Community Program Coordinator

Kupu Published: December 5, 2018
Honolulu, Hawaii
Job Type
Education / Outreach / Advocacy /

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~ Kupu is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which aims to empower youth to serve their communities through character building, service learning, and environmental stewardship. ~

Kupu aims to train and equip young adults in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Rim with work skills, life skills, and knowledge to help them become successful as individuals and as part of the greater community. Kupu is staffed by people with a heart to better Hawaii while working as a team with a purpose of doing what is pono and doing what is best for Hawaii and its people. Kupu is a team-focused, vibrant, and synergistic organization whose culture is dynamic and seeks to make a larger impact on Hawaii.

Kupu Mission:

“To empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity (pono) with God, self and others.”

Kupu’s Program Goals:

  • Provide training and education to Hawaii’s youth
  • Help to expose youth to conservation issues and develop an environmental mindset
  • Assist community development through skills training, job and internship placement, and career pathway development

The Kupu Community program equips under-resourced young adults on Oʻahu with the experiences, education, training, and support needed to become productive members of society with a heart to serve and positively impact the community around them. Kupu Community provides training and support in the areas of team work and life skills, personal and cultural development, education, and job readiness.

Position Overview

  • The Program Coordinator position is a full-time position based in West Oʻahu
  • Kupu Community Coordinator reports to the Kupu Community Program Manager


Primary Duties:

  • Assist in overseeing a team of 6-13 Kupu Community participants per cohort (up to 5 cohorts per year)
  • Coordinate orientation, schedule field days/activities/workshops, and assist with coordination of recognition events for Kupu Community participants
  • Coordinate the preparation and transition of participants into the education phase of the program
  • Recruit/enroll participants and conduct outreach presentations
  • Maintain communication with Kupu partners that assist in the delivery of program services
  • Document and maintain program metrics

Secondary Duties:

  • Schedule intake interviews and meet with program applicants and their support systems (if available) before the start of each cohort
  • Develop life skills/employment readiness workshops, speaker and excursion series, training curriculum, and other activities for participants
  • Assist in the administration of program, staff and member evaluation tools
  • Provide alumni follow-up and engagement
  • Collect, securely maintain and prepare participant records and fiscal documents for submission to Program Manager
  • Develop key partnerships to grow the program
  • Other duties as needed


The Kupu Community Coordinator must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed a Bachelor’s degree or have at least 4 years of experience related to under resourced youth
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Office Suite and be proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Oʻahu based, and willing to commute between West Oʻahu and Honolulu/town for training and program meetings as needed
  • Able to work from home in the absence of a facility
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Able to provide mentorship and guidance to team leaders
  • Knowledge of green jobs or natural resource management
  • Able to network with companies, organizations and the community to solicit partnership opportunities or resources
  • A team player who works well with others
  • Program development background
  • Able to conduct self in a professional manner
  • Available full-time Monday through Friday, as well as for possible weekends, evenings, and periodic neighbor island trips.
  • Must meet Criminal History Background Check requirements
  • Able and willing to drive for Kupu business and to meet driver’s abstract requirements
  • Able to lift 50 pounds

Physical Requirements:

  • Due to the nature of this program, the physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
  • Able to work extended hours on steep, rugged terrain; under extreme hot and cold weather conditions
  • Able to hike long distances carrying a 20 lb backpack
  • Able to lift 30+ lbs, and operate basic hand tools (machetes, shovels, picks, etc)
  • Able to work and camp in remote locations with minimal facilities

Desirable Attributes:

  • Experience working with contracts
  • Experience working with target population
  • Organized
  • Punctual
  • Engaged with the community


  • Competitive compensation rate with generous benefits

~ In accordance with Federal Law, Kupu is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. ~

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