Position: HIPHI Statewide Food Systems Director

Reports to: Executive 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 Statewide Food Systems Director to serve a multifaceted role in the coordination of food systems in Hawai‘i. This positionʻs primary role is focused on the coordination of and support for the Kūpuna Food Security Coalition and understanding the connecting points within a statewide food system resilience strategy. A second role is focused on the understanding of Hawaii’s food system, its related networks and the ability to apply research and best practices appropriate for Hawai‘i. In this role, the position will serve as lead architect in a team effort to support food resilience planning for Hawai‘i. Finally, the position will help to coordinate and inform food security work conducted throughout HIPHI. 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 help to provide strategy and coordination around these efforts for HIPHI. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Coordination and support for the Kūpuna Food Security Coalition (KFSC). 
  • Facilitation and convening of general KFSC and KFSC subcommittee meetings with community stakeholders and organizations. Work with steering committee to craft agendas, facilitate meetings, meeting minutes, serve as liaison among coalition members. 
  • Design and orchestrate grantmaking program for available funds and assist in soliciting additional funds for the KFSC. 
  • Work with Communications Director to maintain KFSC online presence. 
  • Develop and maintain a stakeholder database for the KFSC. 
  • Understand and make connections between local and state level food system work and efforts in Hawai‘i. 
  • Network and build positive relationships with community representatives, organizations, coalitions and decision makers to examine Hawaii’s food system together; work with contractor to conduct an assessment and identify gaps and challenges. 
  • Work to identify opportunities to form and promote strategic alliances among the local and state level networks, including local county-level Food Access Coordinators. 
  • Identify opportunities to gather people within the local and state networks to build partnerships to strengthen the statewide food system. 
  • Understand and make connections between food system work and efforts internally at HIPHI. 
  • Work closely with HIPHI team on special projects related to food security. 

Minimum qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred. 
  • At least 2 years of working in the area of food security in Hawai‘i. 
  • Experience managing grants and projects and writing reports. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; able to conduct public presentations and effectively facilitate meetings. 
  • 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 with community building and networking. 
  • 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, and 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 qualifications: 

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the food security landscape in Hawai‘i. 
  • Have knowledge and understanding of partnerships, networks, and existing coalitions in Hawai‘i that work on food security. 
  • Innovative thinker that is able to translate strategic thinking into action plans. Must be able to multitask and work under pressure, manage deadlines, and possess ability to work effectively with partners and stakeholders. 

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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