Associate Vice Chancellor for Housing and Residence Life - University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • Spelman Johnson
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • Feb 10, 2020
Full time Executive

Job Description

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) is the state’s urban research university and a driving force of growth, discovery and innovation for the metro Carolinas, leveraging its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a pioneering learning experience that prepares graduates to become active citizens of the world. UNC Charlotte is home to more than 28,000 students, including approximately 5,500 masters and doctoral candidates, representing 47 states and 105 countries. Founded in 1946, the campus sits on 1,000 wooded acres just 8 miles from Uptown Charlotte, rated the number one “Most Up and Coming City in America” by Yelp. The University is the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region and the third largest of 17 constituent members of the University of North Carolina System. UNC Charlotte is a Doctoral and Research Intensive institution and has the largest research library in the Southern Piedmont region, with more than one million volumes.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and serving as a key member of the division’s management team, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Housing and Residence Life (AVC) provides comprehensive leadership and vision for UNC Charlotte’s 16 residence halls, as well as a 13-house Greek Village, and oversees an extensive program of residence life functions for 6,100 students living on campus, including 82% of first-year students. The AVC leads comprehensive strategic planning efforts for the department, developing and administering the next Master Plan; works with consultants, architects, contractors and the campus’ Facilities Management group in the design and development of all construction and renovation projects; fosters relationships with off campus apartment complex managers and facilitates the transition from on- to off-campus living; and utilizes sound assessment methods to ensure thorough data-driven decisions at all times. Additionally, the AVC provides strong leadership for and oversees the recruitment and development of a diverse professional staff; administers an inclusive and wide-ranging residential education effort; manages over two million square feet of residential physical plant, including the construction of a new residence hall scheduled to open in the fall of 2021; and develops policies and procedures that positively impact residential students and the operations, services and staff of the Department.

The AVC effectively develops, manages, utilizes and ensures accountability for all departmental budgets; cultivates, nurtures, and sustains relationships and partnerships within Student Affairs and across the campus community that ensure an outstanding living experience and support student success; and collaborates with the divisional management team to champion the vision and goals of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, standing in for the Vice Chancellor as requested. The AVC proactively provides students with a variety of services and educational opportunities that enhance their out-of-class experiences and strives to make constant improvement in customer satisfaction with students’ on-campus living environment. The AVC develops and manages an annual operating budget of approximately $50 million and is responsible for 159 full-time staff, including five direct reports, as well as 250 student staff.

A master’s degree is required (doctoral degree preferred). The successful candidate will have demonstrated progressively responsible leadership or management roles in higher education student housing operations or residence life, as well as the demonstrated ability to lead, develop and apply best practices to a large comprehensive program. The successful candidate will possess proactive leadership skills including strategic planning, crisis management, and organizational prioritizing; strong financial and budget management skills with experience in revenue generation and cost containment; and supervisory skills which inspire, motivate, and foster a culture in which all staff members are treated with respect, fairness, and professionalism and which promote professional development across all members of the team.

The successful candidate will possess a strong understanding of the housing trends and needs of the current student population, and will recognize the value of the student residential experience related to admission, retention, and graduation. Additionally, the successful candidate will possess the ability to challenge the status quo; the desire to continually improve an already high-functioning organization; a strong vision that promotes innovation, strategic thinking, and high levels of collaboration; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, reflected in both staff supervision and student programs. Extensive experience in the use of data and assessments to make decisions and to initiate and adapt to change; the ability to represent the Department and effectively communicate with University leadership, faculty, staff, students, families, the media, and other stakeholders; and demonstrated ability to successfully manage emergency preparedness and complex critical incidents and crises are highly desirable.

Review of applications will begin March 6, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the UNC Charlotte website at and the UNC Charlotte Department of Housing and Residence Life website at

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.