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Position Duties

This position is currently a full-time position (includes full health benefits). Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide leadership and direction for the Sustainability Initiative (SI) team
  • Act as a member of Kupuʻs director team that helps to provide strategic and operational support to the Kupu Executive team
  • Initiate and set goals for program according to the strategic initiatives of the organization
  • Develop and manage  budget for SI programs operations
  • Prospect and develop new clients and funding opportunities for Sustainability Initiative program
    • Build relationships with state and local agencies, organizations, and relevant community programs to encourage the integration of the Sustainability Initiatives Program and workforce development into sustainability projects taking place in the State
    • Grow the Sustainability Initiatives Program by being creative, applying for private and public funding, and coming up with new ways to fund sustainability projects and interns. This can be done by grant-writing, fundraising, and other creative procurement approaches and non-profit development activities
    • Provide regular review and adaptations to the SI programs’ business model
  • Devise evaluation strategies to monitor performance and determine the need for improvements
    • Oversee the record-keeping and analysis of program data that quantifies environmental, economic, and social results from the program and projects
    • Further develop program protocols, professional development trainings, environmental trainings, and
    • program materials through personal initiative
  • Provide oversight and direction to the employees of the sustainability initiatives program in accordance with the organization's policies and procedures
    • Coach, mentor and develop staff, including overseeing new employee onboarding and provide opportunities for ongoing training
    • Empower employees to take responsibility for their jobs and goals. Delegate responsibility and expect accountability and regular feedback
    • Foster a spirit of teamwork and unity among program managers that allows for disagreement over ideas, conflict and expeditious conflict resolution, and the appreciation of diversity as well as cohesiveness, supportiveness, and working effectively together to enable each employee and the department to succeed
    • Consciously instills Kupu’s workplace culture that emphasizes the identified mission, visionguiding principles, and core values of the organization as part of our operations
  • Manage all contracts, negotiations, budgets, dashboards, and benchmarks for the program
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

The Director of Sustainability Initiatives must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Available full-time Monday through Friday, as well as the odd weekend and/or evenings with possible out of state travel
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
  • At Least 5 years of experience planning and managing programs and projects
  • Have managed at least 3 years of management experience and contract management experience
  • Detailed oriented

Director of Sustainability Initiatives Personal Characteristics

  • High level of integrity, and character, maturity and professionalism
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Foster Teamwork: Works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem
  • Background or understanding of sustainability issues in Hawaii as well as a general understanding of key participants in the sustainability and green workforce movement

Compensation and benefits*:

  • Commensurate with experience
  • Health benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Eligible for 401(k) plan after one year of service and 1,000 hours of service
  • Other employee benefits

*Kupu has a co-employment agreement with Altres, Inc.

Director of Sustainability Initiatives Reports To: Kupu Director of Operations

Apply:  Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to

Questions can also be sent to Matthew Bauer, Director of Operations, Kupu: or 808-735-1221 x 1007


  • Posted On

    December 6, 2016
  • Closing Date

    May 8, 2017
  • Organization

  • Location

  • Position Type

    Full Time
For more information about Kupu and this opportunity please visit our website at, contact us at 808.735.1221 x1007 or via email at

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