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: Art Teacher

Job Type:  Part Time
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted: February 2020

We are seeking Art Teachers who will be based on O‘ahu, Hawai`i and teach our Hālau Pāheona Art classes. These 2-D visual Art Teachers will be responsible for developing students’ curiosity and ability in creative expression; and to develop an understanding and appreciation of aesthetics. We are seeking two full-time or 3-4 part-time positions. 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.

The Estria Foundationʻs Hālau Pāheona (school of visual arts) Program:
Our in-school and after-school classes are held several times a week at Kaimuki High School and Kuhio Elementary. Students are taught meditation, oli (Hawaiian chanting), 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.

Primary Responsibilities:
Below are the Art Teacher’s kuleana/responsibilities, 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 chanting), 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:
• Certified or retired DOE art teacher
• 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

We are willing to to train hired Art Teachers in the medium of mural painting. No experience in mural painting required.

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

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

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

Submissions via email only. Please no phone calls.


Position:  Grant Writer and Development Specialist

Job Type:  Part Time
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted: Februrary 2020

We are seeking a part time Grant Writer and Development Specialist who will help raise funds and support our efforts to meet our goals. This position reports to the Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer. Eligible employee will be able to work remotely and work with team via phone for weekly team meetings and in person with our Honolulu 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 the Estria Foundation
• Work with our communications specialists on PR materials

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent nonprofit experience
• 5+ years researching, writing and securing grants for projects and organizations
• Familiarity with foundation, government, and corporate supporters, especially in Hawaii
• Demonstrated experience with outcomes-based fundraising and reporting
• Strong written and oral communications skills.
• Strong and established network in non-profit fundraising.
• Advanced capabilities using MS Office and Google Drive
• Strong record keeping 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 the Estria Foundation’s Mission, Points of Unity, and Company Values

We are considering both salaried and contract positions. 3 and 6 month reviews will be conducted.

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

To Apply: Submit (PDF or DOC) cover letter, resume, and two successful grants to JOBS@ESTRIA.ORG
and use subject: “HI Development Applicant: Your Last name, Your First name


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