Executive Director

Department: HI - Faith Action for Community Equity
Location: Honolulu, HI
Job Code: 365


Executive Director, Faith Action for Community Equity Hawaii

Organizational Background

Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) is seeking a highly talented and motivated Executive Director with a passion for social and economic justice.  Founded in 1996, FACE is a diverse, grass-roots, faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Hawaii.  Originally based only on Oahu, FACE became a statewide organization in 2008 when it expanded to the island of Maui.
FACE is the only organization of its kind in Hawaii.  FACE exists to allow its members to live out our common faith-based values by engaging in actions that challenge the systems that perpetuate racial discrimination, poverty, and injustice.  We balance social, economic and community activity with a deep spiritual commitment.  Our spiritual centeredness allows us to return hope and love to the public arena,
In its 20-year history, FACE has engaged in education, advocacy, action and community involvement to improve the conditions for people living in Hawaii.  Examples of FACE successes include development and preservation of affordable workforce housing, healthcare reform, safer and fairer workforce conditions, safer traffic conditions for pedestrians and bus riders, and immigration reforms.
Please visit www.facehawaii.org for further information, along with our Covenant Statement.


The executive director will be an energetic, experienced, visionary leader capable of guiding and growing our organization in its next phase.  S/he will have broad responsibility in the following four areas: 
1. Operational Leadership
Participate with the Board and other leaders in developing and carrying out a vision and strategic plan for FACE
Act as a professional advisor to the Board(s) and other leaders on all aspects of the organization's activities
Act as a spokesperson for the organization, conducting official correspondence on behalf of/jointly with the Board as appropriate, and representing the organization at community activities to enhance the organization's community profile

2. Community Organizing and Partnerships
Work intensively with our organizing team to help FACE reach its fullest potential in base-building, leadership development and success in strategic issue campaigns at the local and state levels. 
Provide strategic vision, direction and leadership (along with staff and officers) for driving FACE's organizing campaigns particularly in the area of affordable housing, long-term care, immigration and education.
Build coalitions with elected officials, policy leaders and other strategic allies 

3. Base Building
Maintain relationships with member congregations and clergy in diverse communities
Continue to develop FACE lay leaders through mentorship and training 
Encourage engagement among member units and assist in cultivating relationships with potential new units. 

4. Fundraising
Manage FACE's budget and develop a strategic plan to continue its successful expansion
Manage existing grants while developing a plan to expand and diversify FACE funding and financial capacity
Secure resources from individuals, businesses and foundations through grants, solicitations, events, and other means.
Work with the board and staff to maintain financial stability of the organization


  • The executive director must have the capacity to work at every level of the organization as well as the ability to develop long-term relationships with a diverse volunteer population, clergy, elected officials and key stakeholders. 
  • Flexibility, proactivity, resourcefulness, and efficiency will be critical for success in this role. Expert level written and verbal communication skills, strong decision making ability and attention to detail are equally important as is cultural awareness of and sensitivity to the unique context of Hawaii. The ability to communicate in more than one language is an advantage.
  • Education minimum:  bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • An unwavering passion for and commitment to social Justice and the communities that FACE/Hawaii Serves.
  • Personal qualities that include integrity, mission commitment, respect for diversity, ability to motivate and inspire, and a faith foundation.
  • Minimum of 5 years organizing experience in rural and urban (medium-to-large) communities.
  • At least 3 years of congregation/faith-based organizing experience, effective implementation of local and federated campaign strategies and campaign victories.
  • Knowledge and experience with implementation of civic engagement and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) strategies.
  • Demonstrated competence and leadership in multi-faith, multi-lingual and multi-cultural contexts.
  • Commitment to eliminate racial disparities that persist throughout our society.  We are convinced that the progress on our specific policy goals and the larger task of developing a new multi-racial coalition for social justice requires that we move toward, not away from a frank reckoning with racial privilege as well as other kinds of privilege (gender, economic, etc.)  
  • Ability to apply a system (political, social, economic, and multicultural) analysis to organizing work.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process at all levels of government (county, state & national levels). 
  • Ability to navigate through political environments, familiarity with our Island State and its communities and knowledge of the key issues they face is preferred.
  • Ability to tap into the potential of persons working with FACE/Hawaii and build effective leaders.
  • Track record of strong staff development, supervision and recruitment.
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • History of embracing fundraising, diversifying funding sources, and developing financial capacity for the organization.
  • Proven track record of successful grant writing, and management of grants and funders.
  • Experience managing an operating budget for a non-profit organization.
  • Ability to work with and mobilize volunteers in great numbers

Highly competitive salary range (depending on experience) plus relocation costs are negotiable, augmented with a benefits package of paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave.  The position includes opportunities for training and coaching within the PICO National Network.

Application Procedure: All applicants must apply for this position online. (Click apply for this position below) Please have the following documents ready to upload to your online application:

1.    An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including references;
2.    A cover letter (stating why you would be the ideal person for this position);
3.    Two writing samples (preferably one grant proposal and one press release).

If you need assistance with your application, contact Karen Ginoza at ginozakh@yahoo.com or at 808.227.7804

Deadline:  Until the position is filled. 

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