President
University of Hawaii - Honolulu, HI

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Position is funded by the general revenues of the State.

Duties and Responsibilities

The President has full authority and responsibility over the administration of all affairs and operations of the University, including academic, student, research, intercollegiate athletics, financial and other administrative areas of the institution. The President is responsible to the Board of Regents for achieving the following agenda:

Improve the State’s Educational Capital

  • Achieve substantial progress toward the state of Hawai'i goal that at least 55 percent of its working age adults will have a 2-or-4-year college degree by 2025. Progress will be achieved through expanded student access and improved graduation rates.
  • Ensure excellent learning outcomes through productive collaboration with the Hawai'i P-20 initiative, which focuses on ensuring college readiness in the public K-12 system, and high quality teaching and research throughout the University’s ten-campus system.
Economic Change and Diversification

  • Work with the business community to: educate and train a relevant and efficient workforce; and double extramural funding to $1billion over this decade for focused research that will nurture a dynamic research, development and innovation sector in Hawai‘i.
Hawai'i in the Asia Pacific

  • Advance the University’s strategic commitment to Native Hawaiians and other indigenous and underrepresented peoples.
  • Continue development of the University as a model indigenous-serving institution, to include Malama'aina - Sustainability, and as a center of academic excellence in the Asia-Pacific region.
Leadership

  • Initiate a state-wide dialogue on the role, affordability and financing of public higher education in Hawai'i with the aim of creating a community consensus for a balanced, fair, and sustainable business model that maximizes value for resources invested.
  • Inspire faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community leaders to embrace shared governance and their shared responsibility for the betterment of each of the ten campuses of the University system.
  • Establish strong and positive working relationships with the state’s executive and legislative branches, as well as with the state’s Congressional delegation.
Management

  • Motivate, empower, and hold accountable the leadership of the ten campuses to wisely use public funds to achieve prioritized goals.
  • Ensure that the educational results of the ten-campus system are greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Introduce a system-wide risk management culture that is directly linked to strengthening internal auditing.
Minimum Qualifications

1. Education (general, special or professional): doctorate or terminal degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

2. Experience:
a. Track record of successfully managing large, complex and diverse organizations in settings that value individual achievement, innovation and accountability.

b. Worked effectively with or within the University of Hawai'i, related entities, or similar institutions.

c. Worked effectively with governing boards, legislative bodies, and diverse stakeholders and constituent groups.

d. Increased institutional resources, including state and government funding, and private gifts.

Desirable Qualifications

1. Special knowledge, abilities and skills:
a. Higher Education

i. Passion to serve Hawai'i and recognition of higher education’s critical role in passing on a prosperous and vibrant society to our children and grandchildren.

ii. Ability to lead change as higher education evolves in the coming decade.

iii. Experience in building collaborative, productive and innovative teams that will advance the University’s mission.

b. Culture

i. Understands the unique importance of the University to the future of Hawai'i, given the State’s size, geographic isolation, unique ecology, and singular blend of diverse cultures.

ii. Appreciates the contributions of Native Hawaiians, historically and today, and holds a commitment to Native Hawaiian student success.

c. University of Hawai'i System

i. Persuasive leader and communicator in articulating the role of the University in Hawai'i, its strategic goals, accomplishments, and its resource needs.

ii. Understands the complexities of managing and unifying an institution that stretches across eight islands and has strong links to the Mainland and the Asia Pacific region.

iii. Appreciates that intercollegiate athletics has great potential to unify and strengthen community support for the University, as well as to pose moral and financial hazards.

iv. Commitment to simultaneously pursue greater student access to high quality programs and advance the University as a major research center.

v. Experience in fundraising that builds support for the University among donors from all sectors, and especially in generating extramural support for research.

vi. Business acumen in advancing the University’s mission, programs, and activities

d. External Constituencies

i. Knows how to work with the state legislature, elected officials, unions, and community leaders; is politically savvy and understands how to get things done.

e. Leadership Ethics and Skills

i. A strong sense of ethics and integrity, and is comfortable in an environment where sunshine laws are observed and public accountability is highly valued.

ii. A collaborative team leader who is willing to make and implement timely decisions, can work with diverse groups, and can complement the leadership team while appreciating the power and the potential of a “system” of higher education.

iii. Effective in creating and sustaining a partnership with the governing board.

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