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Resilience Strategist

Date: Mar 11, 2023

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96813

Company: hawaiianel

We recognize our competitive advantage -- our people. We believe in our people, who share our vision of meeting the needs of our employees, customers, and communities and who carry out the continued success of the company.


Our employees are committed to the company's foundational values: integrity, excellence, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and community commitment. In turn, we invest in our employees, providing opportunities for challenge and advancement and offering a competitive compensation package.


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The P RI RELIABILITY & RESILIENCE STRATEGY Department of the P ASSET PLANNING & STRATEGY Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 2 Management vacancy available. This position may be filled on Oahu, Maui, or Hawai'i Island. (Role: Professional)



Measures, assesses, develops, and updates strategies, priorities, and work plans to improve electric transmission and distribution (T&D) system resilience for all operating areas (O'ahu, Maui County, and Hawai'i Island).



External Resilience Initiatives and Opportunities

  • Assists with efforts on external resilience initiatives and grant application development for federal and other funding opportunities.

Work Plan Development, Prioritization, and Management 

  • Assists with efforts to develop multi-year work plans and priorities for projects and programs to enhance resilience. This includes determining resilience improvement project/program cost, value, sequencing/timing, and priority. It also includes on-going work plan monitoring, management, updates, and cost/benefit tracking.

Resilience Strategy Development 

  • Develops/updates strategies to enhance our electric T&D system's ability to anticipate, absorb, adapt to, and/or rapidly recover from potentially disruptive events (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis). This includes working with external stakeholders and customers to assess vulnerabilities and risks; coordinating and integrating internal and external planning activities (particularly through the Integrated Grid Planning process and Resilience Working Group); identifying requirements, priorities, and constraints; establishing goals and objectives, determining improvement options, analyzing/modeling solutions, determining optimal/reasonable approach, gaining necessary approvals. Supports the assessment, development, and refinement of resilience PIMs/PBR metrics.

Industry Knowledge and Leading Practices

  • Stays abreast on industry developments and leading practices related to resilience including new technologies, applications, modeling tools/methodologies, advanced analytics, benchmarking, and reporting practices. Participates and represents Hawaiian Electric on industry committees/task forces to identify and address emerging issues and opportunities.

General Support and Improvement

  • Supports the department and division in the development of systems, processes, procedures, methods, or other means needed to facilitate the smooth and effective functioning of the department/division.


  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant engineering, math, science, or science-related major from an accredited school or college is highly desirable.
  • Master's degree desirable, preferably in business administration (MBA) from an accredited school or college.


General understanding of the following:

    • Electric power system resilience
    • Electric power system reliability
    • Electric power supply, transmission, and distribution systems and components
    • Electric power system operation
    • Electric power system inspection and maintenance
    • Utility/Infrastructure asset management
    • Utility information systems
    • Probability, statistics, and risk
    • Utility financial and accounting principles
    • Utility regulation


Skills Requirements

  • Critical Thinking and Decision Making: Ability to understand and accurately define problems, analyze and synthesize information, identify and evaluate solution options, and make sound decisions or recommendations. Ability to deal with complexity, uncertainty, and incomplete, inconsistent, or conflicting information. Expertise with structured problem-solving approaches, tactics, and tools.
  • Analytical: Ability to create and interpret trends, models, forecasts, and simulations.
  • Computer Applications: Expertise with personal computer software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Demonstrated expertise or aptitude for enterprise applications such as ERP/EAM, IRR, and GIS.
  • Communication: Written, oral, and listening communication skills and ability to articulate ideas and concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Presentation: Ability to prepare and deliver effective presentations to small and large groups.
  • Project/Program Management: Ability to plan, organize, secure, and manage resources/efforts to achieve project/program objectives to budget, scope, and schedule.
  • Teamwork: Ability to function effectively in a team environment and contribute to team process and decision-making.
  • Conflict Resolution: Ability to use communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills to resolve conflicts between parties.
  • Negotiation: Ability to listen and develop alternative solutions that will result in a variety of constituents reaching agreement on a course of action.
  • Personal: Ability to plan, prioritize, schedule, and manage time and work to complete tasks and meet deadlines, while handling multiple assignments and remaining flexible and adapting to changing priorities.
  • Interpersonal: Ability to relate to and interact with other people to reach objectives. Appreciates the agendas and perspectives of others. Develops effective give-and-take relationships.


Experience Requirements

  • Multiple (5-7) years of related work experience or demonstrated ability preferably within the electric utilities industry is desirable.
  • Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is desirable.


Role: Professional 

Number of Vacancies: 2 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday

Work Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 

Location: Oahu, Maui, or Hawai'i Island

Hiring Range: The hiring range for the Resilience Strategist [Req ID 7627] position is 92,300.00 to 117,700.00. The person selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications. The hiring supervisor is RILEY CERIA.


About Hawaiian Electric Companies
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.


The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at


Interested individuals should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Should there be no candidates with this experience, the company may consider applicants without such experience who meet the knowledge/skill requirements. If such a candidate is hired, he or she will initially be placed on a development plan commensurate with his/her education and experience level.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.


Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.

By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.  

In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company. 

Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”

Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.” 

For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related Entities, please see:

This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.  

Nearest Major Market: Honolulu
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii