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Director of Lyon Arboretum
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
Office of Vice Chancellor for Research - Lyon Arboretum
Lyon Arboretum
Date Posted:
March 03, 2017
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins March 24, 2017
Salary Information:
Commensurate with experience
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
General Funds

Other Conditions:
  • Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on March 24, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. The Director of the University of Hawaii Lyon Arboretum is responsible for the successful management of its administrative, financial, personnel, and operational support functions, which includes fundraising, marketing, and research and community outreach. It is the responsibility of the Director to promote the University's commitment to excellence in teaching, research and public service, while embracing diversity, equity and cultural values. The Director upholds the Lyon Arboretum mission, which is "To increase the appreciation of the unique flora of Hawai`i and the tropics, by conserving, curating, and studying plants and their habitats; providing inclusive educational opportunities; encouraging use by the broader community; and supporting the educational, scientific, and service activities of the University of Hawai`i."
  2. Provides effective visionary leadership, direction, and support in establishing, communicating, and achieving short- and long-term development goals and initiatives, in accordance with Manoa campus objectives, to promote, develop, and manage research, academic, and community service missions of the Lyon Arboretum.
  3. Secures research funds from corporate entities, state and federal agencies and institutes, and other foundations for the Lyon Arboretum.
  4. Secures sources of funding for the Lyon Arboretum through positive, proactive relationships with potential donors and sponsors.
  5. Oversees all administrative matters, including human resources management, financial management, budget planning and execution, contracts management, and occupational health and safety regulations.
  6. Serves as the chief public spokesperson for the Lyon Arboretum; serves on committees and attends public hearings which affect the interests of the Lyon Arboretum; serves as liaison and ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Lyon Arboretum.
  7. Prepares testimony and documents relating to the Arboretum's research in response to legislative, State, and/or University inquiries.
  8. Coordinates activities with local, national, and international organizations to promote the Lyon Arboretum.
  9. Develops and maintains excellence in research and training programs through the recruitment and retention of high quality faculty and staff.
  10. Works cooperatively with deans, directors, and appropriate academic units within the University of Hawaii to encourage and foster research collaboration.
  11. Encourages and fosters research collaboration with other organizations.
  12. Ensures all research and training programs, and service projects are performed at the highest level of achievement to support and enhance the overall strategic goals of the Lyon Arboretum.
  13. Provides innovative leadership in the formulation, development, and implementation of research initiatives; supports and mentors, students, faculty and staff in their research endeavors.
  14. Personally, and actively engages in research, scholarship and professional activity in the plant sciences.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. 1. Earned doctorate in the horticultural, plant sciences or a related field relevant to Botanical Garden Administration.
  2. 2. Rank of associate professor or higher, or have demonstrated a record of comparable professional experience prior to appointment.
  3. 3. Five years of leadership experience in a private or public sector botanical garden, or related entity, or an academic institution, with responsibility for budgeting, personnel, grant administration, risk management, facilities management, long-range programmatic planning, public relations, and fund raising.
  4. 4. Demonstrated ability or experience in obtaining extramural funding and/or grantsmanship.
  5. 5. Demonstrated planning, organizational, and management skills.
  6. 6. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and leadership skills, with the ability to work effectively in an administrative organization built around a fluid, consensus-building, team approach to management
  7. 7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrators, faculty, students, and the general public.
  8. 8. Demonstrated ability to form alliances in support of teaching and research; ability to bring groups together and establish effective and meaningful partnerships.
  9. 9. Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external constituencies
  10. 10. Knowledge of policies and objectives of external funding agencies.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. 1. Knowledge and understanding of tropical plants with an emphasis on the flora, natural history and cultures of the Hawaiian Islands.
  2. 2. Demonstrated record of strong research, scholarship, publication, professional activities and achievement supported in whole or in part by extramural funds.
  3. 3. Demonstrated experience in human resource and financial management.

To Apply:
To Apply: Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on March 24, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 01, 2017. Candidates must submit a cover letter summarizing the candidate's interest and qualifications for the position, a current resume, and the names of four (4) professional references, including title and contact information. For job description and search information, please go to E-mail correspondence/submittal is strongly encouraged. Please send materials to: University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Lyon Arboretum Search Attn: Personnel Officer University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Lyon Arboretum 3860 Manoa Road Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822
  1. Lyon Arboretum
  2. Attn: Personnel Officer
  3. 3860 Manoa Road
  4. Honolulu, HI 96822
  1. Destin Shigano; 808-988-2971;

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