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Inkinen is assisting the Early Learning Board with its search for the Director of the Executive Office on Early Learning.


The Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL), currently with a staff of 21, was established by the State of Hawaii in 2012 and is governed by the Early Learning Board (ELB). Through collaboration and partnerships, EOEL’s mission is to establish a system that ensures a solid foundation of early childhood development and learning for Hawaii’s young children (prenatal to age five), meaningful engagement and supports for their families, and a stable, competent, and supported early childhood workforce. The EOEL works across state departments, organizations, and sectors toward a comprehensive and integrated early childhood system for the state.


EOEL seeks a strategic, compassionate, and adaptable leader who will serve as Director. Qualified candidates must have a demonstrated passion for early childhood development and learning, a proven record of inclusive, collaborative leadership, and a sensitivity to the history of Hawaii’s early learning systems work. Remarkable interpersonal relationship-building and communication skills are highly desired. Understanding of complex systems, the legislative process, and the state and federal government are critical.

The successful candidate will have senior-level management experience in one of the following: early childhood education and development, social work, education, and/or related fields. Supervisory experience, a strong financial management background, and a bachelor’s degree are required. Advanced degree preferred.