Public Affairs Specialist
Company: HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC CO.
Posted on: November 25, 2022
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Posting End Date: 11/16/2022 - at 11:59PM HST BRIEF POSTING
DESCRIPTION: The M NI GOVT & COMM AFFAIRS -Department of the M GOVT
RELATIONS -Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 1 Management
vacancy available. (Role: Professional ) JOB FUNCTION: Develops,
implements, and coordinates community relations strategies and
programs, to further the Company's goals and objectives, including
identifying critical community issues and concerns that potentially
impact the Company and recommending actions designed to address
- ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Develops and implements strategic community outreach plans and
tactics aimed at advancing most significant Company initiatives.
Actions focus on raising awareness about and gaining community
support for the Company's plans to reach its renewable energy goals
including but not limited to its Climate Change Action plan and
planning for new generation resources. Develops plans that
incorporate insight gained through building key relationships with
residential customers, community leaders, neighborhood boards, and
other civic, community, and charitable organizations. Strategies
also incorporate plans and tactics to meet increased regulatory,
government, community, customer expectations for outreach and
engagement - this helps to both build relationships, while keeping
projects on cost and on schedule. Evening and/or weekend work may
- Recruits, manages and supervises large groups of company
volunteers for high visibility community projects including, but
not limited to United Way annual giving campaign, ensuring safe
work practices and conditions. Provides communication and
information tools to prepare them to respond to customer and
community inquiries about company goals, projects and services.
- Apprise, inform, and educate management and employees about
customer and community concerns that may impact operations, to
assure that the Company is fully aware of the environment in which
it is operating and doing business. Preparing to inform management
and employees about customer and community concerns requires the
solicitation, monitoring, and assessing of customer and community
issues, causes and sentiments, as well as community newsletters and
other communications to track community sentiments and feeling.
Provides proactive advice to the company to achieve public
- Functions as the company's liaison with customer and community
stakeholders for major capital projects and smaller-scale projects.
Provides community relations guidance, consultation, and strategy
development for these projects to project personnel and assists in
preparation of presentations for project managers. Makes
presentations and presents testimony before public groups and
agencies in sometimes hostile environments to explain the Company's
position and address sensitive community concerns. Responds to
escalated concerns from community members impacted by projects.
Provides cultural support for Company projects in culturally
sensitive areas and assists project leads with compliance with
historic preservation issues.
- Provides support to education and consumer affairs programs and
services to foster positive relationships; increase awareness and
understanding of electrical energy; and promoting conservation and
efficiency programs to the general public, educational sector and
groups of strategic significance to the Company.
- Assists with responding to inquiries from federal, state, and
county elected officials and government agencies. Participates in
Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any
activities required to prepare for such emergency response. Other
duties and special projects as assigned. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
- A Bachelor's degree in business, a related field, or equivalent
- Working knowledge of key community organizations and business
- Working knowledge of federal, state, economic, business and
- Demonstrated knowledge of communications and information
dissemination tools and techniques, including PowerPoint.
- Working understanding of the ways people communicate, listen,
learn and react.
- Working knowledge of personal computers and related software
applications such as; spreadsheets, word-processing, etc.
- Working knowledge of digital communications platforms and
channels, including social media.
- Working knowledge of budgeting and forecasting processes.
- Expert knowledge of Company operations; working knowledge of
utility industry operations; basic familiarity with varying
communities the Company serves, and the issues facing it and the
- Sound understanding of individual, group and organizational
behavior. Skills Requirements The community relations function
relies on a high level of people and communication skills necessary
to form and maintain positive and genuine relationships under
potentially adverse conditions. It also requires a high level of
business skills, organization, and communication savvy. People and
- Leadership skills and ability to work with a variety of
individuals dealing with sensitive, difficult or confrontational
issues and hostile environments. -
- Ability to handle sensitive, difficult, or confrontational
issues with professionalism while using tact, courtesy and
discretion. Must enjoy working with people.
- Strong interpersonal skills to influence and persuade various
groups or individuals.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and manage volunteer groups at
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong positive
relationships with community and government personnel.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, remain flexible in
a demanding work environment, handle multiple tasks concurrently,
and adapt to rapidly changing priorities.
- Demonstrated ability to work well with people at all levels and
from diverse departments in the company. Ability to work
collaboratively as a member of a team. -
- Demonstrated ability to effectively represent company position
in the community regardless of personal position.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully go into a community "cold"
and gain long-term respect and credibility. Business and
- Excellent understanding of the value of community relations to
the success of an organization.
- Excellent writing skills. Ability to write clearly, concisely
and accurately and to meet deadlines.
- Excellent presentation and facilitation skills, including the
ability to think on one's feet and respond to media and customer
inquiries in clear, credible and concise terms.
- Analytical and conceptual skills to assess issues, to recommend
proper actions and to coordinate/follow through on implementation
- Ability to take financial, statistical and other highly
technical information and accurately simplify for broad
- Able to maintain a flexible schedule including evening and
weekend work in the community to ensure success.
- Established reputation for personal credibility and possessing
high ethical values and conduct. Experience Requirements
- Three to five years of experience in public affairs including
but not limited to government relations, community engagement or
community volunteer experience.
- Several years (3-5) of project management experience, desired.
- Experience in providing testimony and fielding questions at
public hearings and community meetings.
- Experience in the area of strategic planning, business process
improvement, new business development, or related field, desired.
Role: Professional - Number of Vacancies: 1 - Work Schedule: Monday
- Friday Lunch: 30 Minutes Location: MECO Main Office - Maui Hiring
Range: The hiring range for the Public Affairs Specialist - [Req ID
7762 ] position is 82,400.00 - to 105,100.00 . The person selected
will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications. The
hiring supervisor is CYNTHIA MAHINA MARTIN . About Hawaiian
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95
percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also
one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and
supporter of community and educational programs. The demand for
power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been
met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as
the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing
quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power
generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at
http://hawaiianelectric.com . Interested individuals should apply
online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated
experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which
specifically qualifies him/her for the position. Should there be no
candidates with this experience, the company may consider
applicants without such experience who meet the knowledge/skill
requirements. If such a candidate is hired, he or she will
initially be placed on a development plan commensurate with his/her
education and experience level. Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all
statements contained in the application and/or any materials
submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the
position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian
Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding
previous or present employment, educational training or personal
information from their records and from any other source with the
hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric
Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be
claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring
department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be
maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies
and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into
candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are
not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of
criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education
records, professional certifications, personal character
references, and employment history. EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment
opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity
among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age,
race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender
identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital
status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy,
veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence
victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with
state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with
disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. Hawaiian
Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with
Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed
during the application process should be communicated by the
candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848. Affiliate
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii
Electric Light -("Company") are -Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
("PUC") regulated companies. -The disclosure relating to Affiliate
Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC's
Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and
subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24,
2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.
By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge
that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred,
assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will
be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount
up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual
In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently
transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an
Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot
appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the
Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with
the Company. -
Affiliate is defined as "any person or entity that possesses an
'affiliate interest' in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5,
Hawaii Revised Statutes ("HRS"), including a utility's parent
holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section
Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as "a third party that provides
electricity-related services in a regulated utility's service
territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership
interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom
the utility has reasonable knowledge." -
For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related
Entities, please see:
This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time
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