Employment Opportunities

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Main

Hawaii Community Development Authority

Employment Opportunities

The Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) is a public entity created by the Hawaii State Legislature to establish community development plans in community development districts; determine community development programs; and cooperate with private enterprise and various components of federal, state, and county governments to bring community development plans to fruition.  The HCDA’s work should result in economic and social opportunities and aim to meet the highest needs and aspirations of Hawaii’s people.

The State of Hawaii is Recruiting an Executive Director for HCDA

The HCDA Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Authority which is comprised of four separate boards.  The Executive Director, under the direction of the Authority and its three district boards, plans, organizes, staffs, coordinates and directs the daily operations of the HCDA.  This position is also directly responsible to the Authority for the implementation of the Authority’s policies and for carrying out the Authority’s instructions; and prepares capital improvement program and operating budgets, deals with consultants, developers, landowners, tenants, community leaders and organizations, legislators, government officials, and other parties.

The Executive Director manages a staff of 22 positions, including administrative and fiscal staff, engineers and planners, asset managers, and a public outreach specialist.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge: Demonstrated strong leadership skills in planning and implementation of plans and/or completion of projects and building and managing strong teams. Demonstrated excellence in communication skills which engage diverse communities to work together to develop and implement plans and projects that positively impact the community(ies) served. Demonstrated ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders while maintaining transparency and accountability.

Skills/Abilities: Effective written and oral communication skills and the ability to efficiently communicate with persons or agencies that would be affected by or interested in a community development district project.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in business administration, public administration, engineering, architecture, planning, or law. Graduate or professional degree in related field strongly preferred.

Experience: Minimum of five years of managerial experience and demonstrated understanding of the principles and practices of management and supervision. Minimum of 5 years’ progressive administrative, managerial and negotiation experience and experience in legislative matters. Including extensive experience with the development of specific construction projects and/or the enforcement of public planning and zoning ordinances, rules or regulations.

Citizenship Requirement: The State of Hawaii requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.

Other Information

This position is exempt from the civil service and considered temporary in nature. Therefore, if you are appointed to the position, your employment will be considered to be “at will,” which means that you may be discharged from your employment at the prerogative of your department head or designee at any time.

To apply for HCDA Executive Director

Submit cover letters and resumes to:


Last Day to submit resumes is June 30, 2020.

NOTE: The State Recruiting Office will refer you to the Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism, Administrative Services Office regarding this exempt position.



HCDA Director of Planning and Development

The Director of Planning and Development provides executive level assistance to the Executive Director in the management and coordination of planning and development related issues.   This position oversees HCDA’s planning, development, project management, and engineering activities performed by professional staff and contractors.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree in public or business administration, real estate management, law, engineering, planning, land development, architecture, or related field.
  • Six years of progressively responsible experience in project development and management, construction, real estate development, professional planning, property management, or other related experiences.
  • Three years of professional supervisory work experience which included planning the work of other professional workers

HCDA Program Specialist V

This senior professional planner position is responsible for organizing, directing, coordinating, and conducting HCDA’s planning, zoning and plan enforcement activities for HCDA in accordance with its District Plans and Rules, and the Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 206E.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a college or university with a baccalaureate degree in planning, engineering, architecture, economics or public or business administration.
  • Six years of progressively responsible professional planning experience that required the application of planning principles to the solution of planning problems related to land use, urban design, public facilities or private development planning, of which at least two years must have been related to urban community development or redevelopment planning.

To apply for these positions:

Send a resume and cover letter to dbedt.hcda.contact@hawaii.gov or send via postal mail to:

Hawaii Community Development Authority
547 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96813