OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is an equal opportunity employer. To apply for any of the posted positions in the jobs listing below, download, complete and submit an application. Submit your completed application and resume to:

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Attention: Human Resources

Or submit via email: ohahr@oha.org

In addition to the opportunity to work toward the betterment of the Native Hawaiian community, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs offers competitive compensation and excellent employee benefits. As a quasi-state agency, OHA provides the following state benefits:

  • Holidays: OHA observes 13 paid holidays per year and 14 during an election year
  • Vacation: You may earn 14 hours/month for a total of 21 days/year and may accumulate up to a maximum of 90 days.
  • Sick Leave: You may earn 14 hours/month for a total of 21 days/year with unlimited accumulation. Unused sick leave may increase your retirement benefits.
  • Other Leaves: Time off with pay may be provided for jury or witness duty, death in the family, military duty, and Blood Bank donation.
  • Health Care Insurance: A wide range of health care plans is offered to eligible employees and their families. The State pays for part of the premiums for these plans, which include Medical, Prescription Drug, Vision, and Dental. There is no waiting period for your initial enrollment which means immediate coverage.
  • Premium Conversion Plan: Participating employees can increase their take-home pay by having the State deduct the cost of health care premiums before payroll taxes are withheld.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan: Participating employees may decrease their taxable income by deferring an amount from their gross salary into this plan before payroll taxes are withheld.
  • Retirement Plan: Generally, all employees hired after June 30, 2012 are required to enroll in the Hybrid Plan. Employees with at least 10 years of service and who have reached 65 years of age, or have 30 years of service and are 60 years old, may retire and receive benefits.
  • Life Insurance: Term life insurance coverage is available to eligible employees at no cost. The State pays the full monthly premium for this benefit.

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CHIEF ADVOCATE

The Chief Advocate leads OHA’s Advocacy Division and oversees public policy development, implementation and compliance monitoring. The Chief Advocate is also responsible for overseeing OHA’s Washington, D.C. Bureau with primary responsibilities related to federal public policy development, implementation and compliance monitoring, engagement with Native American communities, matters related to the federal Trust responsibilities and OHA’s co-Trustee role re: Papāhānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Strategic Planning and Execution

a. Provides strategic policy analysis to the Chief Operating Officer (“Ka Pou Nui”) and Chief Executive Officer (“Ka Pouhana”) on issues and trends in the political, business, economic, cultural and social environments in which OHA is operating, and proactively recommends appropriate organizational strategies and actions.

b. Works with Ka Pou Nui, Ka Pouhana and Board of Trustees (“Ke Kaupoku”) on the formulation of OHA’s public policy development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and advocacy related roles and responsibilities related to strategic priorities as well as the Strategic Plan.

c. Briefs and makes recommendations to the Ka Pou Nui and Ka Pouhana on community, island, state, federal, indigenous and global issues, trends, and developments, which may have bearing on strategic and operational decision-making and impact on the Native Hawaiian community.

2. Operations

a. Oversees the work of the Advocacy Division (“Ka Paia Kū”). Ensures Division programs are aligned with OHA’s Strategic Plan and initiatives. Reviews content of program work plans and budget to ensure accuracy and quality before submitting to the Ka Pou Nui for approval by the Ka Pouhana. Upon request, provides Ka Pou Nui, Ka Pouhana and Ke Kaupoku with updates on Division programs and results.

b. Oversees the compliance and monitoring of international, federal, state and local legislation, regulations, and other government policies that impact Native Hawaiians. Advocates before legislative and other governing bodies on laws, policies, and practices to create broad-based sustainable change, while monitoring to ensure continued enforcement. Supports the development and implementation of community based advocacy capacity and capabilities in alignment with OHAʻs Strategic Plan.

c. Oversees the monitoring of administrative and court proceedings that may have an impact on the interests of Native Hawaiians. Under the direction of Ke Kaupoku, Ka Pouhana, OHA’s Senior Legal Counsel (“Ka Paepae”) and other Executive Staff, works to support legal counsel in representing OHA in administrative and court proceedings for actions related to OHA’s advocacy efforts.

d. Supports activities that are developed, prioritized, and executed so that they result in legal precedents, new regulations, policy changes, or amendments in laws which achieve systemic changes for Native Hawaiians.

e. Leads and supervises the activities of Ka Paia Kū to ensure that the Program Managers (“Nā Pou Kako`o”) and their respective operational groups comply with the core values, principles, ethical standards, and performance standards required by law, as well as those set forth by Ke Kaupoku and/or Ka Pouhana. Also ensures Division Programs, activities, and communications are aligned with OHA’s Strategic Plan and initiatives.

f. Ensures the Nā Pou Kako`o have resources and supports necessary to implement tactical and operational activities to advance OHA’s Strategic Plan.

g. Ensures that Division staff routinely collaborate to plan, make decisions, and solve problems within Programs and across all Divisions and Programs, disciplines, and organizational levels.

3. Management

a. Makes hiring and other personnel recommendations to Ka Pouhana via the Human Resources Director and Ka Pou Nui. Ensures that the Division is staffed with personnel who are knowledgeable about applicable laws, policies and regulations, and who understand the history, present context, and future implications/impacts of those laws, policies and regulations as they relate to Native Hawaiians and their communities.

b. Works with OHA’s Human Resources Department to identify and secure professional development and staff training for Division personnel as appropriate. Ensures that employees within the Division share information and insights, use collaboration as needed to explore issues and/or solve problems, and demonstrate shared responsibility for program performance. Cultivates the desired behaviors to drive program success and recommends performance improvement plans as needed.

c. Ensures integration of Strategic Plan elements and performance measures into Division management, activities, procedures and practices. Also integrates those elements into employee and contractor performance reviews and improvement plans.

d. Performs supervisory tasks, such as timecard and leave time approvals, performance reviews, coaching, training and related employment actions for the Division. Disseminates needed information to staff in a timely manner.

e. Ensures without exception the proper handling and maintenance of confidential, sensitive and/or proprietary information.

f. Performs job duties in accordance with OHA’s policies and procedures. Considers OHA’s mission and core values when making decisions.

4. The Chief Advocate must fully support in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and directives of Ka Pou Nui and/or Ka Pouhana.

5. Regular attendance on a daily basis is required for this position.

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs other duties as assigned by Ka Pou Nui and/or Ka Pouhana.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Must have at least ten (10) years of progressively responsible work experience in advocacy, public policy or a related field that involved at least five (5) years of state, county, federal or indigenous government experience at the senior or executive level.

2. Successful candidate will be able to demonstrate previous work experiences and results that achieved broad, sustainable systemic changes.

3. Must hold a graduate degree in political science, public administration, business administration or a related field.

4. Must have at least five (5) years of administrative experience that involved the management and evaluation of professional staff and responsibility for the development, management, execution and coordination of program policies and activities. Administrative experience shall include, but not be limited to, oversight of staff and work performance, budget planning and development, project management, understanding of contract management and/or procurement processes, presentations at the executive and/or board levels, public speaking, high level strategic planning, collaboration with subordinates to develop professional development plans, and experience engaging broad stakeholders groups (e.g., business, professional, academic and/or Native Hawaiian communities).

5. Combined Education and Experience: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted by OHA as a substitute for the Education, Training and/or Experience requirements outlined above.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, Download, complete and submit this fillable application form
along with a resume and cover letter to:

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Attention: Human Resources

Or via email: ohahr@oha.org

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SYSTEMS IMPROVEMENT MANAGER

The Systems Improvement Manager oversees the Systems Improvement Program (the “Program”), including assessing the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (“OHA”) internal systems’ policies, processes, procedures and practices; designing improvements and implementing changes through applying standard Project Management methods; and overseeing organization-wide Project Management operations and enterprise-level Portfolio Management and Reporting.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Program Direction
a. Ensures that Program activities are aligned with OHA’s strategic framework and directives of the Systems Office Director (“Director”), Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”).

b. Communicates with the Director regarding internal and external issues, trends, and ongoing professional observations which may bear on strategic and operational decision making.

2. Operations
a. Ensures work performed by Program is aligned to organizational priorities. Monitors and manages expenditures within budget allocations. Prepares and submits performance reports.

b. Advocates, describes and explains OHA’s strategic framework and advocacy positions in communications with staff, contractors, grantees, or the public.

c. Develops, implements and maintains policies, processes and procedures required in reviewing and assessing OHA’s internal systems.

d. Develops policies, processes, procedures, guidelines, standards, templates and tools related to the Systems Improvement Program.Designs and administers information management tools for assessing OHA’s internal systems.

e. Designs and administers information management tools for assessing OHA’s internal systems.

f. Oversees administration of OHA internal systems assessments.

g. Conducts OHA internal systems, policy, process, or procedure reviews as scheduled or by request from the Director, CEO and/or COO.

h. Conducts OHA internal systems performance reviews, based upon analysis of documents, stakeholder workshops, interviews, audits, and other data collection methods. Creates process performance evaluation reports.

i. Presents systems and processes performance improvement trend analyses to the SO Director, COO and CEO to inform internal decision­ making.

j. Develops, maintains, and continually improves OHA’s Project Management and Portfolio Management policies, processes, and procedures.

k. Coordinates a team to train OHA directors, managers, and staff on the implementation of OHA’s Project Management and Portfolio Management policies, processes, and procedures.

l. Coordinates OHA enterprise-level portfolio reporting, including communicating with directors and managers on progress and performance, reporting to Director, and advising on necessary changes to the OHA enterprise-level portfolio.

m. Provides or assists in procurement of consultation services to resolve organizational issues contributing to poor project or portfolio performance and/or lack of accurate, reliable, and valid performance data and performance reporting practices.

3. Management
a. Makes hiring and other personnel recommendations for the Program to the Director.

b. Ensures that employees within the Program share information and insights, use collaboration as needed to explore issues and/or solve problems, and demonstrate shared responsibility for Program performance. Takes whatever actions are required to positively replace behaviors and/or persons when necessary.

c. Ensures and engages in employee performance planning, feedback, and performance evaluations at scheduled intervals. Engages in professional development, staff training, ongoing coaching and performance improvement planning to close employee performance gaps.

d. Ensures without exception the proper handling and maintenance of confidential, sensitive and/or proprietary information.

e. Performs supervisory tasks, such as leave time approvals, performance reviews, coaching, training, and related employment decisions for the Program. Disseminates needed information to staff in a timely manner.

f. Performs job duties in accordance with OHA’s policies and procedures. Considers OHA’s mission and core values when making decisions.

4. Fully supports in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and directives of the Director, COO, and the CEO.

5. Regular attendance on a daily basis is required for this position.

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs other duties as assigned by the Director.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, finance or related field.

2. Five (5) years of responsible professional work experience which involved utilization of quantitative and qualitative analysis or institutional research concepts and methods to conduct evaluations of on-going programs and internal processes to understand the systems involved. The experience must have demonstrated skill, knowledge, and technical competence in the collection, analysis, assessment, interpretation and reporting of institutional data and information.

3. Three (3) years of administrative experience that involved management of professional staff engaged in evaluation or analytical work; the ability to develop solutions to complex and unprecedented situations; the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others and major responsibility for the development, management, execution and coordination of program policies and activities.

4. Three (3) years of administrative experience that involved managing projects and portfolios from concept to completion.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, Download, complete and submit this fillable application form
along with a resume and cover letter to:

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Attention: Human Resources

Or via email: ohahr@oha.org

An Equal Opportunity Employer

INFORMATION SYSTEMS SPECIALIST

Under general supervision, the Information Systems Specialist is responsible for complex infrastructure hardware and software and analytical activities associated with the technical areas such as, but not limited to, infrastructure design, engineering, computer hardware, operating systems, network, cybersecurity, third party products, Enterprise Application Administration, implementation, troubleshooting, maintenance or operations/user support.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Management of Information Technology and Services

a. Develops, evaluates, implements, maintains, reviews, and documents standards, service level agreements, and policies and procedures for information technology and services.

b. Periodically plans, evaluates and implements changes and improvements to the information network to ensure reliable and consistent service. This includes the continued update of internal or external datacenter and network diagrams, flowcharts, reports, metrics, scorecards and maintenance logs as well as updating lists of system architectures/infrastructures (including wiring, network interfaces and connectivity devices such as routers and switches), application servers, databases and interconnections (data sharing) with other systems.

c. Works with vendor representatives/engineers to determine causes of system failures, resolves performance issues, and arranges for preventative maintenance and other required services. Provides documentation to appropriate Financial Services personnel for review.

d. Formally evaluates IT-related products, services, hardware, software applications, security and other projects deemed necessary by appropriate OHA personnel. Documents evaluations through reviews performed in collaboration with information owners and stakeholders, and tracks results through reports, scorecards, lists, etc.

e. Manages and documents network integration and connectivity to other LAN and mainframe systems, design, testing, implementation and maintenance.

2. Network Engineering and Security

a. Develops, designs, builds, configures, tests, implements and maintains the information network infrastructure, documenting all phases of the work. Diagnoses, resolves and documents hardware-specific communications and networking problems.

b. Implements new connectivity technologies (wireless, Bluetooth, etc.).

c. Designs, develops, builds, tests, implements and maintains remote access solutions with third parties or other authorized users. All phases should be documented. Maintains and tracks permanent offsite access between OHA’s main headquarters and remote locations such as the neighbor islands and the Washington DC Bureau.

d. Troubleshoots, configures, repairs, and maintains computers, servers, and miscellaneous computing devices. This should be documented with service requests and maintenance logs, etc.

e. Identifies and neutralizes network security risks. Prepares analyses and risk management reports that document the identification of risks, mitigating controls, recommendations and follow-up measures to ensure the proper implementation of recommendations. Assigns, communicates, evaluates and reports levels of alerts to appropriate Financial Services personnel and information owners. Works with appropriate personnel and Senior Legal Counsel to collect and review internal and/or external security threats.

f. Configures firewalls and monitors traffic and infrastructure in order to eliminate or mitigate vulnerabilities.

g. Maintains physical security and security procedures to safeguard intellectual and physical property as well as the OHA network. This includes, but is not limited to working with OHA data owners, appropriate personnel, remote access users and/or third parties through the performance of the following tasks (supporting documentation should be maintained for review, where applicable):
• Security updates, including applying and tracking all patches
• Assignment of data classifications
• Data back-ups, including restoration evaluations
• Business continuity plans
• Physical inventories of hardware and software
• Capacity planning
• Password protection
• Data encryption
• Logical authentication controls, including remote users
• Software and internet monitoring
• Virus protection

3. System Administration, End-User Support, and Training

a. Manages and maintains OHA’s information systems (e.g. Oracle, SharePoint) including, but not limited to, overseeing set-up and management of user accounts and application hierarchies.

b. Manages and administers all end-user computers, either in person or via remote control. This includes managing and maintaining network logical resources (folders, access rights, etc.).

c. Manages end-user computers and core network devices such as servers, firewalls, failsafe devices, connectivity devices, etc., for onsite and offsite locations. This includes managing and maintaining network logical resources (folders, access rights, etc.).

d. Maintains hardware replacement schedule to ensure operational efficiency throughout the organization.

e. Diagnoses and resolves software-related network problems. Develops, documents and maintains incident reports.

f. Installs and maintains communications-related software products. Assists in evaluating communication alternatives and solutions for the organization.

g. Reviews all computer related purchases and other proposals related to information technology. This includes reviewing contracts to ensure compliance with IT standards as well in gathering third party non-disclosure agreements. Collaborates with Financial Services personnel to develop and monitor IT budgets (short term, long term, work plans) and related expenditures. Assists in preparing and evaluating RFPs related to information technology.

h. Manage OHA Signage system, including but not limited to management of OHA signage.com account, display hardware maintenance, and related tasks.

i. Upon request, represents the organization during information technology-related meetings and internal/external audits.

j. Trains end-users with respect to Information Systems IT policies and procedures and in the use of application software. Trains and assists IS/Records Management staff to perform routine IT tasks. Supervises the work activities of the IS/Records Management staff as necessary.

4. Fully supports in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and directives of the Information Technology Manager, Chief Technology Officer (“CTO”), Chief Operating Officer (“COO”), and/or the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”).

5. Regular attendance on a daily basis is required for this position.

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs other duties as assigned by the Information Technology Manager.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field or equivalent work experience.

2. Four years of specialized work experience in SQL and SQL Server which involved the analysis and design of systems of electronic processing of data; stored computer programming experience which included participation in systems analysis; or project management experience which involved systems design and project implementation, which included responsibility for systems installation, operation, maintenance, problem resolution and troubleshooting support and analyzing situations and other pertinent information required to solve problems and/or to determine and recommend appropriate courses of action.

3. Experience must have demonstrated the ability to analyze and design databases; perform and understand project management; write clear and comprehensive reports and other documents; read and interpret complex written materials; and solve complex problems logically and systematically.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, Download, complete and submit this fillable application form
along with a resume and cover letter to:

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Attention: Human Resources

Or via email: ohahr@oha.org

An Equal Opportunity Employer

GRANTS SPECIALIST IV

The Grants Specialist IV is responsible for developing and administering the OHA Grants Program under the direction of the Grants Manager.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Grants Administration

a. Drafts and prepares Requests for Information, Solicitations and/or Requests for Proposals. Develops project service specifications and performance measures to align with OHA strategic plan. Conducts workshops, and develops application and review processes.

b. Leads application review process. Prepares grant recommendations for award. Presents information to Administration and the Board of Trustees, as directed, and issues notices of awards.

c. Negotiates, drafts, and executes grant agreements/contracts and ensures that grant support documentation is complete.

d. Conducts desktop and on-site monitoring for program performance and grant compliance. Processes fiscal payments, maintains standard grant files, comprehends and writes related reports, identifies problems and initiates corrective actions as needed, and finalizes the closeout of grant agreements and contracts as required.

e. Identifies effective methods to simplify, improve and streamline OHA’s internal processes to receive, process, review and award grants and contracts.

f. Establishes, coordinates, and maintains effective working relationships with Trustees, OHA staff, public/private agencies, community groups, individuals and other state departments. Represents the program in a variety of interdepartmental coordination activities in regards to granting and contracting.

g. Communicates information on the Grants Program to the public and organizations through meetings, presentations, and direct communication via phone, email, and in-person.

h. Advertises and promotes the Community Grants Program in collaboration with Community Engagement (OHA website, Ka Wai Ola o OHA, social media, etc.).

i. Manages grant information and files. Ensures that grantee’s documents and files and Grants Program documents are complete in the OHA Grants Portal.

j. Creates and retrieves reports from the OHA Grants Portal.

2. Fully supports in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and directives of the Grants Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and/or the Chief Executive Officer.

3. Regular attendance on a daily basis is required for this position.

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Perform other duties as assigned by the Grants Manager.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree preferably in a social science, business administration, public administration, or related field and three (3) years of professional work experience in administrative support services. Experience must include grant management or related experience which involved gathering and analyzing facts, report writing and case management; or

2. Five (5) years of professional work experience in administrative support services with progressive and increasing scope of responsibilities. Experience must include grant management or related experience which involved gathering and analyzing facts, report writing and case management.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, Download, complete and submit this fillable application form
along with a resume and cover letter to:

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Attention: Human Resources

Or via email: ohahr@oha.org

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SYSTEMS EVALUATOR

The Systems Evaluator reports to the Systems Office (SO) Director; and is responsible for comprehensive tracking, evaluating, and reporting on OHA’s strategic inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impact on complex social systems by applying progressive evaluation and database management methods and tools; and assessing the impact of other agencies policies and practices in Native Hawaiian communities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Intuitional Systems Evaluation Work

a. Plans, designs and executes the OHA’s institutional evaluation projects and efforts in collaboration with all divisions and programs of the OHA, as aligned to its strategic, statutory and regulatory plans and responsibilities.

b. Tracks, assesses and reports on direct outputs and outcomes of OHA initiatives and activities; develops, coordinates, and monitors evaluation contracts and deliverables as needed.

c. Leads the development and management of the OHA’s database to track initiative’s and activity’s outputs and outcomes, in collaboration with all divisions and programs of the OHA; ensures a continuous flow of quality data from divisions and programs to the Office.

d. Identifies and reports on pivot points or areas of opportunity for internal system change for maximum impact.

e. Makes recommendations for improvements in outcomes, measures, data sources, data collection methods, and reporting; also responsible for recommendations for improvement in process, procedures, activities, and initiatives.

2. Strategy Implementation, Monitoring & Reporting Work

a. Plans, designs and executes the OHA’s evaluation projects and efforts on the impact of OHA initiatives and activities on social systems and conditions of Native Hawaiians and Native Hawaiian well-being.

b. Plans, designs and executes the OHA’s evaluation projects and efforts on the impact of other agencies’ policies, programs, and practices in Native Hawaiian communities; develops, coordinates, and monitors evaluation contracts and deliverables as needed.

c. Participates in identification of leverage points or areas of opportunity for social system change for maximum positive impact on the conditions of Native Hawaiians and Native Hawaiian well-being.

d. Contributes to recommendations for improvements in Strategic Plan outcomes, measures, data sources, data collection methods, and reporting; also responsible for recommendations for improvement in conceptual frameworks and strategies.

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs other duties as assigned by the Systems Office Director.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in evaluation, public policy, Hawaiian studies, social science, political science, law, economics or a related field; and a Master’s degree in a related field.

2. Five (5) years of responsible professional evaluation or applied research work experience using economic, statistical, cost-benefit analysis, quantitative and qualitative research concepts and methods to perform program evaluation, organization evaluation, collective impact evaluation, and/or meta-evaluation. The experience must have demonstrated skill, knowledge, and technical competence in the use of evaluation and/or applied research techniques; data management, and data analysis principles and tools in problem solving.

3. Three (3) years of progressively responsible administrative responsibilities involving management and coordination of collaborations engaged in qualitative, quantitative analytical work and a broad spectrum of projects; the ability to develop solutions to complex and unprecedented situations; the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others and major responsibility for the development, management, execution and coordination of external collaborative projects and activities.

4. The education and experience background must also demonstrate the ability to write clear and comprehensive reports and other documents; read and interpret complex written material; and solve complex problems logically and systematically. The education, experience and ability to work with university and research/evaluation profession caliber personnel and student interns to apply research and evaluation professional methodologies and produce related reports.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, Download, complete and submit this fillable application form
along with a resume and cover letter to:

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Attention: Human Resources

Or via email: ohahr@oha.org

An Equal Opportunity Employer

PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCATE IV

The Public Policy Advocate IV provides technical review for Public Policy Program work product and participates in the planning and implementation of OHA’s statewide public policy advocacy program. Activities include interaction with government agencies at the state and county, and to a limited extent, federal, levels; promoting the participation of Hawaiians in governmental processes; and coordinating OHA’s legislative efforts.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Reviews, analyzes and monitors legislation, reports, plans, submittals and other actions considered by state and county, and to a limited extent, federal, legislatures and administrations, including boards and commissions, that have the potential of impacting OHA and/or its beneficiaries. Prepares testimonies and testifies on state and county legislative and administrative issues, and to a limited extent federal issues, as necessary.

2. Promotes advocacy efforts to include the protection of traditional and customary rights of Hawaiians, as well as assuring that state and county resources, and to a limited extent federal resources, are proportionately directed to Hawaiian needs.

3. Serves as a technical resource person providing professional research and technical support on data and analysis required for OHA on policy-related issues of importance to the Hawaiian community.

4. Attends legislative, government and community hearings and meetings in relation to issues of importance to Hawaiians.

5. Develops and implements plans and strategies regarding new or proposed legislation, policies, programs and liaison activities to improve or increase advocacy efforts. Encourages and supports new programs, activities and services that address the needs of Hawaiians.

6. Conducts a technical review, including editing, proofreading and an accuracy review, of all work product developed by Public Policy Program staff, including legislation, administrative rules, testimony, letters and memos.

7. Provides technical and strategic advice to the Public Policy Program on the legislative and administrative rule-making processes as well as on other issues.

8. Coordinates and attends meetings with government officials, including legislators, and beneficiary groups as required. Maintains good relationships with legislators, state and county officials and staff, subject matter experts, and to a more limited extent, Hawaiʻi’s congressional delegation staff and the community, for the purposes of informing OHA positions, as well as, providing or obtaining information or support for OHA’s positions on issues.

9. Recognizes protocols and deals effectively with sensitive and confidential issues.

10. Fully supports in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and directives of the Senior Public Policy Advocate, Public Policy Manager, Chief Advocate, Chief Operating Officer and/or Chief Executive Officer.

11. Regular attendance on a daily basis is required for this position.

12. Performs other duties as assigned by the Senior Public Policy Advocate and/or the Public Policy Manager.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, business administration, social sciences, sciences, Hawaiian studies or language, indigenous studies or language, or related field.

2. Four (4) years of progressively responsible work experience in social or political advocacy; policy review, research, analysis or writing; community organizing or activism; governmental legislative, administrative or legal affairs community.
• A law degree from an accredited school of law may be substituted for three years of work experience.

• A Ph.D. degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, communications, public policy, political science, sciences, planning, social sciences, Hawaiian studies or language, indigenous studies or language, or any field with a significant policy component may be substituted for three years of work experience.

• A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, communications, public policy, political science, sciences, planning, social sciences, Hawaiian studies or language, indigenous studies or language, or any field with a significant policy component may be substituted for two years of work experience.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, Download, complete and submit this fillable application form
along with a resume and cover letter to:

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Attention: Human Resources

Or via email: ohahr@oha.org

An Equal Opportunity Employer

PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCATE III

The Public Policy Advocate III participates in the planning and implementation of OHA’s statewide public policy advocacy program. Activities include interaction with government agencies at the state and county, and to a limited extent, federal, levels; promoting the participation of Hawaiians in governmental processes; and coordinating OHA’s legislative efforts.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Reviews, analyzes and monitors legislation, reports, plans, submittals and other actions considered by state and county, and to a limited extent, federal, legislatures and administrations, including boards and commissions, that have the potential of impacting OHA and/or its beneficiaries. Prepares testimonies and testifies on state and county legislative and administrative issues, and to a limited extent federal issues, as necessary.

2. Promotes advocacy efforts to include the protection of traditional and customary rights of Hawaiians, as well as assuring that state and county resources, and to a limited extent federal resources, are proportionately directed to Hawaiian needs.

3. Serves as a technical resource person providing professional research and technical support on data and analysis required for OHA on policy-related issues of importance to the Hawaiian community.

4. Attends legislative, government and community hearings and meetings in relation to issues of importance to Hawaiians.

5. Develops and implements plans and strategies regarding new or proposed legislation, policies, programs and liaison activities to improve or increase advocacy efforts. Encourages and supports new programs, activities and services that address the needs of Hawaiians.

6. Coordinates and attends meetings with government officials, including legislators, and beneficiary groups as required. Maintains good relationships with legislators, state and county officials and staff, subject matter experts, and to a more limited extent, Hawaiʻi’s congressional delegation staff and the community, for the purposes of informing OHA positions, as well as, providing or obtaining information or support for OHA’s positions on issues.

7. Recognizes protocols and deals effectively with sensitive and confidential issues.

8. Fully supports in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and directives of the Senior Public Policy Advocate, Public Policy Manager, Chief Advocate, Chief Operating Officer and/or Chief Executive Officer.

9. Regular attendance on a daily basis is required for this position.

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs other duties as assigned by the Senior Public Policy Advocate and/or the Public Policy Manager.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, business administration, social sciences, sciences, Hawaiian studies or language, indigenous studies or language, or related field.

2. Three (3) years of progressively responsible work experience in social or political advocacy; policy review, research, analysis or writing; community organizing or activism; governmental legislative, administrative or legal affairs community.

• A law degree from an accredited school of law may be substituted for three years of work experience.

• A Ph.D. degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, communications, public policy, political science, sciences, planning, social sciences, Hawaiian studies or language, indigenous studies or language, or any field with a significant policy component may be substituted for three years of work experience.

• A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, communications, public policy, political science, sciences, planning, social sciences, Hawaiian studies or language, indigenous studies or language, or any field with a significant policy component may be substituted for two years of work experience.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, Download, complete and submit this fillable application form
along with a resume and cover letter to:

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Attention: Human Resources

Or via email: ohahr@oha.org

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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