The Regional Director will focus on the broader spectrum of activities needed to plan, implement, and achieve the RCAP Solutions and RCAP program goals that have been established for the specific region assigned. The Regional Director will also take the leadership as an agency and RCAP network representative and advisor, trainer to and mediator between high-level staff in regional, state, federal, and public policy organizations. As an advocate for rural communities, the Regional Director will initiate partnerships with the appropriate rural development organizations to ensure that the rural sector has access to the resources necessary to resolve environmental infrastructure and related rural development issues and problems. In addition, the Regional Director will have the responsibility of searching for and evaluating new programmatic and funding opportunities that are consistent with RCAP Solutions policy. The Regional Director will also maintain an active and important role as a technical assistance provider to small communities within the region.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Oversight, mentoring, training, and support of current and new staff, especially those assigned to their portion of RCAP Solutions region; All work will be in coordination with the State Managers.
- Planning, implementing, and achieving agency goals for the specified sub-region and hold regional monthly staff meetings; oversight of state workplan review; coordinate technical assistance activities and monitor progress towards region-specific goals and objectives. Prepare sub-region-specific meeting agendas and progress reports tracking deliverable compliance and future planning as well as gathering information on “current” trends, issues, etc., reported by individual community specialists assigned to region.
- Assist with Grants Management with preparation of grant reports and grant applications, as necessary.
- Representing RCAP Solutions and the RCAP network as a regional advisor to high-level staff in funding, regulatory and policy organizations; participate in working groups as assigned.
- Work on the broad spectrum of technical assistance activities of an RCAP Solutions Community Specialist.
- Identify, explore, and evaluate new program and funding opportunities. Initiate and oversee, in consultation with the Program Director, special projects within the component as necessary to achieve program goals and future expansion of the program.
- Analysis and contribution to policies affecting rural communities serving on formal and informal task forces and advisory committees, as an advocate for the needs of small, rural, low-income communities, as necessary and appropriate. Identify available resource organizations and maintain regular contact with key personnel to build credibility in the RCAP network and gain assistance necessary to move projects forward.
- Actively participate in all Community Resources team meetings, trainings, and conferences and work as a team member to support the objectives of the Community Resources division.
- Perform other duties as required.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in water and wastewater, public health, project planning, community development, local government, infrastructure financing or related field required, with experience in more than one of these areas desirable. Drinking water operator license and/or wastewater license preferred.
- Experience with state and local capacity building, funding, and compliance efforts.
- Experience in working with state and federal agencies.
- Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment as a representative of RCAP Solutions and the RCAP network, which includes the ability to make important decisions which may impact the reputation of the entire agency and network.
- Proven ability to independently apply diverse knowledge from many fields to a wide variety of situations and be able to communicate this information to community leaders and federal, state, and other agencies.
- Demonstrated knowledge of environmental, funding, and planning regulations, including knowledge of water and wastewater system improvement and resource protection planning and implementation Experience with Standard MS Office software and ability to learn new platforms and software.
- Other experience including, but not limited to, writing environmental reports, conducting income surveys, developing asset management plans, developing system funding packages, developing system budgets, rate analysis, etc.
- Engineering and/or operational experience in Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water Act and local compliance requirements.
- Ability to be self-motivated and independent but also work in a collaborative team environment.
- Experience with curriculum development, facilitation, training planning and implementation a plus.
- Experience with direct/indirect oversight of staff; experience with remote supervision a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in engineering, planning, public health, community development or related field.
Certifications or Licensures:
- Possession of a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance requirements.
- Certified drinking water or wastewater operator license is preferred.
- Regional Director is required to live in the organizations’ service area.
- Home-based office typical.
- Regular travel throughout the region, including occasional overnight trips which could include weekends and evening meetings.
- Annual RCAP Conference travel, annual / bi-annual travel to Washington, D.C. for fly-in and other legislative visits.
- Up to 2-3 State Managers throughout PA, NY, and NJ as assigned.
- Field staff – indirect supervision.
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