Rural Development Specialist

Great Lakes Community Action Partnership

Summary: Provide training and technical assistance to communities and related organizations in order to improve and expand community and economic development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Maintain up-to-date knowledge on the latest development in federal and state regulations, funding source regulations, new technologies relating to water and wastewater, and developing trends. 2. Provide technical assistance and training to community groups, and/or local government officials on community development concerns relating to program planning, facility development, management and finance, operation and maintenance, and capacity development and public outreach. 3. Conduct on-site visits with community officials; conduct needs assessment; complete the enrollment process; and prepare and provide progress reports and updates regarding the status of projects. 4. Maintain necessary communication with potential and existing funding sources and /or regulatory agencies; participate in rural development networks and associations. 5. Other duties and responsibilities as directed by supervisor.

Additional Responsibilities: 1. Participate in the team process, both within the department and the corporation. 2. Attend internal and external meetings. 3. Pursue continuous education and professional development opportunities. 4. Travel out-of-town with occasional overnight stays. 5. Available to work in excess of 40 hours per week in order to fulfill position requirements.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education: Required Bachelor degree in an area of study related to planning, environmental resources, finance/accounting, or business management.

Experience: Three to five years experience in community development, water or waste water operations, or infrastructure development and one to three years experience working with word processing, spreadsheet, internet, and database software.

Additional Requirements: 1. Initial and periodic Motor Vehicle Records checks, maintain a valid driver’s license, and maintain a safe driving record. 2. Must have insured, dependable transportation available for daily use. 3. Must submit to initial and/or periodic state and/or federal criminal checks. 4. Must submit to initial and periodic drug and alcohol testing. 5. Ability to be reached by cellular phone during business hours and after hours.

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