Director of Manoa CARES

The University of Hawaii welcomes applications for the position of Director of Manoa Cares.

This position is located in the Office of the Provost, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM), and reports directly to the Provost. Manoa CARES is the acronym for Campus Advocacy, Response, Education and Solutions. This campus-wide office was created as a result of the 2021 reorganization of the UHM Campus and aspires to support the creation and support of a campus community and overall climate grounded in collective and individual values that include kuleana and 'ohana where UHM members self-care and care for one another genuinely and respectfully.

The Manoa CARES office will integrate progressive education and training, enhanced resources and supportive collaboration with the plethora of experts, shared living experiences and diverse keepers of wisdom to form the pillars of stability and sustainability at UHM, which include the rich body of alumni who are contributing members of civil society.

The Manoa CARES's vision is to be an integral aspect of the holistic approach towards and with students and employees, as well as the public, to welcome people from all backgrounds, First Amendment opinions, evolving landscapes and innovative programming to assist in the maintenance and expansion of individual and campus well-being in academic, extra-curricular, social and work environments.

Manoa CARES embraces diversity, commits to inclusion and cultivates core campus values while providing high-quality, client-focused services necessary to identify, understand, safety plan, file informal or formal grievances, and assist with appropriate dispute resolutions. The emphasis is on direct services that include facilitating the active participation of students and employees in appropriate conflict and dispute resolution processes and peace strategies to identify, inform, assist, and address contentious and polarizing opinions, actions and conduct, as well as building a positive, uplifting, conscious and courageous community of 21st century learner and leaders. The office also provides confidential advocacy resources to the maximum extent permitted by law.

The Manoa CARES Director serves as advisor to the Provost on related matters and is a member of the Manoa Provost Council and other relevant system and UH Manoa campus teams. The Director supervises Manoa CARES faculty, staff and other appropriate employees. The office will also make appropriate referrals of students and employees to services on and off the UH Manoa campus.

The Office works in collaboration with campus and system offices in a variety of ways, which will grow according to campus priorities, such as equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Each office is functionally independent relative to purpose and responsibilities, but all support campus-based responses to advancing educational and research pursuits, individual and collective accountability and adaptive alternatives to address long-standing conflicts that are rooted in Hawai'i's history, lack of true reconciliation and the absence of ho'oponopono (to make right, balance, harmony) processes.

Hawai'i is a special place where diverse people and communities live, work and play together in a sustainable manner. Inspired by its host culture, Hawai'i treasures and protects its amazing environment as it promotes a high quality of life for all its people. As the only provider of public higher education in Hawai'i, the university acknowledges and embraces its unique responsibility to the indigenous peoples of Hawai'i and to Hawai'i's indigenous language, culture and history.

UH Mānoa is one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the Pacific and part of an international community of research universities. It is the flagship campus of the UH System and currently enrolls more than 19,000 students. The UH System is committed to being a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning and supports cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration in education, research, outreach, service, and sustainability. UH Mānoa is also a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center committed to providing a safe, inclusive environment where everyone can thrive socially and professionally. For more information about UH Mānoa, visit .

Our university is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion excellence in our recruitment and hiring practices. We encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Nominations, inquiries, and application information

Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on or about March 15, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit an application by February 29,2024.

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Note : A NEOGOV account must be established, and then candidates may attach the following to the online application: (1) a cover letter summarizing their interest and how qualifications are met for the position, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) a statement regarding your commitment to and/or experience in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, (4) the names of five professional references, including title and contact information. Original official transcripts are required at time of hire. References will not be contacted without prior notice to the candidate. A background check will be made prior to employment. For inquiries and nominations: contact Debra Ishii ( ; 808-956-7500) or Dawn Yamane ( ; 808-956-0837).