CHWCRR Wellness Specialist

Sep 19 2022
Job Description


State of Hawaii

Department of Health

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division
Primary Prevention Branch (PPB)

Downtown, Oahu


The Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resiliency (CHWCRR) Wellness Specialist

Salary commensurate w/ training and experience


Exempt, non-civil service, full-time, temporary appointment.  The Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resiliency (CHWCRR) Wellness Specialist is responsible for coordinating program planning for the statewide community health worker (CHW) worksite wellness strategies and is the departmental public health expert on national recommendations, best practices, and national and state data for health promotion in the workplace. This position will 1) collaborate with internal and external partners to plan and develop pilot worksite wellness strategies that advance health equity and support the mitigation and prevention of COVID-19 for Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Filipino (NHPIF), and other communities that have low-English, low-health literacy, and are disproportionately impacted by hospitalization and death from COVID-19; 2) support trainings and provide technical assistance and resources to CHWs and other stakeholders in the primary prevention areas of tobacco prevention, nutrition, and physical activity; 3) establish, convene, and facilitate work groups of key CHW stakeholders to assess and develop worksite wellness plans, strategies, and interventions; and 4) monitor and evaluate program activities to ensure compliance with the grant and fiscal requirements.


Minimum Qualification(s)


EDUCATION:  Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a baccalaureate degree.


Excess work experience as described under General or Specialized Experience or other responsible administrative, professional or analytical work experience which provided, knowledge, skills and abilities comparable to those acquired in four (4) years of successful study while completing a college or university curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree may be substituted on a year-for-year basis. To be acceptable, the experience must have been of such scope, level and quality as to assure the possession of comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities.


GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  One and one half (1 ½) years of responsible professional work experience which required a high degree of analytical skills. Such experience must have involved gathering, evaluating and analyzing facts and other pertinent information required to resolve problems and/or to determine and recommend appropriate courses of action. Such experience must have also demonstrated the ability to: elicit information, orally and in writing; read, comprehend, interpret and evaluate technical subject, analyses or proposals; apply problem-solving methods and techniques, such as defining and analyzing problems, identifying alternative courses of action, using judgment in determining appropriate alternatives; and prepare clear and concise written reports and recommendations for action.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  One (1) year of professional work experience in public health approach to chronic disease prevention or related field which involved work such as monitoring, evaluating, or conducting studies and analyses of programs or projects to make recommendations for the development or revision of standards, policies, procedures, or techniques; gathering and analyzing data to determine conformance with standards and requirements and recommending improvements or developing training materials; giving technical advice and direction pertaining to program standards, requirements, or techniques.


LICENSE:  Valid State of Hawaii Type III driver’s license is preferred.


Who May Apply


LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO WORK REQUIREMENT:  The State of Hawaii requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.


How to Apply


Mail cover letter, completed State of Hawaii Application for Non-Civil Service Appointment with original signature, three (3) references, salary requirement and detailed resume to:


Department of Health

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division

1250 Punchbowl Street, Room 422

Honolulu, HI  96813

ATTN:  Melissa Nakamura


Recruitment is continuous until needs are met for position no. 124234.


Application packet at:​nt/job-opportunities/


Other Information


For additional information, you may contact Melissa Nakamura at [email protected] or
(808) 586-4637.


This position is exempt from civil service and considered temporary in nature.  Therefore, if you are appointed to the position, your employment will be considered to be “at will,” which means that you may be discharged from your employment at the prerogative of your department head or designee at any time.


As a condition of employment with the State of Hawai’i, all new hires must comply with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.  The COVID-19 vaccination policy can be found at the top of the DOH Internet/Job Opportunities page:​opportunities/ 


An Equal Opportunity Employer