Executive Director

Honolulu, HI 96813

Posted: 07/27/2023 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Non-Profit Job Number: 20885

Job Description

Position Description

Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director will oversee the strategic and operational efficiency of the organization’s programs and staff. The ideal candidate must possess a strong entrepreneurial drive, outstanding communication skills, strong leadership qualities, and good planning and organizational skills to steer and influence the organization towards favorable growth. Exceptional stewardship and strategic planning skills are required to expand the organization’s public profile as the leading advocate of women and girls in the State of Hawai?i.



  1. Board Relations. Works with the board of directors and committees, informing, assessing, and addressing issues that affect the organization.
  • Leads the organization in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission and vision as defined by the board of directors.
  • Communicates effectively with the board and provides, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Works with the board to develop a strategic roadmap for the organization’s continued evolution.
  • Provides the board with feedback on progress towards achieving goals in accordance to the board approved strategic plan and budget.
  • Encourages board members’ appropriate involvement in the organization’s full range of activities.
  • Assists in identifying and recruiting new board members.

  1. Mission and Strategy. Works with the board, staff, and other stakeholders to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through the articulation of the organization’s strategic roadmap and vision.
  • Models the organization’s values.
  • Inspires excellence at all levels of the organization.
  • Implements programs that carry out the organization’s mission.

  1. Fundraising. Works with the director of development (if one exists), board, staff, and advisors to develop and implement fundraising strategies.
  • Maximizes contributions from foundations, businesses, and individuals.
  • Serves as an active fundraiser for the organization by meeting with donors with the director of development.

  1. Financial Management. Maintains fiscal health by operating within the approved budget
  • Submits to the board a proposed annual budget that is to be approved by the board.
  • Submits monthly financial statements to the board treasurer before the monthly board meeting.
  • Fosters an atmosphere of transparency and accountability.

  1. Marketing and Communications. Serves as the face and public spokesperson for the organization.
  • Clearly articulates the organization’s mission, vision, advocacy agenda, and impact on the community.
  • Works with the board, staff, and key community members to strengthen the organization’s advocacy and public profile.
  • Champion the organization’s brand in person and across digital platforms.
  • Serve as the face of the organization and actively participate in external events, both increasing visibility, credibility, and brand in the market, and develop strategic partnerships in order to increase community awareness.

  1. Operations. Manages the day-to-day operations and programs, including managing staff and volunteers so they are mission-aligned.
  • Hires and retains competent and qualified staff.
  • Oversees the policies and procedures that the board have approved.
  • Fosters a collaborative team culture.
  • As an executive you are required to properly, and in a timely manner, document all activities you have undertaken relevant to your role. This includes, but is not limited to, recording major points of all meetings, decisions and actions taken in the performance of executive’s duties. This documentation must be accurate, complete, and maintained in an organized manner to ensure transparency and accountability. It must be documented and recorded in a place accessible to relevant parties, including but not limited to staff and board members.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, public relations, or communications preferred.
  2. An understanding of fiscal management.
  3. Public relations, marketing, and fundraising experience.
  4. Entrepreneurial mindset, with innovative approach to business planning.
  5. Nonprofit leadership and board relations experience preferred.
  6. Highly ethical behavior.
  7. Effective communicator.
  8. Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  9. Motivational skills - the ability to inspire and motivate others and individuals who are self motivated.
  10. An understanding of Hawai?i’s women and girls philanthropy.



The Executive Director role can be a hybrid role. We maintain an office in Honolulu. Staff are expected to be able to attend  meetings and events on O?ahu. This includes meetings with staff, donors, community members, and monthly in-person board meetings. The Executive Director must be available to attend evening and weekend functions.



We offers a competitive salary commensurate with market rates and individual experience and skills.


We offer a competitive benefits package that includes:
  • Medical insurance
  • 18 days of vacation leave for years 1-3; 24 days in year 4; 30 days in years 5 and beyond
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Paid personal leaves for bereavement, maternity, care for an immediate family member
  • At ED discretion: summer half day Fridays July 4  through Labor Day and office closure from Christmas Eve through New Years Day


 Interested applicants should submit a current resume and personal statement/cover letter that speaks to “why Women?s Fund of Hawai?i” for you. The personal statement can be submitted as a written document or presentation, audio file, or video file.

After a pre-screen call, qualified applicants will be invited to interview with the WFH executive search committee. The interview will include a series of questions to better understand the applicant's qualifications for the role. The interview will also include a role play scenario that reflects scenarios likely to be encountered in the day to day work of the executive director.

For more information about Women?s Fund of Hawai?i and the WFH Board of Directors, please visit www.womensfundhawaii.org.

Equal Opportunity Employer – Disability and Veteran
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