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Hawai‘i Cooperative Studies Unit.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH), Hawai‘i Cooperative Studies Unit (HCSU), Research & Community Partnerships (RCP) Office, located in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


MONTHLY SALARY: Salary commensurate with qualifications. 


DUTIES:  Manages collaborative research and applied projects related to conservation of natural resources in Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Focuses on building strong collaborative tie and serves as key liaison between HCSU, university, community, partner organizations and personnel in coordination with RCP Director. Manages a diverse range of projects with partners, with primary roles of recruitment, hire, and management. Works with staff and partners to ensure project deliverables are met. Manages funding to ensure smooth implementation of all HCSU projects. Directs, supervises, and assigns work to HSCU staff. Works with partners to develop implementation plans and deliverables for proposed partnerships and projects, including budget, staffing, logistics, and compliance. Completes and processes proposals and agreements through University of Hawai‘i (UH) and sponsor grant systems. Manages and tracks agreements, awards, and accounts, according to sponsor-specific, University, State and Federal requirements and procedures, with support from staff and partners. Ensures compliance with University and Federal policies and safety standards and necessary permissions and permits, including animal care protocols.  Provides oversight to development of standard operating procedures (SOPs). Identifies areas in need of improvement and recommends best practices. Represents office in UH and partner meetings.  Prepares reports, contributes to scientific journals, and presents findings at meetings. Will be required to represent office at on-and-off-island coordinating meetings, occasionally requiring overnight stay.


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Business Management, Environmental Science, Conservation, Natural Resources Management, or related field.  EXPERIENCE:  Five to seven (5-7) years of experience in managing and implementing a multi-project office, which includes award, fiscal, program, and budget management.  Five to seven (5-7) years of experience in supervising multiple staff working on conservation research and management projects across distances and projects. Experience in managing Federal and State cooperative agreements related to natural and cultural resources management in insular settings, including ensuring fiscal and program compliance standards. Experience managing financial operations for multiple academic or research programs, in collaboration with sponsors.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Strong knowledge of Federal funding, managing cooperative agreements, and fiscal and personnel requirements for an academic, research, or government institution. Strong knowledge of issues and partners involved with collaborative natural and cultural resource management projects. Knowledge of management principles including, but not limited to, supervising/developing employees, EEO, workplace safety, corrective/disciplinary actions, and administration of policies and procedures. Familiarity with natural resource management especially in relationship to Hawaiian ecosystems, and knowledge of native Hawaiian cultural practices relevant to resource management. Ability to work with staff to compile information and deliver recurring fiscal reports to partners. Ability to monitor and track project accounts to ensure compliance of cooperative agreements.  Ability to supervise and manage a variety of staff in different field, office, and laboratory situations on performance, compliance, and problem solving.  Ability to establish work standards/expectations and clear direction to meet goals and objectives of ongoing work for direct reports.  Ability to provide guidance, motivate, and engage direct reports through effective communication and leadership.  Ability to assign work and to establish work rules and acceptable levels of quality and quantity of work.  Ability to review work and evaluate performance, and develop required job competencies of direct reports. Ability to work with project managers to coordinate project efforts to enhance budget efficiency and accountability. Ability to utilize existing online tracking system and create internal-tracking system for accounts.  POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).  


SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to job duties. Experience in managing financial operations of RCUH or UH programs. Familiarity with UH and RCUH reports, policies and procedures.  Knowledge of UH, RCUH, State of Hawai‘i and United States (U.S.) government accounting procedures and safety compliance and standards.  Knowledge of U.S. federal cooperative agreements and related funding systems.  Experience managing conservation related projects in Hawai‘i or the Pacific. Experience working with Hawai‘i and Pacific conservation federal, state and local partners.


INQUIRIES:  Sharon Ziegler-Chong 932-7981 (Hawai‘i). 


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  August 30, 2019. 


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.


Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.



  • Posted On

    August 14, 2019
  • Closing Date

    August 30, 2019
  • Organization

  • Location

    Hilo, Hawaii
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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