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Director of Cyberinfrastructure, University of Hawai'i

Director of Cyberinfrastructure, University of Hawai'i

Location: Honolulu, HI

Job Type: Full-Time Permanent

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Title:                                        Director of Cyberinfrastructure

Position Number:                    0089533

Hiring Unit:                              Office of the VP for IT & CIO/Cyberinfrastructure

Location:                                 Manoa 

Date Posted:                           June 28, 2023

Closing Date:                          Continuous recruitment, Review of applications begins on July 14, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary:                                     Commensurate with qualification and experience

Full Time/Part Time:               Full-Time

Temporary/Permanent:          Permanent

Funding:                                  General Funds




The Director of Information Technologies Services (Director of Cyberinfrastructure) reports to the Vice President for Information Technology Services/Chief Information Officer and is responsible for conceptualizing, developing and implementing on an ongoing basis creative and unprecedented solutions to the most challenging technical problems and opportunities presented to the UH systemwide research enterprise by the emergence of cyberinfrastructure-enabled research.  The Director of Cyberinfrastructure is the most senior executive with dedicated responsibility for the University’s major, complex research technology support program for initiatives in areas including but not limited to systemic data management, advanced analytics, high performance computing, visualization, advanced networking and virtual organizations.  In that capacity, the Director of Cyberinfrastructure conceptualizes, determines, formulates and effectuates the methods and means for policies and programs for the entire University System to support, enhance and increase the hundreds of millions of dollars of extramural funding that is planned to grow to a billion dollars.  This individual collaborates and advises on securing extramural funding in support of institutional plans and priorities.  The unique nature of this position requires substantial personal interfacing, planning and collaboration with academic and technical leaders at the most senior levels of the UH System, on all UH campuses on all islands, nationally and internationally including with private sector collaborators and federal agency officials in Hawai‘i and Washington, D.C.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Lead and Plan

1.  Effectively advocate, promote and fully support the transformation of research through the application of cyberinfrastructure technologies including but not limited to systemic data management, advanced analytics, high performance computing, visualization, advanced networking and virtual organizations.

2.  Leads the development of strategic and operational plans for cyberinfrastructure to achieve UH System goals, objectives and priorities.

3.  Conceptualizes, convenes and leads committees and advisory bodies involving executives, researchers, technologists and external experts appropriate to advance cyberinfrastructure planning, prioritization and implementation.

4.  Liaises among UH executives, campus administrators, technical leaders, researchers and university organizations on matters relating to advanced cyberinfrastructure.

5.  Develops and organizes new institutional policies and procedures for the development and management of UH cyberinfrastructure.  Identifies obstacles to progress in existing UH institutional policies and recommends and develops solutions.

6.  Provides expert consultation in strategic deployment and use of advanced cyberinfrastructure and research technologies and services to researchers and research communities on all campuses and throughout the UH System.

7.  Conceives, develops, submits proposals for extramural support of advanced cyberinfrastructure for university-wide research and innovation; executes extramural programs in full compliance with federal and sponsor requirements.

8.  As a Director of ITS and full member of the ITS Leadership Team, collaborates in the development of plans and implementation of all strategic initiatives for Information Technology Services.

9.  Monitors trends, developments and best practices in advanced cyberinfrastructure for higher education in anticipation of changing requirements, expectations and opportunities; assesses technical, financial and organizational implications for UH.

10.  Represents the University externally in state, regional, national and international activities, initiatives and organizations relating to cyberinfrastructure and research technologies.


Organize and Manage

1.  Determines the methods, means and personnel required to achieve UH systemwide institutional plans and priories.

2.  Directs, organizes and manages staff resources to maintain and enhance cyberinfrastructure systems, capabilities and services; and implement new systems, capabilities and services in order to achieve strategic outcomes for the UH System.   Staff resources involve a complex mix of centralized and decentralized genral IT support and extramurally funded research support staff.

3.  Develops and organizes policies and procedures for the development and use of cyberinfrastructure technologies, capabilities and related support services.

4.  Supports and promotes institutional information security plans, initiatives and activities.

5.  Identifies and plans for the development, enhancement and maintenance priorities for cyberinfrastructure technologies, capabilities and services; prioritizes requirements and development strategies for key initiatives based on technical and/or economic constraints and opportunities.

6.  Develops goals, objectives, short-term and long-term programs and operational plans across all areas of Technology Infrastructure to support institutional and organization priorities and plans and emerging opportunities and challenges; projects short-term and long-term technology infrastructure needs, funding and staff requirements.

7.  Directs and manages projects with highly complex implementation activities involving multiple constituencies throughout and outside the University.

8.  Plans and prepares for all maintenance and upgrades as well as operational issues and outages related to cyberinfrastructure systems and services.

9.  Manages budget and administer funds for the ITS Cyberinfrastructure group in support of organizational and institutional priorities and plans.

10.  Collaborates, advises and provides subject-matter expertise on the implementation of contracts, agreements, and the acquisition of resources required within ITS and the University-at-large.

11.  Collaborates and advises on the capture and implementation of contracts, grants and agreements, for the acquisition of resources to advance institutional and organizational plans and priorities; executes and complete projects in an effective, compliant and timely manner.

12.  Organizes and manages human and financial resources to meet the challenging requirements of addressing new initiatives, priorities, goals and objectives through new systems, capabilities and services while addressing the expectation of maintenance of current systems, capabilities and services.  Resources involve a complex mix of centralized and decentralized staff, systems and capabilities.

13.  Organizes and directs the achievement of training and research as related to the evaluation and acquisition of new technology, tools, services and methods.

14.  Ensures the effective recruitment, training, evaluation and classification of human resources within the Cyberinfrastructure group.

15.  Organizes and supervises staff, directly and indirectly, in developing goals, objectives and action plans to attain broad strategic initiatives for the University and ITS; conduct meetings and training; and develops effective evaluation, monitoring and follow-up processes.

16.  Plans and implements work performance standards, measures and analysis for subordinate and supporting managers and staff.

17.  Conceptualizes, organizes and directs the development and delivery of training and support for the system-wide adoption and use of new and existing cyberinfrastructure technologies, capabilities, tools, services and methods in support of research and innovation.

18.  Supervises the effective management, monitoring and control of cyberinfrastructure resources and implements programs for continuous evaluation and improvement of services and processes.

19.  Develops and implements corrective actions as required in response to financial and management audits.



1.  Perform other duties as required.



Minimum Qualifications:

1.  Doctoral or research-intensive master’s degree in a discipline making extensive use of advanced cyberinfrastructure.

2.  Ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional information technology experience with responsibilities for the application and support of advanced cyberinfrastructure for research and innovation.

3.  Extensive knowledge of pertinent information technology principles, concepts and issues in advanced cyberinfrastructure for research and innovation including unconventional theories and new developments to issues and problems, and generation and development of new hypotheses and theories.

4.  Extensive knowledge of innovative emerging and state-of-the-art principles, concepts and technology associated with advanced cyberinfrastructure.

5.  Ability to develop short- and long-term plans of actions, understanding problems from a broad interactive and interconnected perspective, use unconventional reasoning to discern broad underlying principles and issues when problem solving, and apply innovative and precedent-setting thinking to resolve problems of large scope and impact.

6.  Proven track record in conceiving, developing and executing significant extramural proposals and projects in advanced cyberinfrastructure.

7.  Technical knowledge of advanced cyberinfrastructure technologies including high performance computing, geospatial information systems, data management, visualization and collaboration technologies.

8.  Knowledge and experience in the principles and practices of management, organizational change and policy and procedure development.

9.  Ability to perform administrative tasks such as budget preparation and personnel administration in accordance with University procedures; ability to oversee large, complex procurements in accordance with University procedures.

10.  Knowledge of applicable state and federal laws, rules, regulations and policies that apply to the provision of information technology services in higher education.

11.  Mastery of the principles and practices of project management.

12.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team leaders and members and individuals.

13.  Ability to work with diverse complex constituencies across academia, government and industry to achieve results through collaboration and persuasion.

14.  Strong interpersonal, management, oral and written communication and leadership skills.


Desirable Qualifications:

1.  The required experience shall have been performed in a higher education environment.



To Apply

Click on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of the screen to complete an application and attach required documents.  

Candidates must submit the following:  

(1) Cover Letter indicating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications of the position

(2) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

(3) Three (3) letters of recommendation 

(4) Copies of Educational Transcripts with confidential information redacted (i.e.   social security number, date of birth, etc.).   Official transcripts are required upon hire.  

Employment may be contingent on verification of credentials and other background information, including the completion of a criminal history check.  

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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.

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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:

University of Hawaii
Information Technology Services System
2520 Correa Road

Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822

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