Resource Specialist

Apr 19 2021
Liliuokalani Trust |Lihue|Full Time
Job Description

Title: Resource Specialist

Reports to: Team Lead, Social Services

FLSA: Full-Time

Aligned Executive: Executive Director, Social Services

Location: Kauaʻi

Department: Social Services


Position Summary

Provides professional treatment, group work and community building services directed by Social Worker or Lead.  Works with community to facilitate and coordinate the kīpuka’s effort to benefit Hawaiian orphan and destitute  children within a cultural and assets-based philosophy.  Directly responsible for the implementation of management and operating policies.


Essential Job Functions


  • Develops and maintains strong positive relationships with individuals, families, groups, communities, staff and management.
  • Confers with and follows direction of Lead to provide supportive counseling/skill building services to assist individuals, families and groups around a variety of issues.  As needed, provides supportive counseling services to the kamaliʻi (youth) as they participate in the micro, mezzo and macro levels of intervention (i.e. group work and youth development pathway activities).
  • Assists individuals, families, groups and communities in analyzing and strategizing methods to address identified needs that build upon their existing resources and strengths.  Focuses on sustainability and self-sufficiency.
  • Assesses individual and family situations and makes recommendations to Lead regarding the ability of the family to provide a safe, nurturing home for the child(ren). With the Lead’s guidance, develops plans with the family to strengthen or remediate the situation.
  • Provides outreach services to individuals, groups and communities regarding Liliʻuokalani Trust’s programs and services.   
  • Assists with recruitment and facilitation of psychosocial/skill building group work. Coordinates activities, gatherings, and events for beneficiaries and their families. Prepares supporting materials and resources for group work.
  • Works with individuals, families, groups and communities, establishes clear and achievable long and short-range goals, outcomes, indicators, and budget for projects.  Appropriately documents information.
  • Provides transportation for agency-related business; or driving staff, beneficiaries or families to assigned destinations.
  • Facilitates leadership identification and development efforts within individuals, families, groups and communities.  Encourages and develops them to assume increasing responsibility.
  • Advocates, within agency parameters, for needed services or policy changes on behalf of individuals, families, groups and communities.
  • Participates in program planning, budget development, revision, and evaluation.
  • Actively works to promote and support kīpuka team lead including attending and participating in kīpuka meetings and other functions.
  • Participates in continuing education and training opportunities for professional development. 


  •  Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology or related social services degree.
  • 6 months to 1 year of experience providing services or related experience with casework/permanency planning. Ability to follow lead and appropriately interact with individuals in a therapeutic team.
  • Community or macro level experience, preferred.



Licenses or Certifications


  • Valid driver license, clean traffic abstract, and access to a privately owned automobile with valid no-fault insurance.
  • First Aid and CPR/AED Certification, preferred.




Job Competencies


  •        Collaboration: Ability to interact effectively with youth, community partners, and multi-disciplinary teams.  Knowledge of community resources and services.
  •        Ethical Practice:  Models the highest level of ethics, integrity, LT values and social responsibility.
  •        Communication: Clearly conveys and receives information and ideas to individuals or groups that engages the listener and invites response and feedback.  Demonstrates good written, oral, and listening skills.
  •        Cultural Competence: Respects and relates well to people from varied backgrounds and is sensitive to group differences.  Experience working with at-risk youth.
  •        Relationship Management: Experience working with staff at all levels in a collaborative, environment; commitment and ability to promote and sustain positive  workplace values and relationships.
  •        Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work well under-pressure, remain clam and controlled when face with difficult situation. Strives for immediate address.



Travel Requirements

In alignment with our organizational competencies of Alu Like I ka Hana (Teamwork) and Ho`omau i ka `imi Na`auao (Continuous Learning and Improvement), this position will require occasional travel across the island, inter-island, and out-of-state depending on the needs of the team and the organization. While travel may not always be a need, the ability to travel when required remains a crucial aspect of this position in order to successfully contribute to our concerted efforts to carry out our Queen’s legacy.


This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. This job description is subject to change at any time

Organizational Competencies:


  • Alignment with Queen’s legacy:  Understanding and appreciation of Queen Lili`uokalani's story, her legacy and the Hawaiian Culture is foundational to staff’s commitment to working with our Hawaiian children, families and communities. Demonstrates respect for and appreciation of Hawaiian values history, and culture, understanding its implication in one’s work, in fostering meaningful relationships, and in embracing the community served.
  • Ho`omau i ka `imi Na`auao (Continuous Learning and Improvement): Committed to creating and reinforcing an environment of continuous learning and improvement.
  • Ho`ike i na Mana`o Pono (Effective Communication):  Communicates with those we serve and each other in a consistent manner that results in mutual understanding, harmony, and action.
  • No'ono'o loi (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving): Actively and skillfully understands, conceptualizes, applies, analyzes, synthesizes, and/or evaluates information and develops and supports fact-based analyses and recommendations
  • Ho'o kumu a'e or `Imi hakuhia (Innovation):  Identifies and integrates creative ideas into new or existing services and promotes effective problem-solving.
  • Pilina Ho`ohana a me ka Hana Hilina`i (Building Relationships and Creating Trust):  Manages relationships to create optimal opportunities and move the organization forward.
  • Alu Like I ka Hana (Teamwork): Works cooperatively and collaboratively with others throughout the organization in alignment with the organization's objectives.
  • Ho`onui I ka `Ike (Capacity Building): Encourages personal growth by exhibiting trust and a belief in the capacity of others. 











Physical Requirements

Performs light physical work, including climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, and lifting up to 25 pounds.  Exposed to outdoor climate and diverse terrain.


Terms and Conditions of Employment

As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to LT’s policies and procedures.