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Rural Development Specialist - Environmental Wastewater/Water (Hawaii)

Company: RCAC
Location: Hauula
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

OrganizationFounded in 1978, RCAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so low-income rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. For more than 40 years, our dedicated staff and active board work to make our vision of vibrant, healthy and enduring rural communities a reality across the West.Community and Environment DepartmentRCAC's comprehensive community and environmental services support rural communities to create a vision, set goals and implement an action plan for community development projects. We work with rural water, wastewater and solid waste systems to make them sustainable. We work with the volunteer boards of directors and staff of the small systems to make sure they comply with state and federal regulations and understand the finances and operations of the systems. Outcomes of RCAC's work include: system regulatory compliance; access of resources for capital improvement projects; and capacity building of boards and staff on technical, financial and managerial best practices.Position DescriptionThe 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 trainings as needed to build the capacity of local partners.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: Deliver direct technical assistance and service to small water system operators and managers in the field by providing onsite, over-the-shoulder guidance on proper operations and maintenance of a small utilityArrange workweek activities and create new work plans in response to utilities or funder requestsDevelop, prepare, and deliver group and one-on-one workshops to utility operators and managers in various topicsAssess the needs of our local partners and recommend solutions Work with our local partners to build technical, managerial, and/or financial capacityAccess financial resources to address local infrastructure needsFunction as the link between local partners, agencies and/or other networksPromote and facilitate partnerships to maximize limited resourcesPrepare activity and outcome reports as requiredPerform other duties as assignedSkills and QualificationsAbility to manage technical aspects of field work related to water and/or wastewater Facilitation, mediation and meeting management skillsFamiliarity with rural community dynamicsAbility to troubleshoot, innovate, and problem-solveProficiency with personal computers including Microsoft Office Ability to complete administrative and reporting requirements related to work responsibilities in a timely mannerAbility to listen effectively and communicate, verbally and in writingAbility to work with minimum supervision and handle multiple priorities simultaneouslyAbility to work independently as well as in team environments 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 persons 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 two hours per day) to heavy (four 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 two days per month) to heavy (up to ten days per month) automobile and airline travel, including overnight travel. Occasional weekend and evening work may be employed in special circumstances.Preferred Education and Experience:A combination of experience and education is required to qualify for the position. A typical qualifying combination would be:Experience: Three years of applicable experience in water, wastewater, environmental project management, or other closely related field (if a higher level of related education is possessed than is required, this education may be substituted for the experience requirement up to a maximum of one year). Experience in training, facilitating and mediating community programs/projects is highly desirable. Education:Bachelor's degree (additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education).RCAC employees are federally mandated to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.PI177545341

Keywords: RCAC, Honolulu , Rural Development Specialist - Environmental Wastewater/Water (Hawaii), Other , Hauula, Hawaii

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