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Western Carolina University
  • Position Number: 4463096
  • Location: Cullowhee, NC
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

Associate Vice Chancellor Student Affairs Health and Wellness - 000130

Western Carolina University

Department: Assoc VC Student Affairs - Wellness

About WCU: Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 "Americas Best Employers by State" list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of Americas Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC systems westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCUs main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nations most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance 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.Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service.WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences - many of which are offered free of charge.

Position Summary: The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

Western Carolina University is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Health and Wellness. This position is an integral member of the leadership team of the Division of Student Affairs which includes: Admissions, Auxiliaries, Bookstore, Campus Activities, Campus Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, Campus Recreation & Wellness, Cat Card, Dining Services, Financial Aid, Greek Student Engagement & Development, Health Services, lnterCultural Affairs, Kneedler Child Development Center, Orientation, Marketing & Assessment, Print & Mail Services, Residential Living, Scholarships, Student Affairs Office, Student Community Ethics.

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Health and Wellness reports to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. This Associate Vice Chancellor position is responsible for providing leadership, administration, and general supervision for the departments, and/or functions of Campus Recreation and Wellness, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services, and Wellness Education. In addition, this position facilitates the Student Concern Response Team, the Absence Notification process, coordinates WCU Strategic Plan wellness initiatives, and serves on WCU committees representing health and wellness initiatives. This position's responsibilities are directed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and may change as needs arise.

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Health and Wellness is a highly visible member of the university community who interacts across divisional lines and within the local community. The successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively with all segments of the university community through education, consultation, advisement, and referral. The Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Health and Wellness supports growth, development, and academic success for all students and is expected to provide programs and services that meet the needs of those students. The anticipated starting date for the position is December 1, 2023.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required for this position:

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must hold a masters degree in counseling, wellness, student affairs, higher education, or a related field with a relatable specialization. Candidates should have at least 8 years of progressive administrative experience in higher education including service in a director-level position. Experience managing in a large complex environment with extensive budgets is required. Candidates should demonstrate strong evidence of progressive leadership experience, excellent interpersonal and communication skills including strong supervision skills, policy development and oversight, budgetary experience, and organizational assessment skills.

Preferred Qualifications: A terminal degree is a preferred qualification.

Position Type: Permanent Full-Time

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered, you must apply online.Please attach the following:1) Letter of interest highlighting applicant qualifications related to the position;2) Detailed resume,3) A list of at least three professional references (include names, addresses, and phone numbers).Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.Send any inquiries to Phil Cauley at or 828-227-7317.

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

University Safety
The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

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