East Carolina University — Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

East Carolina University is developing tomorrow’s leaders today by preparing students with 21st-century skills to meet present-day challenges and build a brighter future, transforming our region and beyond through our research, creative activity, innovation and public service. ECU is a large, selective, public doctoral university with a primarily residential undergraduate student body and a community engagement designation.  Located in beautiful Greenville, North Carolina, ECU is the only UNC System university with a medical school, dental school and college of engineering at the same institution, the synergies of which provide a dynamic for biotechnology innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more: https://facts.ecu.edu/

The Opportunity
The Division of Student Affairs is one of five divisions at East Carolina University.  The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs reports directly to Chancellor Philip Rogers and serves on the Chancellor’s Executive Council.

Student Affairs provides programs and services that optimize student learning and leadership, builds a safe, supportive, and welcoming campus community, fosters the emotional growth and personal development of students, and makes a positive contribution to the overall student experience.

Student Affairs aligns with ECU’s missional commitments of student success, public service and regional transformation demonstrated through our divisional values of student centered, integrity, service, excellence, respect, and inclusion.

Student Affairs works closely with the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to continue the integration of student-related programs and services and partnerships with traditional and emerging Academic Affairs programs to promote academic and student-centered connections.

In addition, the Division seeks to enrich our students’ lives by creating an inclusive and welcoming environment that fosters an appreciation for life-long learning, individual responsibility, and human diversity. Programs anticipate students’ developmental needs throughout their collegiate experiences and promote students’ development by fostering a community of learning, which encourages individual student involvement and participation.

The Vice Chancellor will:

  • Oversee the development and successful completion of policies, strategic plans, and operational execution within the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Make and implement thoughtful and timely decisions, managing resources effectively, and obtaining additional resources from external sources.
  • Maintain the administrative, budgetary, and accountability functions of all departments within the division.
  • Be proactive in promoting equity for all members of the community and foster an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Evaluate operations, staff, programs, and activities to ensure all areas of the division are efficient and effective in meeting goals.
  • Ensure division staff have the experience and skills to support the division’s goals, including effective hiring, staffing, and performance management.
  • Work with the chancellor, chief of staff, other vice chancellors and the University’s senior level executive team in prioritizing and executing initiatives in accordance with the University’s strategic plan.
  • Foster constructive and collaborative relationships with all divisional units across the university.
  • Establish collaborative working relationships with particular groups such as the business community or the public schools and represent the division to the university community and external constituencies.
  • Engage in consistent, transparent, and strategic communications with key student affairs constituencies, as well as build trust among key stakeholder groups with respect to the best practices, policies, and activities that guide contemporary student affairs and university life activities/functions.
  • Embrace and lead with a spirit of innovation and adapt to emerging environmental factors as the national/international field of higher education evolves to meet student needs.
  • Participate in professional associations and professional development opportunities.

Moreover, the Division seeks to contribute to the development of the whole individual by fostering in each student a deeper appreciation of the importance of life-long learning, individual responsibility, and human diversity. Through collaboration, the Division provides programs and services that are grounded in theory, assessment, and sound practice.

It is a major responsibility of the Vice Chancellor to promote integration through providing leadership to the heads of each of these units. Working together with the individual unit heads, the Vice Chancellor establishes goals that promote individual student learning and development, provide services to stimulate the learning process, foster a campus community which promotes student involvement in individual development, and develop the human and facility resources necessary to support a diverse student population. One of the keys to success is regular communications and fostering teamwork through collaboration among not only the Student Affairs units, but also among the Academic Affairs units. 

Using his or her financial expertise, the Vice Chancellor must assure overall budget development and fiscal accountability, excellent human resources, and state-of-the-art facilities to achieve the goals of Student Affairs. 

The Vice Chancellor collaborates with the University of North Carolina System Student Affairs officers, other constituent institution Student Affairs administrators, and colleagues throughout the country using network resources and contacts. This assures the adoption of “best practices” and cutting-edge programs and services for ECU’s rapidly growing and diverse student population. 

Minimum Qualifications for the Position:
A master’s degree in student development or related field is required.

A minimum of 10 years of experience of progressively responsible leadership experience in student development or related field.

To apply for the position:

Applications must be submitted via email to ecuexecutivesearch@northcarolina.edu. Applications should consist of the following: (1) a detailed cover letter addressing the expectations of the position; (2) a current curriculum vitae (CV); and (3) a list of five professional references (references will not be contacted until later stages of the search process and upon candidate notification). The position will remain open until filled, but applications received by June 20, 2022 will be given priority consideration. 

For confidential inquiries or to request a copy of the complete position profile, please contact the UNC System Office search consultant assisting the committee: Lynn Duffy, Sr AVP for Leadership Development & Talent Acquisition: lsduffy@northcarolina.edu. 919.962.3134

East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

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