THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE- Associate Vice Chancellor for Safety and Security

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) seeks an Associate Vice Chancellor for Safety and Security (AVC). The Associate Vice Chancellor for Safety and Security is responsible for the plans and programs that protect lives and property, prevent accidents and incidents, and preserve the learning environment and business operations of the University.

Reporting directly to Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, the AVC provides executive-level leadership to Police and Public Safety, Emergency Management and Business Continuity, Environmental Health and Safety, and Risk Management and Insurance.

Additionally, the AVC collaborates with and supports the Division of Institutional Integrity on the University’s enterprise risk management (ERM) program. Safety and Security focuses on hazard-based risk identification, mitigation and controls, while ERM focuses on the University’s strategic and reputational risk assessment.

The Associate Vice Chancellor also provides support and expertise to university, local, state, and federal partners.

The AVC position has become available as the result of the upcoming retirement of the incumbent following his successful nine‐year tenure.


Key Responsibilities and Priorities

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Safety and Security will have opportunities for leadership and achievement in many areas, including but not limited to:

  • Leading a department of 72 employees and 5 direct reports
  • Overseeing an annual budget of approximately $6.2M
  • Analyzing current operations and services and developing strategic plans for ensuring those services to meet the University’s needs
  • Leading efforts to protect the lives and property of the university using risk management best practices as a guidepost
  • Developing strategy and vision for the University’s insurance program
  • Supporting institutional efforts to preserve the campus academic environment, financial strength, and reputation of the University
  • Leading efforts to prevent or mitigate disasters, business interruptions, and other emergencies
  • Providing support and leadership to the Offices of Emergency Management and Police and Public Safety in planning campus exercises to ensure the University is prepared for emergencies
  • Advising the Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, the Chancellor, and other senior leadership on matters concerning University safety and security
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs


Professional Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in business continuity/disaster recovery planning, emergency/disaster preparedness, law enforcement, or risk management and insurance. Experience in higher education or a related field is also required. Previous experience managing employee relations, budget development and analysis, process evaluation and improvement, succession planning, strategic planning, and project management is preferred.

Additional competencies and qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in public administration, criminal justice, business administration, public safety or related field. Master’s degree in a relevant subject preferred.
  • Preferred certifications in one or more of the following:
  • ARM (Associate in Risk Management) (Public Entity and/or Enterprise-wide)
  • CBCP (Certified Business Continuity Professional)
  • CEM (Certificate in Emergency Management)
  • CIU (Certificate in Insurance Underwriting)
  • CPM (Certificate in Project Management)
  • CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter)
  • CSP (Certified Safety Professional)
  • CSHM (Certified Safety and Health Manager)
  • FBI-LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute (FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association)
  • Other relevant certifications
  • Demonstrated proficiency in areas integral to comprehensive campus law enforcement and security operations, including but not limited to emergency planning and preparedness, threat assessment and management, and Clery Act compliance
  • Proven ability to maintain calm and clear focus when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, adjusting positively to new demands in work structure, process and/or requirements
  • Proven success in working cooperatively with others and contributing to productive solutions through constructive input, feedback, ideas and suggestions
  • Proven success in the demonstrating sound judgment, integrity and confidentiality


About UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System. Established in 1946, UNC Charlotte serves over 29,000 students. A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is located about 10 miles northeast of Charlotte’s Center City. The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.



Charlotte is ranked among the top ten moving destinations and one of the fastest growing cities and regions in the United States. With a population of nearly 2.4M, metropolitan Charlotte offers all of the advantages and amenities of a major urban area. Located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Charlotte is two hours east of the Appalachian Mountains and three hours west of the Atlantic Ocean, putting residents in easy traveling distance from some of the best‐rated mountain attractions and beaches in the nation.

Charlotte’s cost of living is 95% of the national average. For relocating spouses and partners, job opportunities in Charlotte are greater than in most other United States cities. Charlotte boasts more than 250 Fortune 500 operations, more than 1,300 companies that regionally employ 100 or more, and 5 Fortune 500 headquarters.


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UNC 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.


Applicants should submit a cover letter expressing interest and a current resume to the University’s executive search firm:

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner

Chelsie Whitelock, Principal


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