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University of Hawaii
Kaneohe, Hawaii, US
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Conservation science
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University of Hawai'i at Manoa - SOEST - Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology

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Nominations and applications are sought for the position of Director, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM).

The successful candidate will have a broad, forward-looking view of marine biology, a proven ability to secure research and development funds, and the skills and experience needed to lead an institute that encompasses a wide range of research, education, and service activities. The new Director will possess a blend of entrepreneurial vision, research development and leadership skills. She/he should be sensitive to, and willing to engage with, the culturally complex communities of Hawai'i. The HIMB Director is expected to foster close interactions with other SOEST units, the University of Hawai'i System, and the local community.

Nominees and applicants must have a doctoral degree and a distinguished, internationally established reputation in research, skill at establishing community partnerships and donor relations, and a successful history of obtaining programmatic support. Collaborative experience with international institutions, especially in Pacific Rim countries, is desirable. Candidates must also have familiarity with the administration of a research institute or large research program. The Director will oversee a broad range of facilities and programs that lie outside the purview of a conventional academic department, including housing, dive operations, a boat fleet, extensive outreach and community relations, hosting official visitors, summer courses and programs, a protected coral reef reserve, responses to severe weather, as well as the management of construction and infrastructure maintenance.

The mission of HIMB is to be a global hub for cutting-edge science and technology aimed at understanding and conserving tropical marine and coastal ecosystems. The Institute's principal facilities and operations are located on Coconut Island (Moku o Lo'e), a 29-acre island surrounded by a coral reef in Kane'ohe Bay on the windward side of the island of O'ahu, about 24 km from the UHM campus. The general research, education, and service programs at HIMB currently encompass basic and applied aspects of tropical marine biology, coral reef ecology, and marine science education including areas of emphasis in the following five sub-disciplines: 1) coral reef biophysical and biogeographical research; 2) coral reef physiology, ecology, evolution, and biodiversity; 3) fisheries research; 4) population-, spatial- and behavioral ecology of marine megafauna; and 5) K-20 marine education and community outreach. The Institute is in the process of a $40 million renovation of its facilities to accommodate growing research and education programs, and in support of approximately 70 employees, including 23 research faculty.

HIMB has a deep engagement with, and commitment to, its neighborhood partners such as the Windward Community College, the Ko'olaupoku Hawaiian Civic Club, Ko'olau Foundation, Paepae O He'eia, Kako'o 'Oiwi, and the Kaneohe and Kahalu'u Neighborhood Boards. In collaboration with many of these partners, HIMB is leading the recently designated He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve, approximately 1,400 acres of estuary and coastal wetland in Kaneohe Bay, including Moku o Lo'e.

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa is a land-, sea-, space and sun-grant institution with an enrollment of approximately 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to its own faculty and staff, HIMB sponsors affiliated faculty from other University of Hawai'i campuses, scientists from federal and state agencies, short-term visiting scientists, and adjunct faculty. The Institute's Director reports directly to the Dean of SOEST, the largest school within the University of Hawai'i System.

Minimum Qualifications

Earned doctorate in the physical or natural sciences or other disciplines related to marine biology from an accredited institution. Attained the rank of full professor or have demonstrated a record of comparable professional experience prior to appointment. Three (3) years of professional experience in academic leadership at the level of department chairperson or higher or comparable professional experience. Strong interpersonal communication and leadership skills. Record of distinguished teaching, scholarship, research, publication, and/or professional activity and achievement. Successful fundraising ability and experience. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple constituencies. Ability to function successfully in an indigenous, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural environment. Demonstrated commitment to consultative and collaborative processes. Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical and academic standards.

Desirable Qualifications
Knowledge of Hawai'i state fiscal and budgetary development. Experience in administration of Marine Facilities. Internationally established reputation in the physical or natural sciences or other disciplines related to marine biology. Demonstrated entrepreneurial vision and experience in relation to a scientific program.
Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on or about March 22, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by March 29, 2019.

To apply, please click the "Apply" button located at the top right. Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NEOGOV, you will need to create an account. Please attach the following to the online application: a cover letter summarizing the candidate's interest and qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, a vision statement, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least four (4) professional references. Questions about NEOGOV should be directed to Steffiny Nelson ( ; 808-236-7450). For inquiries and nominations: email, or Darren Lerner, Chair; 808-956-7031.

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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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Agency University of Hawaii

Department University of Hawai'i at Manoa - SOEST - Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology Address 46-007 Lilipuna Rd

Kaneohe, Hawaii, 96744
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