Current Job Opportunities

Hawai‘i Appleseed seeks a talented individual to bring together Hawai‘i’s health and human services organizations and people from the communities they serve to pursue systems and policy changes that will improve the lives of low-income and marginalized people and allow social service agencies to more effectively pursue their missions and create a Hawai‘i where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

The position will be a new one at Hawai‘i Appleseed, created as a result of joining forces with PHOCUSED, a membership-based nonprofit comprising social service provider organizations working to Protect Hawai‘i’s Ohana, Children, Under-Served, Elderly, and Disabled. PHOCUSED is transitioning from being a stand-alone nonprofit to becoming a project of Appleseed.

The person filling the position will have the following responsibilities:

  • Work with an Advisory Council of health and human service provider members and people from the populations they serve, as well as policy experts, individually and collectively, to identify and promote a systems and policy change agenda that will improve the lives of low-income and marginalized people, and help member organizations to better serve their clients and achieve their missions
  • Develop and preserve democratic, participatory structures and processes for the PHOCUSED project that allow members and participants to identify and pursue a shared agenda
  • Organize and facilitate meetings and conferences, and conduct group leadership development, training, and strategy sessions
  • Prepare and execute internal (member-focused) and external (influencer-focused) communications aimed at strengthening PHOCUSED and furthering its initiatives, including newsletters, website content, social media posts, news releases, and public testimony
  • Educate and engage health and human service organizations and the people they serve in addressing issues perpetuating poverty and inequity
  • Build relationships among members of the Advisory Council and expand the membership base
  • Develop cross-sector partnerships that will help advance the PHOCUSED mission
  • Working with contract and staff lobbyists to advance the PHOCUSED policy agenda
  • Work with the Executive Director of Hawai‘i Appleseed to collaboratively ensure financial sustainability while growing the capacity of the PHOCUSED project

About Hawai‘i Appleseed and PHOCUSED

Hawai‘i Appleseed is committed to a more socially just Hawai‘i, where everyone has genuine opportunities to achieve economic security and fulfill his or her potential. We change systems that perpetuate inequality and injustice through policy development, legislative advocacy, coalition building, and litigation. Hawai‘i Appleseed’s work addresses a variety of areas critical to creating self-sufficiency for people in Hawai‘i, such as housing, hunger, and tax and wage issues. For example, our research, coalition building, and lobbying efforts helped to create a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that will provide $135 million in tax relief to low-income families over a period of five years.

PHOCUSED is a nonprofit membership and advocacy organization for health and human services in Hawaiʻi, which works together with community stakeholders to collectively effect program and policy change for the most vulnerable in Hawai‘i. PHOCUSED is guided by the shared commitment of its members to protect the interests of Hawaiʻi’s people and the sector that seeks to provide them with quality programs and services. PHOCUSED and Appleseed are working together to transition PHOCUSED from a stand-alone nonprofit to a project of Hawai‘i Appleseed.

Position Qualifications

The right candidate will have the following strengths and qualifications:

  • Hard-working and driven by a passion for social and economic justice
  • Commitment to excellence and integrity in the work conducted for the organization
  • Personable and persuasive
  • The ability to build relationships and facilitate collaborations at the organizational and community level
  • Experience in collaborative problem solving, inter-agency organizing, and community organizing
  • Experience in advocacy on health and human services issues affecting the well-being of low-income people and communities in Hawai‘i
  • 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
  • Strong and proven ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Command of standard office systems, equipment, and software
  • Communication skills, including messaging and effective use of social media

Compensation, Benefits, and Term of Service

This is a full-time, year round position and the successful candidate must 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 and resume to The position is contingent on PHOCUSED completing its transition to Hawaiʻi Appleseed, targeted for October 2019, and will then remain open until filled.