Demonstrated commitment and contribution to advancing equity and diversity as an integral aspect of the University’s quality and academic mission.
- Proven leadership abilities to establish department/division goals, and motivate and influence others to achieve. Strong supervisory skills to maintain an effective staff.
- Expert and current working knowledge of applicable laws pertaining to Title VII, Title IX, ADA and related state and federal laws.
- Commitment to university-wide leadership.
- Advanced written, verbal, and presentation skills to influence and facilitate sustainable and collegial cultural change and shared governance.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :
- Ability to maintain confidentiality, employ robust problem-solving and conflict resolution strategies, use responsible and ethical independent judgment, and work collaboratively with different constituencies in a diverse and dynamic university community.
- The ability to respond in a professional manner and perform effectively in high pressure situations.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and conflict-resolution skills and demonstrated ability to promote collaboration among departments.
- Strong analytical and research skills.
- Strong supervisory and team building skills.
- A curious mindset and approach.
- Knowledge of current key issues in higher education including workforce strategy and optimization.
- The successful candidate will possess expert skills in negotiation, and conflict resolution to advise and handle confidential, difficult, and/or sensitive situations. The ability to navigate complex organizations and to implement and interpret broad personnel policies, applicable laws and regulations will be needed. The candidate should be collaborative and service-focused and be able to communicate effectively with diverse constituents.
Special Instructions to the Applicant:
AGB Search is pleased to assist UNC Asheville with this leadership search. To apply for the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources & Institutional Equity position, candidates are requested to submit the following: (i) a resume or curriculum vitae; (ii) a letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities in the profile; and (iii) contact information for five references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date). Application materials should be sent to [email protected] by September 23, 2022 for best consideration. The search will remain open until an appointment is made.
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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