Pandemic Response Expansion Project (PREP) Program Specialist

Jun 02 2023
Job Description

State of Hawaii

Department of Health

Director’s Office

Office of Public Health Preparedness

Downtown, Oahu


Pandemic Response Expansion Project (PREP)
Program Specialist


$4,600 - $5,600 per month, salary commensurate w/ training and experience


Exempt, non-civil service, full-time, temporary appointment.  The primary purpose of this position plans and conducts education and training activities to achieve emergency preparedness and response capabilities outline in CDC National Standards for State and Local Planning, including department workforce training in National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS); community preparedness and recovery; emergency public information and warning; volunteer management and other capabilities to help develop the State’s public health emergency preparedness capacity.


Minimum Qualification(s)


EDUCATION:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree.  Advanced degree in public health, emergency/risk management, education, social work, or epidemiology is preferred.


GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  One (1) year progressively responsible professional work experience which required a high degree of analytical skill.  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 subjects, analyses or proposals; and 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 and Half (1 ½) years progressive experience in a training, health education or related field.  The applicant’s overall experience must have been of such a scope and level of responsibility as to conclusively demonstrate that he/she has the ability to perform the duties of the position for which he/she is being considered.


LICENSE:  Valid State of Hawaii 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 (HRD278) with original signature, three (3) references, salary requirement and detailed resume to:


Department of Health

Director’s Office

P.O. BOX 3378

Honolulu, Hawaii 96801-3378

Attn:  E. Yamashita


Recruitment is continous until needs are met for position #124219.


Application packet at:​pportunities/


Other Information


For additional information, you may contact Judy Kern, OPHP Chief at [email protected]  


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