DATE POSTED: 03/03/2023

JOB TITLE:  Human Resources Specialist II


JOB STATUS: Permanent/Full-Time-100% FTE

LOCATION:  Kohala Hospital-Human Resources

SALARY RANGE: $4,012- $4,337 per month (Step C – E) (SR18; BU73)

***Appointment may be made at any rate within the salary range advertised above at which appropriate qualified applicants can be recruited.

Starting salary will be based on the qualifications of the selected candidate.


JOB DUTIES:  The Human Resources Department administers the overall human resources program for the West Hawaii Region.  This includes human resources management, labor relations, recruitment & examinations, classification & compensation, workers’ compensation and safety, and laws/regulations that impact the employer/employee relationship.

The Human Resources Specialist II is a generalist functioning as a trainee assisting in planning, coordinating, and administering the Kohala Hospital’s human resources program, learning guidelines, policies and procedures in recruitment, human resources administrative services (employee transactions) and benefits, classification and labor relations and performing other duties as assigned.

Incumbent performs the following duties in an advanced trainee capacity and assignments are designed to develop the employee for work of a higher level Human Resources Specialist.


THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE: Applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Please note that unless specifically indicated; the required education and experiences may not be gained concurrently. In addition, qualifying work experiences are based on a 40-hour work week.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a bachelor’s degree.  Progressively responsible experience in administrative, professional or other analytical work experience may be substituted for the Bachelor’s Degree on a year for year basis.

To be acceptable, the experience must have been of such scope, level and quality as to assure the possession of comparable knowledge, skills and abilities. The education or experience background must also demonstrate the ability to write clear and comprehensive reports and other documents; read and interpret complex written material; and solve complex problems logically and systematically.

Except for the substitutions provided for in this specification, applicants must have had progressively responsible experience of the kind and quality described below:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One-half year (½ ) year of professional work experience in one or any combination of human resources functions; i.e., recruitment, placement, examination, position classification, pay or wage administration, employee management relations and services, employee development, personnel program development and services, labor relations, and personnel research.

Such experience must show ability to deal satisfactorily with fellow workers and/or operating personnel, to recognize problems in the operation of a human resources program, and to suggest practical solutions, and otherwise to accept responsibility in the field of human resources administration.  Clerical or technical experience in a human resources program involving work which is limited to the application of human resources rules, regulations and procedures in support of the human resources functions described above is not qualifying.

CERTIFICATION:  None required.

LICENSURE:  None required.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be physically able to perform, efficiently and effectively, the essential duties of the position which typically require the ability to read without strain printed material the size of typewritten characters, glasses permitted, and the ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid, or the ability to compensate satisfactorily.  Disabilities in these or other areas will not automatically result in disqualification.  Those applicants who demonstrate that they are capable of performing the essential functions of the position will not be disqualified under this section.  Mostly sedentary work.  Subject to many interruptions.

REQUIRED FORMS & DOCUMENTATION:  Evidence of the appropriate training (e.g., official transcript or degree) to be given credit for education and/or experience.  A legible photocopy will be accepted; however, Kona Community Hospital reserves the right to request an official copy.

All West Hawaii Health Care Facilities are Nicotine Free

An Equal Opportunity Employer


HOW TO APPLY:   For application information, please click on the links below:

Please complete an HHSC Employment Application form even if submitting a resume.  Send application  and inquires to Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Corporate Human Resources job email at; fax: (808) 733-4167 or mail: 3675 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816.

Only applicants that have been through a Human Resources (HR) applicant screening process will be considered for an interview with a hiring manager.  Applications for announcements with a deadline date must be on file no later than the last day to file applications.  Applications for announcements with “Continuous Recruitment until Needs are Met” will be accepted as long as there are vacancies.  Inactive/filled announcements will be taken of the HHSC website.

For additional information, please contact HHSC Corporate Human Resources at (808) 733-4158 or Toll-free (800) 845-6733 (TTD/TTY) or e-mail

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE: Possession of the required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification for the position. Overall paid or unpaid experience must have been of such scope and responsibility as to conclusively demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the duties of this position. Provide a detailed description of your duties and responsibilities. If you worked on a part-time basis, indicate the average number of hours worked per week. Experience will be based on a 40-hour workweek.

NOTE: We will not postpone the recruitment process because of your failure to provide accurate and complete information concerning your qualifications.

 MERIT OR CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM: You must meet the minimum qualification requirements, including education, experience, other public employment requirements for State Civil Service employment, and HHSC Standards of Fitness. Only those applicants that are scheduled for an interview with the hiring manager will be contacted. Applications will be kept active six (6) months.

CITIZENSHIP AND RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and at the time of appointment intend to reside in the State of Hawaii during the course of employment with the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214 and/or other substantiating documents specifying the periods of your service.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be able to physically and mentally perform efficiently the duties of the position. Qualified applicants with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the advertised position are encouraged to apply. The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation is committed to making reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Applicants seeking reasonable accommodations should be ready to discuss the accommodation sought so that a determination can be made that such accommodation is reasonable and would not cause the employer undue hardship.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT: Offers of employment will be conditioned on the results of a complete physical examination, which includes a drug screening. For certain job categories, applicants may be referred to an HHSC-designated physician, rather that the applicant’s personal physician of choice. The cost for all physical examinations, except the cost for the drug screening, shall be borne by the applicant and not the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation shall bear the cost of the drug screening.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:  COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.  After receiving a conditional offer of employment, all prospective new HHSC employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  New employees are required to provide confirmation of their full vaccination status by presenting their CDC Vaccination card or VAS Certificate prior to their start date.

CRIMINAL/BACKGROUND, CREDENTIALING CHECKS: Applicable checks will be conducted periodically and any associated costs may be borne by the applicant. If a job, offer is made or employment is begun prior to completion of all applicable checks, any offer of employment or continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory return of all required checks.

STEPS TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW, SUBSEQUENT APPEALS: If you do not agree with a decision made by the Employment Office as to your non-qualification or non-selection for a position, you may complete a Request for Administrative Review form (available on the HHSC website) or you may submit a written request within twenty (20) days from the date of your sent notice to the Regional Chief Executive Officer/Designee. Your letter requesting the Administrative Review must include: 1) The job title(s) and recruitment number(s), 2) the specific reason(s) you are requesting the review noting if there is statute or rule violation, and 3) any additional information you want to submit to substantiate your request. If you do not submit your request within the twenty (20) days deadline, no Administrative Review will be conducted. Since the Administrative Review is a prerequisite to subsequent steps, failure to utilize this process will make you ineligible for subsequent appeals. The administrative review, formal complaint and/or appeals hearing will not necessarily postpone the recruitment process and/or rescind a selection. If you do not agree with the Administrative Review, you may file a Formal Compliant and then, if you are still not satisfied, you can appeal to the HHSC Merit Appeals Board.

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