The Director of Cultural Resources is responsible for the advancement of the Museum’s Ethnology and Archaeology Collections through the supervision of associated collections management, conservation, and research. The Director also oversees the Conservation Department. He or she ensures that the division’s goals align with the mission/vision and goals of the Museum and that strategies and plans are developed and executed in line with the Museum’s policies and practices.

The ideal candidate will possess a deep knowledge of Hawaiian and/or Pacific cultures. He or she will have exceptional oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to interact professionally and effectively with various groups of people. S/he must have ability to forge partnerships with external partners and possess superior planning and management skills. S/he must be an effective leader and team member who can work in a dynamic and collaborative environment. Additionally, he or she must know how to create and manage plans and budgets, be a critical thinker, data-driven, conversant with current technologies, comfortable in public presentations, and have a successful track record in grant writing.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts the day-to-day management and administration of the Cultural Resources Division’s operations, providing consistent and sustained on-site direction for staff and operations.
  • Develops, implements, and manages the Cultural Resources Division’s fiscal budget.
  • Researches divisional grant and other funding opportunities, writes grant proposals, and administers grants and funds as appropriate.
  • In consultation with division collections managers and researchers, oversees and supports the presentation and curation of the Cultural Resource Division’s collections through the Museum’s internal and external exhibits, displays and diverse public programming endeavors.
  • Oversees collections management and research programs for the Cultural Resources, Ethnology, Archaeology, and Conservation Departments.
  • In conjunction with the foregoing managers and supervisors, develops long range plans and strategies for these departments that meet the Museum’s mission, strengthens its financial and organizational foundation and its relationship with the community.
  • Assists in compliance with all NAGPRA matters affecting the Museum.
  • Actively seeks, cultivates and maintains local, national, and international relationships that support and further the Museum’s strategic objectives.
  • Provides the direction to ensure the success of the division’s commitments and priorities. Establishes and maintains initiatives that support the Museum’s goals and mission.
  • Maintains and promotes the Museum’s image and reputation, and develops and protects the organization’s brand and intellectual property.
  • Interacts with external professional colleagues and community leaders to generate support for the Museum.
  • Through the Museum’s defined organizational structure, maintains regular and consistent communication with the Museum’s administrative leadership to ensure Museum-wide integration of programs and activities. Recommends direction and action, where necessary.
  • Assists in developing policies and procedures that will ensure conformance to established standards and implements best practices for the Museum.
  • Collaborates with other Museum staff to develop new programs, projects, services and products. Encourages staff professionalism, promotes teamwork, and uses resources and creativity to develop solutions to Museum issues and concerns.
  • Provides advice to the Museum’s senior management on matters regarding the Museum’s cultural resources.
  • Works with senior management, board of directors and key staff to directly support fundraising efforts including but not limited to making presentations, providing tours, and attending community events and museum conferences to represent the Museum.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the museum.


  • Advanced degree in Anthropology, Museum, Hawaiian or Pacific Island Studies or a related field of study.
  • Deep knowledge of Hawaiian and Pacific cultures and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff, budgets, and schedules.
  • Collections management or curatorial experience.
  • Demonstrated history of project collaboration with diverse community resources, including government, nonprofit, and commercial entities and individuals.
  • 5 years of supervisory experience in a capacity related to the essential job responsibilities.
  • Keen awareness of museum professional standards and practices.
  • Creative and analytical ability; good communication and listening skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with diverse groups of people and interact at all levels; demonstrated ability to direct and supervise staff.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks/projects, meet deadlines, and maintain composure under time constraints.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Technologically proficient across a variety of platforms and applications.

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Professional business-like appearance.
  • Good attendance.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Valid driver’s license and must have own vehicle.

Direct Reports

  • Archaeologist
  • Conservator
  • Cultural Advisor
  • Ethnology Collections Manager

Working Conditions

Typical office environment, occasional evening and weekend work required, including working outdoors.

Salary: DOE
Hours: Full-time; some evening and weekend hours required.
Deadline to Apply: Position will remain posted until filled.

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