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 the tuition waiver program which covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to three (3) undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year at UNCW or any other university within the UNC System. In addition, UNCW covers the cost of tuition and fees for one UNCW course each summer session.
As a full time employee, UNCW also offers a free membership to the Campus Recreation Center, free vaccine and booster 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.
Brief Summary of Work for this Position The Director of Academic Resource Administration is the senior operational business professional for the Division of Academic Affairs. Collaborating with the Associate Provost (AP) for Administration and Resource Management, the Director provides leadership for the business administration professionals across the division. The Director routinely communicates with business officers, business services coordinators, academic administrators, and senior leaders on matters related to resource utilization and administration across the division. This position analyzes resource utilization and distribution across the division to advise the Provost and AP on resource allocation matters. The Director is responsible for the development of divisional policy and operating practice related to resource administration, and this position routinely analyzes policies for implementation across the Division of Academic Affairs.
In addition to the divisional responsibilities, the Director provides supervision (direct and indirect), mentorship, and leadership for the business professionals within Academic Affairs. The Director directly supervises three business officers that are charged with providing common support for academic administration units without dedicated business professionals.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Master’s degree in Business or Public Administration, Finance, Data Management, or a related field with at least 6 years of progressively responsible experience in business administration, public sector financial administration, or higher education administration, OR a Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, Finance, Data Management, or a related field with at least 8 years of progressively responsible experience in business administration, public sector financial administration, or higher education administration. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Experience engaging with stakeholders and lead through influence without authority to achieve common goals.
Experience with anticipating the needs and requirements of senior leadership to proactivity prepare recommendations, information, and solutions.
Ability to proactively solve problems and identify solutions for routine and non-routine challenges.
Experience developing and implementing policies and procedures across a complex organization.
Ability to create innovative solutions for emerging business needs.
Ability to utilize advanced Microsoft Excel functionality in order to track, analyze and report data.
Ability to create advanced financial models.
Ability to analyze complex financial data.
Ability to explain complex financial information to stakeholders whose core competency is not financial.
Knowledge and ability to utilize ERP skills.
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and fund accounting.
Knowledge of current business practices and application of practices in higher education.
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills that allow for the establishment of solid working relationships.
Intermediate to advanced technical skills to use a variety of software and systems (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams, Zooms, SharePoint, Forms, Power Automate, DocuSign, etc.).
Earned Master’s degree in business administration, public administration, or closely related field.
Three years of supervisory experience of professional staff and support positions.
Experience managing professional staff without authority utilizing influence.
Experience in business administration in public higher education.
Experience with financial modeling for academic degree programs.
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit Academic Affairs Divisional Operations (AADO) supports the Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the oversight of divisional personnel and financial resources. This unit has three primary functions: (1) Academic Personnel Administration, (2) Academic Resource Administration which includes a common support function that provides business administration support to divisional units that do not have a dedicated business officer, and (3) divisional marketing and communication coordination.
Academic Affairs Resource Administration (AARA) provides both operational/transactional support and data/analysis that enables planning, informed decision-making, and business modeling. We believe the AARA team advances the Division of Academic Affairs through subject matter experts that integrate across the division to promote and ensure success by seeking solutions while advocating for accountability. The Division of Academic Affairs is comprised of 13 major units (including four academic colleges, eight functional areas, and one Provost level center) and over 100 departmental units, which represents approximately 75% of a $300M university budget and about 60% of a nearly 1,900 permanent and time-limited employees.
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.
Special Notes to Applicants PLEASE NOTE: This posting will close at 11:59PM (Eastern time) on the posted closing date.
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.
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