Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

Founded in 2006, The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation (HCAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the purpose and mission to support and advance the capacity building, native ecosystem and biocultural conservation work of the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance (HCA) through fundraising, advocacy, and strategic outreach and communications.


The HCA is a cooperative collaboration of conservation leaders representing twenty-five government, education, and non-profit organizations that aim to provide unified leadership and advocacy for Hawaii's most critical conservation issues. Collectively, HCA is responsible for managing the biodiversity of Hawaii’s lands and waters. Together, HCA and HCAF strive to perpetuate native ecosystems and ensure the unique biodiversity of our islands endures Visit for more information.

Responsibilities: The Executive Director provides direction and leadership to achieve the vision, mission, strategy and annual goals and objectives of HCAF and ensures that HCA’s programmatic objectives are supported with appropriate human, facilities, technology, financial, communication, and public relations resources. S/he will spearhead the development of HCAF’s business plan in coordination with and to support the work of the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance: strategically promoting the effective long-term management of Hawaii’s native ecosystem. The Executive Director provides overall leadership for fundraising strategy, organizational development, and financial oversight.

  1. Board Support - Supports the HCAF Board via the HCAF Board Chair, to fulfill its governance and fund development functions, supports a robust and inclusive annual strategic planning process, ensures planning decisions are used in setting annual program/project goals, and supports Board's evaluation of the Executive Director. Effectively coordinates HCAF activities with HCA Steering Committee, Executive Committee and Program Director.

  2. Fundraising – Develops and maintains a diverse funding base through oversight of fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, grant writing and submitting proposals, managing fundraising records and documentation and maintaining funder relationships with support of the HCAF board in order to strengthen and diversify the organization’s fundraising revenue.

  3. Financial, Tax, Risk and Facilities Management - Ensures that HCAF is fiscally sound by working with staff and Board to prepare budgets, establish rigorous accountability standards for grant and budget tracking, directs financial activities and makes decisions based on plans and policies developed in concert with the Board of Directors, oversees/supervises all bookkeeping, accounting and financial activities and ensures compliance with current policies, laws and regulations.

  1. Program Management- Leads and coordinates the Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference (HCC). Leads fundraising campaigns and projects in coordination with the Board of Directors. Accountable for the quality of HCA’s conservation programs and grants; provides leadership in choosing which tasks to undertake to achieve the goals and objectives and assures that resources are aligned with top priority tasks. Human Resource Management - Recruits, motivates and empowers a strong staff team in a way that promotes an organizational culture that fosters passion for the mission, cooperation, open and frequent communication, teamwork, and a common organizational vision; develops and implements appropriate human resource policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations, including training, career development, hiring and firing, succession planning, and performance management for all employed and contracted staff.

  2. Community and Public Relations - Assures the organization and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders, and that grows HCAF’s visibility and influence with key stakeholders, other organizations pursuing similar goals, as well as expanding public awareness and support of HCAF’s work.

Primary Qualifications Education:

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biological Sciences, Public Administration, or a related field. Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Biological Sciences, Public Administration, Nonprofit Administration/Management, or a related field preferred.


A. At least 3 years of professional leadership experience and/or successful track record in non profit organization management, fundraising, grant writing, and grants management.

B . At least 3 years of experience in project development, policy, planning and management of conservation issues.


The ideal candidate will have:

  1. Passion for the mission of HCA and HCAF

  2. Aptitude for learning new skills and to function with ambiguity

  3. Preference given to proven leadership skills developed through years of senior management experience; Excellent organizational development, marketing, administration and personnel management skills;

  4. Zest for and understanding of not-for profits and interest or experience in executive management services and Board cultivation

  5. Knowledge of key environmental/conservation issues specific to Hawaiʻi, including Hawaiian socio- cultural and ecological history; preference given to familiarity and experience working in island communities

  6. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of project development, policy, planning, and management of environmental/conservation issues(s);

  1. Ability to resolve wide ranging complex problems through the use of creative reasoning/logic to accurately determine the cause of the problem(s) and address resolution of the problems(s) in an effective, innovative and timely manner;

  2. Demonstrated ability to interpret and present information/ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally and by preparation of reports and other materials;

  3. An affinity and sensitivity for working with a culturally and politically diverse community; able to interact seamlessly with legislators, academics, federal and state government employees.

  4. Proven success at fund development, especially knowledge of and success in attracting foundation and corporate grants; ability or interest in identifying, stewarding and/or soliciting individual donors;

  5. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; including strong presentation skills;

  6. The ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, to encourage teamwork and collaboration; strong

    interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate; effective at conflict management;

  7. Demonstrated ability to advocate effectively on behalf of an organization on politically sensitive issues and raise the visibility of the organization through outreach to key community stakeholders and the general public;

  8. Proficiency with the operation of a personal computer, specifically skills at using Word, Excel, E-mail, Database(s), etc.; tech savvy preferred

Physical Requirements: Able to lift and carry at least twenty to thirty (20-30) pounds.

Reporting Relationship/Evaluation of Performance:

Reports to the HCAF Board of Directors, which is responsible for the Executive Director’s performance evaluation and professional development plan. The Board will annually gather input from the HCA Steering Committee, HCA Executive Committee, HCA Program Director, and other key stakeholders as part of their assessment process.

Status/Classification: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.

Location: Honolulu, Hawaiʻi
Salary/Benefits: Salary and Benefits commensurate with job requirements and candidate qualifications.

Application Process: Please submit a cover letter and resume, to by March 1st, 2016. References and transcripts will be requested at a later date.

Questions about the position may be directed to Paul Conry, Lihla Noori



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