Kauaʻi County Administrator

  • University of Hawaiʻi
  • Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, USA
  • Jan 10, 2023
Full time Administrative District Manager Scientific Education Management

Job Description

Title:  Kauaʻi County Administrator          

Position Number:  89216                    

Hiring Unit:  College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Location:  Kauaʻi Agricultural Research & Extension Station

Date Posted:  December 14, 2022  *Readvertisement

Closing Date:  Continuous recruitment until filled; selection starts February 19, 2023

Salary:  Depends on Experience; EM Salary Schedules (https://www.hawaii.edu/ohr/documents/13028)

Full Time/Part Time:  Full Time

Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Other Conditions:  To begin approximately April 1, 2023 or soon thereafter. Renewal dependent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds. For best consideration, all application materials should be submitted by 11:59pm on February 19, 2023.

As the founding College of the University of Hawai‘i in 1907, CTAHR is central to the land-grant mission of UH Mānoa. It is the premier resource for tropical and/or island agricultural systems and natural resources management in the Asia-Pacific region, and provides a strong research, outreach/extension and educational programs that support and foster tropical agricultural systems for viable communities, a diversified economy, and a healthy environment. (For more information about the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the College, please go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu and https://cms.ctahr.hawaii.edu/).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops objectives, priorities and plans for CTAHR research and extension programs with emphasis upon the needs of the county.
  • Coordinates with the appropriate department chairperson if instruction is to be carried out locally or by distance education.
  • Participates with CTAHR department chairpersons and the Dean’s office in the development of statewide plans for the development of agricultural industries, commodities and natural and human resources to assure coordination between county and state plans.
  • Reviews and recommends funding for annual county plans of work and projects prepared by faculty members in the county based on county plans and priorities.
  • Monitors and evaluates county programs and prepares reports in accordance with federal, state, University and CTAHR regulations and requirements.
  • Organizes CTAHR county staff and faculty participation in county projects and community development and improvement activities.
  • Exercises academic and professional leadership in planning and carrying out program activities based on professional respect and trust and principles of academic responsibility and collegiality. 
  • Exercises independent judgment in handling a wide variety of problems involving a highly diverse population of clientele groups and individuals.
  • Responsible for the operations and maintenance of research stations and extension offices.
  • Collaborates with the CTAHR Dean’s office and other county administrators to assure uniform, statewide policies, procedures, and regulatory compliance.
  • Responsible for repairs and maintenance of facilities and equipment and recommends CIP projects as necessary.
  • Hires, supervises and evaluates county secretarial staff, farm manager, and agricultural technicians in conjunction with the farm manager.
  • In partnership with the department chair, determines priorities for hiring of county-based faculty, development of position descriptions, identifying search committee participants and reviewing search committee recommendations to hire; and/or may submit individual hiring recommendations, as needed.
  • Responsible for custody, allocation and maintenance of budgets, space, equipment, and facilities for all research, extension, and instruction activities in the county.
  • Provides assessment of all county-based faculty in the promotion and tenure process to the dean.
  • Assesses all county-based APT's in the evaluation process.
  • Administers other applicable fiscal and personnel policies and procedures.
  • Officially represents the College in dealings with the county government, federal and state agencies (including regulatory agencies) located in the county, various advisory groups, industry and community organizations and leaders, and the general public. Maintains an effective working relation with these organizations and individuals.
  • Serves as a public service leader in the community and interacts with other leadership segments in the county. 
  • Represents county interests in the planning and program activities of the College.
  • Secures resources to support county-based programs and projects from extramural sources.
  • Markets CTAHR programs and activities.
  • Conducts special projects of importance to the College. These projects may include scholarly work in research, instruction or outreach as they relate to Kauaʻi County.
  • Performs other duties as necessary and as delegated by the Dean, CTAHR. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in an area related to agriculture, natural resource management or human resources.
  • Attained the academic rank of I4 (associate professor) or R4 and/or A4; or has demonstrated a record of comparable professional experience prior to appointment. 
  • Professional administrative experience such as 4H Director, Graduate Chair, Undergraduate Chair, Department Chair, County Administrator, Assistant Dean, etc.; 
  • Knowledge and experience with applied research and extension programs; 
  • Ability to plan and implement programs and projects for the benefit of Kauai County; 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with the public and volunteers; 
  • Ability to make independent judgments and decisions;
  • Ability to provide academic, programmatic and professional leadership and mentorship.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years of previous administrative experience in a university or county governmental setting, or similar experience; 
  • Experience in or knowledge of the county in which position is located; 
  • Proven grantsmanship ability; 
  • Strong knowledge and experience in the land-grant university system; 
  • Ability to work with diverse groups, clientele, agencies, individuals and stakeholders.

To Apply:  Submit the following online through NEOGOV:

  1. Cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications,
  2. Curriculum Vitae,
  3. Names and Contact Information for at least three Professional References and
  4. Official Transcripts (copies accepted, however official transcripts will be required upon hire).


Inquiries: James Keach; jkeach@hawaii.edu  

EEO/AA, Clery Act, ADAThe University of Hawai'i 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.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawai'i may be viewed at: https://www.hawaii.edu/titleix/help/campus-security/, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office.

Accommodation Request:  The University of Hawai'i 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/

CTAHR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:

We believe that inclusiveness and excellence are interdependent. Our local and global communities are best served by ensuring all populations are represented equitably throughout  CTAHR. We strive to cultivate an environment that supports equitable opportunities for every  member of CTAHR to achieve individual and common goals. We will advance diversity, equity,  and inclusion by: (1) promoting the recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty, and  staff, especially from groups that have been underrepresented or marginalized; (2) creating  equal opportunities for all members of CTAHR to participate in decision-making processes and  scholarly and professional development; and (3) fostering an inclusive culture where every  CTAHR member feels respected and valued.


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