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Assistant Specialist (Public Policy)
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
College of Social Sciences, Public Policy Center
Date Posted:
January 08, 2018
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins March 08, 2018
Salary Information:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Tenure Track:
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
General funds

Other Conditions:
  • To begin approximately May 1, 2018. Subject to position clearance and availability of funds. Note: Change in review date from March 1, 2018 to March 8, 2018.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Lead the PPC interdisciplinary policy and community engagement programs.
  2. Teach, conduct public dialogs, oversee internships, and/or advise students.
  3. Publish work in the form of applied research, and/or the draft and disseminate policy briefs.
  4. Responsible for collaborating with government and community organizations to manage the Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum, and assist with the development and operation of a survey research program.
  5. Teach classes in topics related to collaborative governance and other relevant areas of public policy. The allocation of teaching responsibilities and other duties may change over time at the discretion of the PPC Director.
  6. Facilitate public-private partnerships to advance public policy decision-making, and engage in other civic engagement and democratic leadership projects in collaboration with the PPC Director.
  7. Generate extramural grant support and philanthropic support for the activities that are undertaken.
  8. Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. A Master’s degree in the social sciences or related field.
  2. In addition to the Master’s degree, 30 credits of graduate study from a college or university of recognized standing and in a field relevant to the position involved.
  3. At least three years of experience in the appropriate area at the next lower rank, or its equivalent.
  4. Demonstrated ability to conduct interdisciplinary research and/or public policy development and practice in collaboration with diverse stakeholders in multi-cultural settings.
  5. Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and implement activities related to community and civic engagement.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Ph.D. or equivalent in Public Policy, Public Administration, Urban Planning, or a related field.
  2. Record of publications, extramural grants, and a research or policy agenda in collaborative governance or related public policy fields.
  3. Experience in survey research.

To Apply:
Visit to submit an application and upload documents. Submit a cover letter that addresses the minimum and desirable qualifications, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample or publication that demonstrates knowledge of the policy process, and official transcripts (copies are acceptable, however, official transcripts will be required upon hire). Application materials will not be returned. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Continuous recruitment; review of applications will begin March 8, 2018.
  1. Colin Moore; 808-956-4237;

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