Executive Director, NC State Approving
The University of North Carolina
The University of North Carolina
System is a treasured public institution dedicated to serving
the people of North Carolina through world-class teaching,
research, and community engagement. Today, nearly 250,000 students
are enrolled in our 16 universities across the state and at the NC
School of Science and Mathematics.
Individually Remarkable. Collectively
The UNC System is
one of the strongest and most successful systems of public higher
education in the nation. It’s mission—to discover, create,
transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals
and society—remains true to the University’s founding ideal of
shared knowledge in a free society. In addition, the UNC System has
a long-standing commitment to public service. PBS North
Carolina, the UNC Health Care System, the NC Arboretum, and other
University affiliates and programs reap social and economic
benefits for the citizens of the state.
North Carolina State Approving Agency (NC SAA) for Veterans and
Military Education is an independent state agency funded by federal
contract. NC SAA is affiliated with the UNC System, and the System
Office acts as its trustee. Established by statute in 1947, NC
SAA approves educational programs and determines which are
appropriate for veteran students to utilize their VA educational
benefits. The agency now approves courses and programs at over 300
institutions, supervises institutions for compliance with federal
and state guidelines, and ensures that the interests of the state
Academic and Regulatory Affairs division of the UNC System Office
provides oversight of NC SAA. The NC SAA provides educational
program approval, educational institution monitoring, and
supervision of legal program requirements and services to the U. S.
Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Executive Director (ED) of NC SAA ensures adequate and
appropriate planning, administration, management, public relations,
directives, and supervision of a statewide program for the
education of entitled veterans, military participants, and other
eligible persons. The position manages and administers the contract
with the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA); submits
monthly and annual reports and fiscal records; develops and
executes the Annual Business Plan; and administers the budget
assigned by that contract. The ED ensures compliance with federal
laws and regulations in coordination with existing State education
statutes, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and practices.
The ED has the final authority for initial approvals and
re-approvals of educational programs offered by N. C. educational
institutions so that entitled individuals may
receive DVA education benefits assistance.
This position also serves as a resource for the legislature,
Governor’s office, and education leaders on issues generated by the
veterans and military education programs, such as participation in
Proprietary Schools’ matters and the Military education studies.
The ED serves on commissions, committees and task forces, such as
N.C. Military Education Advisory Council; conducts workshops and
seminars for institution leaders, personnel, military bases, and
interested groups to keep them updated and informed; prepares and
releases regular information mailings to the participating
institutions; represents the State and the program at national and
state conferences; helps institutions and military administrative
units identify sources for delivering instructional support; serves
as outreach person to new and expanding student populations; and,
upon invitation, prepares and delivers statements and testimony to
congressional committees and federal update hearings.
The ED and NC SAA work closely with other states and their
respective designated SAA agencies, as well as the U. S.
DVA. Professional meetings of and with these groups and travel to
and from often exceed normal working days and hours. The ED manages
and supervises five full-time and additional part time and
temporary staff and is responsible for counseling employees,
resolving grievances, and making merit increase decisions, and
complying with UNC System Office Affirmative Action
and EEO Guidelines.
- Bachelor’s degree with five (5) years of related experience;
- Master’s Degree with three (3) years of related experience;
- Doctoral Degree with one (1) year of related experience.
- Veteran’s preference in hiring shall be given in accordance
with State law.
- Background in educational administration with a specialty in
adult and higher education.
The NC SAA is
currently located in Research Triangle Park, a globally recognized
center of research, innovation and thought leadership located
between, and around, the three cities of Durham, Raleigh, and
Chapel Hill – known as the “Triangle.” Each of these cities is home
to one or more UNC System institutions, as well as private
universities, and other centers of learning and research.
The Triangle and its surrounding areas offer a mix of suburban,
urban, and rural living, combined with access to an outstanding
array of civic, cultural, and athletic events. Outdoor enthusiasts
will be thrilled with the area’s comfortable climate and easy
access to both mountains and sea. Food lovers will appreciate
access to a thriving Triangle restaurant scene often profiled in
More affordable living than many metropolitan areas and host to
many vibrant businesses, the Triangle area is part of the reason
North Carolina was voted #1 by Forbes as the “Best State to Do
Business.” Often ranked high on lists of best places to live, the
Triangle area offers beauty, diversity, and interest for residents
and visitors alike. For more information, see: http://www.workinthetriangle.com/.
How to Apply
applicants, please visit: https://bit.ly/NCSAA-Exec-Dir
For priority consideration, please apply by July 18,
The UNC System Office is an equal opportunity and
affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to age, color,
disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin,
race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected