Deputy Director

HCAN is hiring a full-time Deputy Director (Deputy) to be part of the executive management team for Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network and Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network Speaks! (collectively referred to as HCAN).

The Deputy is an experienced community leader who is passionate about policy change. They are firmly grounded in anti-racist theory, have strong management expertise, and are excited at the prospect of growing a team.

The Deputy will engage in strategic planning, and program and fiscal management. The ideal candidate is comfortable in an extremely fast-paced and dynamic environment and is a self-starter who has excellent attention to detail and organizational skills. The Deputy is an effective communicator, can build relationships with ease, is passionate about equity, and has a demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a group.

The Deputy will assist in leading the organization with a passion and motivation toward structural change centered on building power, relationships, grassroots movements, and racial equity. This role is perfect for someone who is self-motivated, dedicated to investing in the leadership of an organization, creative, results-oriented, and eager to operationalize transformative change for families.

Please apply using the job application below.

Essential job functions:

  • Administrative Management and Leadership
    • Works with the Executive Director to develop and implement organizational strategic plans and initiatives.
    • Plans, coordinates and evaluates selected programs and initiatives.
    • Supervises selected staff, interns, and volunteers.
    • Provides contract management for selected contracts and vendors.
    • Serves as the Acting Executive Director in the absence of the Executive Director.
    • Provide leadership and program coordination for the 501c4 related to HCAN.
    • Develops and maintain positive relationships with government and community partners.
    • Represents HCAN at meetings, community events, and on state and community workgroups, taskforces and commissions.
  • Fund Development
    • Oversees the development and execution of the fundraising strategy and plan.
    • Identifies new funding sources.
    • Coordinates, plans, and implements any fundraising events/activities with support from HCAN staff and Board of Directors.
    • Oversees the organization’s donor database for tracking individual and institutional supporters.
    • Coordinates all donor relations, including solicitations and acknowledgement.
    • Coordinates the development of grant proposals and reports.
    • Develops and maintains effective relationships with funders, donors, and other appropriate collaborative partners, community networks, and collaterals.
  • Marketing and Communications
    • Coordinates all external communications, marketing and public relations.
    • Coordinates internal communications within HCAN, such as staff tools, portals, meetings and new hire orientation.
  • Other functions
    • Acts as a resource to the Board of Directors, staff and appropriate Board committees.
    • Participates in staff meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions to remain current on the best practices in the field.
    • Provide leadership and program coordination for the 501c4 related to HCAN.
    • Acts as a resource to the Board of Directors; staffs appropriate Board committees.
    • Participates in grant writing, fundraising and program reporting as needed.
    • Participates in staff meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions to remain current on the best practices in the field.

Required qualifications:

  • Education / Training: Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Experience: Three (3) years of experience in an executive or administrative capacity involving program and/or fiscal management.
  • Understanding of Hawaiʻi systems, structures, and community.
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to meet tight deadlines and balance multiple priorities.
  • Passion for the mission, vision, and values of Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network, along with a strong commitment to equity and social justice.

Preferred qualifications:

A leader who models our values of transparency and accountability and understands the importance of growing and investing in the leadership of our staff and community. The Deputy is an innovative leader who is results-oriented and has strong project and people management skills. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications below, we are looking for a candidate with:

  • Deep connections to the Hawaiʻi community.
  • Experience supervising staff or volunteers, with a strong track record of building teams and developing staff leadership.
  • Experience bringing often underrepresented or marginalized communities and stakeholders to decision-making tables.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills; Ability to work with diverse people communities and cultures.
  • Hard-working, self-disciplined, and ability to work well under pressure. Ability to plan and manage work effectively, and manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to pivot quickly and adjust to an ever-changing political and non-profit environment. This means being able to multi-task, prioritize and re-prioritize as needed to get the job done.
  • Attuned to community, messaging, and tone. Open to constructive feedback and able to quickly incorporate guidance.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team, and work independently
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work flexible hours (both evenings and weekends) as needed.

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About HCAN

Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network (HCAN) is an independent, nonpartisan children’s policy and advocacy 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to build a unified voice educating and advocating for Hawaiʻi’s children. Our partner organization, HCAN Speaks!, is a 501(c)4 nonprofit whose mission is to ensure Hawaiʻi’s keiki have a bright future by building a powerful movement of families.

Together, our vision is to have well-funded, family-focused public policies and programs that prioritize keiki and give them the resources to learn, grow, and thrive in Hawai’i. We engage, educate, empower, and mobilize families, community leaders, and policymakers. We provide information on child well-being, stimulate dialogue on children's issues, and promote accountability and action.

Our commitment to equity

HCAN is committed to building a team that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. We strive to create an inclusive, supportive work environment that values each employee’s unique skills and perspectives. Meet our current board and staff here.

One of HCAN’s organizational goals is to build the capacity of excluded and unheard communities to shift and change systems of power and oppression, and this begins with our own staff. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, particularly those who are traditionally underrepresented in the policy and advocacy space, even if you’ve had a less traditional path or don’t feel like you check every box.

Hiring process

Submit your resume and cover letter below. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to applications submitted by August 31, 2022. The hiring process will include two rounds of interviews and reference checks. We would like to have the selected candidate begin in September or October 2022.

In accordance with HCAN’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, and to safeguard the health of employees, partners, and the greater community, all HCAN employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.

Compensation and benefits

The salary for this full-time position is $75,000 – $90,000.

Benefits at HCAN include:

  • A primarily remote working environment
  • A family-friendly work culture with opportunities for flexible scheduling
  • Laptop, virtual phone line, and other work-from-home supplies
  • 20 days of paid time off and 15 holidays
  • 20 days of paid family and medical leave
  • Medical and dental insurance (100% of premium covered for employee)
  • Flexible spending account for medical and dependent care expenses
  • Cell phone and internet stipend
  • Opportunities to attend conferences and other professional development
  • 403(b) retirement plan with an employer contribution (contribution starting later in 2022)


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