Current Opportunities

Position: Project Manager


The Pledge to Our Keiki Initiative is Hawaiʻi’s first statewide campaign to invite everyone—both residents of and visitors to Hawaiʻi—to commit to caring for the places we love and call home. Spearheaded by Kanu and supported by H.K.L. Castle Foundation, the Pledge is modeled after the Palau Pledge, the first island nation to ask visitors (and residents) to act in socially and environmentally responsible ways while in Palau. What started as a request from their youth has turned into a movement that has inspired millions of people all over the world, all without spending a single dime.
Project Manager

The Project Manager ensures successful and efficient implementation of all the activities that comprise the Pledge to Our Keiki Initiative. This role works very closely with the Process Manager as a co-leader of the overall project, manages the coordinators of four (4) project sub-teams, and liaises with the Advisory Group, a cross-sector partnership of thought leaders and decision makers who oversee the overall Pledge to Our Keiki Initiative.
The desire to build a strong and sustainable partnership between Kanu and Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE) requires a dual focus on both day-to-day management of the Initiative and long-term strategic view of collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities
A. Project Management/Delivery
Develops and maintain project plans for the activities under Pledge to Our Keiki Initiative
Ensures project deliverables are completed in a timely manner, managing risks and escalating any issues where necessary
Develops project tracking documentation and ensure it is kept up to date, including monitoring and management of budget
Responsible for ongoing project evaluation, including evaluation of sub-teams activities and deliverables, to ensure timely and impactful implementation
Develops project status reports to distribute to organizational leadership
Produces written materials for projects (e.g. recruitment materials, project resources)
Serves on project team and other leadership committees to monitor the project and facilitate strong communication between schools, complex areas and state HIDOE and community partners
Works with process manager to facilitate Advisory Group and support their learning needs as thought leaders to the overall initiative

B. Project Development
Works with HIDOE and Kanu leadership to identify collaborative team structure(s) for long-term sustainability of the initiative
Works with colleagues to scope out new potential projects or scaling/developing of existing projects
Takes responsibility for regularly reviewing project delivery, responding to new opportunities and challenges
Works with colleagues, schools, sub-teams, champions, and stakeholders to ensure project activities are of high quality, aligned with organizational priorities, and contribute to the wider vision of Kanu Hawaiʻi and HIDOE
Works alongside the project team, sub-teams, and process manager to share learning on most effective ways to manage and deliver projects
Identifies potential funding sources to sustain and expand the project and collaboration

C. Events Management
Overall responsibility for the design, management and delivery of all key project sessions/events and activities
Works with colleagues to plan the best way to design and deliver project events/training sessions to enable collaboration and effective learning
Runs/facilitates project events and sessions as appropriate
Ensures high quality experience of project events for participants, online or in person
Supports event delivery of major events where appropriate (e.g. Volunteer Week)

D. Partnership Development
Builds relationships with key project participants (e.g. school teachers and principals) and ensures they are fully accessing and engaging with the project activities
Builds relationships with other stakeholders across the larger education sector relevant to the project (e.g. local authorities, funders, consultants, education providers)
Communicates the goals of the Pledge to Our Keiki Initiative and assists in ongoing concerns that may be expressed
Produces and manages partnership agreements/contracts for partners and colleagues where appropriate
Scopes potential to develop new partnerships with local authorities, funders, educational organizations where relevant to the project activities

E. Ongoing Learning
Serves as a key thinker, problem solver, and builder of the Pledge to Our Keiki Initiative and the collaboration between Kanu Hawaiʻi and HIDOE
Provides opportunities for multiple stakeholders to gather and learn from peers

F. Other duties as required or assigned
Experiences and Skills Criteria
Experience successfully managing multiple concurrent project priorities from conception to completion and evaluation
Experience working with, navigating, and solving challenges that arise in collaborating with HIDOE at all levels (school, complex area, and state)
Experience managing teams, including sub-teams, as well as individuals without having direct supervisory authority
Experience working in, or possessing an understanding of, the public education school system
Ability to build positive relationships with others both internally and externally
High organizational skills including an attention to detail
Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) using clean, non technical language
Ability to work flexibly, troubleshoot, manage risks and adapt to changing organizational and collaborative environments
Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities
Ability to work with colleagues from different backgrounds with different perspectives to drive project work and organizational priorities forward
Passionate about linking environmental (and economic) sustainability and education and working across the school system to achieve this
Alignment with Kanu Hawaiʻi values, mission, and vision
A strong collaborative approach, both working internally with colleagues as well as a method to enable change across systems in Hawaiʻi
Confident, motivated self-starter who is able to drive forward project delivery independently, seeking out colleagues input where appropriate

Experience scoping and developing new projects with colleagues
Experience of budget development and management
Experience maintaining relationships/partnerships with a range of stakeholders (e.g. school leaders, organizations, local authorities, funders)
Experience running or designing events/training sessions, particularly those that facilitate collaboration
Ability to think strategically about the development of a project, make links across organizations and make the most of emergent opportunities

Job Type
Full time salary with benefits or full time contract. Part time transition into full time is possible dependent upon applicant’s current workload.

Please submit cover letter addressing the following prompts:
What experience do you have working with schools and school systems?
What experience do you have implementing large scale engagement campaigns? This campaign has access to all Hawai‘i K-12 public and charter school students in Hawai‘i (approximately 175k students).
What experience do you have implementing campaigns around art and creative expression with youth?
What experience do you have working with youth volunteerism or student service learning projects?

Qualified January applicants to be contacted by end of month.


Position: Community Outreach Coordinator

As Kanu Hawaii’s next Community Outreach Coordinator, you would be joining one of Hawaii’s leading nonprofits working across all of the islands to help organize annual community engagement events like Volunteer Week Hawaii – Hawaii’s leading event celebrating National Volunteer Week and involving over 5,000 plus volunteers and hundreds of community organizations. Work directly with our upcoming Pledge to our Keiki Youth Programs and the opportunity to work with the Department of Education and over 180,000 students across Hawaii. Engage business leaders and companies who want to be involved in sponsoring long term programs.

You will need to have experience scheduling, attending and hosting meetings in person and via Zoom
You will need to have confidence and solid people skills
This job requires constant contact with the team and our partners and experience in working with teams and delegating tasks
You will be expected to create partnerships and develop relationships that lead to fundraising and grants
Experience with bookkeeping and managing financial reports and budgets
You will need to work proficiently in Google, Docs, Excel, Social Media Platforms, and have a general understanding of marketing
Eager to provide tools and resources to improve the lives of those in your community
A skilled and confident communicator
Open to working remotely
Self-motivated and self-directed
Capable of managing your own workload to meet strict deadlines

As Community Outreach Coordinator, you will have the critical role of sharing with vulnerable communities (including those impacted by Covid-19) the tools, resources, and events that are available to them. Through this role, you will engage in direct communication and relationship-building with community members and organizations. You will direct teams of volunteers in conducting outreach activities and providing resources to community members. You will use Kanu Hawai’i’s online tools and platforms to engage the community. You will participate in the planning and execution of community events. You will share Kanu Hawaii’s resources and events with communities through social media, email, and traditional media. You will design and format promotional materials, graphics, and social media posts.

How to get hired:
Send your application and cover letter to us by email

In your cover letter please include:
Why you are interested in this position
A brief explanation of whether or not your employment was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic*

*Because this position is funded through the Dislocated Worker Grant Program, eligible applicants will be required to provide proof of work dislocation after initial interview. Such proof includes: Verification of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Verification of Unemployment Insurance (UI), Letter of Separation from Employer, with the reason being the COVID-19 Pandemic, or Self-Employed Attestation (form provided at the American Jobs Center). Please do not send any of the above documents at this time.

Contact us at or by phone at (808) 206-8446.



Minimum Qualification Requirements
Training: graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in political science or business administration with coursework in public administration, management accounting, and research and statistics.

Experience: Four (4) years of responsible professional work experience in program planning and analysis, budgeting, and/or public administration, of which one (1) year shall have been in an education program, agency, or system.

Combined Training and Experience: An equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable as determined by Kanu Hawaiʻi. Substitutions may be considered for the experience requirement in an education program, agency or system.

Current knowledge of: Program management; public administration and organization theory; management; budgeting and accounting; business statistics; computer-based information systems; laws, rules, regulations and administrative procedures pertinent to the areas of assignment. HIDOE tri-level infrastructure and protocols for communicating and collaborating.

Ability to: Conduct studies in program planning and analysis; communicate effectively with others both orally and in writing; operate a computer and other business machines.