Pandemic Response Expansion Project (PREP) Office of Health Equity (OHE) Program Specialist

Jan 11 2022
Job Description


State of Hawaii

Department of Health

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division

Downtown, Oahu


Pandemic Response Expansion Project (PREP)
Office of Health Equity (OHE) Program Specialist

Up to $4,600 per month, salary commensurate w/ training and experience


Exempt, non-civil service, full-time, temporary appointment.  The primary purposes of this position are leading the OHE community outreach and public health education efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic response and advancing health equity through community engagement and support to mitigate and prevent COVID-19 for Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Filipino (NHPIF), and other communities that have limited-English proficiency, low-digital technology, and low-health literacy. The position will engage and collaborate with the Community Network, a significant and critical group of engaged organizations representing NHPIF populations disproportionately impacted by hospitalization and death from COVID-19. In order to address these critical needs, this position’s duties include the following: 1) assessment and monitoring of community education needs, 2) collaboration with subject matter experts and members of the Community Network, and procurement of translation and graphic design services to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate and scientifically accurate materials, 3) coordination on the development and implementation of the OHE communications plan and organization of paid and earned media opportunities, 4) coordination of support for and response to legislative bills and resolutions related to COVID-19 pandemic response and advancing health equity, and 5) monitoring and evaluating program activities to ensure compliance with grant and fiscal requirements.  



Minimum Qualification(s)


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


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 year of professional work experience in any 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.


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. 124058.


Application packet at:​nt/job-opportunities/


Other Informaqtion


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.


Effective immediately, as a condition of employment with the State of Hawai‘i, each qualified candidate who has been given a conditional offer of employment must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and shall be fully vaccinated by his/her/their employment start date. A reasonable accommodation will be provided if requested by a candidate and it is determined through an interactive process that pregnancy, a qualifying disability, or a sincerely held religious belief prevents the candidate from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.


Please note that the COVID-19 vaccination policy above will apply to both new hires not currently employed by the State of Hawaii Executive branch, as well as current State of Hawaii Executive Branch Employees who are being considered for placement into another State of Hawaii Executive Branch position.


An Equal Opportunity Employer