Thank you for your interest. The search is now closed, and the position has been filled.

Inkinen is assisting HSTA with their search for an Executive Director.


Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) is the exclusive representative of 13,000 public school teachers statewide and the state affiliate of the 3-million member National Education Association (NEA). HSTA’s mission is to support and enhance the professional roles of teachers; advocate for teachers’ interests; collaborate with all segments of the community to assure quality public education for Hawaii’s youth; and promote human and civil rights to support and nurture diversity in our multifaceted community. HSTA represents and supports teachers in collective bargaining and with legislative and professional development issues.

Established in 1971, HSTA has been a staunch advocate for teachers’ rights to create an environment where teachers have every opportunity to do their best for their students. HSTA understands that advances made on behalf of teachers ultimately benefit students, and the more students gain from education, the more society gains in the long run. And through its proactive, vigilant and collective action, HSTA has and will continue to meet and overcome challenges to protect and advance public education and its educator members.

HSTA’s focus for its membership is to secure strong pay and working conditions; provide constant support, advocacy, and transparent communication; and offer professional development opportunities and member-exclusive benefits.


The Board of Directors seeks a collaborative and strategic servant leader to oversee the day-to-day operations and carry out its strategic goals. While staying true to HSTA’s mission, vision and values, the Executive Director is responsible for maintaining organizational stability and integrity and building strong relationships within and outside the organization.

With a diverse, statewide membership, 31-member board, and 40+ employees, the Executive Director must be a compassionate and an active listener, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and have proven success in leading staff and directing resources. Oversight of an annual budget exceeding $9 million will require demonstrated fiscal management experience.

The ideal candidate will have an understanding of Hawaii’s public school system and a background in education, labor relations, collective bargaining and government relations. Nonprofit leadership and board governance experience are preferred.