Associate Director for Research & Education

Full time Regular Employment at University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy

Categories: Administration, Science

Location: Mānoa

Open date: Monday, March 18, 2024

Closing date: Friday, April 19, 2024

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Summary

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) is the premier institution of higher learning in the Pacific Basin and belongs to an international community of research universities. UHM is one of the nation’s few public, Land, Sea-, Space, and Sun-Grant universities as well as the only institution in the State of Hawai‘i classified as “R1, RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)” by the Carnegie Foundation. By virtue of its culture and geographic location, UHM plays an important role nationally and internationally, especially in providing Asian, Pacific Islander, and Hawaiian perspectives into the higher education experience. As part of its strategic plan, UHM has a goal of becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning.

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) is a research institute within the University of Hawai‘i with offices and laboratories on O‘ahu, Maui, and Hawai‘i Island in addition to observatories on Maunakea, Mauna Loa, and Haleakalā. With a total staff of over 160, it is one of the largest university astronomy programs in the world and has a broad based research program including studies of the Sun, planets, stars, interstellar matter, galaxies and cosmology, and in developing related technology and instruments.

The Associate Director for Research and Education assists and advises the Director in the management and development of the Institute for Astronomy.

Requirements

The successful candidate will have a broad, forward-looking view of astronomy and the skills and experience needed to assist in leading an institute that encompasses a wide range of research, education, and service activities. The ADRE requires a blend of leadership skills, shared governance skills, and a commitment to graduate and undergraduate education and research. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in research and education administration.

The successful candidate should be sensitive to, and willing to engage with, the culturally diverse communities of Hawai‘i in addition to the faculty and staff of the IfA. The ADRE is expected to foster close interactions with the UH Mānoa campus, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus, the Maui College campus, and the local community. Offering more opportunities to underprivileged communities to engage in STEM education is a growing priority for the IfA.

Applicants must have a distinguished, internationally established reputation in research and familiarity with the administration of a research institute or large research program. Experience at establishing collaborations with national and international institutions and establishing community partnerships is desirable. The ADRE will assist and advise the IfA Director in carrying out their responsibilities for the management and development of the IfA. In collaboration with the faculty, the ADRE will provide leadership for academic strategic planning, program development, and service programs at the IfA. The ADRE serves as the IfA Director’s liaison with faculty committees, chairs, campus academic affairs, and various University of Hawai‘i research and teaching departments.

UH Mānoa is one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the Pacific and part of an international community of research universities. It is the flagship campus of the UH System and currently enrolls more than 19,000 students. By virtue of its culture and geographic location, UH Mānoa plays an important role nationally and internationally, especially in providing Asian, Pacific Islander, and Hawaiian perspectives into the higher education experience. The UH System is committed to being a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning and supports cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration in education, research, outreach, service, and sustainability. UH Mānoa is also a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center committed to providing a safe, inclusive environment where everyone can thrive socially and professionally. For more information about UH Mānoa, visit manoa.hawaii.edu.

Our university is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion excellence in our recruitment and hiring practices. We encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

• Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or related field.

• Five (5) years of professional experience in academic leadership at the level of department chairperson or higher, or comparable professional experience.

• Rank of Professor/Researcher/Specialist or demonstrated record of comparable professional experience prior to appointment.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple constituencies.

• Record of distinguished teaching, scholarship, research, community engagement, publication, and/or professional activity and achievement.

• Demonstrated commitment to consultative and collaborative processes with diverse stakeholders.

• Strong leadership record with effective interpersonal communication and decision-making skills with commitment to the highest ethical and academic standards.

• Ability to function successfully in an environment characterized by cultural complexity and with a strong indigenous presence.

• Demonstrated ability to establish partnerships and alliances in support of innovative astronomy education and research, and provide academic leadership in faculty scholarship and research.

• Demonstrated commitment to building consensus using consultative and collaborative processes, and a solid understanding of shared governance with higher education.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

• Leadership experience in private or public sector organization or an academic institution at the level of department chair or higher.

• National and international recognition and reputation in the astronomy community; ability to command the respect of colleagues in teaching, research, university administration, federal agencies, and other extramural funding sources.

• Administrative experience in a public university, four-year college, or land-grant college.

• Understanding or commitment to gaining an understanding of island and Native Hawaiian culture.

• Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities, including Indigenous peoples.

• Experience with global astronomical potentials and collaborations.

• Demonstrated commitment to and/or experience in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

• Working relationships with U.S. and/or international astronomy funding entities, e.g. National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Energy, European Southern Observatory, European Space Agency, etc.

• Experience with transdisciplinary education and sciences.

Additional Information

Inquiries and applications are being accepted for this position. For best consideration, submit an application by April 19, 2024.

Salary Range: $136,500 - $236,250. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply, please click the “Apply” button located at the top right. Note: If you have not applied for a position using NEOGOV, you will need to create an account. Please attach the following to the online application: (1) a cover letter summarizing their interest and how qualifications are met for the position and (2) a current curriculum vitae. In addition, please have three professional references email letters of recommendation to: ifa-adre@lists.hawaii.edu, letters must be received by April 19, 2024. A background check will be made prior to employment.

Note: Please disregard the Reference section on the application website.

For the job announcement, job description and search information, please go to: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/executivesearch/ifa/

Inquiries: ifa-adre@lists.hawaii.edu

The University of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity institution and encourages applications from and nominations of women and minority candidates EEO/AA, Clery Act, ADA

The University of Hawaii is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran. For more information or inquiries regarding these policies, please refer to the following link: http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/eeo/eeo-coordinators/

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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Accommodation Request: The University of Hawaii complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the EEO coordinator directly. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. For further information, please refer to the following link: https://www.hawaii.edu/offices/eeo/accommodation-request/

About University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy

The Institute for Astronomy is one of the world's leading astronomical research centers. Its broad-based program includes studies of the Sun, planets, and stars, as well as interstellar matter, galaxies, and cosmology. IFA operates the University of Hawaiʻi 2.2-meter telescope atop Maunakea.

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The Institute for Astronomy is one of the world's leading astronomical research centers. Its broad-based program includes studies of the Sun, planets, and stars, as well as interstellar matter, galaxies, and cosmology. IFA operates the University of Hawaiʻi 2.2-meter telescope atop Maunakea.