The Liliʻuokalani Center (LC) is a comprehensive demonstration project powered by Lili’uokalani Trust’s Youth Development initiatives. The Honolulu-based Center will provide kamaliʻi (native born youth) with access to an array of multi-disciplinary programs focused on creativity, play, technology and leadership and will be comprised of a variety of learning spaces furnished with innovational resources and equipment for each of the different disciplines for beneficiaries to explore and develop skills, knowledge, and talent.
Lili’uokalani Trust (LT) is a private operating foundation founded in 1909 for the benefit of orphan and destitute children with preference given to Native Hawaiian children. With over 150 employees, the trust serves approximately 10,000 children annually through direct services and reaches thousands more through collaborations with community partners. A diversified portfolio of real estate, marketable securities and private investments provides the resources to support mission-related programs and activities. Comprised of Hawai‘i real estate and a global investment fund, LT’s endowment assets ended the year more diversified than at any time in the Trust’s 112-year history with a total value of over $1 billion.
The Strategic Plan 2020–2025 focuses on five areas, each critical to the Trust’s vision and mission success: 1) innovative programs serving kamaliʻi from inception to age twenty-six; 2) trauma-informed social emotional support services; 3) robust capabilities in research and evaluation to inform decision making and scale successes; 4) organizational excellence; and 5) effective resource management.
As the Trust’s signature Youth Development demonstration project, the Liliʻuokalani Center will provide kamaliʻi with access to an array of multi-disciplinary programs focused on creativity, play, technology and leadership. LC is intended to model effective and impactful programs for serving Native Hawaiian youth. To strengthen youth’s access to caring professionals and mentors, instructors will be drawn from a pool of youth development practitioners, practicing artists, coaches and entrepreneurs.
The Center is currently in the design and planning stage, with construction to be overseen by the Trust’s architects and construction professionals.
Reporting to the LT President and CEO, the Executive Director (ED) of the Liliʻuokalani Center is a newly established position responsible for leading programming, operations, and other administrative functions of the service facility. The ED seeks to promote creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial learning environments, ensuring the steady flow of operations through proper staffing and administrative plans, including developing budgets, and implementing strategies to optimize programs resources.
This role leads and oversees all planning, design, and implementation of programs and operational procedures. The ED provides visionary leadership in the evolution of LT’s youth development practices, ensuring safe spaces and welcoming environments conducive to creation, innovation, and growth. This role collaborates with LT’s program leadership and external networks to allow greater reach in the community.
Expected to be in full operation in 2025, the Center has the potential to employ 75+ staff with three direct reports to the ED: Administrative Director, Programs Director, and Facilities Director.
Design, Development, and Implementation
- Supports the design and development of the Liliʻuokalani Center from the ground to its full staffing and operation in 2025. Leverages on knowledge, experience, and continuous research and partnering to ensure the Center stands up with solid, best in class foundation and resources.
- Develops policies and procedures for each core program and functional department at the Center, covering general administration, continued development, safety, and best practices in the implementation of youth development programs as well as overall facility operations.
- Designs and proposes a sustainable business plan keeping the mission of the Center as the guiding objective, ensuring the operation develops and builds itself to provide best opportunities for kamali’i’s growth and transformation.
- Prepares and maintains operational budget, to include evaluating and approving expenses, identifying needs for budget adjustments, and carefully stewarding the Queen’s resources.
- Holds overall responsibility for the recruitment, development and retention of the Center’s teammates. This includes partnering with human resources where needed to observe diversity and inclusion in the hiring of quality talent, ensuring best practices in talent management and development, and applying engagement strategies to captivate and retain high performers.
- Collaborates with LT’s Communications team to develop a promotional and PR plan for the Center to popularize its services and mission, extending its reach and recruitment efforts towards beneficiaries and promoting the organization to potential leaders, partners, and experts across a broad variety of disciplines and industries. Represents the Center at community activities and other public events. Builds and maintains relationships with prominent business and community leaders, national sports figures and supportive celebrities.
- Stays updated with latest youth development inititiaves as well as state and federal laws and regulations to ensure the Center’s services remain pedagogically competitive and legally compliant. Partners with Risk and Compliance to manage risk and safety practices.
Innovative Program Leadership
- Oversees and leads the design and development of youth development programming from conception to evaluation, ensuring programs are effectively addressing the needs of kamaliʻi, preparing them with the right keenness to seize opportunities and realize their greatest potential.
- Provides guidance and mentorship to the Center’s programming leadership, seeking opportunities for the teams to build on their skills and deepen their relationships with the community they serve.
- Provides leadership and innovation in the enhancement of teaching and learning techniques through proper identification, assessment, and integration of effective innovative practices that advance positive outcomes for Native Hawaiian kamaliʻi.
- Develops a strategic roadmap with overarching institutional goals and objectives that align with LT’s 25-year strategic plan.
- Partners with internal and external experts and resources to create diverse college and career pathways that align with the organization’s program goals and meet the needs of kamaliʻi in their continued development and success.
- Identifies and creates opportunities for new learning experiences including, but not limited to, experimentation with alternative learning environments, blended learning, experiential learning, and other innovative learning strategies.
- Identifies program opportunities and engages in cultivating new and continued partnerships with national and regional educational innovators.
- Collaborates with LT’s program leadership and external networks to allow greater reach in the community.
Facility Administration and other responsibilities
- Oversees the overall usage of the Center’s spaces, through LT networks and external partnerships (rentals).
- Ensures the Center has continuous security and facility management, supporting and guiding a plan to safeguard equipment and resources around the clock.
- Creates and develops a facilities maintenance department to lead and ensure clean, safe, secure, and healthy environments that are conducive to optimal educational and productive outcomes for youth, teammates, and visitors.
- Guides the development of safety plans, emergency procedures, and preventative and recovery programs.
- Develops activity and performance reports on a quarterly basis and /or as required by Executive Leadership and Trustees.
- Attends all designated meetings for the Center as well as the Trust.
- Understands and upkeeps compliance with LT’s policies and procedures, ensuring new ones developed for the Center align with LT’s overall mission and culture.
- Contributes to LT’s success through collaboration, communication, and knowledge-sharing with all teammates to improve team and organizational results.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10-15 years of experience managing complex projects or programs in human services (education, health, housing, social work, etc.). This should include 7+ years of experience working with youth, and at least 10 years of experience preferred managing and developing a high performing team. Knowledge of education; child development; planning and designing curricular programs is critical.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to lead with purpose and a visionary approach ensuring teammates are consistently engaged and inspired to perform above expectations, producing exceptional outcomes for the populations served.
The Executive Director must have strong business acumen, including budget management, program development and execution, and familiarity with outcome measures and quality assurance metrics. A master’s degree in education, business, political science, public administration, social work or another appropriate field is important.
The ideal candidate will:
- Demonstrate cultural competence in working with disadvantaged and/or minority populations
- Communicate clearly complex issues, both verbally and in writing and will be an effective public speaker. They will work well among all levels of the organization and the public.
- Model the highest level of ethics, integrity, LT values and social responsibility.
- Demonstrate a commitment and ability to promote and sustain positive workplace values and relationships
- Work well under-pressure, remain calm and controlled when faced with difficult situations and address difficult issues promptly.
Organization Competencies Needed for Success
- Alignment with Queen Lili’uokalani’s legacy: Understanding and appreciation of Queen Liliuokalani’s story, her legacy and the Hawaiian Culture is foundational to the staff’s commitment to working with Hawaiian children, families and communities.
Respect for and appreciation of Hawaiian values, history, and culture, understanding its implication in one’s work, in fostering meaningful relationships, and in embracing the community served.
- Ho`omau i ka `imi Na`auao (Continuous Learning and Improvement): Committed to creating and reinforcing an environment of continuous learning and improvement.
- Ho`ike i na Mana`o Pono (Effective Communication): Communicates with those served and with other staff in a consistent manner that results in mutual understanding, harmony, and action.
- No’ono’o loi (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving): Actively and skillfully understands, conceptualizes, applies, analyzes, synthesizes, and/or evaluates information and develops and supports fact-based analyses and recommendations
- Ho’o kumu a’e or `Imi hakuhia (Innovation): Identifies and integrates creative ideas into new or existing services and promotes effective problem-solving.
- Pilina Ho`ohana a me ka Hana Hilina`i (Building Relationships and Creating Trust): Manages relationships to create optimal opportunities and move the organization forward.
- Alu Like I ka Hana (Teamwork): Works cooperatively and collaboratively with others throughout the organization in alignment with the organization’s objectives.
- Ho`onui I ka `Ike (Capacity Building): Encourages personal growth by exhibiting trust and a belief in the capacity of others.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an experienced innovator to provide transformational leadership and program development for a dynamic organization that provides vital services to Hawai’i’s native youth. The new Executive Director will play an integral role in reducing the isolation felt by disadvantaged youth; counteracting the lack of opportunity and oppression they often face; and developing healthy, independent, thriving adults. Successful development and leadership of the flagship Lili’uokalani Center may lead to positions of greater responsibility, including promotion to Chief Program Officer, responsible for oversight of the Lili’uokalani Trust’s 13 community centers, located throughout the state.
The compensation range for this position is $134,600 to $181,700, commensurate with experience and qualifications. LT offers an excellent benefits package including Kaiser or UHA health, vision and dental insurance, as well as accidental death and disability coverage. The Trust has a 401k retirement plan with employer matching 100% up to first 5% of the employee’s salary and 50% of the next 2%. Employees enjoy generous PTO and paid holiday policies. Reimbursement toward basic relocation expenses will be considered for the exceptional individual they are seeking.
Please submit cover letter and résumé as attachments via e-mail to:
Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner or Joe McCormack, Founding Partner
1740 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.531.5003 | Fax: 212.203.9599
All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Please note that your education, dates of employment and other information will be verified prior to an offer.
Liliʻuokalani Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. They strive to recruit, train, and retain innovative talent from a diverse candidate pool. All employment decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital/civil union status, arrest and court record, domestic or sexual violence victim status, credit history, disability or veteran/military status or other applicable legally protected characteristics.