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Public Policy Manager (Community Engagement)

Location: Honolulu
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:


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.


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.

2. Operations

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 appropriate decision

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 and analysis.

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 request.

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 issues.

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 activities.

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.

3. Management

a. Makes hiring and other personnel recommendations for the Program.

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 CEO.

5. Regular attendance on a daily basis is required for this position.


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 university.

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 outcomes.

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 practices

* 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 presentations

* Manage the design and delivery of advocacy programs and services

* 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:

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 residency.

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%

Keywords: OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS (OHA), Honolulu , Public Policy Manager (Community Engagement), Executive , Honolulu, Hawaii

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