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

Responsibilities and Qualifications of the UHPA Executive Director


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.