Job Opening: Renter Education Specialist

Job Opening: Renter Education Specialist

Job Description
Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA) is a nonprofit organization that builds the capacity of low- and moderate-income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians.  HCA’s philosophy supports homeownership, financial education, and asset building programs to achieve its mission.

HCA is hiring a Renter Education Specialist to assist with the development of its new Renter Education program.  In order to bridge the widening gap between houselessness, rental housing, and homeownership in Hawaii, HCA is collaborating with transitional housing centers, community-based organizations, and houseless families on the Leeward Coast of Oahu to develop a renter education program.  Utilizing a model that combines education and community organizing, the program seeks a specialist who will work with HCA’s Program Coordinator and houseless families to develop of a renter education curriculum specific to the families’ needs and interests.


  • Coordinate and conduct focus groups with houseless families, housing advocates, service providers, and community members
  • Develop partnerships with community-based, educational, and financial organizations to further program’s development
  • Research existing renter education programs and curricula
  • Write and edit a renter education curriculum with community guidance
  • Teach renter education workshops to gain feedback on curriculum rough drafts
  • Contract a local entity to design, layout, and illustrate curriculum final draft
  • Develop marketing materials (i.e. brochures, flyers, etc) and participate in community outreach events to promote the program


Compensation and Benefits

  • $1,300/month gross pay
  • $5,000 Education Award for tuition and post-secondary education expenses or $1,200 end-of-service stipend upon completion
  • 20 paid leave days (sick and vacation)
  • Qualify for public benefits (i.e. food stamps, childcare, etc)
  • Professional development training (i.e. on-site training through HCA; pre-service and ongoing training through AmeriCorps)

Terms of Service

  • 1-year contract starting August 16, 2010
  • Opportunity to extend service
  • 40 hours/week (Monday-Friday, 8a-5p with flexible scheduling)


How to Apply
HCA’s Renter Education Specialist position is funded through AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), a national service, anti-poverty program established in 1965.  For more information or to apply, please visit Hawaii Renters Education Program.

Application due by June 27, 2010
For more information about Hawaiian Community Assets, please contact Program Coordinator, Jeff Gilbreath at 587.7653 or via email at