Local Government Specialist III (Financial Capacity Analyst

  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Juneau, AK, USA
  • May 16, 2019
Full time Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Communication - Public Outreach Management

Job Description

Job Description


The location of this position is currently in Juneau. The position may be located in Anchorage or Juneau dependent upon the location of the most qualified candidate. There is only ONE position to be filled.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Division of Water is recruiting for a Local Government Specialist III position with the Technical Assistance and Financing (TAF) Program in Juneau. The TAF Program is comprised of several smaller programs, including Capacity Development and Operator Certification (CDOC), Remote Maintenance Worker, and State Revolving Fund (SRF), all of which provide technical and financial assistance to Alaskan water and wastewater utilities. This position is primarily responsible for evaluating the financial and managerial capacity of Alaskan water and wastewater utilities. Specific duties include conducting financial capacity analysis of utilities pursuing loans from the SRF loan fund to determine the risk to the Program of offering a loan, as well as evaluating the financial and managerial capacity of proposed new public water systems seeking approval to construct. This is a dynamic and complex program and we are looking for an enthusiastic, independent, and proactive individual to fill this key position. The position requires flexibility, resourcefulness, creative thinking, and collaboration with multiple agencies.

This position is part of a team responsible for implementing the Department's federally approved Capacity Development Strategy which is meant to ensure public water systems throughout the state have sufficient technical, financial and managerial capacity to safely and effectively operate and maintain their utility in a manner that is protective of public health. Although Capacity Development is defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act, the concepts are pertinent to the success of wastewater systems as well and this program provides support to both water and wastewater systems. The Capacity Development Strategy, crafted by the state and approved the Environmental Protection Agency, guides the efforts of the CDOC Program. The incumbent, utilizing that Strategy as a guide, coordinates with others in the Program to developing and implementing new programmatic initiatives to meet the dynamic needs of Alaskan systems. Implementation of the Program also includes regular and routine evaluation of the Program's efforts toward meeting the goals and objectives established in the Strategy, identifying barriers and alternative methods to achieve success, and modifying the Strategy as appropriate.
This position requires significant coordination with other state and federal agencies, as well as technical service providers that provide assistance and oversight of Alaskan water and wastewater utilities in an effort to meet the needs of systems of all shapes and sizes, while efficiently utilizing available funding and avoiding duplication of effort. This position offers great flexibility and opportunity for creativity; to succeed, the incumbent must be innovative, forward thinking and self-driven.

The ideal applicant will have some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience. All of these traits must be clearly and thoroughly identified and described in your cover letter and applicant profile. Be specific in your descriptions; it is not sufficient to simply state that you have the desired knowledge or experience. If you don't have experience with one or more of the traits listed below, simply say so.

Please describe your experience with the following:

  • Developing, implementing, or reviewing budgets, cash flow, and financial records for utilities, municipalities, tribal entities, or non-profit organizations;
  • Developing, implementing, or reviewing management structures and business plans for utilities, municipalities, tribal entities, or non-profit organizations;
  • Cultural, political, social and economic conditions of rural Alaska;
  • State and federal regulations pertaining to water and wastewater, including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act and corresponding state regulations;
  • State and federal regulations pertaining to local government administration within the State of Alaska

Minimum Qualifications

Four years of any combination of post-secondary education course work (3 semester or 4 quarter hours equal one month) and/or technical work experience such as legal or paralegal services, financial services, social services, assisting in grant development, drafting or writing statutes or regulations, planning or other similar functions in support of cities, boroughs, tribal governments, non-profits and/or other entities that provide or support community services.    
One year of work experience as a Local Government Specialist II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere.

Additional Required Information

A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should highlight knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment  
This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

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Government- State/Provincial


$4,441.00 - $4,663.00 Monthly