Exciting Employment Opportunity for a Transportation Energy Specialist

Transportation Energy Specialist

The position is located in the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO), an attached agency of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), and supports HSEO’s mission to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation to help achieve a resilient clean energy economy.

This position supports management in the design and implementation of clean transportation projects and programs. The portfolio of clean transportation projects and programs is designed to holistically approach the decarbonization of the transportation system through the ubiquitous adoption of zero emission motor, marine, and aviation solutions. The holistic approach to the decarbonization of transportation requires this position to work closely with subject matter experts within HSEO, particularly the Vehicle Miles Travelled and Active Transportation Specialist.


The position interfaces with stakeholders at the Legislature, state departments, county agencies, federal partners, industry, and other stakeholder groups ensuring coordination of clean transportation efforts with the overarching state energy policy; ensures follow-up communication with businesses, energy developers, researchers, and the public; ensures accuracy, clarity and timeliness of information, data, and updates provided in presentations, publications, and online; answers questions about Hawaii’s energy objectives, opportunities, permitting requirements, laws, incentives, organizations and information resources; coordinates updates to energy databases, web pages, data reports, and training information.

Major duties and responsibilities include: clean transportation outreach; project development and deployment; legislative and regulatory support; transportation analyses; energy assurance and emergency preparedness support; and other duties as assigned.


Knowledge: The ideal candidate will have knowledge of conventional and zero emission ground, marine, and aviation vehicles and fueling / charging infrastructure; understanding of Federal, State and County government functions, organization and governing laws; characteristics and economics of transportation energy systems; public relations; State government operations; and Federal grant and reporting requirements.

Skills/Abilities: This position requires the ability to carry out the functions of the position; read and comprehend laws, rules, regulations, and technical reports; develop detailed implementation plans and well-researched recommendations; analyze facts and develop sound conclusions; monitor and administer projects, grants, and contracts; draft testimony; communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a variety of technical and non-technical audiences; develop and maintain effective working relationships with others; coordinate the work of project team members; write clear and concise reports and correspondence; use computers for word processing, numerical analysis, research, communication, presentations, and information dissemination; and manage projects, information and expenses in an organized fashion and with a high degree of accuracy.

Education: The minimum level of education needed for the position is graduation from an accredited 4-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in social, physical, business, or natural science such as one of the following: economics, business or public administration, sociology, psychology, mathematics, physics, engineering, biology, chemistry, statistics, journalism, public planning, accounting, or equivalent.

General Experience: The minimum level of experience is three years of professional experience in clean transportation and/or alternative fuel vehicles and two years of professional experience in any of the following: energy, transportation, sustainability, engineering, law, public policy, economics, or research.

Substitutions Allowed: Full-time equivalent graduate-level study of business, law or engineering may be substituted for the work experience requirement on a year-for-year basis. Other combinations of education and/or experience may be allowed, subject to review and acceptance by the Managing Director, Resilience, Clean Transportation, and Analytics.

Citizenship Requirement: The State of Hawaii requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.


This position is exempt from the civil service and considered temporary in nature. Therefore, if you are appointed to the position, your employment will be considered to be “at will,” which means that you may be discharged from your employment at the prerogative of your department head or designee at any time.

Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 127A-8, all state and county officials, officers, and employees are considered “emergency workers” and shall perform functions as determined by their respective state or county department director during emergencies or disasters.

Submit resume and inquiries regarding this position to:

Donna Mau

[email protected]

Include cover letter and comprehensive resume.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2022, 4:00 p.m. (HST)