Project Director, Native Hawaiian Foundation Grant
Children's Defense Fund - Kailua-Kona, HI

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Children’s Defense Fund Mission Statement

The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown.

CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations.

Summary:

The Project Director of the Native Hawaiian Grant (part-time) is accountable for ensuring that the work of CDF in Hawaii is consistent with the mission, goals, and objectives of the Children’s Defense Fund. The Project Director’s primary responsibility will be managing and increasing the number of quality, high-performing Freedom Schools in Hawaii and assisting in providing oversight for day-to-day activities and operations of those new facilities; devising strategies for action; reaching out to a broad and diverse community of allies; and directing and coordinating the work of a professional staff; and serving as a liaison for CDF in Hawaii. The Native Hawaiian grant is a federal discretionary grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education

The Director will be a dynamic and mission-driven leader with strong management skills who excels in balancing internal management with external impact and visibility. They also will be an outstanding communicator who is able to effectively convey CDF’s mission to a variety of constituencies and engage them in the programs, activities and advocacy work of CDF on the local, state and national level.

Description: Hawaii KOA, a Native Hawaiian Education initiative, is a federally funded grant program designed to provide high-quality education services for Native Hawaiian children living on the Kona and Kohala Coasts of Hawaii. The Children’s Defense Fund seeks a former or current educator from the island of Hawaii (retired administrator or retired classroom teacher ideal considering part-time nature of the position) to manage all aspects of Hawaii KOA.

Primary Activities / Responsibilities:

  • Manage grant funds to implement Hawaii KOA;
  • Organize Summer Learning, Academic Interventions and Cultural Enrichment programs;
  • Collaborate with the Children’s Defense Fund to launch annual summer KOA Freedom Schools;
  • Schedule professional development and training sessions for Literacy / STEM / Hawaiian Language and Culture Coaches and Freedom School staff;
  • Organize enrichment partners to offer diverse learning experiences for youth and families;
  • Facilitate communication between stakeholders, including school district administration, cultural leaders, program partners, teachers and program staff;
  • Recruit Servant Leaders to serve as Freedom School instructors;
  • Recruit students to attend annual Freedom School;
  • Coordinate and serve as member of the Advisory Board;
  • Prepare / distribute evaluation materials to assess progress of program and solicit feedback;
  • Cooperate with evaluation team to conduct rigorous program evaluation;
  • Complete Annual Progress Reports in compliance with Federal government regulations; and
  • Complete grant duties as needed to facilitate full implementation.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Masters degree in Education, Administration, Hawaiian Language or related field;
  • Experience in federal grants management;
  • Ability to work in collaboration with multiple school districts, faculties and administrators;
  • Experience in Native Hawaiian cultural education / cultural curriculum development;
  • Experience working with education partners on the island of Hawaii;
  • Experience in budget administration and/or financial management;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and
  • Desire to improve the quality of education provided to Native Hawaiian students (K-12).

To apply please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirement online at www.childrensdefense.org/jobs

The Children’s Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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