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Program Manager, Hawaiʻi FoundHer
Hawaiʻi FoundHer is an accelerator program ideated by minority women and run for minority women of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian descent. The program accelerates five high-potential woman-founded or co-founded businesses by providing research-tested resources that women need to succeed. We’ll provide access to capital, childcare stipends, and one-on-one mentorship, as well as access to co-working space, funder and advisor networks, educational opportunities, and marketing services. In the six-month period of the program, participating companies will be put on track to grow their annual revenues by 100-300% over the coming year.
The Program Manager will manage the overall development and implementation of the Hawaiʻi FoundHer program. Responsibilities may include the following:
- Design the program described above for an anticipated Fall 2021 launch.
- Work with program co-founders to source and identify companies to participate in the program.
- Coordinate partnerships, relationships, and networks critical to the program’s success.
- Work directly with participating companies to meet the target of 100-300% growth in addition to other strategic goals.
- Assist program co-founders with fundraising and long-term strategic planning and development.
- Manage marketing, PR, and outreach activities of the marketing team.
- Work with program co-founders on research, reports, or legislation that furthers the program mission to uplift wāhine founders.
- The Program Manager role is not necessarily one of subject matter expertise. This person helps teams where they can and reaches out to people in our networks when different expertise is needed. Having the ability to network, network-map, and be resourceful is important for this role.
- Although Purple Maiʻa Foundation has been around for seven years and has more than a dozen employees, we still consider the organization to be a startup. We all work together to achieve our shared objectives, requiring the ability to be collaborative.
- In this program, you may be working with entrepreneurs and individuals who come from marginalized, underrepresented communities. Being empathetic, which requires deep listening and humility is an important skill to have.
- As a Native Hawaiian organization, we believe in the values of our place, culture, and communities. We don’t expect our employees to speak ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, we don’t require employees to have studied Hawaiian Studies, but we do hope that all employees practice kuleana (responsibility), haʻahaʻa (humility), mālama (care), and aloha (love) and are open to learning about Hawaiian culture.
- Prior to September, the position may be done remotely or hybrid remote/in-office.
- Depending on public health conditions, the program may be held in person after it begins in September, requiring the Program Manager to work in-office.
- Program Manager will be expected to travel to neighbor islands 3-6 times per year for short 1-2 day trips.
- Position is full-time.
- Compensation and Benefits
- Full medical benefits. Salary range $60-80,000 depending on experience.
How to apply
Email your resume to email@example.com to apply. Application period ends Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
Investment Analyst (Paid Internship), Mālama Venture Studios
The Investment Analyst plays a crucial role in identifying relevant grant and investment opportunities for companies being developed in Mālama Venture Studio. This individual (1) sources and vets investment opportunities from global accelerators and investment firms as well as grant opportunities from philanthropies, government agencies, and foundations; (2) builds networks and investor relationships; and (3) works with company CEOs in preparing them for grant proposals and presentations to investors.
- Research and assess global investment and grant funding opportunities
- Work directly with company CEOs in preparation for grant proposal submissions and presentations to investors
- Excellent analytical skills
- Capable of comprehending complex instructions
- Highly efficient work ethic
- Interest in launching a career in entrepreneurship or finance
- Excellent written communicator
(Past experiences not required, but taken into consideration.)
- Writing funding applications and/or grant proposals
- Prior interactions with investors, competition judges, grantors, or philanthropists
- Experience with an early-stage startup in any position
Compensation and Working Conditions
- This position may be done remotely or hybrid remote/in-office.
- $15/hr. Up to 19 hrs/week
How to apply
Email a sample of a grant proposal, scholarship application, pitch deck, or other similar document to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. You may also include a portfolio, cover letter, resume, and/or LinkedIn profile link in your email.
Social Media Intern (Paid Internship)
The marketing team at Purple Maiʻa is growing! As an organization, we run over 5 programs that serve ʻohana from ʻōpio to kūpuna in areas of technology education, design + entrepreneurship and workforce development. To help spread awareness of what we do, we run several channels on various social media platforms.
Do you dig our mission? How might our work inspire others? This is an opportunity to create and support a series of digital campaigns that help to tell our story. Youʻll manage, produce content and analyze how we perform and practice social media.
Responsibilities may include the following:
- Create campaigns and content for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
- Tracking metrics for campaigns and overall growth
- Work with the marketing team and directors to support the needs of each program
- Explore new social media platforms
You donʻt have to be an expert! This person is excited about social media platforms and is motivated to explore informative and fun ways of using the technology to support our mission. Basic design capabilities are needed (Photoshop, Canva).
You have attention to detail and can thrive in a fast paced environment. Although weʻve been around for seven years and have more than a dozen employees, we still run like a startup.
You can manage your time well and work collaboratively. There will be several campaigns running simultaneously but we all work together to achieve our shared objectives.
You are open to learning about Hawaiian culture. As a Hawaiian organization, we believe in the values of our place, culture, and communities. We don’t expect our employees to speak ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, we don’t require employees to have studied Hawaiian Studies, but we do hope that all employees practice kuleana (responsibility), haʻahaʻa (humility), mālama (care), and aloha (love).
The position may be done remotely or hybrid remote/in-office. Position is part-time at $20/hour for 12 weeks.
Email your resume to email@example.com to apply.
Sales and Development Representative (Paid Internship)
Mālama Venture Studio develops high-potential early-stage technology startups which have been incubated through the Purple Prize and internally.
At Mālama Venture Studio, we know that the key to companies’ growth is in a high-performing sales team. That’s why we’re seeking a qualified Sales Development Representative to find and screen potential customers who can benefit from our products and services. As the first line of communication with prospects, an ideal Sales and Development Representative will learn companies’ sales processes, research leads, start new relationships, and set companies’ sales teams up for success. You should be a quick learner with strong communication skills, and have the ability to showcase each company’s offerings in a compelling way. Every potential customer is an opportunity for you to boost revenue growth, customer acquisition, and profitability.
- Represent studio companies’ products and services, starting with a comprehensive understanding and leading to consumer research to identify how their solutions meet needs
- Set up meetings or calls between (prospective) customers and sales executives
- Generate leads and build relationships by nurturing warm prospects and finding new potential sales outlets
- Manage and maintain a pipeline of interested prospects and engage sales teams for next steps
- Report to sales teams with weekly, monthly, and quarterly results
Strong communication skills via phone and email
Compensation and Working Conditions
This position may be done remotely or hybrid remote/in-office.
$15/hr. Up to 19 hrs/week
How to apply
Choose one of the following options to apply:
Complete the form at bit.ly/malama_sdr
Email Alec Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org your resume and a 30 second to one-minute self-introduction video or audio clip
Interested to volunteer?
Send leka uila to email@example.com