Open Positions With The Estria Foundation

Youth Development • Arts Education • Cultural Preservation • Community Building


For open job positions, check this page or email with subject title: Job Positions, Your Last Name, Your First Name in May and December during the calendar year.

Applications accepted via email only. Please no phone calls.

Position:  Grant Writer and Development Specialist (Part Time), Honolulu, HI

Posted: July 2018

The Estria Foundation (TEF) creates art in public spaces locally and globally with artists, youth, educators, and activists in order to raise awareness and inspire action in the movement to resolve human and environmental issues.  We are seeking a PT Grant Writer and Development Specialist (20 hours per week) who will help raise funds and support our efforts to meet our goals. This position will work from home with regular TEF team meetings via phone and in person with our Hawaii staff. This is an Oahu based position.

 Primary Duties:

  • Create and oversee the multi-year fundraising strategy
  • Research, write, and report on local and national foundation, corporate, and government grants
  • Maintain grant application and reporting calendar
  • Prepare and submit grant financial documents
  • Work with Executive team  to set and meet annual fundraising goals
  • Oversee campaigns for donor development and membership drive
  • Manage fundraising events
  • Introduce executive team to key people at foundations and other funding sources
  • Build and maintain funder relationships on behalf of TEF
  • Work with our communications specialists on PR materials
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent nonprofit experience
  • 5+ years researching, writing and securing grants for projects and organizations
  • 5+ years preparing grant financial documents for proposals and reports
  • Proven track record securing $400,000+ per year  
  • Familiarity with foundation, government, and corporate supporters, especially in Hawaii
  • Demonstrated experience with outcomes-based fundraising and reporting
  • Experience tracking grant deadlines, deliverables, and reports
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong and established network in non-profit fundraising.
  • Advanced capabilities using MS Office and Google Drive
  • Strong recordkeeping and attention to detail  
  • Experience taking initiative and working successfully with a team
  • Experience in community organizing and project management is a plus
  • Arts education, public art, and community building experience highly desired
  • Interest in and agreement with TEF’s Mission, Points of Unity, and Company Values (

This is a 20 hours per week position. At times, the job will require more. We are considering both salaried and contract positions. 3 and 6-month reviews will be conducted. This position reports to the Executive Director and the Office Manager.

Salary: Depends on Experience

Applying: Submit (PDF or DOC) cover letter, resume, and two successful grants to and Use subject: “HI Development Applicant: (your name)”

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Position: Art Teacher Part Time, Honolulu, HI

Posted: July 2018

We are seeking an Art Teacher who will be based on O‘ahu, Hawai`i and teach our Halau Paheona Art class at Palolo Elementary. This 2-D visual Art Teacher will be responsible for developing students’ curiosity and ability in creative expression; and to develop an understanding and appreciation of aesthetics. We invite you to apply if you are a happy person with a passion for art, have the ability to inspire students, and thrive in a creative, collaborative environment.

Halau Paheona Program

Our in-school and after-school classes are held several times a week at Kaimuki High School (and now at Palolo Elementary School). Students are taught meditation, oli, cultural practices, drawing and painting, all with a focus on culture-based mural making. Our curriculum is grounded in the Department of Education’s HA values and National Art Standards. Our learning model is a blend of project-based, place-based and culture-based learning.

Duties and Responsibilities

These are the Art Teacher’ʻ kuleana, and our team will support you on them. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Inspire and motivate all of our students
  • Increase students’ understanding and skills in oli, Hawaiian culture, hospitality, meditation, drawing and painting
  • Write and implement engaging lesson plans
  • Teach skills in art, including drawing, painting
  • Monitor and evaluate each student’s performance and growth in knowledge and artistic skills
  • Maintain accurate records of student attendance, homework, performance and grades for progress reports
  • Communicate with students, parents, and school counselors on pupil progress
  • Plan and present art displays and exhibitions to exhibit students’ work
  • Select and requisition supplies, books, instructional materials, tools, instructional aids, and maintain required inventory records
  • Organize storage areas and control use of materials, equipment and tools to prevent loss or abuse
  • Participate in curriculum and other developmental programs
  • Provide individual and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying intellectual and artistic abilities, and to accommodate a variety of instructional activities
  • Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment
  • Be flexible and willing to perform any other duties as may be assigned by Administration
  • Maintaining a safe working environment
  • Operate and maintain classroom

Required Qualifications

  • Positive aloha attitude
  • Demonstrate solid professional and personal ethics: respect, honesty, dependability, integrity and aloha
  • Demonstrate a passion for art teaching and learning
  • Classroom experience (can include student teaching): 1 year minimum
  • Ability to maintain organized administrative and programmatic records
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and deadline driven
  • Ability to inspire trust and confidence, exercise patience and motivate students
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Understand a variety of drawing and painting techniques and concepts
  • Able to work with acrylic or oil paints: dry brushing, staining, layering, underpainting

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience teaching elementary school students preferred
  • Experience working with DOE system and standards
  • Experience working with Special Education Students
  • Experience with murals highly preferred
  • Leadership skills
  • Three (3) or more years experience in running educational programs
  • Ability to lead guided meditation and visualization
  • Understanding of Hawaiian history, culture, traditions and values.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in the fields of Education or Art
  • Experience as an Art Teacher
  • A love for public art
  • Extensive experience using iCloud software (Google Docs, Calendars, Drop Box)
  • Willingness to learn
  • Sense of humor

The Art Teacher reports directly to TEF’s Executive Director and Operations Manager, and is responsible for the consistent achievement of Halau Paheona’s mission and objectives.

Compensation: Competitive wage that is commensurate with experience and skills.

How to Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and at least 3 references to with Subject Title: Art Teacher: Last name, First name.

Submissions via email only. Please no phone calls.

Mission and Vision

The Estria Foundation creates art in public spaces with artists, youth, educators, and activists in order to raise awareness and inspire action in the movement to resolve human and environmental issues, while educating and developing youth. We take a long-term, team approach to education and offer programming for all ages from elementary through high school and beyond.

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