Public Policy Manager (Community Engagement)
Company: OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS (OHA)
Posted on: November 26, 2022
GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION
The Public Policy Manager is responsible for managing the
day-to-day activities of the Public Policy Program (the "Program").
Management includes knowing, understanding, applying, analyzing,
developing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and advocating for
public policy that betters the conditions of Native Hawaiians.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Strategic Direction
a. Ensures that Program activities are aligned with advocacy
initiatives, strategic priorities, and directives of the Chief
Executive Officer ("CEO"), the Chief Operating Officer ("COO") and
the Director, Community Engagement Division, ("Director").
b. Communicates and collaborates with the Director, COO and CEO,
regarding internal and external issues, trends, and ongoing
professional observations which may bear on strategic and tactical
and decision making and activities.
a. Assists the Director, COO and CEO in developing, prioritizing,
and executing legal and political strategies to achieve advocacy
outcomes that result in legal precedents, new regulations, policy
changes, or changes in laws which achieve systemic changes for the
Native Hawaiian people.
b. Ensures that policy development, implementation, compliance
monitoring and evaluation trends analyses are available at
junctures and proposes processes to ensure quality, quantity, and
flow of information. c. Develops, uses, and leverages partnerships,
collaborations and coalitions built across broad spectrums.
Coordinates and collaborates with associations, think tanks,
performance partners, other advocacy organizations for information
d. Works closely with Advocacy and Communications functions to
develop and execute policy campaigns (e.g., advocacy briefings,
community building, etc.).
e. Coordinates, compiles, reviews, and synthesizes impact analyses,
regulatory and legislative analyses, and other input provided by
internal and external sources.
f. Assists the Director, COO and CEO in coordinating and conducting
policy, legislative, and regulatory reviews. Performs legal
analysis and assessments of specific transactions, occurrences,
laws, and regulations. Researches and locates county, state and
federal statutes, rules, regulations, case law, opinions, and other
legal materials. Provides internal analyses and opinions upon
g. Monitors political news and developments, debates, news
conferences and press releases, political campaigns, platforms,
statements, and other occurrences, as they relate to public policy
h. Gathers and provides analysis on public governance structures
(e.g., state legislature, county councils, boards, commissions),
including composition, newly elected officials, appointees.
i. Monitors formal and informal policy, political and
community-based information networks (e.g., print, news, community
information networks, social media, etc.).
j. Establishes, cultivates, and maintains working relationships
with executive and legislative branches of county government and
boards and commission who are empowered to change laws and policies
to better conditions of Native Hawaiians.
k. Establishes and maintains relationships with associations,
performance partners, advocacy groups, other lobbyists, think
tanks, community groups, media sources, and other persons and/or
groups capable of influencing issues of interest. l. Organizes
advocacy efforts with other groups with interests and positions
aligned to those of OHA. Provides relevant information, messaging,
presentations, and materials appropriate to advocacy and lobbying
m. Prepares, reviews and/or coordinates development of comments for
submission in county, state and federal regulatory proceedings.
Develops testimony for participation in government hearings and/or
legislative, regulatory, and policy-making proceedings. Prepares
witnesses for and/or testifies in such proceedings.
n. Coordinates, writes, and edits arguments, opinions, and position
papers; provides input into drafting of legal briefs and other
legal documents; prepares and coordinates development of draft
legislation and written testimony on proposed legislation.
o. Drafts articles, op-eds, presents at conferences, on panels and
other collaborative advocacy efforts.
p. Develops and/or oversees the development of policies,
procedures, guidelines, standards, templates, and tools related to
Public Policy programs.
q. Participates in workflow mapping processes related to the
initiation, design, and development of advocacy initiatives.
a. Makes hiring and other personnel recommendations for the
b. Ensures that employees within the Program share information and
insights, use collaboration as needed to explore issues and/or
solve problems, and demonstrate shared responsibility for program
performance. Takes whatever actions are required to positively
replace behaviors and/or persons when necessary.
c. Performs supervisory tasks, such as leave time approvals,
performance reviews, coaching, training, and related employment
decisions for staff.
d. Monitors and manages expenditures within budget allocations.
Prepares and submits performance reports.
4. Fully supports, in action, language, behavior, and performance,
the priorities, decisions, and directives of the Director, COO and
5. Regular attendance on a daily basis is required for this
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the
Director, COO and CEO.
Education, Training and/or Experience
1. Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or
2. A master's degree or other advanced degree in business
administration, public policy, or any field with a significant
policy component. A law degree is preferred.
3. Five (5) years of responsible professional work experience which
involved public policy advocacy through either the legal or
legislative processes, especially in areas of current interest to
OHA, such Native Hawaiian land rights, water rights, health, and
education. The experience must have demonstrated public policy
advocacy skills and knowledge in achieving measurable public policy
4. Three (3) years of responsible experience in supervising others
engaged in public policy advocacy work.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Must have working knowledge of:
* Community relations (including resources, networking,
relationship management, and database management)
* Team building techniques
* Hawaiian-based community development organizations and
* Existing laws and policies relating to Native Hawaiians
* Government contracts and grants
* Federal and state legislative and legal processes
* The current political landscape of Hawai'i
* Native Hawaiian history and culture, as well as current Native
Hawaiian social, cultural, educational, economic, and political
issues and trends
2. Must have general knowledge of:
* Human resources management
* Office management
* Data and records management
3. Must have demonstrated skills or ability to:
* Think strategically about broad, long-term goals
* Influence others towards achieving outcomes
* Conduct investigations, prepare legal analyses and assessments,
and formulate strategies for remedial actions
* Communicate effectively (in writing and orally) with upper
management, peers, subordinates, contractors, government officials,
courts, and the public
* Prepare and deliver oral and written reports and
* Manage the design and delivery of advocacy programs and
* Understand and negotiate federal and state legislative,
regulatory and court processes
* Network and coordinate with key allies and partners
* Work closely with the Chief Advocate
How To Apply
To apply for this position, visit our company jobs website at
www.oha.org/jobs. Download, complete and submit the fillable OHA
application form along with a resume and cover letter via email
Or via mail to:
OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96817
Attention: Human Resources
Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) employees must be permanent Hawaii
residents. Out-of-state applicants who are offered employment with
OHA will need to relocate to Hawaii and establish permanent
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Job Type: Full-time
* Dental insurance
* Employee assistance program
* Flexible schedule
* Flexible spending account
* Health insurance
* Life insurance
* Paid time off
* Parental leave
* Retirement plan
* Vision insurance
* 8 hour shift
Work Location: One location%58047475%
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