Current Job Opportunities

Organizational overview and background
The Hawai‘i Department of Education’s (HIDOE) School Food Services Branch is responsible for implementing school meal programs at all 256 public schools in the system. They recently launched the Jump Start School Breakfast Initiative, which aims to improve school breakfast participation at public schools around the state. With funding and support from nonprofit partners, School Food Services Branch is expanding its breakfast program using innovative breakfast serving models, improved menus, and marketing and promotional campaigns.

Position overview
The Jump Start Program Manager will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Jump Start School Breakfast Program, which is itself a component of the HIDOE’s larger ‘Aina Pono Initiative. Managing the overall project will include organizing advisory board meetings, oversight of marketing and community engagement strategies, and supporting individual schools as they transition to their new breakfast models. The position is housed at the School Food Services Branch office located in Honolulu.

Specific duties

  • Plan, organize, and facilitate regular meetings of the project’s leadership team, which currently includes multiple partners from business, government, and nonprofit. Manage the transition of the current leadership team from a working group to an advisory board.
  • Organize regular meetings of both the advisory board and the School Food Supervisors to track implementation and provide project updates to partners
  • Work with School Food Supervisors to ensure schools meet deadlines for choosing and implementing their breakfast models, and reporting back on their results (deadlines to be set by the advisory board)
  • Work with School Food Supervisors to develop and implement a transparent process for providing equipment and funding for program costs to individual schools
  • Work with the HIDOE Communications Office and other partners to share project highlights on social media and traditional media outlets
  • Develop and distribute marketing and outreach materials to promote Jump Start to partners and assist schools in implementation
  • Assist the School Food Services Branch menu committee in the development of new breakfast menu items
  • Assist School Food Supervisors with regional and school level training as needed
  • Track school-level data on breakfast participation to identify which breakfast serving models are most effective, popular menu items, and other bright spots, and share this data with relevant partners
  • Plan and coordinate various promotional events, to include at a minimum: three breakfast item sampling events, an annual breakfast recipe competition, and a year-end award summit
  • Other duties as needed


The Jump Start Program Manager will report to the School Food Program Administrator. This position does not oversee staff.

Education and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in a field related to the work of this position such as public health, policy/planning, administration, community/organizational psychology, etc.; 5 years of appropriate experience in managing or coordinating a community-based public health, advocacy, or hunger-related agency could be substituted for bachelor’s degree
  • At least two years of experience managing large scale collaborative projects with multiple partners from varying sectors 


  • Knowledge of federal child nutrition programs and/or food service management experience
  • Experience in data collection and project evaluation
  • Public relations or marketing skills 

Attitudes, skills, abilities
Excellent project management and organizational skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office and general computer skills
  • Ability to work effectively under the pressure of tight time frames and rigid deadlines
  • Self-directed, while also being able to work well in teams and with coalition partners

Other expectations

  • Must be able to work 30 hours per week
  • Must be able to attend meetings in the Honolulu area
  • Must have a car and valid driver’s license
  • Neighbor island travel may be required
This is a one-year contract position.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to The position will remain open until filled.


The Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Centera project of the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, is seeking a Policy and Data Analyst to lead research aimed at helping to build a thriving Hawai‘i for all and for always. We are looking for someone to dive into the data to understand how communities across the state are faring. We want someone who can translate complex information into easily digestible materials and recommendations that help Hawai‘i’s people, communities, businesses, policy makers, and government officials make decisions and take actions that create a Hawai‘i where everyone prospers.

Hawai‘i Appleseed is working to create a Hawai‘i where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We change systems that perpetuate poverty and inequity through data-driven research, coalition building, and advocacy. Hawai‘i Appleseed focuses on issues critical to creating self-sufficiency for people in Hawai‘i, such as housing, hunger, and economic security.

The Hawai‘i Budget & Policy Center (HBPC) is the data-driven research-focused division of Hawai‘i Appleseed. HBPC’s mission is to ensure that our state and local economic policies increase opportunity for all residents, but especially those struggling to earn a living wage, afford adequate housing, and support a better life for themselves and their families. We understand the unique significance of state policy to shape widely-shared economic well-being so we analyze the implications of Hawai‘i’s tax and budget decisions in order to inform the public and policy-makers about options and consequences. Our work includes increasing transparency about state and county revenues and spending, identifying and promoting budget and policy decisions that affect the paths to prosperity for low- to middle-income residents, and enhancing state and local resources by securing and deploying more federal funding.

The CHANGE Policy and Data Analyst position is focused on supporting the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s CHANGE Framework, which seeks to build a thriving Hawai‘i for all and always by creating a big scale, sustainable partnership that reaches across all segments of our society and make a lasting positive impact for generations to come. The CHANGE Framework is a platform to encourage collaborative conversations, engagement, and a will to act to address our community’s most critical challenges. It is focused on providing:

  • A common set of data and research to inform how communities are performing across the state
  • Analysis to identify gaps and opportunities within each area and geography
  • Opportunities to create shared goals and partnerships to amplify impact

More information on the Hawai‘i Community Foundation CHANGE Framework can be found at

The CHANGE Policy and Data Analyst’s primary role is to conduct research, analyze information, and draft content to support the CHANGE Framework. Focus areas are the economy, cost of living, family health and wellbeing, government accountability and civic engagement but may include other subject matter.

Position Duties

  • Research and document budget, tax, economic, and policy issues. This is typically directed at extracting information from published reports and source documents and analyzing policies and outcomes from other jurisdictions. It may include interviewing experts or individuals who are sources of information.
  • Identify reputable sources of data relevant to CHANGE priorities.
  • Write briefs, reports, and other content for distribution to partners and/or the public. Content must be clear, concise, easy to understand, and compelling.
  • Develop content and format for public education and dissemination. Be prepared to speak with or before groups.
  • Contribute to identifying and shaping research directions as project evolves.
  • Work with other researchers, writers, coalitions, or other partners.
  • Other functions:
    • Contribute to strategic planning for HBPC and Hawai‘i Appleseed
    • Provide written and oral reports to the executive director, HBPC director, and the development coordinator for grant proposals and reports, as
    • Perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • A graduate degree in a field related to public policy, research, or equivalent experience is preferred.
  • Prior relevant experience is preferred.
  • Experience in Hawai‘i is preferred.

Attitudes, Skills and Abilities

Attitudes required for this job:

  • Commitment to the goals and mission of Hawai‘i Appleseed and the Budget Center
  • Strong interest in just and equitable economic and social policy
  • Highest ethical standards for accuracy and transparency
  • Self-motivation and ability to work with a high level of independence

Skills and abilities required for this job:

  • Organizational abilities to keep track of and balance various projects in stages of research, drafting, and dissemination
  • Communication, including ability to write and talk about complex subjects so they are understandable and compelling to non-expert audiences
  • Research and documentation, analytical, synthesis, and writing skills
  • Computer and software proficiency to find online information, record and analyze data, draft reports, and prepare presentations
  • Intellectual curiosity to find and incorporate meaningful information into reports
  • Work as part of a team
  • Balance timeliness and accuracy, while adhering to Budget Center style rules
  • Track key developments in multiple policy fields
  • Suggest ideas for research and reports
  • Manage reports from beginning to end, including research, analysis, writing, and distribution
  • Prioritize and work on multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Focus on details without losing sight of the “big picture”


Reports to HBPC Director. Has no direct-reports.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, year round position and the successful candidate will either live in or relocate to O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Salary ranges between $60,000 and $70,000, depending on qualifications and experience. The position also provides comprehensive benefits including health care, vacation and a 401(k) plan.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and a writing sample (demonstrating analytical and writing skills) to The position will remain open until filled.