OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Employment Opportunities

Employment Benefits

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.
The new OHA offices at Nā Lama Kukui opened its doors in December of 2013. The 44,000 square foot space boasts an open concept floor plan meant to foster collaboration and communication. Photos by Kai Markell.

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CHIEF ADVOCATE

The Chief Advocate leads OHA’s Advocacy Division and oversees compliance monitoring and public policy programs. The Chief Advocate is also responsible for overseeing OHA’s Washington, D.C. Bureau and the Papāhānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This position must ensure that these Programs effectively execute OHA’s Strategic Plan, advancing OHA’s advocacy initiatives and collaborating within and across Divisions and Programs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Strategic Planning and Execution
    1. Provides strategic analysis to the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) on issues and trends in the political, business, economic and social environment in which OHA is operating, and proactively recommends appropriate organizational strategies and actions.
    2. Works with COO, CEO and Board of Trustees (“BOT”) on the formulation of OHA’s Strategic Plan, including all related components and updates.
    3. Briefs the COO and/or CEO both internal and external issues, trends, and developments which may have bearing on strategic and operational decision making.

 

  1. Operations
    1. Provides general oversight of day-to-day activities of Division. 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 COO for approval by the CEO. Upon request, provides COO, CEO and BOT with updates on Division programs and results.
    2. Monitors federal, state and local legislation, regulations, and other government policies. Advocates before legislative and other governing bodies on laws, policies, and practices to create broad-based sustainable change, while monitoring to ensure continued enforcement.
    3. Monitors administrative and court proceedings that may have an impact on interests of Native Hawaiian people. Works with COO, CEO and Legal Counsel to ensure proper procurement and management of outside counsel and/or legal consultants.
    4. Ensures that activities are developed, prioritized, and executed so that they result in legal precedents, new regulations, policy changes, or changes in laws which achieve systemic changes for the Native Hawaiian people.
    5. Supervises the activities of the Advocacy Division to ensure that the Program Managers and their respective operational groups comply with the values, principles, ethical standards, and performance standards required by law, as well as those set forth by the CEO.
    6. Ensures Program managers have resources necessary to complete assignments.
    7. Ensures that Division staff routinely collaborate to plan, make decisions, and solve problems with other OHA Divisions and Programs.

 

  1. Management
    1. Makes hiring and other personnel recommendations to the CEO. Ensures that Program is staffed with skilled litigators and attorneys who are knowledgeable about all relevant laws, policies and regulations, and understand their history and impact.
    2. Works with OHA’s Human Resources office to ensure professional development and staff training for Division personnel.
    3. Ensures that employees within Division 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.
    4. Ensures integration of Strategic Plan elements and performance measures into Division management, employee, and contractor performance reviews and improvement plans.
    5. Performs supervisory tasks, such as leave time approvals, performance reviews, coaching, training, and related employment decisions for the Division. Disseminates needed information to staff in a timely manner.
    6. Ensures without exception the proper handling and maintenance of confidential, sensitive and/or proprietary information.
    7. Performs job duties in accordance with OHA’s policies and procedures. Considers OHA’s mission and core values when making decisions.

 

  1. The Chief Advocate must fully support in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and directives of the COO and/or the CEO.
  2. Regular attendance on a daily basis is required for this position.

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs other duties as assigned by the COO and/or CEO.

Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training and/or Experience

  1. Graduate degree in political science, public administration, business administration or related field, and/or Juris Doctor degree.
  2. Ten (10) years of progressively responsible work experience in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of government.
  3. Five (5) years of supervisory experience that involved management of professional staff and responsibility for the development, management, execution and coordination of program policies and activities.

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

LEGAL COUNSEL

The Legal Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice, guidance and assistance on a wide variety of issues and concerns to the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), the Senior Legal Counsel, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  1. Legal Services
    1. Renders legal interpretations and drafts internal advisory memoranda and legal opinions as assigned.
    2. Conducts legal research on issues arising under trust and fiduciary law, standards of conduct and ethics laws, administrative law, legal compliance, legislation, collections, personnel and employment law, intellectual property, business and law of non-profit organizations, contract law, state and federal procurement codes, and other relevant areas as assigned. Recommends appropriate courses of actions to the Senior Legal Counsel and/or CEO as warranted.
    3. Reviews proposed policies, procedures, rules and regulations, court decisions and legal documents affecting OHA to ascertain legal impact and legal ramifications as assigned. Recommends appropriate courses of action to the Senior Legal Counsel and/or CEO as warranted.
    4. Reviews procurement actions for purchases of goods, services, and capital improvements for legal acceptability consistent with Chapters 103D and 103F, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, companion Hawai‘i Administrative Rules, and OHA procurement policies established by the Chief Procurement Officer to safeguard the agency’s interest.
    5. Drafts pleadings and other legal documents and instruments for arbitration, administrative hearings, and court proceedings as necessary and makes appearances on behalf of OHA as assigned.
    6. Reviews proposed OHA legislation prepared by staff to determine the potential legal impact and implications on the agency and drafts testimony as assigned.
    7. Participates in the review and approval of OHA’s contracts, leases and other transactional documents and instruments which impose obligations, responsibilities, encumbrances, liens, or releases upon OHA.
  1. Fully supports in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and directives of the Senior Legal Counsel, the COO and/or the CEO.
  2. Regular attendance on a daily basis is required for this position.

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs confidential legal tasks, duties, activities, and special projects, as assigned by the Senior Legal Counsel.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education, Training and/or Experience

  1. Graduation from an accredited American law school.
  2. Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Hawai‘i and a member in good standing with the Hawai‘i State Bar Association.
  3. Six (6) years in the practice of law, which must have included at least three years of practice in the State of Hawai‘i involving the following experience:
    1. At least one (1) year of experience in applying Hawaiʻi procurement laws as set forth in Chapters 103D and 103F, Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes and Title 3, Subtitle 11, Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules.
    2. At least three (3) years of experience of drafting and reviewing (government) contracts, leases, agreements, other legal documents and instruments and amendments to these documents.
    3. Desired work experience shall also include the following: trust and fiduciary law; State of Hawaiʻi government budget and legislative processes; State of Hawaiʻi Ethics Code; public agency meetings and records; employment law, civil litigation experience before the courts of the State of Hawaiʻi and in the United States; administrative litigation before local boards and hearing officials; legal research and opinion writing.

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

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Management of Information Technology and Services
    1. Develops, evaluates, implements, maintains, reviews, and documents standards, service level agreements, and policies and procedures for information technology and services.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Manages and documents network integration and connectivity to other LAN and mainframe systems, design, testing, implementation and maintenance.
  2. Network Engineering and Security
    1. 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.
    2. Implements new connectivity technologies (wireless, Bluetooth, etc.).
    3. 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.
    4. Troubleshoots, configures, repairs, and maintains computers, servers, and miscellaneous computing devices. This should be documented with service requests and maintenance logs, etc.
    5. 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.
    6. Configures firewalls and monitors traffic and infrastructure in order to eliminate or mitigate vulnerabilities.
    7. 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
  1. System Administration, End-User Support, and Training
    1. 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.
    2. 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.).
    3. 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.).
    4. Maintains hardware replacement schedule to ensure operational efficiency throughout the organization.
    5. Diagnoses and resolves software-related network problems. Develops, documents and maintains incident reports.
    6. Installs and maintains communications-related software products. Assists in evaluating communication alternatives and solutions for the organization.
    7. 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 REPs related to information technology.
    8. Manage OHA Signage system, including but not limited to management of OHA signage.com account, display hardware maintenance, and related tasks.
    9. Upon request, represents the organization during information technology-related meetings and internal/external audits.
    10. 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.
  2. 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”).
  3. 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

Education, Training and/or Experience

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

STUDENT HELPER

At the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), the Student Helper Program provides an opportunity for students to gain insight into the mission and programs of the agency and to become involved with our efforts towards bettering the conditions of native Hawaiians.

Learning Objectives

  • To teach the student current business practices and office procedures.
  • To expose the student to a real-life work environment.
  • To develop the student’s professional skills.
  • To allow the student to network with business professionals.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Student must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Student must be in good academic standing in an accredited educational institution and be carrying a full-time course load.
    • An “educational institution” is defined as an organization or institution which is established for the purpose of educating individuals.
    • “Full-time course load” is defined as the number of credit hours which the educational institution requires as a minimum of its full-time students.
    • “Good academic standing” is defined as carrying a full-time course load and maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

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

RECORDS MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
The Records Management Specialist is responsible for arranging, describing, preserving and
providing access to OHA records with long-term, historical value; recommends and performs
records reformatting, indexing, and delivery solutions for permanent and inactive records; and
maintains record keeping systems, including a database catalog, as well as provides reference
services to OHA Divisions / Programs and the general public.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

Records Management
a. Manages the OHA physical archives at on-site and off-site locations and the OHA
library. Assists the Legal Counsel’s office with the coordination of electronic
records management.

b. Manages sensitive information, the content of which frequently pertains to public
information. In addition to physical documentation, this also includes, but is not
limited to:
* BOT minutes, including the timely acquisition of original documentation
and submission of copies to the OHA Community Relations
Communications Program for posting to the OHA Web site.
* Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) requests, tracking and
responses, reporting record retention information to the OIP via web site,
and other administrative actions.
* Hawaiʻi State Act 10 statute compliance, monitoring, reporting and
assisting management in the event of a security breach, and other
administrative actions.

c. Applies appropriate judgment, discretion and adherence to a professional code of
ethics e.g., Society of American Archivists (SAA) and Association of Records
Managers and Administrators (ARMA) in all information managed. It also
requires an understanding of Hawaiʻi state statutes such as HRS Section 92F,
HRS Chapter 487J, 487N and 487R.

d. Assists the Legal Counsel’s office with designing, researching, documenting,
updating, maintaining and ensuring compliance with OHA’s general records
retention schedule. This includes, but is not limited to, audit compliance, state
compliance, federal compliance and other managerial and administrative actions.
Cross references records and their associated retention period with state and
federal statutes, and managerial and administrative actions.

e. Coordinates the implementation of records storage and indexing solutions.
Participates in the developing of system work sites, electronic libraries or other
information access systems.

f. Performs, documents, updates, and maintains inventories of active and inactive
record storage areas in a physical and electronic environment. This includes, but
is not limited to working with the Legal Counsel’s office and the Information
Systems Specialist on the definition or record types, metadata, listing of catalogs
and other components required to efficiently store, retrieve and dispose / destroy
records, both physically and electronically.

g. Ensures pertinent records are prepped, scanned, indexed and electronically stored,
submitted to other parties for posting e.g., OHA Web site and backed-up in a
current format.

h. Researches exceptions related to the scanning process.

i. Assists Legal Counsel’s office and the Information Systems Specialist in
implementing, maintaining and performing periodic reviews to ensure records are
reformatted and backed-up when appropriate e.g., microfilm, copy photography,
digital imaging; may also prepare records for reformatting, including creation of
targets, in accordance with Records Management Unit, International Standards
Organization (ISO) and Association for Information and Image Management
(AIIM) guidelines.

j. Regularly works with records custodians. Performs quality control and
compliance reviews and provides formal findings, recommendations or workaround
solutions to the Information Systems Specialist.

k. Works with Legal Counsel’s office and the Information Systems Specialist to
coordinate the scheduling of physical and electronic records disposition;
recommends active and inactive records storage periods in accordance with state,
local and other statutes, including collaborating with appropriate internal or
external parties.

l. Processes records according to archival principles and standards e.g., Dublin Core
Metadata Initiative, Society of American Archivists (SAA) and creates finding
aids and indexes for internal and external use.

m. Preserves records by identifying endangered materials and level of conservation
work needed; provides basic repair and preventive preservation for paper records.
Collaborates with internal and external parties to define the historical significance
of records and other materials.

n. Assists the Legal Counsel’s office and the Information Systems Specialist in
designing and presenting training material for OHA Trustees and staff.

o. Coordinates participation in Library of Congress’ National Union Catalog of
Manuscript Collections (NUCMUC), National Inventory of Documentary Sources
(NIDS) and other shared national/international systems, as they become available.

p. Maintains archival collections management information, including up-to-date
shelf list inventory, transfer and disposal/destruction records. Maintains data in
MARC-based database or equivalent, utilizing data for production of electronic
finding aids.

q. Assists with researching, planning, developing, and implementing short and longrange
goals for the archives and records center in coordination with the
Information Systems Specialists and other internal and/or external parties. This
includes compliance with OHA business and work plans.

r. Drafts policies and procedures related to records management for review by Legal
Counsel and approval by the Chief Executive Officer.

s. Assists the Legal Counsel’s office and the Information Systems Specialist with
contributing data for the program budget, researches new purchases and other
costs; including involvement with procurement, purchasing and payment
processes.

2. Other Technical Duties
a. Provides reference services to internal and external audiences by providing
access, interpreting finding aids, and providing instruction on the proper handling
of materials appropriate to the individual researcher’s needs. This position may
be required to respond in person, by phone, e-mail or fax, and may also refer
researchers to other resources.

b. Recruits, trains and supervises interns, and volunteers, as needed.

c. Researches new technologies, automation and new software and hardware for
physical archives and records center, as needed.

d. Exercises judgment and initiative in planning, organizing, directing and
performing the work of assigned areas of responsibility and must work in a
structured, team environment.

e. Authors and generates a variety of letters, memoranda, reports, and other
documents; answers the telephone and assists the general public as well as
internal customers.

3. Fully supports in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions,
and directives of the CEO, COO and the Chief Advocate.

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

5. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Graduation from an accredited college or university in archives management, library
science, or a related field. Master of Arts in Library or Information Science is preferred.

2. Three (3) years of progressively responsible work experience in archives or records
management programs or projects and/or information settings and computer technology.

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

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING SPECIALIST
The organizational development and training specialist assists with facilitating and monitoring programs and initiatives for the development of OHA’s organizational culture and core values, management of change, employee engagement, leadership capability and employee development.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

1. Organizational Development

a. Works closely with the Executive Office Leadership to plan and implement change projects and strategies in support of the organization’s strategic and operational plans, providing information, advise and services as required.

b. Establishes organization-wide processes that creates organization health and employee satisfaction.

c. Provides project management for organization-wide projects and initiatives as required, facilitating team efforts and helping to define project goals, timelines, resource requirements and planning to cope with challenges or stressor points in the plans.

d. Assesses risks associated with various change initiatives/projects and suggests and implements actions to manage unforeseen impacts.

e. Works with appropriate staff to ensure effective internal communication and to build staff engagement.

 

2.Training and Development

a. Consults with division directors, program managers and supervisors to assess training and professional development needs.

b. Proposes training and development programs for management and employees.  Selects and assigns instructors or vendors to conduct training when necessary. Obtains and /or develops effective training materials utilizing a variety of media including training manuals and online learning modules.

c. Develops and maintains new Trustee, employee and volunteer orientation program content in order to ensure all new employees and volunteers are aware of the expectations and benefits of being an OHA employee or volunteer, and introduce them to the culture, core values, policies and procedures of OHA.

d. Performs administrative tasks such as monitoring costs, scheduling classes, setting up systems and equipment, ordering supplies, managing training request forms and coordinating enrollment for employee development and training events.

e. Develops and maintains organizational communications such as display boards, email, and other appropriate notifications to ensure employees have knowledge of training and development events and resources.

f. Continually evaluates training progress and training procedures to monitor and analyze course effectiveness.  Conducts follow-up surveys of all completed training to evaluate and measure results.  Modifies training programs as needed.

g. Maintains training library in order to make quality training and educational materials available to employees and managers.

h. Maintains personnel training records.  Ensures all records and documents are maintained in accordance with OHA record retention policy.

i. Manages the program’s training and development accounting activities.  Prepares purchase requisitions, payment of invoices, check requests and other related activities.  Maintains records of expenditures.

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

4. Fully supports in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and directives of the Human Resources Manager, Legal Counsel, COO and/or CEO.

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

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
Performs other duties as assigned by the Human Resources Manager.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in organization development, human resources, business administration or related field.

2. Four (4) years internal consultation and training experience working with management to improve work groups, teams and organizations. Experience should include organizational development, management and leadership training, learning needs assessment, coaching, technical training and/or related activities.

3. SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential preferred.

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

COMMUNITY OUTREACH ADVOCATE
The Community Outreach Advocate works under the direction of the Community Outreach
Manager as the primary liaison between Community Outreach and Advocacy staff. This position
is responsible for coordinating, developing, initiating, implementing and executing strategies as
they relate to mobilizing community, and addressing community concerns, in collaboration and
coordination with Community Engagement Division leadership facets of Public Policy and
Compliance matters.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

Community Advocacy
a. Serves as the coordinator for the creation, development, implementation and
execution of strategies for Hawaiian advocacy issues to internally aggregate,
organize, synthesize, analyze, and share information that should be disseminated to
Community Outreach staff and Native Hawaiian communities, relative to OHA
advocacy efforts. Such sharing of information will involve drafting language to
translate in layman’s terms appropriate advocacy-related content.

b. Plans for and develops key messaging to the community regarding OHA’s “bigpicture,”
long-term OHA advocacy efforts.

c. Establishes and maintains community and other networks for disseminating
information and encourages support and participation in community coalition
building and advocacy.

d. Advocates on behalf of Native Hawaiians on State and Federal legislation, as
directed.

e. Attends and represents OHA at Community and County Council Meetings.

f. Builds and maintains professional relationships between OHA key leadership and
the Hawaiian community to promote and support community coalition building and
advocacy.

g. Organizes and facilitates community events and other meetings on Hawaiian issues,
community coalition building and specific OHA goals relative to new or ongoing
OHA advocacy efforts, as directed.

h. Evaluates and analyzes data gathered or received from community groups and other
sources to develop effective recommendations to Community Outreach Manager
on community outreach plans, projects, resources, opportunities and related
activities, relative to OHA advocacy efforts.

i. Assists the Community Outreach Manager and/or Community Outreach Assistant
Manager on matters of planning or policy-making as related to community outreach
and advocacy issues, in consultation with Public Policy and Compliance.

2. Administrative Support
a. Disseminates information regarding a wide variety of social, cultural, historical and
community issues directed toward the formation, recognition and sustenance of a
sovereign Hawaiian governing entity.

b. Drafts and finalizes, upon approval by the Community Outreach Manager,
substantive material to educate and engage Hawaiians, non-Hawaiians, elected
representatives, and government officials on Hawaiian advocacy issues.

c. Assists in the preparation of contracts, plans, reports, and other administrative
activities necessary to achieve the goals and objectives of the Community Outreach
Program.

d. Tracks, monitors, and analyzes legislative activity impacting Native Hawaiians.
Serves as the resource person for the Community Outreach staff regarding policyrelated
issues and legislative activities.

e. Prepares plans, reports, and conducts other administrative activities necessary to
achieve the goals and objectives of the Community Outreach Program, especially
as it relates to OHA advocacy efforts.

3. Fully supports in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and
directives of the Community Outreach Manager, Community Engagement Director, Chief
Operating Officer and/or Chief Executive Officer.

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

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
Performs other duties as assigned by the Community Outreach Manager.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in political
science, communications, government, social sciences or related field.

2. Three and one-half (3 ½) years progressively responsible work experience in community
development or advocacy projects related to social improvements. Experience in social or
political advocacy and/or community activism, and/or public planning is preferred.

3. Experience and knowledge of laws affecting Native Hawaiians as well as expertise in
governmental processes, policy making, judicial matters, private and public-sector
advocacy efforts, specific topics of advocacy interest (e.g., water issues, ceded lands,
traditional and customary rights, burial matters, etc.), and the roles and individuals
involved in such endeavors.

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

COMMUNITY OUTREACH MANAGER
The Community Outreach Manager is responsible for managing the day-today activities of the
Community Outreach Program (the ‘Program”). The Community Outreach Manager is responsible
for providing community coalition building and advocacy services to the Chief Executive Officer
(‘CEO”) and OHA managers so they can build strong community action networks in support of
OHA’s advocacy positions. The Community Outreach Manager is also responsible for monitoring
providers retained by OHA to provide transitional assistance services to Native Hawaiian
individuals and families.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

Program Direction
a. Ensures that Program activities are aligned with advocacy initiatives, strategic priorities,
and directives of the CEO, COO and the Community Engagement Director (“Director”).

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

2. Operations
a. Information and Referral Services
(1) Analyzes demographic and other data as well as trend data from Information and Referral
activities to determine nature and extent of service gaps.

(2) Ensures the comprehensive compilation and documentation of available service providers
and other resources addressing legal representation, health, social, education, income
assistance, and/or other individual and family needs for members of the Native Hawaiian
community.

(3) Ensures community awareness of OHA’s Information and Referral services, including
procedures for becoming a listed resource and/or accessing services.

(4) Develops, implements and maintains policies and procedures governing delivery of
services. Ensures responsive customer service, accurate tracking of requests, and proper use
of case management procedures, tools, documentation and timely follow-up actions.

(5) Provides trend reports to the Director, COO and/or CEO and other Divisions, regarding
the nature and extent of requests, responses and resolutions, availability of services, capacity
of performance partners and provider organizations, and other information which may affect
strategic and operational decision-making.

b. Community Outreach
(1) Develops and/or ensures development of policies, procedures, guidelines, standards,
templates, and tools related to the Community Outreach programs.

(2) Ensures work performed is aligned to organizational priorities. Monitors and manages
expenditures within budget allocations. Prepares and submits program work plan and budget
reports by established deadlines.

(3) Participates in workflow mapping processes related to the initiation, design, and
development of advocacy initiatives. Ensures that community input gathered through
community outreach informs decisions at the right times.

(4) Provides outreach services and products. Listens to learn more about individual
experiences and concerns. Provides varied opportunities for community members to
deliberate with each other about their concerns, ideas, and proposals. Helps groups develop
strategies and tactics that make use of resources. Assists with meetings, logistics, scheduling;
provides meeting support. Helps groups collaborate with each other to build coalitions.

(5) Builds and sustains coalitions. Builds networks. Identifies opportunities for action.

(6) Creates links between communities and OHA. Continuously communicates with groups
on behalf of OHA to develop awareness and shared understanding of advocacy initiatives
and strategic results.

(7) Creates sustainable links between communities and performance partners, other advocacy
groups, think tanks, business groups, stakeholder groups, and others with shared goals.

(8) Uses traditional and non-traditional communication channels. Uses social media and
other Web 2.0 technologies.

(9) Coordinates and synthesizes information regarding the impact of community action
networks. Delivers increasingly effective community action campaigns that produce
measurable support by community members for advocacy initiatives.

(10) Establishes, ensures and maintains strong advocacy relationships with legislators,
administrative officials, and other officials who are empowered to enact laws and/or change
public policies of interest to OHA and the Native Hawaiian community. Establishes and
maintains strong indirect advocacy relationships with associations, performance partners,
advocacy groups, think tanks, community groups, media sources, and other persons and/or
groups capable of influencing public policy.

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 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 support in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and
directives of the Director, COO and/or the CEO.

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

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

2. Must be able to travel and have a valid driver license.

Minimum Qualifications

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

2. Five (5) years of responsible professional work experience which involved community
relations (including resources, networking, relationship management, and database
management) and/or the management of stakeholders, beneficiary programs or services.

3. Three (3) years of administrative experience that involved management of professional staff;
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.

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

LEGACY LAND SPECIALIST
The Legacy Land Specialist assists in the management of conservation, Legacy, and/or
Programmatic lands owned by OHA, and the work conducted by the Legacy Land Program (the
“Program”). This position is also responsible for engaging the community about and
implementing the day-to-day management of these lands.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

1. Land Management

a. Assists in developing, coordinating and implementing land acquisitions,
management plans, scopes of work, and policy as assigned, as well as coordinating
efforts of the Program and other partners.

b. Evaluates and integrates new concepts, and incorporates Hawaiian cultural values
and knowledge into strategies and plans.

c. Ensures that all programs and activities conducted comply with all federal, state,
and county laws, regulations, and policies, as well as OHA goals and policies.

d. Assists in the review, negotiation, and processing of land agreements.

e. Assists with identifying, completing, and submitting grant applications relevant to
natural and cultural resource programs; oversees the implementation of grants and
documents results; manages budget associated with activities to be performed;
tracks projects, including field inspections and contractor oversight.

f. Recommends and helps facilitate and implement research, surveys, and other
projects, based on observation and other studies. Coordinates contracts to fulfill
general property maintenance, including assessments and inventory of natural and
cultural resources, historic sites, risks, threats to resources, interpretive values and
economic development potential.

g. Works to enhance beneficiary participation in and benefit from Program activities.

2. Risk Management

a. Maintains effective working relationships with governmental and private agencies,
OHA lessees, managers, beneficiaries, OHA staff, and other partners.

b. Monitors and takes actions to protect OHA lands from damage by human abuse,
invasive species, fire, and related risks to OHA.

c. Conducts site inspections and risk assessments, and takes actions to mitigate any
risks, with approval of the Program Manager.

3. Public Outreach and Education

a. Develops and maintains relationships with communities that have demonstrated
connection to and relationships with Program properties.

b. Conducts and attends public meetings and hearings for land-related projects.

c. Responds to public concerns, comments, and suggestions.

d. Serves as liaison to related organizations and associations.

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

f. Organizes and coordinates with schools and non-profit organizations field trips and
educational work trips.

g. Assists with critical Program outreach and education projects.

4. Fully supports in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and
directives of the Program Manager, Land Assets Division Director, Chief Operating
Officer and/or the Chief Executive Officer.

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

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Legacy Land Manager.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in
archaeology, natural resource management, engineering, architecture, Hawaiian
studies, or related field. Master’s degree in above or related fields is preferred.

2. Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in land or
conservation/preservation and/or natural or cultural resource management.
* A law degree from an accredited school of law 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

LAND, CULTURE & HISTORY RESEARCH MANAGER
The Land, Culture & History Research Manager (“LCH Research Manager”) is responsible for
overseeing the Land, Culture & History Research Program (the “Program”) by providing
quantitative, qualitative, and comparative research services to the Chief Executive Officer and
OHA managers so they can make public policy advocacy decisions informed by accurate, relevant
historical analyses about the Native Hawaiian people, their relationship to the land and
environment, and their cultural traditions and practices.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

1. Program Direction

a. Ensures that Program activities, projects, and investments are aligned with
advocacy initiatives, strategic priorities, and directives of the Chief Executive
Officer (“CEO”), the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) and the Research Division
Director (“Director”).

b. Ensures that: (1) advocacy initiatives and strategic result measures drive
conceptualization and development of research projects; (2) research products are
provided to Communications quickly enough to “seed” issues ahead of others; and
(3) research findings used in a variety of ways to inform advocacy initiatives.

c. Communicates with the Director, and on request with the COO and/or CEO,
regarding internal and external issues, trends, and ongoing professional
observations which may have bearing on strategic and operational decision making.

2. Operations

a. Establishes and/or locates comprehensive database of research partners, advocacy
groups, thought leaders, think tanks, scholars, and others who may share similar
research interests, including sources that fund similar research.

b. Establishes and/or locates accessible electronic database of professional and
scholarly journals and other sources for surveys of existing literature and
submission of research findings.

c. Develops strategies, options, tools, processes and/or protocols for presenting in
public research studies, findings, compilations, white papers, and other types of
research reports, to include but not be limited to public speaking, public forums,
conferences, press conferences, interviews, and other presentation formats, as well
as digital presentations.

d. Works with the Director and other Managers to develop and gain Executive Team
and/or COO approval of a peer review process and metrics for research projects
which are based upon recognized standards.

e. Ensures that research projects advance OHA’s advocacy initiatives, including
research projects in anthropology, archaeology, cultural studies, history, political
history, geography, sociology, linguistics, conservation, natural resources and the
environment.

f. Presents proposed research objectives and research design to the Director, COO
and/or Executive Team, to include but not be limited to developing and testing
theories, additional funding options, background data and literature survey
analyses, methodologies, quantitative and qualitative methods and metrics, and
plan for dissemination of results.

g. Ensures that research projects meet recognized standards for scholarly and/or
expert research.

h. Prepares and/or ensures submission of proposals for research funding as
appropriate.

i. Analyzes of existing data, historical records and documents, findings, publications,
and presentations. Compiles comparative re-analysis of existing research to
address new questions.

j. Adheres to all federal and state regulations and guidelines on research protocol,
grant solicitation and awards, recruiting participants, confidentiality, ethics, and
professionalism.

k. Ensures research proposal project milestones and timelines are met.

l. Ensures preparation and submission of research papers according to requirements
for publication as described in research proposals.

m. Ensures that dissemination, presentation, and/or publication of research papers
adhere to applicable standards of research ethics, including those for web-based
publication.

n. Organizes internal presentation of research findings in user-friendly format so that
OHA Leaders, managers, and staff can write, speak, present, and/or advocate more
persuasively.

o. Presents research findings as requested.

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 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/or the CEO.

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

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director.

Minimum Qualifications

1. A master’s or other advanced degree in Hawaiian culture, Hawaiian history, planning,
archaeology, or other related field.

2. Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in conducting
research in land, culture, history and other related fields, and a demonstrated capacity
to plan and coordinate research activities of considerable difficulty, breadth and
complexity. Experience in the field of research analysis which included active
participation in and major responsibility for the development, management, execution
and coordination of policies, activities and programs. Experience or training in the
creation, use and analysis of Global Information System (“GIS”) data is a plus,
although it is not required.

3. Three (3) years of administrative experience that involved management of
professional staff engaged in research 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.

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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