Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title President
Position Number 310010
Requisition Number B06158
Position Type Executive Services
Class Code
Time-limited through
Type of Appointment Full-Time
Faculty Position Sub-Type
Length of Appointment
Internal Recruitment? No
Working Hours
Department President's Office
Organization President's Office
Division President's Office
Approved Hiring Salary Range Negotiable
Pay Basis Annually
General Description / Primary Purpose

The president of the University of North Florida will be a leader on campus, in the Northeast Florida region and in the state of Florida. The University of North Florida seeks an innovative and results-oriented thought leader who possesses integrity and honesty, and exhibits the highest ethical standards. UNF encourages candidates from all professional backgrounds. The University president should possess the academic credentials needed to secure the respect of faculty, staff, and all the stakeholders UNF serves. The successful candidate must be a proven strategic thinker who, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, will collaboratively develop, articulate and execute a vision for the future of UNF and its role in the region with the student experience as a top priority. To support a clear strategy and vision, the next president must be exceptional in securing funding from all possible sources. The next president will build a well-defined academic and research vision that leverages UNF’s unique strengths and core values.

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Essential Duties

Job Function

The president shall be the chief executive officer of the University and shall be responsible for the entire administration and supervision of the University, subject to the Florida Statutes. The president shall lead in fostering and promoting education, research, and service as the primary aims of the University. The president shall enforce the rules and regulations of the Florida Board of Education, Board of Governors, and the University Board of Trustees and shall interpret the proposals and actions of the University to those boards.

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Posting Detail Information

Marginal Functions
Required Qualifications
Faculty Position Required Qualifications
Departmental Requirements

• Proven experience with higher education, preferably in the classroom, or in sustained, meaningful service.
• Executive-level experience, with a track record of creating forward-thinking strategies and implementing change to carry out and sustain the vision.
• Experience in a shared governance environment.
• The ability to cultivate relationships with alumni, volunteers, donors and governmental officials to marshal support for UNF.
• A demonstrated ability to obtain and develop new funding sources.
• Strong, transparent communications skills, with the ability to promote UNF’s hallmarks and unique niches, with the ultimate goal of elevating UNF to national prominence.

• An inspirational, bold leader who is articulate, accessible and approachable, with a passion for higher education.
• A caring, supportive and compassionate person who is a good listener.
• A principled leader who is strategic, creative and innovative.
• A community-engaged statesman/woman, building relationships and partnerships in the region and beyond.
• An eloquent advocate for the value of higher education for the public good.
• A leader who can respond to and lead through change.
• A leader who respects and protects the environment.
• A leader who will continue UNF’s commitment to the arts, Division I athletics, and unique initiatives.

Resource Development
• The ability to increase resources for the University. This includes working successfully with the Governor, the Legislature and the Florida Board of Governors on funding. The ability to elevate UNF’s standing in performance-based funding is key.
• Strong fundraising skills to grow the UNF endowment.
• The ability to increase and diversify UNF’s research portfolio, and to support and expand scholarly and creative excellence in all areas.

Commitment to Students
• Student-focused, with a demonstrated passion for higher education. Providing a quality academic experience, both inside and outside the classroom that leads to the success of all UNF students, is a top priority.
• The ability to enroll, retain and graduate talented and diverse students in a timely manner.
• The ability to increase and broaden career opportunities for all students and graduates.
• The ability to increase research, internship, international study and global work opportunities for students.
• A demonstrated record of developing and enhancing community engagement.

• Decisive management skills as demonstrated by a history of showing leadership in making difficult decisions with competing agendas and finite resources.
• A successful record of attracting, retaining and compensating highly qualified and diverse personnel.
• The ability to excel within the multifaceted landscape of higher education.
• A deep understanding and appreciation for shared governance through policy, procedures and best practices.
• A commitment to academic freedom and democratic decision making.
• A true and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
• Extensive financial experience working with complex budgets.
• Demonstrated consensus-building abilities to work with groups such as the UNF Board of Trustees, the Florida Board of Governors, the Faculty Association, students, unions, business partners, community organizations and the leaders in the Northeast Florida region.
• The desire to embrace new technologies to elevate UNF.

Statement(s) of Understanding Definition

This position requires a level II background check, which includes fingerprinting. In conjunction with the University’s policy, this position may also require a credit check.

UNF is a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution. This designation celebrates the University’s collaboration with community partners from the local to the global level. It reflects UNF’s mission to contribute to the public good and prepare educated, engaged citizens.

The holder of this position is designated as a “Responsible Employee” pursuant to their role under Title IX. Therefore, the incumbent must promptly report allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and child sexual abuse by or against any student, employee, contractor, or visitor to the University’s Title IX Administrator or any divisional Title IX Coordinator.

Required Licensure or Certification
Machines/Equipment used regularly
Anticipated Start Date 06/01/2018
Job Posting Date 10/11/2017
Application Review Date
Application Deadline 02/01/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Point of Contact Information Melonie Handerson (904) 620-2500
Hiring Official UNF Board of Trustees
Location if not Jacksonville
Special Instructions

The UNF Board of Trustees invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University of North Florida.

Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until final candidates for the appointment are identified. For full consideration, all applications should be submitted prior to February 1, 2018.

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Melonie Handerson at (904) 620-2500, or


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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae