Open Positions With The Estria Foundation

Youth Development • Arts Education • Cultural Preservation • Community Building


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Position: Chief of Operations

Job Type:  Part-Time
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted: August 2021

TEF follows CDC and Department of Education safety requirements for COVID 19.

The Estria Foundation seeks an Executive Director for our nonprofit based in Oahu, Hawaii, to work with our Co-Founder and grant writers to fundraise and financially track our existing four programs. For most of the hours of the week, the responsibilities can be performed remotely, but from time to time, some staff and client meetings are required in person.
 This position requires 15-20 hours per week. More hours are available depending on the employeeʻs ability to identify needs and take the initiative.

Mission and Vision
The Estria Foundation creates art in public spaces locally and globally with artists, youth, educators, and activists to raise awareness and inspire action in the movement to resolve human and environmental issues. TEF provides several programs serving students K-12, teachers, and young adults.

Mele Murals Program
Our flagship program Mele Murals teaches local artists, youth, and community members across the Hawaiian Islands to create large-scale outdoor murals inspired by Hawaiian lyrics (mele). By depicting stories of place, Mele Murals advances the values and spirit of the Hawaiian culture. Mele Murals deepens young artists’ connection to place, to become the storytellers of the land and people.

Halau Paheona Program
Our in-school educational program is offered at Kaimuki High School. Students are taught meditation, oli, cultural practices, drawing, and painting, all with a focus on project-based, culture-based mural making. After-school classes are currently primarily online and are offered to students living anywhere in Hawaii.

Duties, Responsibilities
 and Leadership
Work with TEF’s Executive Team to plan, execute, manage and evaluate the organization’s priorities.

• Effectively manage the organization’s human resources affairs, ensuring their accordance with set personnel policies and procedures and conformance to current laws and regulations.
• Oversee the preparation and execution of contracts with contractors/consultants.
• Monitor and oversee contractors/consultants’ performance with respect to the agreed-upon scope of work, within the agreed-upon timeframes and overall project products/deliverables.
• Maintains or ensures maintenance of all of TEF’s records — including, but not limited to, finance reports, taxes, contracts, personnel files, organizational insurance, and fundraising.Public Relations
• Ensure that TEF’s vision, mission, objectives, and branding are positive, relevant, and culturally and socially responsive to its beneficiaries, stakeholders, and funders.
• Assist and support TEF’s official spokesperson to ensure effective outreach to constituents, communities where TEF provides programming and facilitating projects, existing and potential funders, and the general public.
• Support the development and sourcing of domestic and international relationships with an expansive network of communities served, program partners (e.g. other nonprofit organizations, field builders, and field leaders), and funders (e.g. government funders, foundations, corporate sponsors).

Corporate Compliance 
▪ Ensure that organization complies with Hawaii and California business and governance laws and regulations.
Fiscal Responsibilities
• Develop and manage TEF’s annual budgeting process.
• Oversee and manage TEF’s revenue, expenditures, taxes, liabilities/risks, and audits: including maintaining the budget and its monthly updates, maintaining a sound and transparent fiscal infrastructure, preparing the TEF’s annual budget, operating budget, and individual program/project budgets.
• Prepare financial reports for Board of Directors meetings and Fund Development activities.
• Assist with the development of relationships with existing and prospective private foundations and government agencies that support the vision, mission, and objectives of TEF.
• Assist with cultivating and managing relationships with existing and prospective foundations, individual and corporate donors.
• Manage and oversee the development of formal requests to existing and prospective foundations, individual and corporate donors.

Board of Directors responsibilities
• Assist with the organization and coordination of Board of Directors meetings.
• Assist with the development of all Board meeting materials.
• Ensure the recording of Board of Directors meeting minutes.
• Assist with the planning and organization of training for the Board of Directors.

Minimum Qualifications
• At least five (5) years of experience managing a nonprofit organization in Hawai`i.
• At least five (5) years of experience managing a nonprofit organization’s finances.
• Excellent administrative, fiscal management skills:  including making executive decisions promptly to successfully manage the organization’s finances, resources, priorities, and obligations.
• Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with staff and external partners (e.g., other nonprofit organizations, schools, political officials, funders).
• Ability to maintain organized administrative, programmatic and financial records.
• Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with staff, funders, and the community at large.
• Highly organized, detailed oriented and results and deadline-driven.
• Extensive experience using MS Office, Quickbooks, GoogleSuite (e.g., GoogleDocs, Calendars, GoogleSheets)
• High-level capacity to work remotely using technology tools (e.g., Zoom, WebEx, GoogleHangout)
• Experience in developing an emerging organization.

Desired Qualifications
• Lead, plan, and support the overall organization, itʻs branding, and its domestic and international programming
• Forecast, develop and implement, manage and evaluate organizational initiatives.
• Deep knowledge and understanding of Hawaiian history, culture, traditions, and values.
• A broad network of fund development sources (e.g., private foundations, corporations).
• Ability to cultivate individual donors, corporate sponsors, and private funders.
• Have relationships with Hawaii civic leaders, educators, culture keepers and practitioners, grant-making organizations, businesses/corporate sponsors, and individual donors.
• Experience in community organizing.
• Extensive experience in developing an emerging organization.
• A love for public art.
• Experience in developing and delivering youth development/education programs.
• Understanding of Hawaiian history, culture, traditions, and values.

Compensation:  We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate to experience and skills, includes a generous benefits package of healthcare, dental, and vision.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and at least 3 references to JOBS@ESTRIA.ORG
 with Subject Title: “Chief of Operations: Your Last name, Your First name.”

Submissions via email only. Please no phone calls.

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