The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is guided by the vision and
mission to ensure the perpetuation of the culture, to protect the
entitlements of Native Hawaiians, and to build a strong and healthy
Hawaiian people and nation.
The Board of Trustees (BOT) for the OHA seeks to hire a Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) to implement the policies, rules, and
directives adopted by the BOT. The CEO guides the organization's
operations within the parameters established by the BOT in response
to the concerns of the OHA's beneficiaries. The CEO manages the
internal operations of the OHA by providing leadership, guidance,
direction and executive oversight. Additionally, the CEO works with
other agencies, public and private, that also serve Native
Hawaiians consistent with the OHA's mission of bettering the
conditions for all Hawaiians.
The ideal candidate will possess the following
competencies and qualifications:
Trustee Relations: The CEO is selected by the
BOT as the principal executive of the OHA and is delegated the
responsibility for the management of the OHA which includes
developing and overseeing organizational structures, systems and
Leadership & Engagement: Establishes clear
vision and direction for the OHA staff and ensures that the OHA's
mission, core values, and principles are understood and put into
practice. Effectively mentors and empowers staff to create a
healthy, positive, and culturally grounded environment.
Advocacy: The CEO serves as a legislative
advocate on behalf of the BOT and the OHA.
Fiscal & Asset Responsibility & Compliance: The
CEO is responsible for fiscal and budget oversight and carries out
the management of the OHA's Native Hawaiian Trust Fund (NHTF) in
accordance with the NHTF Investment Policy adopted by the BOT.
Community Relations: Is an effective liaison
between the BOT, the OHA and the Hawaiian community.
At least ten (10) years experience as a senior executive for a
non-profit or for-profit organization/company, public
administration, and/or executive leadership experience required, of
which the last five years must be at executive or leadership
levels. Experience working closely with government, preferably at
the state level.
Graduate degree in public administration, political science,
business administration, or related field; relevant experience may
substitute for degree requirements.
Experience in working with the Native Hawaiian community and
Experience in working with legislative matters both at the
state and federal levels.
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter
describing qualifications and interest in the position to Marie
Kumabe at by September 30,
2019 for full consideration. Review of applications will begin
immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The
complete job description and qualifications are available at:
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.