Public Policy Advocate IV
The Public Policy Advocate IV provides technical review for Public Policy Program work product and participates in the planning and implementation of OHA’s statewide public policy advocacy program. Activities include interaction with government agencies at the state and county, and to a limited extent, federal, levels; promoting the participation of Hawaiians in governmental processes; and coordinating OHA’s legislative efforts.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Reviews, analyzes and monitors legislation, reports, plans, submittals and other actions considered by state and county, and to a limited extent, federal, legislatures and administrations, including boards and commissions, that have the potential of impacting OHA and/or its beneficiaries. Prepares testimonies and testifies on state and county legislative and administrative issues, and to a limited extent federal issues, as necessary.
2. Promotes advocacy efforts to include the protection of traditional and customary rights of Hawaiians, as well as assuring that state and county resources, and to a limited extent federal resources, are proportionately directed to Hawaiian needs.
3. Serves as a technical resource person providing professional research and technical support on data and analysis required for OHA on policy-related issues of importance to the Hawaiian community.
4. Attends legislative, government and community hearings and meetings in relation to issues of importance to Hawaiians.
5. Develops and implements plans and strategies regarding new or proposed legislation, policies, programs and liaison activities to improve or increase advocacy efforts. Encourages and supports new programs, activities and services that address the needs of Hawaiians.
6. Conducts a technical review, including editing, proofreading and an accuracy review, of all work product developed by Public Policy Program staff, including legislation, administrative rules, testimony, letters and memos.
7. Provides technical and strategic advice to the Public Policy Program on the legislative and administrative rule-making processes as well as on other issues.
8. Coordinates and attends meetings with government officials, including legislators, and beneficiary groups as required. Maintains good relationships with legislators, state and county officials and staff, subject matter experts, and to a more limited extent, Hawaiʻi’s congressional delegation staff and the community, for the purposes of informing OHA positions, as well as, providing or obtaining information or support for OHA’s positions on issues.
9. Recognizes protocols and deals effectively with sensitive and confidential issues.
10. Fully supports in action, language, behavior and performance the priorities, decisions, and directives of the Senior Public Policy Advocate, Public Policy Manager, Chief Advocate, Chief Operating Officer and/or Chief Executive Officer.
11. Regular attendance on a daily basis is required for this position.
12. Performs other duties as assigned by the Senior Public Policy Advocate and/or the Public Policy Manager.
1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, business administration, social sciences, sciences, Hawaiian studies or language, indigenous studies or language, or related field.
2. Four (4) years of progressively responsible work experience in social or political advocacy; policy review, research, analysis or writing; community organizing or activism; governmental legislative, administrative or legal affairs community.
• A law degree from an accredited school of law may be substituted for three years of work experience.
• A Ph.D. degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, communications, public policy, political science, sciences, planning, social sciences, Hawaiian studies or language, indigenous studies or language, or any field with a significant policy component may be substituted for three years of work experience.
• A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, communications, public policy, political science, sciences, planning, social sciences, Hawaiian studies or language, indigenous studies or language, or any field with a significant policy component may be substituted for two years of work experience.
How To Apply
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OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Attention: Human Resources
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An Equal Opportunity Employer
Job posted: 2020-10-06