Jr/Asst Specialist, Research & Assessment

University of Hawaii at Manoa in Hawaii

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted November 11, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary 68076-78763
Employment Type Full-time

 Position Summary:


The Research and Assessment Specialist will support, develop, manage and direct a variety of institutional research and assessment programs (e.g., student, faculty and staff, academic program, community engagement, and so on) that support the vision and mission of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (HSHK).  The Specialist will conduct original research/inquiry with faculty, community stakeholders, and students that are relevant to Native Hawaiian and Indigenous communities and presented to these communities in their home language(s); thereby engaging with units across UHM, community-based research organizations, and organizations/institutions beyond Hawai’i in all aspects of generating, translating, and disseminating knowledge.


 Duties and Responsibilities:


·         Leads, develops, and manages key Institutional/School-level assessment efforts to include (but not limited to): faculty productivity, student learning assessments, program effectiveness, policies, and practices. Collection of data (both qualitative and quantitative) should be in both English and Hawaiian, and most work is in collaboration with School departments.


·         Provide all necessary staff support to design, collect and analyze primary and secondary performance data of Native Hawaiian students at UHM, in particular HSHK majors, to be used in School, institutional, and broader community’s assessment and evaluation, reporting, and policy decision-making. The reports will need to be in both Hawaiian and English.


·         Conduct original research/inquiry on Native Hawaiians/Indigenous communities (to include, e.g., synthesis of research, basic to conceptual research, applied and empirical, policy reporting, and so on), and publishing and presenting work in a variety of venues (e.g., white papers, journals, conference presentations, and so on). May work in partnership with UHM and School units (e.g., NHSS, MIRO, SSRI, Kanaka Maoli Institute, and so on). Reports will be presented to both English and Hawaiian language constituents.


·         Participate collegially in School, UHM, and professional activities; serve and partner with Hawaiian communities and other Indigenous communities in Hawai’i and with other indigenous communities to identify and address needs; and demonstrate scholarly resourcefulness. This includes developing relationships and serves as liaison to other institutional researchers at UHM, UH System, professional organizations, and community organizations.


·         Supervises staff and consultants. Develops and conducts program and staff evaluations.


·         Manages, develops and implements a plan for communication, education, and public awareness of school/institutional reports for HSHK, which includes but is not limited to Annual Native Hawaiian Student Profile, Review of Native Hawaiian Faculty and Programs, updating the HSHK website regularly with up-to-date and relevant content, and so on.


·         Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Demonstrated experiences in educational and co-curricular program assessment and evaluation, report writing, and institutional research; demonstrated experience in designing, administering, and analyzing assessment instruments (e.g., rubrics, interviewing strategies, surveys, and alternative data collections instruments, etc.).
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Demonstrated scholarly interest and promise relevant to Indigenous or NativeHawaiian communities.
  • Evidence of knowledge of Hawaiian academic and outreach programs, issues and activities; Hawaiian language and culture in evaluation/assessment processes and reporting; and excellent oral and written communication skills in Hawaiian and English.
  • Evidence of working effectively with Native Hawaiian, other indigenous, and diverse communities.
  • Excellent planning, organizational, analytical and management skills; strong interpersonal and leadership skills.


Junior Specialist Minimum Qualifications:


  • For the Junior Specialist position, Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the field of Hawaiian Studies; Hawaiian Language; Educational Administration; Higher Education; Indigenous Knowledge; or a related field.
  • At least 1-year of work experience in educational and co-curricular program assessment and evaluation, report writing, and institutional research.


Assistant Specialist Minimum Qualifications:


  • For the Assistant Specialist position, Master’s Degree and 30 credits of graduate study from an accredited college or university in the field of Hawaiian Studies; Hawaiian Language; Educational Administration; Higher Education; Indigenous Knowledge; or a related field.
  • At least 3-years of experience at the next lower rank or equivalent in the appropriate area relevant to the position as described.


Desirable Qualifications:


  • Demonstrated knowledge of national educational databases.
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire extramural funding for research and/or educational programs.
  • Knowledge of traditional practices, experience working in Hawaii or otherIndigenous communities.
  • Experience in leadership, coaching, team-building and interpersonal skills to strengthen and cultivate relationships.
  • Ability to travel to local, national, regional, and international meetings and conferences. 
  • Available to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Proficiency in the Hawaiian Language.



To Apply:

Send Application Attention Kat Latham

Application should include a statement of how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample; official transcripts; the names and contact

information (telephone number and email address) of three references, and a letter of support from an Indigenous or Native Hawaiian community or organization documenting the nature and extent of your work, impact and benefit, and reputation in that community.


Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
Attention: Katherine Latham

2540 Maile Way, Spalding 454

Honolulu, HI 96822


808.956-0980 to Katherine Latham