Current Job Opportunities

CHANGE Policy & Data Analyst

The Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Center, a 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.