Rural development specialist

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)

OR, United States 🇺🇸

Position Description

The Rural Development Specialist (RDS) provides technical, managerial, and financial (TMF) assistance to small disadvantaged community water and wastewater systems, and colonias, so that they can operate sustainably and deliver quality services to the communities served.  The RDS also facilitates 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 (TMF) assessments
  • 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 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
  • Promote, facilitate and mediate community partnerships to maximize limited resources
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver group and one-on-one adult trainings and workshops to utility staff, board of director and community members
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Perform other duties as assigned