Self-Help Enterprises has an opening for a Community Development
Specialist on our Community Sustainability team, based out of our Visalia or
Madera office, with an emphasis on helping rural, low-income communities in
obtaining safe drinking water and increasing the capacity of rural community
leaders to effectively impact water management. Community Development
Specialists work closely with low-income, rural residents to assist them 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.
- Support community and Tribal participation in regional
water management and groundwater sustainability, and Multi-benefit Land
- Educate disadvantaged communities (DACs) and Tribes on
the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program, the Sustainable
Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), and the Multibenefit Land Repurposing
Program (MLRP) through activities, including but not limited to, hosting
workshops, developing, presenting and disseminating educational material,
and coordinating water tours.
- Conduct community outreach to engage disadvantaged
communities (DACs) and Tribes, including but not limited to, door-to-door
outreach and attending community and/or water board meetings.
- Attend IRWM and Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA)
meetings to inform IRWM groups and GSAs of DAC needs in the
region/facilitate community participation.
- Build long-term water management capacity and expertise
in rural community leaders.
- Coordinate with the local, state,
and federal agencies to implement SHE’s community
engagement, planning, capacity building, and training programs.
- Conduct technical/data review of Groundwater
Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and draft comment letters based on findings of
the technical/data review. Seeking technical expertise to review
groundwater models, water budgets, draft GSPs, and proposed groundwater
- Four-year college degree or equivalent work experience
- Ability to work with diverse community groups,
including Tribes, low-income, and other community groups
- Ability to work with public and
private agency officials
- Ability to analyze technical documents related to
groundwater quality and supply
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong computer (Excel, Word,
Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) skills
- Ability to manage time and work tasks with a minimum of
- Ability to work effectively with public and private
- Strong facilitation and leadership development skills
- Ability to problem solve and
brainstorm creative solutions in challenging situations, and
- Ability to work in a
high-volume environment with multiple deadlines and a variety of tasks
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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.
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