Division Chief- Hawaii

Division Chief – Hawaii

Under the general direction of the Deputy Executive Director for Field Services, the Division Chief is accountable for the day-to-day operations of the neighbor island division including overall responsibility for all island division programs, fiscal operations, and building management.  This position also plans, develops and recommends new programs for the division and implements such programs upon approval.  As the overall manager of the island division, this position must be available to work flexible hours, respond appropriately to member complaints, ensure that contract and program deadlines are met, and handle all unforeseen operational matters requiring effective decision-making and communication skills in a timely manner.




  1. Serves as the administrator of an HGEA neighbor island division office and is responsible for the fiscal operations, field services, contract administration including grievances and arbitration, legislative and political action programs, training and education of stewards, recreational programs, pay and classification, retirement counseling and other related programs available to HGEA members. 35%


  1. Supervises the division’s staff in the day-to-day operations of the division, coordinated with staff all program functions for the division, and makes recommendations on new programs. 30%


  1. Maintains an effective working relationship with HGEA officers, stewards and member’s elective officials, public and community groups to promote and enhance HGEA goals and objectives. 10%


  1. Projects and prepares the division’s operating budget and is responsible for fiscal accountability within the approved budget. 10%


  1. Assumes the authority and responsibility for all communications originating from the division and serves as the HGEA spokesperson and media liaison on the island. 5%


  1. Manages the division’s office building, including but not limited to acting as the Property Manager responsible for building maintenance, janitorial services and supplies, parking, building security, negotiating and administering lease agreements, and other related matters. 5%


  1. Assists HGEA staff with program activities as necessary.


  1. Acts as the liaison between the island division office and the main HGEA office.


  1. Performs other duties as assigned.


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university.


Experience and Training: Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of labor relations; Two (2) years of supervisory or administrative experience.


Substitutions Allowed: Substitution of education for experience or experience for education will be considered.


Knowledge of: Goals and objectives, operations, programs, and philosophy of unionism; laws, rules and regulations, and collective bargaining contracts covering public employees; principles and practices of supervision; budget preparation; and landlord-tenant laws, as appropriate.


Ability to: Administer HGEA programs for the specific island division; understand and utilize the structure of government operations; communicate and work effectively with others; supervise staff; apply laws, rules and regulations, and contracts appropriately; speak before groups; effectively resolve sensitive issues stemming from member complaints; travel off island as required for union business; and work flexible hours.


License: Valid Hawaii driver’s license and personal vehicle required.


How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying, please read the duties, responsibilities and minimum qualifications and submit cover letter and resume to Human Resources via email at jobs@hgea.org.