Community Engagement and Next Gen AmeriCorps VISTA 

Organizational Overview:

Hawai‘i Green Growth is a public private partnership committed to advancing economic, social and environmental goals, and a recognized United Nations Local2030 Hub that scales local sustainability solutions to global challenges. Hawai‘i Green Growth formed in response to the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to identify green growth priorities and advance a green economy within an island context.

The Aloha+ Challenge: He Nohona ‘Ae‘oia is a statewide commitment to achieve Hawai‘i’s sustainability goals, and serves as a local framework to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Aloha+ Challenge was launched in 2014 by HGG public and private sector partners with leadership from the State, Counties, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and State Legislature. The Aloha+ Challenge enjoys unprecedented political support to achieve time-bound sustainability goals and indicators, which are measured through an open-data impact Dashboard. HGG works with public and private partners on joint policies, initiatives, and communications that advance Hawai‘i’s Aloha+ Challenge goals. The Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard is an online open-data platform to track progress, provide accountability and ensure transparency on Hawai‘i’s economic, social, and environmental priorities.

Position Summary:

This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position offered through the Aloha+ Challenge VISTA Program to address poverty and increase economic, social, and environmental resiliency across Hawai‘i. Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA at:

This is a full-time position that will support Hawai‘i Green Growth’s work as a UN Local2030 Hub through collaborating with local and global partners regarding joint priorities and initiatives; supporting the next generation of local leaders by providing a new growth pathway that cultivates student knowledge and fosters youth leadership on advancing progress on the SDGs; and supporting development of strategic initiatives.

The Community Engagement and Next Gen AmeriCorps VISTA position is structured to provide significant work experience in the areas of sustainable development, policy, community engagement, youth leadership and outreach through hands-on experiential learning. This position will have the opportunity to take on meaningful responsibility quickly, and engage with a diverse network of local, national and international partners.

This position will work extensively with a wide range of government, business, academic, philanthropic, and community partners who work to advance social, economic, and environmental priorities across Hawaiʻi and is therefore ideally suited for applicants seeking to gain professional experience in these sectors.

Eligibility for the AmeriCorps VISTA Program: 

In order to be considered for hire, one must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Available full time (40 hours/week)
  • Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
  • Pass a national service criminal history check
  • Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

AmeriCorps Compensation and Benefits Package:

  • Living allowance (approx. $29,043 annually)
  • Segel Education Award ($6,495) or cash stipend ($1,800)
  • Relocation Travel Allowance and Settling In Allowance
  • AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Benefits Program
  • Child Care Benefits
  • Professional Development Training Full details available at


It is preferred that the applicant has the following:

  • Strong attention to detail, organization, planning skills and personal accountability
  • Interest in a collaborative and integrated approach to sustainability that supports environmental, social and economic prosperity
  • Familiarity with Hawai‘i’s geography and communities, as well as a respect for Hawaiian language, culture and traditions
  • Relevant education and/or work experience
  • Flexible in supporting other duties as assigned

This year-long position is based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Major Responsibilities:

1. Sustainability Hub and Partnership Coordination: Support coordination, administration and community outreach for Hawai‘i Green Growth’s local sustainability hub.

  • Correspond with local and global partners regarding joint priorities and initiatives
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings, including logistics, invitations and RSVPs
  • Prepare materials, including presentations, meeting summaries, and other documents
  • Attend and provide support at meetings
  • Assist with timely follow-up and action items
  • Support relevant writing, reporting and research

2. Youth Engagement: Support the next generation of local leaders by providing a new growth pathway that cultivates student knowledge and fosters youth leadership on advancing progress on the SDGs

  • Build relationships with partner educational organizations to raise awareness on the Loi Kalo to the United Nations Educational Pathway pilot program launched this year at Kamehameha Schools
  • Facilitate expansion of the program in schools in Hawaii that target low-income and Pacific Islander communities, providing a growth pathway that cultivates student knowledge and fosters youth leadership on advancing progress on the SDGs

3. Project Operations & Legacy:

  • Maintain key master documents, organizational systems and support monthly administration
  • Coordinate and update membership organizational systems and databases
  • Build relevant tools and resources to support Hawai‘i Green Growth’s capacity

4. Resource Development:

  • Identify opportunities for grants and funding partnerships
  • Support grant and contract writing, and project reporting
  • Develop sustainable member, administrative, and resource systems

5. Strategic Initiatives:

  • Support development of new initiatives and special projects to benefit low-income communities and advance local-global sustainability goals
  • Coordinate meetings, including scheduling, logistics, preparation, and project follow-up
  • Support partner engagement and coordination on key projects and network activities

6. Other duties as assigned

Application Details

Position open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter below:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Shelley Gustafson, HGG Operations & Strategy Director


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