Department of emergency management

Disaster Preparedness Community Capacity Development Specialist

Program Description: This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position offered through the City & County of Honolulu 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. Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA here.

In partnership with the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, this full-time VISTA position will work in disaster preparedness within the Department of Emergency Management. The department is responsible for implementing public awareness, preparedness, and education programs critical to community-level resiliency regarding disasters and major emergencies.

This year-long position begins February 19, 2019 and is based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Responsibilities and Duties: The Disaster Preparedness Community Capacity Development Specialist VISTA will conduct outreach, education, and training to residents and community groups to enhance emergency preparedness and disaster resilience. The VISTA will also assist in development of strategies to increase disaster preparedness and resilience in low- to moderate-income and/or underserved communities. Additionally, the VISTA will provide guidance and recommendations regarding best practices on engaging and communicating with community groups, as well as evaluating and producing recommendations regarding efficiency issues and administrative aspects of disaster preparedness programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest and demonstrated experience with community outreach, stakeholder engagement, and/or working with government/non-profit groups

  • Interest in a collaborative and integrated approach to building community resilience, disaster preparedness, and/or emergency management

  • Relevant education, work, and/or volunteer experience

  • Strong attention to detail, organization, planning skills, and personal accountability

  • Familiarity with Hawai‘i’s geography and communities, as well as a respect for Hawaiian language, culture, and traditions

  • Flexible in supporting other duties as assigned


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

  • Available full-time (40 hours/week)

  • College graduate

  • 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)

  • Child care benefits (approx. $400 per month per child)

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Health Benefit Plan (see:

  • Training

  • Individual mentorship and professional development

Program Period:

  • Start – February 19, 2019

  • End – February 18, 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: Wednesday, January 9, 2019