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Inkinen is assisting EPIC ‘Ohana Inc. (EPIC) with their search for an Executive Director.


Effective Planning and Innovative Communication (EPIC ‘Ohana) is a dynamic nonprofit organization committed to the holistic well-being of individuals, families, and communities in Hawaii. What started out as an innovative Family Group Decision Making pilot project in 1996 has since grown into a suite of programs that are integrated with the Child Welfare System (CWS), giving voice to youth, families and communities. In addition to providing innovative programs that benefit youth and families, EPIC ‘Ohana advocates for systemic change.

EPIC ‘Ohana actively partners with governmental entities such as the Judiciary and Attorney General’s Office, playing a crucial role as a convenor, facilitator, and trainer for collaborative decision-making for youth and families who are experiencing foster care. Their commitment to enhancing family and child well-being is rooted in principles of trauma effectiveness, integration of Native Hawaiian culture and values, and a deep respect for the lived experiences of individuals and families. EPIC ‘Ohana has deeply integrated lived experience and peer mentoring into the fabric of the organization; a fourth of its staff have had direct experience with the foster care system as youth, birth parents, care givers, or kin.


The Executive Director (ED), Kuhikuhina Nui, mindful of the values of aloha at the birthing of EPIC ‘Ohana Inc. (EPIC), shall be responsible for assuring that EPIC, has a long-range vision and strategy that achieves its mission and has the fiscal and human resources to successfully implement that vision and strategy. The ED is responsible for EPIC’s administration, operations, and programs. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for maintaining EPIC’s key relationships in Hawai‘i and nationally; for embracing and modeling EPIC’s values; and for authentically representing EPIC on local, state, and national collaborative endeavors. In all activities, the ED is mindful that they are a steward of the culture of the organization and the well-being of the families, children, and young people EPIC serves.

The ED must demonstrate an active commitment to EPIC’s mission and vision and strive to incorporate EPIC’s values in all aspects of daily work. The ED is responsible for carrying out the mission and working with the Board of Directors to develop and implement the organization’s strategic plan, and to honor these commitments and embed them in all aspects of our work:

  • Being Trauma Effective in our policies, procedures, and practices
  • Integrating Native Hawaiian Values in our programs and our work
  • Uplifting Lived Experience in systems impacting children and families

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Organizational Operations
  • Funding & Fiscal Management
  • Collaborations & Communication
  • Programming & Systematic Reform/Change
  • Staffing, Leadership & Organizational Culture

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Target Annual Base Salary: $140,000 – $150,000