DATE POSTED:  01/14/2021

JOB TITLE: Regional Human Resources Director

RECRUITMENT NO: KCH 21-104 (Exempt/Full-Time)


SALARY RANGE: Negotiable


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, employee transactions and laws/regulations that impact the employer/employee relationship for a hospital and state government entity.

The Regional Human Resources Director of the West Hawaii Region serves as chief advisor to the Regional CEO and Facility Hospital Administrators on human resources matters. As such, the position is part of senior executive management and has staff responsibility for the Human Resources program for the West Hawaii Region; facilities include Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital. The position provides leadership to the Human Resources staff and exercises control over line management by reviewing line recommendations for conformance with principles of good human resources management in a hospital and state government entity as well as to ensure that regulations are complied with and that approval or disapproval authority is readily exercised. Further, the position plans, directs and coordinates the human resources program, as well as providing administering, formulating, interpreting, and advising management of all levels of personnel management activities such as recruitment, placement, classification and compensation, training and employee relations, labor relations/collective bargaining, maintenance of personnel records and reports, incentive and service awards, health and safety, organization and staffing and Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action.   This position also serves as a member of the Executive Management/Senior Leadership Team responsible for ensuring that the overall vision and mission of the West Hawaii Region are adhered to.  This position may be required to work irregular hours, weekends, and holidays.

This position exercises strong control over management and program personnel by reviewing recommendations for their conformance with principles of good human resources management as well as to insure that regulations are complied with and by demonstrated willingness to act in approving or disapproving proposals or request. The duties of the position include administering, formulation, interpreting and advising management of all levels of human resources management activities in a hospital and state government entity such as recruitment, placement, classification and compensation, training and employee relations, labor relations/collective bargaining, maintenance of personnel records and reports, incentive and service awards, health and safety, organization and staffing and Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action programs. This position has labor relations functions with significant involvement in the resolution of grievances, specifically dealing with employees in state government and members of a public sector union.


Education: Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university. Relevant substitutions allowed.

Experience:  Minimum of five (5) years of human resources professional work experience and leadership experience in managing human resources management functions; i.e., labor relations, investigations and complaints, recruitment, placement, examination, position classification, salary or wage administration, employee management relations and services, employee development, personnel program development and services, and personnel research. Such experience must have involved activities such as conducting investigations, managing grievances, drafting of communications relating to grievances and providing guidance and recommendation to management on employment matters, development or revision of standards, policies, procedures and techniques pertaining to one of the human resources management functions; giving technical advice and direction to management; conducting surveys to evaluate the quality of personnel management program; recommending staff improvements and developing guides to be used by management in the performance of personnel management work.

Of the five (5) years of experience at least two (2) years must have been supervisory experience in one or any combination of the following kinds of activities: planning and directing the work of others; assigning and reviewing their work; advising them on difficult problem areas; timing and schedule their work; and training and development of new employees.

Preferred Experience: Five (5) years of human resources experience and leadership experience in public sector employment and dealing with grievances, complaints, investigations, disciplinary actions, and employee-employer relations matters with public sector unions.

CERTIFICATION:  None required.

LICENSURE:  None required.


General knowledge of Hawaii Revised Statutes, Rules and Regulations, Policies and Procedures, regulatory requirements of other government agencies (ADA, EEOC, Wage and Hour, OSHA, Medicare/Medicaid and Joint Commission on Accreditation Standards), past practices and evolving trends within Civil Service Personnel Administrative Services and public sector unions.

Knowledge and application of pertinent statutes, personnel rules, regulations, procedures, and program requirements on matters relating to appointments; adverse actions; performance appraisals; pay and benefits administration; temporary assignments, overtime, hours of work, leaves of absence with and/or without pay, fringe benefits and separation form employment.

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with individuals and groups. Have a clear and concise understanding of the English language and grammar. Ability to deal effectively with individuals at all levels within the hospital and other hospital facilities.

Person to person contacts are frequent and the use of tact and the ability to properly interpret, summarize and make clear the substance of complicated as well as routine actions/procedures/ policies is required. The incumbent is regarded as having considerable expertise in such matters and must communicate to individuals possessing less technical understanding.

Must be skilled in dealing with a variety of situations under different circumstances, including pressure situations where accurate information must be provided rapidly and accurately.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

May be subject to long or irregular hours. Must be available to work at Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital.


Applicants must submit evidence of the appropriate training (e.g. official transcript or diploma and certifications) to be given credit for education.  A legible photocopy will be accepted; however, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Kona Community Hospital reserves the right to request an official copy.

All West Hawaii Health Care Facilities are Nicotine Free

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Kona Community Hospital is a 94-bed full-service acute care hospital with 24-hour emergency services, proudly serving the West Hawaii community. For nearly 100 years we have been caring for the people of West Hawaii. Adding more and more services, we have constantly improved our abilities to serve our residents and visitors whenever they are in need. We are your friends and neighbors, here to help through trying times and happy moments, through crisis and celebrations. As your community hospital, you can count on us. We take pride that every patient that comes through our door is treated like “ohana”.

HOW TO APPLY:  Please complete an Employment Application; Drug Screen Authorization form and submit with resume to Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Human Resources Office, 3675 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816 or email For an application packet or additional information, contact (808) 733-4158.

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. Please note that experience will be based on a 40-hour workweek. NOTE: The recruitment process will not postpone because of failure to provide accurate and complete information concerning 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 DD-214 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.

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 (PDF) 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 a 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 Complaint and then, if you are still not satisfied, you can appeal to the HHSC Merit Appeals Board.


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