Cultural Teacher

1 Full Time Position


Nā Pono - O‘ahu


Program Director

Primary Purpose

Responsible for planning and implementing ‘Ike Hawai‘i, Kumu Korner, and Pa‘ihi seamlessly into Nā Pono’s curriculum.

Essential Duties

  • Assure that a quality curriculum is being delivered by working closely with the entire Nā Pono team;Help children and their parents/caregivers reach their potential as learners;
  • Incorporate Native Hawaiian cultural themes, language, activities, and values to the curriculum;
  • Consult with Cultural Specialist and Program Director in creating lesson plans;
  • Submit monthly lesson plans and weekly reports in a timely and acceptable manner;
  • Actively engage in daily setup and breakdown of the various environments.

Other Duties

Other duties as assigned including, but not limited to, occasional travel to attend training; participate in educational fair or exhibits on weekends.

Work Hours

  • Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or as otherwise determined by the supervisor;Position requires regular and predictable attendance;
  • Some events on evenings or weekends at various times.

Working Conditions

  • Office setting; Travel in program and/or personal vehicle to and from program sites;
  • Travel to the neighbor islands may be required;
  • Travel to the U.S. may be required.

Equipment Use

Computer and/or lap top, printer, scanner, copier, fax machine, office and/or work cell phone/Bluetooth, paper cutter, nametag maker, voice recorder, camera, speaker system, video and camera equipment, microwave.

Mental, Physical, and Communication Demands

  • Consistent adherence to the practice of PIDF’s five core values that are used as a guiding force in the success of all of its programs;
  • Be keenly aware of and attentive to program participants;
  • Must analyze and problem solve issues;
  • Must be able to multi-task and prioritize;
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills;
  • Must be able to cope with stress that may be induced by the situations of our clients.
  • Must participate in strenuous activities which may include loading/unloading of equipments, setting up tents and washing of vans and mats;
  • Requires lifting and carrying up to 40 pounds on a regular basis;
  • Must be able to sit and work on floor; kneel and bend.
  • Must exhibit courteous and professional demeanor towards program participants, staff and administration via verbal, written, physical, and electronic correspondence;
  • Requires good oral and written communication skills;
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Hawaiian Studies or related field required;Three (3) years’ experience teaching the Hawaiian culture and knowledgeable of the Hawaiian values;
  • Three (3) years of experience working with preschool aged children and their families required;  
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including but not limited to Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint;
  • Must have access to a vehicle, have a valid driver’s license, a safe and responsible driving record, and current no-fault auto insurance, with at least $100K in bodily collision per person and $25K in property damage liability.

All positions require that the incumbent have no convictions of any crime against a child or other vulnerable person. We conduct periodic criminal background checks as a condition of employment.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job. Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.