Rural Development Specialist - Environmental

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Rural Development Specialist - Environmental

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The Rural Development Specialist (RDS) provides technical, managerial, and financial (TMF) assistance to small disadvantaged community water and wastewater systems so that they can operate sustainably and deliver quality services to the communities served. The RDS works closely with rural residents and local leaders to assist them in the development and management of water, wastewater, or solid waste systems. The RDS also prepares and delivers classroom and individual training as needed to build the capacity of local partners.

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

Specific job goals, objectives, and tasks are established for each employee as part of the annual evaluation process. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Assess the needs of our local partners and recommend solutions to the needs identified
Build technical, managerial, and/or financial capacity
Access financial resources to address local needs
Implement solutions
Promote and facilitate partnerships to maximize limited resources
Develop, prepare, and deliver group and one-on-one training
Provide excellent customer service
Prepare activity and outcome reports as required
Perform other duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications
Ability to manage technical aspects of fieldwork related to water and/or wastewater
Facilitation, mediation, and meeting management skills
Familiarity with rural and tribal community dynamics
Ability to troubleshoot, innovate, and problem-solve
Proficiency with personal computers, including Microsoft Office
Ability to complete administrative and reporting requirements related to working responsibilities on time
Ability to listen effectively and communicate, verbally and in writing
Ability to work with minimum supervision and handle multiple priorities simultaneously
Ability to work independently as well as in team environments

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

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

While performing this position's duties, 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. This job's specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

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

Rural Community Assistance Corporation
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3120 Freeboard Dr. Ste 201