University of North Carolina at Wilmington — Director of Summer Programs

Benefits of Working at UNCW
Want to become a soaring UNCW Seahawk and work at one of the best universities on the East Coast? Want to put your toes in the sand after a day of work? The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers a wonderfully vibrant university community along with a beautiful location just miles from the beach.

Employees of UNCW are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other programs, resources, policies, and practices that help to support a work/life balance. Our programs have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Full time employees are eligible for dental, vision and health insurance plans. Health insurance benefit plans eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Full time employees are also eligible for tuition waivers for up to four (4) paid university classes per year including the application fee and book rental, a free membership to the Campus Recreation Center, free flu and vaccine shots offered on campus, meditation and yoga sessions, voluntary supplemental insurance coverages, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, 24 hours of paid community service leave time, paid vacation and sick leave accrual and family medical leave after 12 months of continuous service.

We also offer an abundance of training and development programs through our Dare to Learn AcademySkillport, and the employee assistance program, many of which are offered free of charge.

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Director of Summer Programs will serve on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs in a leadership role in the development and coordination of summer programs at UNCW. Works closely with other departments and divisions who are also responsible for various aspects of summer programs. Creates and coordinates programs designed to vitalize the UNCW campus during the summer months; attracts prospective students to campus and provides campus experiences to youth who may not see college enrollment as achievable; enables campus community to run myriad youth camps.

Accommodates balance between traditional campus events in the summer (namely new student orientation and conferences) while launching new initiatives. Works to create programs that enable local youth to learn new skills in a college setting. Creates new on-boarding programs for select UNCW incoming freshmen seeking service-learning, outdoor rec and experiential learning activities prior to moving onto campus. Ensures availability of teaching and facilities resources and oversees related logistics. Complies with Minor’s Policy related to hosting children on campus. Ensures programs do not violate NC Umstead Act. Coordinates work with sponsors and donors as well as ensures timely revenue collection, and leads budgeting and planning processes. Proactively identifies and works with local secondary education officials to develop new opportunities to grow related college-bound programs. Manages support staff in an effort to carry out responsibilities of the role.

Creates, markets, and supervises the Summer Programs and related operations. Works with the Business Manager to develop a budget and to ensure the desired profitability of the program. Produces the catalog of Summer Program offerings and markets it broadly to increase patronage. Mines the university calendar to ensure no conflicts arise. Works with parents on all aspects of youth enrollment including liability and risk management aspects and use of waivers and parent consent forms. Researches and implements meaningful and effective advertising and promotion, with help from other university resources such as OUR. Heavily markets the programs regionally and throughout NC. Manages and resolves any conflicts that arise with participants and facilitators. Monitors all safety and health procedures throughout the program. Works with the Facilities Manager to ensure that summer cleaning and facility repairs can take place in a timely manner. Coordinates with the Disability Resource Center to assess and accommodate any access needs for Summer Programs. Coordinates with the IT Department for any Summer Program equipment needs. Coordinates with the Housing and Residence Life Department and Academic Affairs Departments regarding Summer Program housing and course needs for the programs. Creates, maintains, and communicates all records as required by Student Affairs and prepares appropriate summary reports as requested.

This position is required to be on campus during the operation of all Summer Program offerings, or ensure designated staff are present and supervised. This position requires on-call availability during evenings and weekends in to consult on any emergencies involving camps and participants.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Master’s degree in a relevant field and at least five years of experience in a related field is required, OR a Bachelor’s degree in hospitality and event management, public administration, higher education or student affairs and at least seven years of experience in a related field can be substituted on an exceptional basis.

  • A demonstrated skill or capacity to coordinate and supervise multiple programs. This may include combination of education and experience
  • Previous experience developing and implementing strategy from the ground up
  • Proven ability to balance the strategic needs of the program with tactical day-to-day activities
  • Demonstrated effective communication, both verbal and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate others
  • Experience working with participants of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated customer service skills
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Knowledge of how to manage crises

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Previous summer program management or summer camp experience at the college or university level
  • Energetic, organized, visionary individual
  • Understands how to position programs to increase a campus’ ability more deeply connect to the local community
  • Skill in tailoring programs to be educational and fun, where participants complete the program having had a highly favorable experience
  • Experience managing crises
  • Experience applying FERPA, HIPAA and other legal issues related to college campuses

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Division of Student Affairs consists of fourteen functional departments, each of which is responsible for providing a variety of student support, service, and educational programs which are accessible to all members of the university community. The staff members are dedicated individuals known for their passion and commitment to implementing programs and services that affect student development over the course of a lifetime. Student Affairs provides excellent delivery of student services that are responsive to student needs and promotes the quality of life and education both inside and outside the classroom. We build institutional traditions and lifelong affiliations through creative programs, vibrant student organizations, and a living/learning environment built on core values and uncompromising principles. The Division is a leader and primary spokesperson for students.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

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 has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

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Special Notes to Applicants
To receive full consideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’ section of the application before you apply for this position. Also, please provide a cover letter that describes which specific skill set you are interested in and your work experience that will support being successful in this role. 3 or more professional references are required.

For more info/to apply visit  Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

Please note all applications and any corresponding materials must be submitted no later than 11:59pm ET on the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.

EEO Statement
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.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.