Communication Access Specialist

Nov 24 2023
Job Description


State of Hawaii

Department of Health

Disability and Communication Access Board

Downtown, Oahu

Communication Access Specialist

Salary commensurate w/ training and experience



Exempt, permanent, non-civil service, full-time appointment. The primary purpose of this position is to oversee and coordinate the statewide credentialing of sign language interpreters; provide technical assistance and policy analysis on issues relating to communication access services and technology for person with communication disabilities.



Minimum Qualifications


EDUCATION:  Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university in a field relating to public health, social work, or other human service.  Master Degree preferred in a related field.


EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of two (2) years experience in public education role regarding the collection and dissemination of information.  Additional experience may be substituted for educational requirements.  Must have sufficient fluency in American Sign Language to communication with persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.


Develops administrative rules relating to Hawaii Administrative Rules Chapter 11-218, Communication Access Services for Persons Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind.


Coordinates the testing of ASL sign language interpreters through the Hawaii Quality Assurance test (HQAS) and HQAS Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Program.


Conducts research on communication access services, including review of laws, rules, regulations, best practices, directives and procedures from other jurisdictions impacting persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or deaf blind.


Serves as the primary staff to provide information and referral to state and county agencies, businesses, and consumers on the legal requirements for providing communication access service as well as how to obtain and pay for communication access services.


Performs other duties requiring similar services.


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


Submit completed State of Hawaii Application for Non-Civil Service Appointment with original signature, resume, (3) references, and salary requirements to:


Department of Health

Disability and Communication Access Board

1010 Richards Street, Room 118

Honolulu, HI  96813

Attn:  Executive Director


Application packet at:​ities/


Other Information


For additional information, you may contact Kirby Shaw at [email protected].


Recruitment is continuous until needs are met for position no. 101851.


This position is exempt from the 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.


An Equal Opportunity Employer