Position: Community Equity Outreach Specialist

Program Description: This position is offered through the City and County of Honolulu (“City”) AmeriCorps VISTA Program with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The mission of this program is to 1) address poverty; 2) build capacity; 3) empower communities; and 4) increase economic, social, and environmental resiliency across O‘ahu.

Serving with the City Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (“Resilience Office”), this full-time VISTA position will play a key role in ensuring City policies and programs build long-term equity for communities island-wide and address the needs of O‘ahu’s most vulnerable residents. This position will work with the City’s Climate Resilience & Equity Manager and will build the capacity of the Resilience Office to identify community priorities, facilitate climate resilience discussions, and create tools for both community members and the City to assess climate risks and equity impacts.

This year-long position begins November 12, 2019 and is based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Responsibilities and Duties: The Community Equity Outreach Specialist VISTA will focus on assessing equity impacts of City policies and engaging communities in climate resilience discussions. Specific activities include:

(1) Identify and build partnerships with community organizations to better align resilience goals with community priorities;

(2) Create content and outreach material that translates climate resilience for vulnerable populations;

(3) Facilitate community-based conversations on the relationships between climate resilience, sustainability, native culture, and equity;

(4) Conduct research on existing strategies and best practices for building inclusivity into City programs and empowering communities;

(5) Develop action plans to identify and implement next steps for progressing on key community cohesion initiatives as outlined in the City’s Resilience Strategy; and

(6) Represent the Resilience Office at community and stakeholder meetings, events, and other outreach opportunities throughout O‘ahu.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates should have an interest and demonstrated experience in community engagement with strong communication skills. Candidates should also demonstrate a basic understanding of climate change impacts to island communities. Ideally, candidates would also have an interest in public administration, public policy, and advocacy.

Eligibility: In order to be considered for the for the City and County of Honolulu AmeriCorps VISTA Program, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Available full-time (40 hours/week)

  • College graduate or relevant work experience

  • 18 years or older

  • U.S. Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident

  • Not listed on the National Sex Offenders Public Registry

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Living allowance (approx. $24,119 annually)

  • Relocation allowance

  • Education award or end of service stipend (approx. $6,095)

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Health Benefit Plan (see:

  • Training, individual mentorship, and professional development

Program Period:

  • Start – November 12, 2019

  • End – November 11, 2020

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted through the AmeriCorps website (Note: you will need to create an AmeriCorps account to apply).

Deadline to Apply: 5:59 p.m. HST on Monday, September 16, 2019.