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  • Title: DIRECTOR

Type: Part-time (3/5 FTE) 24 hrs/wk

Compensation: Starting Part-time annual salary $36,000

Workplace Location: Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

Employer: Friends of Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

Application Deadline: Immediate acceptance of applications. Applications accepted until position is filled. Interviews will begin in October 2021.

Application Instructions: Email cover letter, résumé, and contact information for 3  professional references to:

The Director of the non-profit Friends of Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden (Friends) serves under the employment and direction of the Friends Board of Directors. The President of the Friends is the Director’s Supervisor. This exempt position is an at-will employment which is subject to meeting performance expectations of the Board and to the availability of funding for the position. S/he is responsible for working closely with the Board of Directors to have a measurable and successful implementation of the Friends mission and Strategic Plan. This new Director position is a wonderful opportunity to help lead a start-up nonprofit to the next level, in collaboration with an enthusiastic network of committed people.


1. Coordinates and helps implement annual organizational goals and objectives to meet documented expectations set by the Board.

2. Provides administrative management of the organization and implementation and monitoring of its funded programs. Works with the Board committees and contributes to program development.

3. Leads the Board in raising the necessary funds to carry out those annual plans, coordinates fund-raising activities, and collaborates with the Friends grant writer, Board, and Garden Manager in planning creative programs and events, and coordinating external communication materials.

4. Secures additional funds for the Director position via above activities and an actionable plan: both to secure long-term funding and to attain full-time funding for the position.

5. Provides fiscal oversight and accountability and leads in the development of Friends annual and 5-year budgets in coordination with the Board.

6. Provides oversight to volunteers and the development of a volunteer program.

7. The Director is the chief liaison for the Friends with Federal, State, and County officials. and is responsible for maintaining positive relationships and compliance.

8. In addition, the Director leads and provides overall management to these essential duties:

     a. Fostering strong and collaborative partnerships with appropriate entities.

     b. Maintaining a calendar schedule in coordination with the funded grant writer, for  compliance and reports on grant funded projects.

     c. Ensuring that the Friends Board is kept fully informed with at least quarterly reports.

     d. Becoming fully familiar with and ensures compliance with the Garden’s Deed restrictions and conditions in the Garden’s two County Conservation Easements.


The Director is supervised by the Board President and is accountable through the President to oversight by the Friends Board of Directors. The Director either supervises or explicitly delegates supervisory responsibility within the organization for volunteers, interns, and other paid and non-paid people conducting officially sanctioned activities on Garden property. The Director coordinates with, but does not supervise, the contracted grant writer.


1.     Bachelor ' s degree or graduate degree in a field related to the Garden’s mission and goals; and at least two to five years of  equivalent, increasingly responsible administrative experience, at least two of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.

2.     Possess and apply a basic knowledge, appreciation of, and/or interest in Hawaiian culture, native and canoe plants, and Hawaiian prehistory.

3.     Previous experience with native plant conservation, ethnobotany, island ecology, and/or related experience.

4.     General knowledge or able to access Hawai’i standards of practice for protections of historic sites.

5.     Supervisory and administrative experience; program and annual budget management and coordination experience.

6.     Experience working with volunteers and a commitment to volunteer leadership and involvement.

7.     Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal skills a must.

8.     Knowledge of nonprofit administration standards of practice.

9.     Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

10.Exceptional management and team-building abilities and a commitment to the goals and values of the organization.


1.     Personal and professional alignment with the organization's defined core values, vision, and mission.

2.     A minimum of five years of experience in administration - directing a business, nonprofit, or program and involving supervision of a diverse staff and management of significant funds.

3.     Experience in grant writing, fundraising and public relations.

4.     Appreciation and respect for diverse cultures, working styles, and perspectives that comprise a high-functioning nonprofit.


Three-fifths time FTE (Full time equivalent) position (24 hrs/week), salary based on abilities and experience. Benefits include medical and other basic coverage.  Position is currently supported for 2.5 years; additional years and attainment of full-time salaried position dependent upon successful fundraising, with which the Director is expected to assist. Acceptance and review of applications until the position is filled, beginning immediately.


The Friends of Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden (Friends) is a community-based non-profit that owns and manages the ethnobotanical Garden/Community Forest (Garden) located in Captain Cook, Hawaii Island. The Friends purchased the decades-old Garden in 2019 after several years of fund-raising and are now in the initial stages of re-opening the Garden after several years of closure prior to the purchase. The grand re-opening of the Garden was held February 2020, but the Garden has hosted limited programming since then due to the covid pandemic. A recent grant award to the Friends has provided an opportunity for the Friends to hire a Director to work in coordination with the Friends and the Garden Manager who is funded by B. P. Bishop Museum under an Operating Agreement.


The Mission Statement of the Friends is: “As stewards of the Garden’s legacy, we cultivate opportunities for everyone to enjoy our Hawaiian botanical and cultural resources through educational programs, scientific research, recreation, and conservation for the islands and the world.”  The13.6- acre Garden is home to many unique native and endangered Hawaiian plants as well as Polynesian canoe plants of cultural importance, living collections of kalo (taro) and sugar cane and other agroforestry cultivars, a large intact archaeological remnant of the Hawaiian agricultural Kona Field System, representative plant zone groupings, and a Hawaiian Heiau. The Friends have recently undertaken Strategic Planning, and current planned programming includes providing educational, recreational, and research opportunities to the community and visitors. The Website for Friends of Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is


Ka mālama’ana I ka mo’omeheu. I mea e ola ai mai kēia mua aku.


             Preserving culture. So that there is life to come.