Responsibilities and Qualifications of the UHPA Executive Director

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Board Governance. Leads the UHPA staff and Board of Directors in running the Organization.

  • Works with the Board to fulfill UHPA’s Mission.
  • Communicates with the Board in a timely and accurate manner to enable the Board to make informed decisions.

Financial Performance and Viability. Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the Organization.

  • Ensures the fiscal integrity of UHPA including submissions of proposed annual budgets and other financial statements, which accurately reflect the ongoing financial status of the Organization.
  • Supports the development of member recruitment and outreach to align with UHPA’s Mission.

Organization Mission and Strategy. Works with the staff and Board to ensure that the Mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and member and community outreach.

  • Implements UHPA’s programs that carry out the Organization’s Mission.
  • Develops strategic plans in consultation with the Board to ensure that UHPA can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
  • Enhances UHPA’s image and standing through active outreach and engagement within the community and working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations.
  • Serves as UHPA’s primary spokesperson to the Organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.
    Oversees marketing and other communications efforts.

Organization Operations. Oversees resources and implements plans to ensure that the operations of the Organization are appropriate.

  • Effectively administers daily office operations.
  • Hires and retains capable and qualified staff.
  • Signs all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the Organization.
  • Oversees the collective bargaining process, contract enforcement, and service to members.
  • Responds to member inquiries and recommends appropriate actions or assigns issues to appropriate staff.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Transparent, empathetic, assertive, and ethical leadership
  • Five or more years of nonprofit management experience
  • Three or more years engaged in union advocacy
  • Track record of successful negotiation
  • Evidence of adaptable and nimble management style
  • Hands-on budget management skills, including budget analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of UHPA’s strategic future to staff, Board, and Union members
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate Board members and other Union members
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to interface and engage diverse member groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff

Desirable qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and prior positive/constructive relationships with local unions, policy makers, and UH administration.
  • In depth knowledge and experience in past and current UHPA-UH Agreements.
  • Knowledge and expertise in higher education unions, including implications locally and nationally.

Executive Director Search Underway at UHPA

The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly (UHPA) is seeking an Executive Director to guide the union forward through the dynamic changes and challenges facing higher education.

The Executive Director will provide leadership to the Board of Directors and oversee the collective bargaining process, contract enforcement, and serve the exclusive bargaining unit of more than 3,000 faculty within the University of Hawai‘i System. Candidates must be able to successfully work in the diverse, unique, and complex culture of higher education in Hawai‘i, and navigate among the various labor and education stakeholders at the local and national levels.

  • Our dedicated Executive Director Search page will hold all published content regarding this search.
  • Salary and benefits are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • The starting date is negotiable, but no later than November 2019.
  • Applications will be reviewed beginning August 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
  • Applicants must submit a current resume, completed questionnaire, a statement explaining their ability and experience in meeting the stated expectations for the position, and the names and contact information for three professional references.
  • Submit application materials to edsearch@uhpa.org by July 29, 2019

Political Action Fund Objection

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) has an active Political Endorsement Committee that has participated in state & federal elections through political endorsements, contributions to candidates and independent expenditures on behalf of our endorsed candidates. The UHPA Board of Directors has taken action to allocate from the dues of all UHPA Active members an amount of $5.00 a month to be placed in a Political Action Fund. The Fund will be subject to the accounting requirements and used for purposes consistent with the Hawaii State Election and Federal Election laws.

Our policy allows Active members of UHPA to object to the $5.00 per month allocation to the Political Action Fund. This will not lower their total dues, but it will not add to the total amount of funds allocated for partisan political purposes with respect to candidate endorsements and contributions. If an Active member chooses to object to this funding, they will not be allowed to vote on any recommendation for candidate endorsements made by the Board of Directors.

The request to withhold funding from the Political Action account must be made each year.  If you do not wish to contribute to the “candidate endorsement” fund for fiscal year 2019-2020, then you must sign, date, and return an UHPA Allocation Objection Form by September 3, 2019.

The UHPA Board of Directors has taken this action in response to the strong feelings held by some members that the union should not participate in making candidate endorsements or political contributions. However, we believe it is essential for a public sector union to maintain a political presence since the fundamental work of our bargaining with the State of Hawaii is ultimately subject to legislative approval.