Exciting employment opportunity for an energy grants specialist

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

Energy Grants 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.

The position supports the HSEO’s mission through performing a wide range of functions related to coordinating HSEO’s grant activities. This includes developing funding applications and managing the financial aspects of grant awards including researching and analyzing funding sources, writing project descriptions and performance measures, monitoring grant spending and performance compliance, and preparing analyses and reports.


The position coordinates grant applications by identifying grant opportunities that present viable funding opportunities and match HSEO goals and priorities and by coordinating the preparation, development, and submission of grant proposals.  The position administers grant awards, including serving as the liaison with funding source program and contract officers, monitoring financial program transactions, reviewing and interpreting grant agreements for compliance, reviewing and interpreting federal and state regulations, maintaining necessary records and budget balances, and preparing a variety of reports.


Knowledge: This position requires knowledge of principles, practices and methods of grant application, proposal preparation, and pre- and post-award grants administration; national, state, and local grant acquisition related laws, rules, ordinances, codes, and regulations.

This position requires working knowledge, understanding, and application of research methodology and information collection and management; including the use of computer software and software packages (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, presentation), and other software applications, to perform duties and responsibilities of the position.

Skills/Abilities: This position requires attention to detail, strong verbal and written communication skills, and ability to support and work with a diverse group of staff. Ability to implement and interpret policies and procedures. Ability to assess situations and provide solutions to mitigate problems or issues during grants submission process. Demonstrated ability to work independently. Ability to learn and apply knowledge of all pertinent federal, state and local regulations. Ability to write clear and concise proposals. Ability to organize workload to meet deadlines.

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 finance, accounting, business, public administration, or a related field.

General Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience related to grant development, project management, or similar field.

Substitutions Allowed: Other combinations of education and/or experience may be allowed, subject to review and acceptance by the Chief Energy Officer and/or designee.

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)