North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is a public residential high school that educates academically talented 11th and 12th-grade students who show promise of exceptional development, as well as special interest, in science and mathematics, and who reflect the demographics of North Carolina. The school, established in 1978 and a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System, serves residential students at its Durham campus and provides distance education, teacher development, and outreach throughout the state.



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Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs


TITLE: Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs 


POSTING DATE: January 28, 2015

CLOSING DATE: February 27, 2015 


Mission: The mission of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, an intellectually stimulating, diverse, and collaborative community, is to:

  • educate academically talented students to become state, national, and global leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, 
  • advance public education in North Carolina, 
  • and inspire innovation for the betterment of humankind, through challenging residential and virtual programs drive by instructional excellence and the excitement of discovery.



The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is a public, residential, coeducational high school for academically talented juniors and seniors with a commitment to scholarship. The school was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1978 to provide challenging educational opportunities for students with special interest and potential in the sciences and mathematics. The school opened in 1980 on the vacated Watts Hospital campus in Durham, North Carolina as the first school of its kind—a public, residential high school where students study a specialized curriculum emphasizing science and mathematics.


NCSSM has since become the model for 18 like-schools around the globe. From the early vision of state leaders, the school has matured into a vital institution that models and advocates excellence in elementary and secondary education and is integral to the pursuit of the strategic economic and quality-of-life objectives so important to North Carolinians and to our nation and world.


NCSSM currently serves 680 juniors and seniors in its residential program and hundreds more North Carolina students through its distance education programs. It is consistently recognized as one of the top high schools in the country. Over the past decade, NCSSM students have taken top prizes in prestigious national and international academic competitions such as the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the Intel Talent Search, the Toshiba ExploraVision Science Fair, The Singapore International Mathematics Competition and the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge.



The Board of Trustees of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics serves to oversee the execution of the NCSSM mission. The Trustees meet quarterly on the NCSSM campus. In 2007-08 NCSSM became the 17th member of the UNC system, and consequently, is governed by the UNC Board of Governors.


Reporting Relationships

The Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs provides leadership to the Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology, Library, and Admissions departments. The Vice Chancellor reports directly to the Chancellor and is a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Team.


Primary Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include:

  • Establish and maintain a coordinated, advanced, innovative, and relevant academic program that meets the changing needs of NCSSM students and students across North Carolina.
  • Supervise administrators reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs (Director of Academic Programs, Director of Admissions, Director of the Library, Registrar, Academic Deans, Administrative Assistant) with an effective blend of supervision, delegation of authority, accountability measures, and evaluation of results.
  • Oversee budget for several departments, projects and programs.
  • Implement effective student disciplinary procedures and oversee judicial hearings and appeals that conform to all relevant laws, policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate with other members of the Executive Leadership Team so that administrative functions are successfully achieved, effective administrative procedures are developed, policies and school procedures are carried out, and strategic planning is continuous.
  • Interact with staff and intercede for the needs of staff as needed.
  • Interact with students and parents and intercede for the needs of students as needed.
  • Develop Board reports, legal documentation, staff communications, meeting coordination, parent interactions, and staff information reviews.
  • Attend or conduct meetings of many constituent groups; attend school functions; attend external meetings, conferences, or legal training sessions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Chancellor.


Minimum Qualifications for the Position:

  • Master’s Degree in related field. A doctorate degree is preferred
  • Minimum of five-year’s experience in senior level leadership position
  • Minimum of five-year’s successful teaching experience
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Consummate integrity
  • Commitment to shared governance and collegiality
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead highly effective teams
  • A demonstrated ability to work with Information Technology and other resources to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of business practices and procedures
  • Ability to work effectively with the Board of Trustees


Additional Preferred Qualifications for the Position:

  • Commitment to diversity among faculty, staff and students
  • Demonstrated history of working effectively and collaboratively across many areas of a complex organization
  • Demonstrated understanding of the roles that Academic Programs plays in supporting the Academic and Student Life functions of a school
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in program planning, implementation, evaluation, and benchmarking
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in leading and encouraging innovation
  • Demonstrated ability to develop engaged external partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully obtain grant funding
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a large system such as the UNC System and State Government
  • Knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment in both Public K-12 and Public Higher Education


Application Process:

Candidates should apply online by submitting an electronic application via:


Please create an online account, search for the Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs job vacancy, and complete/submit the application. The application materials should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae or resume, and the names and contact information for five references. Inquiries should be addressed to: Connie Boyce, Director of Human Resources


NCSSM is an Equal Opportunity/eVerify/VEVRAA Employer