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Social Science Research Institute.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the College of Social Sciences, Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). Primary work location will be at the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 

MONTHLY SALARY RANGE:  $4,800-$5,200/Mon. 

DUTIES:  Researches and evaluates current Hawai‘i Administrative Rules and Hawai‘i Revised Statutes related to DAR. Recommends possible revisions for priorities identified in collaboration with the State. Aids in reviewing proposed rule changes. Compiles research, exercises judgment, and makes recommendations for statutory and regulatory revisions to enhance enforcement capacity and State initiatives. Drafts responses, reports, timelines, and other research materials for State staff to disseminate. Develops documents for priority regulations. Writes reports. Consults with and receives guidance from administrative law/policy experts, State of Hawai‘i staff, enforcement officials, Hawai‘i Attorneys General, and other law fellows to gather research on policies and rules. Attends related meetings. Provides support for State-directed initiatives and policies. Assesses administrative and enforcement tools to address violations, such as civil citations and enforcement officer training. Examines criminal, civil, and administrative prosecution options for violations. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Doctor of Law (Juris Doctor) Degree from an accredited college or university. 

EXPERIENCE:  At least one (1) year of paid or unpaid work experience in a relevant field, focused coursework, or externships. 

ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of Hawai‘i Revised Statutes and Hawai‘i Administrative Rules. Ability to speak and write clearly, including the ability to analyze and draft documents requiring minimal review and editing. Ability to communicate through legal writing. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Excellent time management skills and ability to manage multiple projects at the same time. Must be highly organized. Ability to be a positive team player. Ability to remain calm while effectively meeting deadlines and ability to be flexible with changing aspects and needs of job. 

POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).  

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Completion of coursework in administrative or environmental law. Prior civil or criminal enforcement experience. Excellent public speaking skills. Able to practice law in the State of Hawai‘i. 

INQUIRIES:  Kira Yamashita 956-4583 (Oahu). 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872.  CLOSING DATE:  March 7, 2021. 

RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.

Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.


  • Posted On

    February 11, 2021
  • Closing Date

    March 7, 2021
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  • Position Type

    Full Time
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