Job Description Self-Help Enterprises has an opening for a Community Development Specialist, based out of our Visalia office, with an emphasis on helping rural, low-income communities in obtaining safe drinking water and sanitary disposal systems.
Community Development Specialists work closely with low-income, rural residents to assist them in the development and management of community facilities. CD Specialists also assist communities in participating in regional water management and groundwater sustainability planning. It is a necessary function of this position to serve in an advocacy and technical assistance role regarding the needs of rural, low-income people for safe, adequate water and wastewater facilities.
- Conduct community surveys, needs assessments and related research to obtain community information and determine facilities needs and deficiencies. - Research and package loan and grant applications, and administer funds - Work with the community, water and sewer boards, and engineers to facilitate project planning and development - Assist small, rural communities in complying with technical, managerial, and financial requirements necessary to properly operate water and wastewater systems. - Educate disadvantaged communities (DACs) on the Integrated Regional Water Management Program and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) - Attend IRWM and Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) meetings to inform IRWM groups and GSAs of DAC needs in the region/facilitate DAC participation - Attend community and Board meetings (some nights and weekends) to listen and to provide project technical assistance.
- Four-year college degree or equivalent work experience - Ability to work with farmworker, low-income, and other community groups - Ability to manage technical aspects of field work and grant writing - Strong written and verbal communication skills - Ability to manage time and work tasks with a minimum of supervision - Ability to work effectively with public and private agency officials
About Self-Help Enterprises Self-Help Enterprises is a nationally recognized community development organization whose mission is to work together with low-income families to build and sustain healthy homes and communities. In the last 50 years, Self-Help Enterprises’ efforts have touched the lives of over 50,000 families.