Position: HIPHI Outreach & Engagement Specialist 

Reports to: Executive Director and Statewide Food Systems Director 

Organization Description: Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute (HIPHI) is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that was established in 1996 as the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi to address the high rates of tobacco use in Hawaiʻi. In 2012, the organization moved from a singular focus on tobacco issues to a broad public health mission. Today, HIPHI’s mission is to advance the health and wellness of the people and islands of Hawai‘i by: 

  • Expanding understanding of what creates health of people and place, embracing upstream social, cultural, and environmental factors; 
  • Fostering partnerships among public health, health care, and other diverse sectors to improve health and wellness; and 
  • Cultivating programs including education, advocacy, research, capacity building and training—to improve policies, systems, and the environments where people live, learn, work, age, and play. 

HIPHI’s advocacy and programmatic work spans multiple issue areas, including oral health, food and agriculture, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco control and prevention, transportation and public safety, and environmental health. HIPHI has become a go-to organization for public health advocacy, education, organizing, capacity building and technical assistance. 

Position Purpose: HIPHI seeks a community-oriented individual familiar with direct service providers in Hawai‘i (including but not limited to food, meal, social and health service providers). This position will work to coordinate efforts and serve as connector among direct food, meal, social and health service providers and organizations serving kūpuna, adults with disabilities, and families below the poverty line. This work will primarily be focused within Honolulu County but has future potential to expand statewide. HIPHI manages statewide initiatives such as the Obesity Prevention Task Force and the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui and is an active partner with local networks such as the Kūpuna Food Security Coalition, the Maui Nui Food Alliance, Get Fit Kauaʻi and the Hawai‘i Island Food Alliance. This position will work alongside and support the HIPHI food system efforts, where strategic and appropriate, and may engage with other existing local and state food system networks as needed. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Community building at the grassroots level with agencies that serve vulnerable populations, including but not limited to seniors (kūpuna), adults with disabilities and families below the poverty line. 
  • Organize and support existing efforts in communities most impacted by food insecurity, as well as food system partners in building a sustainable, representative alliance. 
  • Outreach to networks and service providers to understand needs and gaps (but also specific to in low-income, elderly and adults with disabilities). 
  • Demonstrate leadership in broad outreach to disparately-affected populations. Identify and build relationships (engagement) with community organizations, other stakeholders and food system partners specific to Honolulu County and other partners as appropriate. Maintain ongoing dialogue and sector consultations with relevant stakeholders and food coalition forums, service providers and users, and other stakeholders. 
  • Provide support to the Kūpuna Food Security Coalition alongside the Statewide Food Systems Director where needed and appropriate. 
  • Where needed, identify ways to provide support to existing local and statewide food system work and provide recommendations on connection points. 
  • Identify supports and connections with service providers and local-level data collection to inform statewide data collection efforts. 
  • Provide community education and outreach to organizations that serve vulnerable populations including but not limited to seniors (kūpuna), adults with disabilities and families below the poverty line. 
  • Provide technical support to HIPHI grantees delivering services to seniors (kūpuna), adults with disabilities and families below the poverty line. 

Minimum qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; able to conduct public presentations. Able to effectively communicate with staff, partners, stakeholders, and the general public. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to network and develop effective relationships. Culturally sensitive and able to work with a broad spectrum of individuals. 
  • Experience working with community-level partnerships and networks. 
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced and changing work environment, including ability to use initiative and independent problem solving. 
  • Proficient in utilizing word processing, Excel, MSOffice, PowerPoint, desktop publishing programs, and social media tools. Comfortable with Apple products. 
  • Driver’s License and access to an automobile. 
  • Ability to travel interisland if needed. 

Desired qualification: 

  • Have knowledge and understanding of partnerships and existing networks in Hawai‘i that work on food security. 
  • Experience or understanding of Hawaii’s food system. 
  • At least 1 year of working in food security in Hawai‘i. 

Compensation: Commensurate with experience 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and 3 references (of no relation to you) via email to hiphi.hr@gmail.com

Inquires: Roella Foronda, Programs Director at roella@hiphi.org or 808-591-6508 ext. 5. 

Deadline: July 3, 2020, 5:00PM 

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