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RISE Program Manager


Kupu is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which aims to empower youth to serve their communities through character building, service learning, and environmental stewardship. Kupu aims to train and equip young adults in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Rim with work skills, life skills, and knowledge to help them become successful as individuals and as part of the greater community.  Kupu is staffed by people with a heart to better Hawaii while working as a team with a purpose of doing what is pono and doing what is best for Hawaii and its people. Kupu is a team-focused, vibrant, and synergistic organization whose culture is dynamic and seeks to make a larger impact on Hawaii. 

Kupu Mission

“To empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity (pono) with God, self and others.”

Kupu’s Program Goals

  • Provide training and education to Hawaii’s youth
  • Help to expose youth to conservation  issues and develop an environmental mindset
  • Assist community development through skills training, job and fellowship placement, and career pathway development

Sustainability Initiatives/RISE, a core program of Kupu, is a collaborative effort which innovatively addresses two paramount needs for Hawaii: sustainability and local job creation.  RISE works closely with private, public, and non-profit partners to develop paid fellowship opportunities for higher-education students and graduates seeking professional experience in the sustainability sector.  RISE provides technical project support and expertise while managing the hiring, HR, training, and mentoring of fellows to ensure the successful execution of our partners’ projects.  RISE compliments these fellowships with its Sustainability Seminar Series (S3), which links fellows with the intellectual and community networks they need to grow their knowledge base and build their careers. Find out more at

RISE Program Manager Position Overview:

Start Date:

Beginning of February 2017

End Date:

June 2017 (with possibility of extension)

Application Deadline:


Position Location:

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii; Program Manager is required to work from Kupu’s main office at 677 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1200

Education Requirements:

Undergraduate degree or higher


Current funds are aligned for 40 hours/ week


Full health care and benefits package including paid vacation


Position Duties

This is a 40 hour position that includes, but is not limited to, the following duties:

  • Lead the recruiting, selection, training, support, mentorship, and management of 7-10 RISE Fellows.
    • Fellows will be working on projects in the areas of business development, public policy, software development, marketing and outreach with small and large partners in Hawaii and nationally.  It will be the program manager’s responsibility to stay up –to-date on these issues and lead the fellows professionally.
    • Ensure through project management, regular check ins, and provision of resources that fellow tasks and work plans are clearly identified, appropriately executed, and successfully completed on schedule.
    • Coordinate activities and programming for fellows within contractual requirements and as deemed appropriate for successful fellow participation and professional growth amongst all RISE fellows.
  • Work with the fellows’ project teams, work sites, and partner organization to ensure satisfaction with fellows’ work.
  • Grow and develop the RISE Program with the Director of RISE and other Program Managers
    • Further develop program protocols, professional development trainings, environmental trainings, and program materials by direction and through personal initiative.
  • Record and analyze related program data and quantify environmental, economic, and social results from the fellow projects. 
  • Based on the scope and deliverables of the project, aggregate fellows reports and write reports for partner organization.
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned. 

Position Requirements

In order to be considered for hire, one must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Available to begin the position as early as February 1st 2017 and commit until June 2017;
  • Completed a four-year undergraduate degree in an interdisciplinary study that may include business, engineering or a related degree;
  • A minimum of two years full time work experience with demonstrated success in related work experiences and project management;
  • Experience and interest in playing leadership and supervisory role;
  • Able to conduct self in professional manner and set positive examples;
  • Familiarity with Hawaii’s sustainability and energy issues and current projects;
  • Interest in personally mentoring fellows and collaborating to develop a comprehensive sustainability fellowship program;
  • Strong attention to detail and personal accountability;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Flexible in supporting other duties as assigned.


It is preferred that the applicant has the following:

  • More than two years of full –time work experience in small business related field
  • A Master’s Degree;
  • Grant writing experience;
  • Experience facilitating small groups and meetings;

RISE Program Manager Reports To: Kupu’s Director of Sustainability Initiatives

How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to


  • Posted On

    January 18, 2017
  • 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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