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We are actively searching for highly motivated individuals to join our team here at Kupu. Here are list of current openings. If you are interested in any of these positions, click the link for the position description and how to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!

Positions Available

HYCC Community, Program Manager

Position Duties

Kupu’s HYCC Community Program Manager position is full time, based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (Oʻahu). It includes but is not limited to the following duties:

  • Program Management
    • Collaborate with program director to develop and communicate expectations, vision and strategic planning for Community program
    • Provide effective management of Community program activities to meet strategic and financial goals
    • Build effective and collaborative relationships with internal and external program partners
    • Ensure harmonious and safe environment for program staff and participants
    • Coordinate with program director to integrate objectives and ideas for organizational growth and performance
    • Monitor, review, and evaluate program and operations for effectiveness in reaching program goals
    • Oversee existing program activities and outcomes (currently in Kewalo Basin harbor and Nanakuli, Oahu)
    • Develop and manage new programming, such as a culinary training program, a farm-to-table or food truck business for young adults, and future fee-for-service projects and partnerships
    • Develop and manage the program budgets, and review monthly expenditure reports
    • Assist with the research, writing, and preparation of grant proposals and reports, and other funding opportunities
    • Oversee data management and documentation of program related information
  • Staff Support, Development and Supervision
    • Hire, train, and supervise community program staff: currently, a facility manager, an assistant program manager, a Leeward side program coordinator, who in turn supervises team leaders, a teacher (under contract) and several social work interns. The manager and coordinators will be supported by an administrative assistant.
    • Collaborate with other program managers to identify teambuilding opportunities for the larger HYCC and Kupu staff teams
    • Provide support and guidance for program staff, and help connect them to professional development opportunities
    • Manage and document incidents or conflicts that may arise among the staff or interns of the HYCC Community team
  • Facility & Vehicle Management
    • Work closely with facility manager to ensure that the program training facility/ies and vehicles are up to code, safe, and appropriate for program use
    • Help seek out alternate facility or meeting space as new needs arise, and plan moving logistics if needed
    • Support the facility manager in staffing the training center so that it can be made available for use by the broader community during non-program hours
    • Keep the kitchen up to health code and ensure safety in and around the kitchen
  • Organizational Development
    • Work in conjunction with other Kupu managers and directors across departments and programs to help create, streamline and improve systems, policies and procedures, and to promote cohesion
    • Represent Kupu at events, in the media, statewide and nationally as opportunities arise

Position Requirements

The HYCC Community, Program Manager must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 5-7 years of experience with effective personnel management and staff supervision
  • 5 or more years of Hawai’i based work experience, and able to provide local professional references
  • Strong administrative skills necessary to organize, document and prioritize
  • Extremely detail-oriented and thorough
  • Experience in running multiple programs or events and multi-tasking]
  • Prior experience working or volunteering with youth or young adults, and with people of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Effective verbal and written communicator with excellent interpersonal relationship skills
  • Strong skill set in the use of Microsoft Office programs (especially Excel) & other web-based programs
  • Able to remain objective, positive, and flexible in a fast growing non-profit setting
  • Able to show good judgment and clear Criminal History Background Check
  • Able and willing to drive for Kupu business and to meet driver’s abstract requirement
  • Available full-time Monday through Friday, as well as occasional weekends and evenings

The HYCC Summer, Program Manager is preferred, but not required, to have the following:

  • Familiarity with national service program and/or youth conservation corps
  • Experience, knowledge of, or demonstrated interest in environmental conservation
  • Experience in entrepreneurial management
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting
  • Familiarity with and appreciation for Hawaiian natural resources, culture, and places
  • Previous experience working or volunteering with under-resourced or at-risk youth
  • Budgeting and grant writing experience
  • Prior restaurant or food industry work experience, and/or with culinary arts

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to

HYCC Community Program Manager Position Description (PDF, 521KB) (Revised 8/1/17)