Vice President for Research and Innovation
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
Office of the Vice President for Research
Manoa Innovation Center
Date Posted:
March 15, 2013
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins April 15, 2013
Salary Information:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
Duties and Responsibilities

The University of Hawai‘i seeks nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of Vice President for Research and Innovation.
The University of Hawai‘i (UH), established in 1907, is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university, with the mission of serving the public by creating, preserving, and transmitting knowledge in a multi-cultural environment, supporting the values and goals of a democratic society and improving quality of life for present and future generations. The UH system is comprised of a flagship research university, two baccalaureate campuses and seven community colleges, conferring associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. UH also serves Hawai‘i through university and education centers, and research facilities across six Hawaiian Islands. UH carries out its mission through over 9,000 faculty and staff; serves over 60,000 students; currently secures $400 – $500 million per year in extramural funding with aggressive growth plans; and contributes over $3 billion to the State of Hawai‘i’s economy.
More information about UH may be found at hawaii.edu.
The Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI) reports to the President of the UH System with a primary responsibility for designing, developing, facilitating, and coordinating the implementation of system-wide research and innovation programs and initiatives. This includes leadership of an innovation agenda designed to create a billion dollar research industry in Hawai‘i. The VPRI oversees an active corporate and governmental engagement strategy focused on entrepreneurial research and technology development, partnerships, licensing, commercialization and economic development. The VPRI also leads the University’s federal relations program. Concurrently, the VPRI directs and manages system-wide research administration and support, as well as compliance support services not delegated to the campus level.
This position serves as the chief research officer and policy advisor on innovation for the President, is a member of the President’s executive cabinet, and is the chief liaison between the University and the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i (RCUH). The position is responsible for executive leadership including conceptualizing, designing, planning, organizing, and leading the development and implementation of system-wide research and innovation policies, procedures and program initiatives including management of the system-wide research administrative and compliance infrastructure to support the University’s growing research ambitions and portfolio.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate or possess the following minimum qualifications:
• An earned doctorate from an accredited academic institution; attainment of rank of full professor or comparable professional experience
• Minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in academic and/or research administration
• Ability to develop external partnerships and productive relationships with industry, non-profits and legislative and executive branches of state government
• Experience and commitment to integrate higher education research and innovation programs, policies, practices and administrative structures across a comprehensive statewide university system
• Experience with and understanding of technology transfer and commercialization
• Well-developed leadership and management skills
• Ability to develop and lead an effective federal relations program, working with executive and legislative branches of the federal government
• Ability to accomplish goals through collaboration with a broad range of constituents
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to create impactful models for the integration of research, education and innovation.
• Commitment to diversity and proven ability to work collaboratively and successfully with diverse cultural communities often representing divergent perspectives
• Demonstrated commitment to and ability to advance sustainability across its many dimensions
• Commitment to and ability to advance sound ethics and consistency across principles, values and behaviors.

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