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University of North Carolina at Wilmington
North Carolina
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Posted: 10/11/2021
Associate Vice Chancellor Human Resources

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, recognized as one of the nation's top 100 Public National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, seeks an accomplished and visionary leader to serve in the critically important role of Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources (AVCHR). Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the AVCHR will have university-wide accountability for human resources policies and practices, will provide leadership for a team of 29 staff, and will foster strategic collaborations that drive organizational effectiveness in support of the university's mission and vision.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is part of the University of North Carolina System and is one of the state’s 16 public universities, consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 university) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UNCW is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and services and with an enrollment of more than 18,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding.

Under the leadership of Dr. Jose V. Sartarelli, UNCW's sixth chancellor, the university is focused on diversity, equity and inclusion; globalization; ethics and integrity; and excellence and innovation. During Chancellor Sartarelli’s tenure, the university continues to implement its strategic plan; has set records for annual enrollment, graduation and philanthropic giving; increased community, military and international partnerships; enhanced online educational offerings; and added several new academic programs.

The AVCHR serves as the chief human resources officer for the university and ensures all HR programs and initiatives support the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the institution. The chief human resource officer directly participates in institutional planning and decision-making as a member of the university's executive cabinet. In addition, the AVCHR is responsible for providing comprehensive human resources services, including efforts for recruitment, retention, development and the management of faculty and staff Exempt from the State Human Resources Act (EHRA) as well as staff subject to the State Human Resources Act (SHRA).

This is an outstanding leadership opportunity for a collaborative human resources executive to join the fastest growing institution in the North Carolina State system and embrace the forward momentum to elevate, sophisticate and advance the human resources function to meet the needs of an evolving workforce. The AVCHR will serve as the chief talent leader and talent developer with the charge to cultivate creative strategies and solutions to support the retention of employees across all groups. This requires an innovative, highly driven professional who is connected and engaged with faculty and staff, and is focused on human resources best practices in a public institutional environment.

The successful candidate will possess broad human resources knowledge; expertise in strategic, collaborative, and consultative services; a sophisticated approach to organizational leadership; and technical expertise in key areas of human resources. This leader will also bring experience leading human resources staff and programs in a large, complex enterprise. Related master’s degree and three years’ experience in human resources is required which should include some supervisory or management experience, OR a related bachelor’s degree and at least five years’ directly related experience in human resources that includes some supervisory and management experience may be substituted in lieu of a master’s degree.

Additional information about the University of North Carolina Wilmington may be found at:

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should provide, as two separate attachments, a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile at

These materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal or sent via e-mail to the University of North Carolina Wilmington's consultants Sarah Miller and Bree Liddell at

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.