Rural Development Specialist - Environmental (Oregon)

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Rural Development Specialist - Environmental (Oregon)

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Are you interested in taking your Drinking Water and/or Wastewater Operator expertise in a new direction and help rural communities build capacity to achieve their goals and visions? RCAC is looking for water and wastewater 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 Technical, Managerial, and Financial Issues. Preference is given to candidates with high certification, surface water treatment experience, and utility management experience. If you like helping people, moderate travel, and working from home with a flexible 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

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 Dr. Ste 201

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