Stupski Foundation


Hawai‘i (Remote; On O’ahu or neighbor islands and open to inter-island travel), Hawaii

Date Posted

April 26, 2021

Job Category

The Health Program Officer, Hawai‘i will split their time between the early brain development and serious illness care portfolios as needs require. The work involves partnering with local health systems and community clinics to build integrated services for the people we are trying to serve, supported by investments to ensure that these will be paid for in the long term. Community-based organizations, government, academic institutions, and insurance providers may also have a role in our strategy. Critical tasks include monitoring grantmaking and developing relationships with a range of diverse partners.

With guidance from the Director, the Program Officer will have the opportunity to tailor the initial strategies developed with assistance from the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation according to the Program Officerʻs experience and partners’ results to have the most impact possible. Above all, the Program Officer will apply their passion for social change, ability to engage with complex health stakeholders across Hawai‘i, research and analytical capabilities, and unique experience to advance the Foundation’s mission and ambitious strategies through 2029.

The salary range for this position is $150,000–$175,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Key responsibilities for the Program Officer include:

  • Interacting and forging trusted relationships with Foundation staff, consultants, and the board of directors
  • Designing inclusive processes to invite grant ideas and working with potential grantees to maximize the impact of grant proposals
  • Developing trusted relationships with a portfolio of grantees in Hawai‘i to identify how we can help them achieve their goals and how our approaches can be adapted based on their experience and insight
  • Revising our grantmaking approach on an ongoing basis, in collaboration with the Director and team and in line with findings from grantees and other data, to maximize impact
  • Capturing grantee results, insights, and learnings; drawing out implications; and fine-tuning strategies in collaboration with the Director and team
  • Facilitating and supporting relationship development and collaboration among key stakeholders, including grantees, funding partners, policymakers, and more, to increase collective impact
  • Supporting the Director in building relationships with key stakeholders and funders to create coalitions that can sustain impact beyond the Foundation’s existence (up to 30% travel—mainly inter-island with some travel to the Bay Area—may be required, when safe/advisable to do so)

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3–5 years of relevant experience working to advance health, ideally EBD, insocial-sector and/or health care environments such as safety net institutions, community-based organizations, government agencies, or philanthropic organizations
  • Familiarity with EBD stakeholders and issues in Hawai‘i; existing relationships a plus
  • Understands the social safety net and challenges of accessing its resources, either by professional and/or lived experience
  • Can quickly absorb, analyze, and share implications of large amounts of information, including research, data, community input, and grantee reports
  • Ability to grasp, translate, and operationalize big ideas into operational goals and plans that meet the needs of the Foundation, partners, and communities
  • Demonstrated history of centering the needs of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities, with a particular emphasis on Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, immigrant, refugee, and other local Hawaiian communities, when creating strategies or programs and/or when grantmaking
  • Has a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or work experience in excess of the minimum requirement; an advanced degree is a plus
  • Solid grants and/or data management experience via Salesforce or similar systems preferred

Application Process

Stupski Foundation is partnering with Walker and Associates Consulting—a BIPOC and woman-owned and woman-led strategic management consulting and search firm located in Alameda County—to facilitate this search. To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to your references) to on or before 5:00 p.m. PT on Friday, June 4, 2021, noting the following
additional instructions:

  • Use the subject line: Health Program Officer, Hawai‘i.
  • To foster an open and impartial application review process that minimizes the potential for bias, please remove any reference to academic institutions from which you obtained any degree, if applicable. You should still list any degrees without reference to the school; just simply list the type of degree conferred, for example: “Bachelor of Arts in Economics.”
  • Submit Microsoft Word or PDF files only (one combined PDF file is preferred).

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About Stupski Foundation

Stupski Foundation is a private spend down foundation investing all of our assets by 2029 to make the greatest possible change in our communities today.

The Foundation primarily funds organizations in San Francisco and Alameda Counties and Hawaiʻi that address food security, postsecondary success, and health, specifically maximizing early brain development and improving serious illness care. We are engaging community partners in decision-making through the end of our spend down. We honor our grantee partners’ expertise and lived experiences, recognizing that they know what solutions work best for their communities. Internally, the Foundation is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture and seeks candidates who can help the Foundation live into this aspiration.

Stupski Foundation’s health portfolio focuses on two critical areas:

Serious Illness Care (SIC)—Everyone living with a serious illness should be able to live their highest quality of life for as long as possible: Patients with serious illnesses report alarming levels of physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering. One in four patients nationwide experienced unmet needs for pain, half suffered from a lack of emotional support, and almost two 2 in 3 had spiritual or religious concerns. By 2029, the Foundation pledges to ensure patients receive care that reduces unnecessary suffering and respects their wishes. Current strategies in the Bay Area include building comprehensive serious illness programs in local health systems, providing palliative care in all settings, capturing and honoring patients’ care preferences, providing family caregiver support, connecting patients to the social services they need, and tailoring these approaches to meet the needs of people who are underserved.

Early Brain Development (EBD)—Every child, regardless of income, should have an equal opportunity to thrive: The early years of a child’s life establish the foundation for all aspects of their development. Yet, one-third of children from birth to age 3 in San Francisco and Alameda Counties are part of families struggling to make ends meet and are more likely to experience health, behavior, and learning challenges. By 2029, the Foundation commits to ensure that children have the integrated health and social services that will help them thrive. In the Bay Area, we have worked with pediatric clinics to connect families to the social services they need, recognize and treat toxic stress, and promote holistic child development.


Questions? Contact Jeannine Walker, Walker and Associates Consulting,