About Us

PIC is a member of the National Multicultural Alliance (NMCA), which collectively addresses the need for programming that reflects America's growing ethnic and cultural diversity. 



Open Position:  Director of Programs

Date:  January 2023

Reports To: Executive Director

Job Type:  Full-time (40 hours per week)

Location:  Honolulu, HI

FLSA Status: Exempt



The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is to support, advance, and develop

Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island

history, culture, and contemporary challenges.


We define Pacific Islanders as the indigenous people of Hawai‘i, Polynesia, Micronesia,

Melanesia and Australia.



The Director of Programs (DoP) is part of the senior management team and provides oversight and leadership of all programmatic activities and oversees the pipeline of funded films based  on PIC’s strategic plan.  The DoP will work closely with the Executive Director (ED) in developing and managing various budgets while exercising prudent asset management, assist the Director of Operations with financial reports and prepare timely and accurate narrative reports for management, funders, and the Board of Directors while understanding and operating within the constraints of governmental and private funding sources and non-profit guidelines.  In addition, as a member of the senior management team, the DoP will be involved in a range of strategic planning, annual planning and special projects.  She or he will continually evaluate best industry practices in regards to internal systems and needed resources, with an eye toward both future needs and budget realities. 

The ideal candidate is a critical thinker with an eye for strategic decision making, is passionate about storytelling and PIC’s mission, is culturally competent and has experience with:

  • Filmmaking and the film industry, in particular the public media system.

  • Developing content including providing editorial feedback.

  • Program design and budget management.

  • Working with independent filmmakers and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.  



Programmatic Activities

  • Manage and work with the Program Manager to maintain existing programmatic activities including funding initiatives, production management, film distribution, artist professional development and outreach and engagement; develop, plan and execute new programmatic activities, adhering to PIC and PIC funder policies and procedures.

  • Conduct evaluation by utilizing data, feedback from staff and key stakeholders to improve effectiveness of programmatic activities.

  • Work with the Program Manager to maintain producer resources, build and maintain a network of partners consisting of public media organizations, stations, industry leaders and educational institutions.

  • Engage with the general public to answer questions concerning PIC programs.

Production Management

  • Negotiate PIC funding contracts and work with the Program Manager to ensure contract compliance regarding financial reporting and other deliverables.

  • Work with the Program Manager to review cuts of films and provide feedback to filmmakers.

  • Develop and execute distribution strategies and manage a pipeline of funded films to ensure films are delivered and distributed within budget and scope in a timely manner.

  • Provide guidance and advice to PIC funded producers about various aspects of filmmaking.

  • Create and maintain relationships with public media distributors to secure optimal distribution for PIC funded films.

  • Prepare reports on the status of PIC funded films for ED, funders and the Board of Directors.

Series Producer


  • Work with ED to source and curate films for PIC’s signature public television series (Pacific Heartbeat) and online short film series (Pacific Pulse).

  • Vet films to ensure they meet PBS crediting and editorial guidelines and underwriting policies.

  • Negotiate, draft and administer acquisition agreements with producers, in consultation with ED and legal counsel when appropriate.

  • Produce promotional collateral and other video assets.


  • Supervise the Program Manager and conduct annual performance reviews.

  • Work with the Director of Operations on budget forecasting, reconciliation and financial reporting.

  • Prepare timely and accurate financial and narrative reports for ED, funders, and the Board of Directors.

  • Work with the ED to manage PIC’s multi-year program budget; occasionally assist on fundraising efforts.

  • Participate in strategic planning and work with staff and ED to develop and manage an annual plan based on strategic plan and PIC funder requirements.

  • Direct proper asset management policy and procedures, and work with staff to ensure accurate implementation of said policy and procedure.



  • Assist ED with the licensing of programs for international distribution.

  • Gives presentations on behalf of the organization.

  • Other duties as may be assigned.



  • BA or equivalent experience.

  • At least five years’ experience in nonfiction and fiction film or television production for national commercial or public media distribution.

  • At least five years of designing and implementing arts and artist support programs and budgets.

  • Knowledge of the national public media system (preferred).

  • Experience with providing critical and constructive editorial feedback on films.

  • Experience with managing staff while working as part of a team and independently.

  • Outstanding interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

  • Successful track record with project management.

  • At least two years’ experience developing and maintaining external relationships.

  • Experience with data entry, tracking and data analysis.

  • Agility maneuvering within different databases, information tracking and project management systems.

  • Experience organizing and implementing new processes and procedures.

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments in a fast-paced, high-performing environment.

  • Ability to address disputes or conflict effectively and positively.

  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail.

  • Proficient in Mac environment, FileMaker (or other database programs), MS Office Suite with the ability to quickly learn other applications.

  • Experience with Final Cut or similar editing software - is a plus.

  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor.



Please send a cover letter and resume to executives@inkinen.com with “Director of Programs” in the subject line. No calls please.


PIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider qualified applicants regardless of age, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.