Rural Development Specialist - Environmental Wastewater/Water (Washington)

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Rural Development Specialist - Environmental Wastewater/Water (Washington)

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Are you interested in taking your financial expertise in a new direction, and help rural communities build capacity to achieve their goals and visions? RCAC is looking for financial professionals to provide technical assistance and training to rural towns and non-profits that manage drinking water and wastewater systems. This position will provide virtual and on-site training and technical assistance to utility system staff on budgeting, user rate setting, asset management planning, financial reporting, financing capital projects, and other administrative and managerial functions. If you like helping people, moderate travel, and a work schedule where every day brings a different set of tasks, you are encouraged to apply.

• Conduct Technical, Managerial, and Financial assessments for water and wastewater utilities, nonprofit organizations, and small government agencies
• Conduct rate analyses for water and wastewater utilities
• Assist utilities in the development of budgets and financial reports
• Develop work plans to address system needs and provide training and technical assistance to build the capacity of utilities
• Provide board training and guide local utility boards through the requirements or conditions to access federal grants/loans
• Assist utilities to achieve compliance with the Safe Water Drinking Act and Clean Water Act
• Plan, prepare and deliver group and one-on-one adult training and workshops to utility staff, board of directors,s and community members
• Perform other duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications
• Commitment to rural communities, water, wastewater, and/or public health
• Knowledge of government programs and regulations related to water and wastewater
• Proficiency with personal computers including Microsoft Office and Quickbooks
• Data set management experience
• Understanding of financial statements
• Understanding of administrative processes of water and wastewater systems
• Ability to listen effectively and communicate verbally and in writing
• Familiarity with financing options for rural utilities
• Previous experience working with tribally-owned utilities highly desirable
• Ability to work with minimum supervision and handle multiple priorities simultaneously

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work performed in an office requires ability to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment, including telephone. Use may be moderate (average 2 hours per day) to heavy (4 or more hours per day)

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand and/or sit for prolonged periods of time; walk; talk; hear; use hand to finger; handle; feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee may occasionally lift and or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

This position also requires moderate (up to 2 days per month) to heavy (up to 10 days per month) automobile and airline travel, including overnight travel.

Preferred Education and Experience:
A combination of experience and education is required to qualify for the position.
A typical qualifying combination would be:

• Three years of related experience in nonprofit or small government accounting or other closely related fields
• Experience in environmental project management, water or wastewater facilities management, or related field (a higher level of related education may be substituted for experience).
• Bachelor’s degree (additional qualifying experience may be substituted for education).

Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Annese Wriedt

3120 Freeboard Drive Ste201

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