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

May 14 2024
Job Description


Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division

Downtown, Oahu


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

$5,713 per month, salary commensurate w/ training and experience


Exempt, non-civil service, full-time, temporary appointment.  The purpose of the Office of Health Equity (OHE) is to advance health equity by: 1) assessing and monitoring population health and identifying health disparities; 2) engaging stakeholders to develop policies, systems, and environmental change improvements to eliminate health inequities; 3) evaluating and monitoring efforts; and 4) reassessing strategies with the continuous engagement of key stakeholders.  The  Pandemic Response Expansion Project (PREP) OHE Project Specialist will 1) serve as project coordinator for the OHE project; 2) review all program operations to ensure the OHE objectives are met; 3) review and maintain an active library of effective and promising policy practices to advance health equity and draft recommended policies, systems, and environmental change strategies to advance health equity; 4) assess current practices and policies in the Department to identify areas of need to improve equity in the workplace and public service; 5) establish, convene, and facilitate workgroups of key community stakeholders to identify health disparities and the social determinants of health, and develop recommendations and strategies for interventions; and 6) develop and draft grant applications, grant renewals, program and fiscal reports, program/grant budget proposals, expenditure analysis reports, and other required/supporting documents.


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 (1) 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.


SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED:  Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.  Excess Specialized Experience may be substituted for the General Experience on a year-for-year basis.


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. 124055.


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.


An Equal Opportunity Employer