Communications Specialist

County Of Maui
HI Maui County Council, 200 S High St, Wailuku, HI 96793, United States



The Office of Council Services is recruiting for a full-time Communications Specialist.

Who We Are:

The Office of Council Services (OCS) provides administrative services to the Council Chair, the Councilmembers’ individual offices, and the Council’s residency area offices.

In the County’s legislative process, the role of OCS is to staff the County Council’s committees and provide objective assistance to individual Councilmembers. 

Staff Appointments:

Communications Specialists will be appointed by the Council for the 2023-2025 Council term by resolution and do not have permanent or civil service status.  The term began at noon on January 2, 2023, and will expire at noon on January 2, 2025.  Communications Specialists may be reappointed by future Councils to additional terms. 

Examples of Duties

Work collectively with the Hawaiian Language Communications Specialist in managing internal and external communications, which includes the following:

  • Develop and implement communications strategies, including through the Council’s Communications Plan, to provide accurate and timely information to the public.
  • Draft and issue newspaper columns and press releases.
  • Manage social media accounts.
  • Serve as webmaster.
  • Coordinate press conferences.
  • Produce video, photo, and visual presentations and other digital-media content.
  • Create and issue public-education materials and conduct presentations and outreach.
  • Assist with special events.
  • Serve as contact person for media inquiries.
  • Serve as contact person for video production, broadcast, and distribution services (Akaku).
  • Serve as contact person for open meeting software (Granicus).
  • Work in coordination with others to carry out the functions of the Office of Council Services, which include assisting the County Council committees and the Councilmembers, individually and collectively.
  • Perform other related duties as may be assigned, including light lifting and use of electronic equipment.
  • Ensure Councilmembers and staff are kept apprised of the latest local and national news and trends relevant to their legislative work.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  1. Education and Experience
  1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s or graduate degree.  Official transcripts may be requested.
  2. Proficient in all areas of English language: reading, writing, and speaking.  
  3. Communications skills, including writing and speaking on behalf of an organization.  
  4. Proven social media and networking expertise.  
  5. Knowledge of journalism and public relations.
  1. License Requirement: Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.

Previous Knowledge and Experience Preferred:

  1. Proficient in all areas of Hawaiian language: reading, writing, and speaking.
  2. Ability to accurately and efficiently translate between English and Hawaiian languages.  
  3. Professional Hawaiian language translation.
  4. Proficiency in Hawaiian values-based literary and speaking preferences.
  5. Computer software management, including Granicus.
  6. Work for a legislative body.

Work Eligibility:

  • All persons seeking employment with the Office of Council Services shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States or eligible under Federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States at the time of their application for employment and shall become residents of the State within 30 days after beginning their employment and as a condition of eligibility for continued employment.  Applicants must provide evidence verifying citizenship or alien registration status and employment authorization in the United States at the time of application.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply:

  • Download the application form:
  • Submit your completed application and a writing sample by e-mail only to .
  • Please complete all sections of the application. 

Salary range: 

The salary range is $58,220 to $93,243 annually (as of July 1, 2024), as established by Section 2.08.060, Maui County Code, depending on education and experience.  The Council may assign staff to any step in the appropriate salary range. 

More Information:
 If you have questions or need more information on this position, please contact the Office of Council Services at 
, or Keoni Shirota, Office of Council Services, at (808) 270-7838.

Nondiscrimination policy: The Office of Council Services and the Maui County Council do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy, arrest and court record, assignment of child support, National Guard participation, or any other basis covered by State or Federal laws governing nondiscrimination.


If you have never applied for a job using the NEOGOV system, you must create an account.  You will need a username, password, and working email address to create your account. Your detailed work history is required on the application. A resume submitted in lieu of an application will not be sufficient. Furthermore, "See resume" is NOT an acceptable response under the "Work Experience" section. An application containing this response may be deemed incomplete. Applications may be rejected if they are incomplete.


The above examination is being given on an open-competitive basis to establish an eligible list which shall be effective for not more than one year unless extended by the Director of Personnel Services.


The County of Maui does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy, arrest and court record, assignment of child support, national guard participation or any other basis covered by state or federal laws governing non-discrimination

Pre-Employment/Post-Offer Drug Screening Test: All applicants, who will enter a safety sensitive position or certain designated categories that the Personnel Services Director has established or who are required by law to be drug tested must pass a pre-employment/post-offer drug screening test as a condition of employment. There is no retesting or re-evaluation process. Cost for the drug screening test shall be borne by the County of Maui.

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