Senior Manager for Academic Development

Japan (JP)
26 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Senior Manager for Academic Development

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates multidisciplinary research. Outstanding resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the University, and the university research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. OIST rapidly is gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research.

Position summary:
The Office of the Dean for Faculty Affairs supports the expansion and development of Faculty at OIST. As part of its aim to recruit and maintain an internationally renowned research and educational staff profile, we are recruiting a senior manager in academic development whose role will be to develop the tools to advance the Faculty members in their roles as researchers, teachers, and managers in the University. Such a role will involve integration with the Office of the Dean of Research, the Gender Equality and Human Resources Division, the Office of the Dean of Graduate School, and the Technology Development and Innovation Center, all of whom have an interest in the development of the research and academic staff at OIST.

Senior Manager for Academic Development will serve as Deputy to the Dean of Faculty Affairs and play the role of chief administrator for the Office of DFA. 

Senior Manager for Academic Development
Office of the Dean for Faculty Affairs

Working Location:
1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495

1.    Develop and implement research and education related human resources management strategies in collaboration with the relevant Divisions across campus.
2.    Develop and/or update and implement a transparent system for academic assessment and performance management, including rewards for academic achievement, and resolution of disputes. 
3.    Ensure that the necessary training and learning opportunities are provided for professional development of the employees engaged in education and research. 
4.    Plan, develop and/or update the rules of employment for faculty and researchers that reflect their unique needs while making sure that the rules are in accordance with the Japanese laws in close consultation with the GEHR and AC Divisions. 
5.    Develop and/or implement a research misconduct policy and appropriate procedures.
6.    Help develop a strategic staffing and personnel budget plan to meet the future needs of OIST Graduate University.
7.    Coordinate research unit administrators (RUAs) activities and serve as the link between RUAs, Faculty and DFA.
8.    Serve as the liaison between the Offices of Dean of Faculty Affairs (DFA), Dean of Research (DOR), Dean of Graduate School (DGS), the GEHR Division, the Administrative Compliance Division, and other relevant divisions across campus.  

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Starting Date:
As early as possible

Application Due Date:
Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

Application Address:
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Recruiting Team, HR Management Section
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan