Director of Public Policy

The Director of Public Policy is the primary public policy advisor and coordinator for Hawaii Children’s Action Network (HCAN).  This position is under the direct supervision of the Executive Director.

HCAN is an independent, nonpartisan children’s policy and advocacy non-profit organization.  Our mission is to build a united voice educating and advocating for Hawaii’s children.  HCAN engages, educates, empowers and mobilizes families, community leaders, and policymakers to improve the health, education, safety, economic security and development of Hawaii’s children.   We provide information on child well-being, stimulate dialogue on children's issues, and promote accountability and action.  


The Director provides leadership and direction for HCAN’s government affairs, policy development, advocacy efforts, and strategic community partnerships and coalitions.  The director works to conduct research and analysis on critical policy issues; develop and disseminate information to nonprofit organizations and the public and provide training on policy work to build the capacity of children’s advocates.    They are responsible for the development and execution of strategic policy agendas, plans, and campaigns.    The Director develops and maintains positive relationships with government and community leaders, advocates, and non-profit agencies to develop and advance policy priorities.  They represent HCAN before state and local community groups, policymakers, taskforces, and commissions. They coordinate outreach to and engagement of partners, businesses and organizations.

1) Policy Development, Analysis, and Research

  • Develop public policy recommendations regarding issues related to children’s health, safety, and education.
  • Create/coordinate development of reports on local and national research, data, and trends.
  • Research proposed legislation, ordinances, agency rules and regulations.


2) Community and Coalition Building /Engagement

  • Build, coordinate, and manage coalitions on children’s issues. Plan and facilitate coalition meetings.  Coordinate the development of the Hawaii Children’s Policy Agenda.  Consult with member organizations on policy plans.
  • Develop and execute strategies to advance HCAN’s convening, network leadership and catalyst role including events, training, and presentations on policy matters.
  • Recruit, develop and engage new community leaders and volunteers.
  • Provide leadership to the Parent Leadership Training Institute to build the capacity of parent leaders.
  • Recruit, organize, lead and work with community stakeholders and groups to build support for children’s issues and policy goals.
  • Engage business, government and philanthropic leaders to support advocacy for children.
  • Represent HCAN in the community at coalitions and various community groups.
  • Conduct advocacy training for community groups.


3)  Community Organizing, Education and Engagement

  • Build and maintain a vibrant advocate/membership base. Recruit and mobilize advocates.
  • Coordinate the development and dissemination of all policy and advocacy materials. Coordinate all paid and earned media on policy initiatives including but not limited to: radio, television, social media, email blasts, op-eds, and letters to the editor.
  • Write content for e-newsletters, social media, and other publications.
  • Speak publically to groups and organizations on priority issues.
  • Develop and coordinate community outreach efforts.


4) Government Relations and Lobbying

  • Monitor all proposed legislation at the county, state and federal level and keep HCAN members and partners informed.
  • Develop and implement grassroots lobbying and mobilization strategies in collaboration with other staff.
  • Draft and deliver written and/or oral testimony.
  • Lobby policymakers and government officials.
  • Provide leadership and program coordination for the 501c4 related to HCAN.


5) Other functions

  • Acts as a resource to the Board of Directors; staffs appropriate Board committees.
  • Participates in grant writing, fundraising and program reporting as needed.
  • Supervises volunteers, interns and staff working on policy and government affairs.
  • Participates in staff meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions to remain current on the best practices in the field.


Education / Training:

Bachelor’s Degree required. JD or Master’s Degree in public policy, public administration, social work, public health, education or related field preferred.


Three (3) years experience in public policy or related field.

To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to