Urban Planner (Program Specialist V - Hybrid)

Hawaii Community Development Authority (State of Hawaii)

Honolulu, HI United States

I. Introduction

The Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) has responsibilities for the planning, regulation, and development of underutilized areas of the State as designated by the Hawaii State Legislature. Currently, HCDA’s community development districts (CDD) include the Kakaako CDD near downtown Honolulu, the Kalaeloa CDD in leeward Oahu, and the Heeia CDD in windward Oahu. HCDA is also involved in development activities on Maui and several other individual development sites across Oahu. The agency is administratively attached to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), State of Hawaii. [Reference: Chapter 206E, Hawaii Revised Statutes.]

This job opening is for a full-time senior level position within HCDA’s Planning and Development Branch located at the recently renovated historic American Brewery Building (547 Queen St. Honolulu). The Kakaako Planning and Development Branch is responsible for CDD planning, development, and engineering functions including administering development district Plans and Rules, facilitating development by providing consultation services, developing State, and/or HCDA-owned properties, and planning and carrying out district-wide improvement projects.


A. Directs and coordinates the review and evaluation of development project proposals for conformance to the Kakaako, Kalaeloa, and Heeia Plans and Rules and the requirements for application for: (1) Project Eligibility; (2) Variance; (3) Modification; (4) Conditional Use Permit; (5) Temporary Use Permit; (6) Mixed-Use Zone Permit; (7) Planned Development Permit; and (8) Master Plan Permit. Recommends changes to development proposals and makes a final recommendation to the Director of Planning & Development and/or the Executive Director on the action that should be taken on the applicant’s request.

B. Plans, organizes and coordinates research, analyses and planning studies for specific planning or development projects in all of HCDA’s community development as directed. Prepares preliminary concept designs, site planning, and modeling for development projects undertaken by the HCDA.

C. Assesses the need for and proposes amendments to the Kakaako, Kalaeloa, and Heeia Plans and Rules on the basis of sound planning principles and rule-making requirements. Directs and coordinates the preparation of necessary amendments.

D. Provides consultation services to persons seeking to understand the requirement of the Kakaako, Kalaeloa, and Heeia Plans and Rules for development or other purposes. Advises applicants on specific concerns related to design, open space, and other criteria, which must be met prior to HCDA’s approval of any development project application.

E. Works directly with federal, state, and county officials and staff for the purpose of establishing and maintaining effective working relations and achieving agency and plan objectives. Represents the Director of Planning & Development in this function when necessary or appropriate.

F.  Conducts and/or participates in public presentations including public informational meetings, public hearings, legislative hearings, and other public meetings. Also makes presentations to the Executive Director, HCDA board, and to other groups such as clubs or college classes. Performs other duties as assigned, such as being a member of a project group.

G. May manage activities related to HCDA’s development projects such as: managing architectural/engineering design and construction contracts; supervising infrastructure planning and construction; conducting property appraisals and negotiating land acquisitions and disposals.

H. In the absence of the Director of Planning and Development, may supervise planning and engineering staff as necessary in performing duties. May be required to represent HCDA in professional and public relations matters outside the agency.


A.  Knowledge: Purposes, principles and practices of public planning; the planning process; general research sources and sources of socio-economic information; research and statistical methods and techniques used in public planning; report writing, governmental organization, programs and functions; public relations; and trends in public planning.

B. Skills/Abilities: Organize, direct, coordinate and conduct the planning, zoning and plan enforcement activities for a major community development district project affecting broad areas of community life and development; organize, direct, coordinate and conduct special planning projects related to any aspect of community development, such as housing or recreation; establish and maintain effective relationships with public and private groups and individuals including the formulation of cooperative agreements; assign, review and evaluate the work of others; speak and write effectively; and speak effectively before groups. Make project presentations and argue planning and rules issues.

C. Education: Graduation from a college or university with a baccalaureate degree in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or related field.

D. Experience: Minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible professional planning experience* that required the application of planning principles to the solution of planning problems related to land use, urban design, public facilities or private development planning, of which at least two years must have been related to urban community development or redevelopment planning.

*Master’s degree in urban or regional planning or completion of the certificate in planning studies in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning Program in conjunction with a master’s degree may be substituted for 2-1/2 years of professional planning experience. Other substitutions are subject to review and consideration by the Executive Director.

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


 Personal computer and peripheral equipment/software, and tools. GIS and/or 3D modeling experience is a plus.

V. Compensation/Benefits:

Compensation commensurate with experience. The salary range is $6,800 – 7,500 per month and the State of Hawaii offers an attractive benefits package.  Currently, per year the State offers 13 holidays, 21 days of sick leave, 21 days of vacation, and a hybrid work-from-home schedule. Summary and terms of benefits included here:


How to Apply / Contact

Send resume with work experience and samples of work (if available) to carson.j.schultz@hawaii.gov with the subject line: “Employment: HCDA Program Specialist V - No. 102051”

State of Hawaii Employment:

LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO WORK REQUIREMENT: The State of Hawaii requires 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.

The State of Hawaii is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$6,800 – $7,500 per month

Contact Information

Carson Schultz