Director of Academic Resource Administration
Academic Affairs – 30000
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
Academic Affairs Resource Management (“AARM”) 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) Divisional Business Administration, and (3) a shared services function that supports divisional units that do not have a dedicated business officer. AARM provides both operational/transactional support and data/analysis that enables planning, informed decision-making, and business modeling. We believe the Academic Affairs Resource Management (AARM) 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 12 major units (including four academic colleges) 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.
Academic Affairs – 30000 College
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.
Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus
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 Director for Academic Personnel Administration and the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for 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 in order to advise the AVC 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 and leadership for the business professional reporting to the Academic Affairs Resource Management unit. The Director directly supervises five business professionals (three business officers and two business services coordinator) that are charged with providing shared services support for academic administration units without dedicated business professionals.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or related business area and three years of professional accounting experience, of which at least one is supervisory; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Preferred education, professional skills and experience
- Earned Master’s degree in business administration, public administration, or closely related field
- 5 years of professional business administration experience
- 3 years of diverse 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
- Ability to engage with stakeholders and lead through influence without authority in order to achieve common goals.
- Ability to anticipate 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.
- Ability to develop and implement 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 financial 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.)
Required Certifications or licensure
$78,000 – $93,500
1.0 (40 hours per week)
Months Per Year
M – F
8:00am – 5:00pm
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited
Job Posting Date
Posting Close Date
Special Notes to Applicants
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.
External Link to Posting
- Cover Letter
Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or a related field?
- * Do you have experience with Banner Finance or other Accounting ERP systems?
- No response
- No, none
- Yes, 0-2 years
- Yes, 2-5 years
- More than 5 years
- * Please explain in a few sentences your knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles.
(Open Ended Question)
- * Please provide an example as to your ability to take initiative, problem solve, and/or meet deadlines.
(Open Ended Question)
- * Please describe your experience in the development of financial allocation and budget models, ideally on an organization-wide basis, as well as your familiarity with theoretical budgeting principles and design of allocation models such as responsibility center management, activity based budgeting, and zero-based budgeting.
(Open Ended Question)