Vice Chancellor for Human Resources & Institutional Equity

Position Overview

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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
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Human Resources

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • 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.

Required Knowledge/Skills/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.

Nominations and Applications

Application materials should be submitted by September 23, 2022 for best consideration. The search will remain open until an appointment is made.

To apply for the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources & Institutional Equity position, candidates are requested to submit the following:

  1. A resume or curriculum vitae;
  2. A letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities in the profile; and
  3. Contact information for five references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).

Application materials in Word or PDF format should be sent to: UNCAshevilleVCHRIE@agbsearch.com

Please direct nominations and inquiries to:

Dr. Rod McDavis, Managing Principal, rod.mcdavis@agbsearch.com / (804) 514-1982

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Plympton, Principal, margaret.plympton@agbsearch.com / (484) 554–4542

Ms. Monica Burton, Principal, monica.burton@agbsearch.com / (917) 825–2961

Ms. Anne Hoffman, Executive Search Associate, anne.hoffman@agbsearch.com / (805) 490–9161

UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants, and employees. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, and UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.