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Program Manager (for Hawaii Education Association)

Admin. | Honolulu, HI | Full Time

Job Description

About the Organization

Olomana Loomis works with the Hawaii Education Association (HEA). HEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been supporting educators across the islands for 100 years. Today, HEA provides scholarships for current and aspiring teachers, professional development resources, and professional camaraderie and fellowship for educators at all career stages.

As Hawaii recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, research has shown a great need for teachers to connect with each other, cope with pandemic-induced disruptions, and learn how to help students readjust to a classroom environment. In addition, the challenges that existed prior to the pandemic are still issues today regarding resources for teachers, professional development opportunities and chronic teacher shortages.

HEA desires to develop new, innovative programs to meet the needs of teachers and school administrators in a post-pandemic world. The HEA Program Manager will plan and implement these programs, and will form collaborative relationships and partnerships with schools and education-focused organizations.

More information about HEA can be found on

Program Manager 

The Program Manager role encompasses three areas: Program Development, Program Implementation, and Stakeholder Engagement. 

  • Program Development: The Program Manager will be responsible for creating new, innovative, highly relevant and financially sustainable programs that HEA can provide for Hawaii educators at all grades from preschool through college and in public, private and charter schools. The development of HEA’s programs will involve partners such as professional associations, schools, nonprofits, funders, and government agencies.

  • Program Implementation: The Program Manager will be responsible for executing approved program plans and ensuring that programs provide a quality experience and measurable impact on Hawaii educators. Program implementation will include but not be limited to: project management and coordination, curriculum development, outreach and participant recruitment, forming partnerships and relationships, and event planning and management.

  • Stakeholder Engagement: The Program Manager will be responsible for conducting outreach and building relationships with HEA’s stakeholders including, but not limited to: educators, school administrators and staff, unions, government agencies and departments, nonprofit organizations, and professional associations. The Program Manager will build strong relationships on behalf of HEA, and will represent HEA in joint initiatives, partnerships, and community events. While the Program Manager is not responsible for fundraising, s/he will assist with program information, data and reporting for grant applications, donor solicitations, and other fundraising initiatives.

The Program Manager will report to the Executive Director, and will work closely with the Executive Director to ensure the success of the organization. This is a hybrid position with a mix of remote and in-office working.

Formal education, credentials and work experience

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree.
  • 10 years of work experience in the education sector is desired.
  • Work experience in the Hawaii Department of Education or in an education-focused nonprofit is desired.
  • The ideal candidate is someone who has past experience in creating and launching programs for educators.
  • A Hawaii driver’s license and personal vehicle is required.
  • This position is primarily remote working/work from home, with some required in-person meetings at HEA’s office.
  • This position requires a flexible schedule with occasional weekend and/or evening work as well as occasional neighbor island travel.

Technical skills

  • Event planning and management for both in-person and virtual gatherings.
  • Project management and coordination.
  • Outreach and participant recruitment.
  • Budgeting.
  • Use of online communication tools such as Zoom video conferencing and experience setting up, hosting and managing webinars.

Also required

  • An understanding of the current academic and teaching environment.
  • Knowledge of key players and organizations in the Hawaii education sector.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Desire to make a difference through innovative, community-focused programs.
  • Alignment with HEA’s nonprofit mission.


  • Health insurance coverage.
  • Paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.
  • Automobile stipend.
  • Retirement plan.
  • Professional development supported.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is subject to funding availability.

How to Apply

Email your cover letter and resume. The screening process includes interviews and reference checks.

Candidates must be ready to begin work within a month of offer; therefore only candidates currently on island (or en route to return/relocate to Hawaii) will be considered.