The Wahi Kana‘aho, a culture-based youth learning center for the healing arts, is hiring full-time youth case workers.  For those that are interested, please see the job description attached for more details on how to apply.
The interview and hiring process is now open and will close when qualified applicants have been selected.  Interviews will begin after January 20, 2015.
The Wahi Kana‘aho Team
Job Description:
Wahi Kana‘aho Cultural Retreat Youth Case Worker (1.0 FTE)

Program and Position Overview:
The Wahi Kana‘aho, a culture-based youth learning center for the healing arts, is hiring full-time  youth case workers. The Wahi Kana‘aho is a short-term residential cultural retreat that provides  a supportive learning environment for small cohorts of young people ages 12-18. Each cohort consists of eight youth residing at the program site in Wai‘anae for a 21 day session.
The Youth Case Worker is responsible for maintaining a safe space, serving as a mentor and counselor for youth participants, assessing youth’s strengths and interests, facilitating educational and recreational activities, documenting services that youth receive, and assisting with various tasks related to the overall operations of the program and facilities. Training and professional development will be a regular requirement of all staff. Experience with and understanding of indigenous culture and issues facing young people picked up for status offenses and minor law violations is preferred. Experience in a residential setting is a plus. For more information on the overall juvenile arrest diversion process that the Wahi Kana‘aho program is a part of, please visit:

Please note: Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including overnight hours, weekends and holidays required. The overnight position is an awake position – sleeping is not permitted during the shift. Shifts are generally 8 hours in length.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Ability to work collaboratively within a team made up of workers who have who have a variety of job responsibilities (e.g. administration, teaching cultural practices, academic tutoring, counseling/case management and facilitation of group activities).
2. Create a safe space for all youth and program partners.
3. Provide counseling to youth throughout program session; support youth and family in setting directions for appropriate referrals; and maintain relationship through follow-up period after youth completes the residential program.
4. Maintain the cleanliness, safety, and security of the residential site.
5. Enforce established rules and regulations, and mediate and resolve conflicts among youth residents.
6. Make log entries for assigned shift and debrief with team members at shift changes.
7. Inform Supervisor and all appropriate staff of house concerns requiring resolutions or follow-up.
8. Participate in any program evaluation and quality improvement processes.
9. Participate in professional development activities and positive youth development and program specific trainings.
10. Model cultural values, positive communication and active listening skills, help to create a welcoming and supportive environment.
11. Perform all other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

-High School Diploma or GED required
-Bachelors or Master’s Degree desired
-A minimum of one year experience in the human service field, preferably with young people. Experience with Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islander and Filipino populations strongly preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies:
-Ability to identify problems that are not easily defined and resolve them before the
-Ability to motivate and engage youth
-Good communication skills, verbal and written
-Good interpersonal skills
-Demonstrated cultural competence and cultural responsiveness
-Willingness to learn and lead with an open mind
-Basic computer skills in MS Office Software, web browsing and navigation of MS problem escalates Windows platform preferred; or a willingness to be trained on developing computer skills a must

Applications and Inquiries:
-To apply for the position, please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to
-For more information, please email inquiries to

-The interview and hiring process is now open and will close when qualified applicants have been selected. The projected start date of program operations is February 2015.
-All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. We are also an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.