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University Director, Avery Point Campus

The Opportunity

The University of Connecticut seeks applications for the position of Director of the Avery Point Campus. This historic waterfront campus hosts important undergraduate, professional, and graduate programs and is home to the Department of Marine Sciences. At UConn Avery Point, students may initiate study in nearly all of the 100+ undergraduate academic majors available at the University, and can easily transition to Storrs or other campuses to complete their degree after completing a specified initial segment of their chosen major successfully at Avery Point. The campus also offers complete four-year undergraduate degrees in English, General Studies, Maritime Studies, and Marine Sciences. At the graduate level, the campus offers an M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography, a Master of Engineering, the Certificate Entry into Nursing, and the Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Provost, the Director of the Avery Point Campus ensures the effective and efficient management of the campus, including overseeing day-to-day operations, administration, facilities, and resources, with the aim of fostering a community and learning environment appropriate for a leading research university. The Director’s primary mission is to assure the success of undergraduate education at the campus, including recruiting, retaining, and supporting students. In accordance with the Provost’s priorities and guidance, the Campus Director also collaborates with academic deans and departments in determining the focus, development, staffing, and execution of academic priorities and programs at the campus. In addition, the Campus Director develops relationships with key community partners and stakeholders that advance and sustain mutual interests.

University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is one of the nation’s top 20 public universities. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation Research University-Extensive institution, a Land Grant and Sea Grant college, and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, where this School and position are located, five regional campuses throughout the state, a Law School, and Medical and Dental Schools at its Health Center. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 31,000 students, including almost 23,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate/professional students. For more information about UConn, please go to:



Responsibilities and Qualifications

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In partnership with department heads, deans, and senior university administrators, assure the campus environment appropriately enables and supports academic goals, objectives, and programs.
  • Develop creative and effective strategies to recruit and retain undergraduate students, build strong undergraduate programs.
  • Assure the success of robust student services that support and enable undergraduate students to succeed at UConn.
  • Partner with faculty, staff and students to maintain a climate of civility and collegiality through effective communication and a strong commitment to enhancing the quality and diversity of the campus population.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Enrollment Management to recruit and retain high-caliber students. Develop and nurture relationships with K-12 schools, community colleges, and other educational institutions to recruit these quality students to UConn and increase enrollment of qualified students at the Avery Point Campus.
  • Collaborate with the Department of Public Safety, Facilities Operations and Building Services, University Information Technology Services, and Planning, Architectural, and Engineering Services to assure a safe, secure, productive working environment for the conduct of research and instructional activities.
  • Collaborate with Avery Point faculty, Academic Department Heads, and Deans to identify instructional needs and provide input in recruiting, hiring, and managing faculty.
  • Prepare and manage the Campus’s annual operating budget. Prioritize the allocation of resources to support the university’s academic mission and plan.
  • In support of university and campus priorities, develop capital improvement proposals. Assess the need for and make recommendations about equipment acquisitions and facilities renovations and upgrades.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and oversight to campus employees, including hiring, evaluation, discipline, training, and promotion of all direct reports. Represent the campus in labor-related procedures.
  • In support of University goals and priorities, promote UConn Avery Point through communications and public relations efforts critical to the success of the campus, including building relationships and partnerships with alumni, civic, youth, historical, maritime, museum, arts, and other groups and organizations.
  • Assure the campus offers a positive learning environment and students receive appropriate support services. Coordinate closely with university offices to enhance access to course offerings through on-line education, assure programs available to meet the needs of various student groups, and assure the campus operates in accordance with University-wide policies and practices regarding student conduct, disability services, counseling and mental health services, behavioral threat assessment, and other important student affairs functions.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

A Master’s degree with at least five years of senior administrative experience. Additional qualifications include demonstrated knowledge of core management functions, including clear experience with human resources management, and budgeting and financial management; excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop, engage, and/or maintain constructive and professional relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, campus supporters, and residents of area communities, and other individuals and organizations; experience building effective collaborative teams as well as delegating responsibility and exercising appropriate oversight; a demonstrated commitment to enhance the quality and diversity of the campus population; a demonstrated commitment to and understanding of undergraduate education; a demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop strategic plans; a demonstrated ability to analyze, understand, and interpret complex situations and problems, evaluate options, devise and propose solutions that align resources with goals, implement plans, and measure outcomes; the demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse organization; excellent written and oral communication skills; a clear appreciation of the research mission of a leading public research university; and a strong work ethic and the highest degree of personal and professional integrity.

Preferred Requirements

Preference will be given to those with a doctoral or terminal degree and experience as an academic leader in higher education.

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time 12-month position. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Application Procedure and Timeline


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

For confidential inquiries or additional information, please contact:

Kathleen McDermott, Administrative Assistant
Office of the Provost, University of Connecticut
Tel. 860-486-0631

Screening of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by April 29, 2016.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.