Rural Development Specialist - Environmental Water/Wastewater

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Rural Development Specialist - Environmental Water/Wastewater

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The Rural Development Specialist – Financial (RDS) will primarily provide financial assistance to small disadvantaged community water and wastewater systems. This position will focus on providing technical assistance to develop infrastructure projects and sustainable utility practices. The RDS will work with community boards, city, and tribal councils and facilitate discussions for utilities considering partnerships and consolidations with other systems.

Specific job goals, objectives, and tasks are established for each employee as part of the annual evaluation and work plan process.
Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

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 is highly desirable
Ability to work with minimum supervision and handle multiple priorities simultaneously

Physical Job Requirements:
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 the 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).

Special Requirements:

Complete course work and pass an associated test(s) for 11 core competency courses and achieve internal trainer certification within two years of the date of hire, as required by RCAC’s environmental staff competencies program

Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Annese Wriedt


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