Specialist, Youth Engagement

Honolulu, HI, USA Req #182
Friday, March 1, 2024

About Lydia House

Lydia House (LH), LLC from Lili’uokalani Trust, is directly overseen by the LT Board of Trustees, acting as Board of Directors. LH serves youth and young adults (YYA) 16 to 24 y/o experiencing high risk factors and involvement in systems of care. The Center supports YYAs low barrier access to basic needs services with a youth-centered approach. LH aims to meet basic needs, stabilization, and support YYAs who choose to move towards thriving. This center strongly roots its work in Hawaiian values and healing centered approach, with heightened focus elevating the strengths and innate values of all YYAs, regardless of past experiences and present environment. The Center operates through its engagement center meeting all basic needs. LH also provides an opportunity of a Thriving Supportive Program (TSP), which provides intensive case management. TSP supports re-entry education and workforce, including opportunity for financial and housing support. LH maintains 40 beds in 18 dorms, to provide housing stability to qualified YA (18 and up) to reach youth’s thriving goal plan.


Job Purpose

Under direction from the Case Manager Team Lead (Pua Lili‘u Lead Manager), the Specialist, Youth Engagement supports programming activities and events at Lydia House. The Specialist will also provide support to beneficiaries as needed, always under direct supervision from the case management and operations teams.


Essential Responsibilities

  • Report and work collaboratively with Pua Lili‘u Lead Manager (PLM).
  • Support all activities to maintain a safe and positive environment to serve our YYA at the Center. This might include:
    • Prepare the Center for daily operations (materials for activities, maintain facility clean and organized, clothing closet, food accessibility, etc.)
    • Support all PLMs and other team members in specific tasks for Center activities.
  • Assist all youth accessing services, and attending programs, in the Center. Including:
    • Help navigate youth through all services requested from LH.
    • Support youth access services from PLMs, or other special needs.
    • Assist youth attending participating in any of the TSP activities.
  • Provide any assistance requested by PLMs, including accompanying youth to outside appointments.
  • Promote and elevate YYA voices, and to bridge YYA feedback to team for the services needed from LH.
  • Support any administrative needs from the staff.


Other duties:

  • Contributes to the Trust’s success by accepting new assignments, helping team members, learning new skills, and striving to improves team and organization results.
  • Others as needed and assigned.




  • High school diploma or equivalent experience
  • Capacity to perform frontline work in different settings (schools, public spaces, office, distressed communities, etc.)
  • Benefits include professional development, safe and caring environment to support personal growth.


LH strongly believes in hiring individuals reflective to the community it serves, including lived experiences, striving for representative diversity among its staff.



Key Required Competencies

  • Aloha: awareness and approach to the work with compassion, empathy, and kindness.
  • ‘Imi Na’auao: a constant desire for seeking knowledge; lifelong learner.
  • Po’okele: desire to perform in excellence.
  • Wiwo’ole: maintain a courageous, brave, and fearless mindset.
  • Pono: understand the appropriateness of time, place, reason, people, and tools
  • Kuleana: bring a deep sense of responsibility and accountability



Organization Competencies

  • Alignment with Queen’s legacy:  Understanding and appreciation of Queen Liliuokalani’s story, her legacy and the Hawaiian Culture is foundational to staff’s commitment to working with our Hawaiian children, families and communities. Demonstrates respect for and appreciation of Hawaiian values history, and culture, understanding its implication in one’s work, in fostering meaningful relationships, and in embracing the community served.
  • Ho`omau i ka `imi Na`auao (Continuous Learning and Improvement): Committed to creating and reinforcing an environment of continuous learning and improvement
  • Ho`ike i na Mana`o Pono (Effective Communication):  Communicates with those we serve and each other in a consistent manner that results in mutual understanding, harmony, and action.  
  • No'ono'o loi (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving): Actively and skillfully understands, conceptualizes, applies, analyzes, synthesizes, and/or evaluates information and develops and supports fact-based analyses and recommendations
  • Ho'o kumu a'e  or `Imi hakuhia (Innovation):  Identifies and integrates creative ideas into new or existing services and promotes effective problem-solving.
  • Pilina Ho`ohana a me ka Hana Hilina`i (Building Relationships and Creating Trust):  Manages relationships to create optimal opportunities and move the organization forward.
  • Alu Like I ka Hana (Teamwork): Works cooperatively and collaboratively with others throughout the organization in alignment with the organization's objectives.
  • Ho`onui I ka `Ike (Capacity Building): Encourages personal growth by exhibiting trust and a belief in the capacity of others.



Job Title: Specialist, Youth Engagement

Reports to: Case Manager Team Lead

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Aligned Executive: Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Kipuka: Lydia House

Department: Lydia House Programs



Terms and Conditions of Employment

As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to LT’s policies and procedures.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $18.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $23.00
Location on Google Maps
  • Honolulu, HI, USA