Executive Director

<p>The <strong>Executive Director</strong>&nbsp;of the <strong>South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems (SDARWS)&nbsp;</strong>exists to promote the the organization's growth and development, and to manage its daily operations. The <strong>Executive Director</strong>&nbsp;will participate in legislative and rule-making activities at the state and federal levels, will oversee public relations, association development, and member services, and will provide direct supervision and support to association staff.&nbsp;</p>

Madison, SD

South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems

The <strong>South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems (SDARWS)</strong> exists to help the rural water systems in South Dakota provide clean, healthy drinking water to the state's citizens, deliver the quality and quantity of water needed by agriculture, business and industry, and assure that the wastewater industry addresses the public's needs and ensures against environmental hazards and pollution.<br /><br />The <strong>SDARWS </strong>is an association of over 30 rural water systems, has approximately 300 member organizations, and has a staff of 11 professionals that provide technical support and training, compliance assistance, and lobbying support at the state and federal levels.&nbsp; http://www.sdarws.com

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$90,000 to $115,000 DOE

Overview: <p>The&nbsp;<strong>Executive Director</strong>&nbsp;of the <strong>South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems (SDARWS)&nbsp;</strong>exists to promote the growth and development of rural water, and to manage its daily operations. The <strong>Executive Director</strong>, working out of the association office in Madison, SD,&nbsp;will participate in legislative and rule-making activities at the state and federal levels, will oversee public relations, association development, and member services, and will provide direct supervision and support of association staff. The <strong>Executive Director</strong>&nbsp;will report directly to the Board of Directors of the <strong>South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems</strong> and <strong>NRWA</strong>.</p>
Responsibilities: <strong>Leadership</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Serve as chief lobbyist and public relations contact; act in the interest of and at the direction of the Board</li> <li>Maintain awareness of activities on state and federal levels that affect Association business</li> <li>Attend water policy board meetings, DENR, BWM, Summer Study Committees, other water association meetings, and special water meetings as they develop</li> <li>Identify, assess and inform the Board about internal and external issues that affect the Association</li> <li>Continually build, activate, engage, refresh and communicate with the Board of Directors, including acting as a professional advisor to the Board on all aspects of the Association&rsquo;s activities</li> <li>Continually build, activate engage and effectively communicate with the Association members</li> <li>Oversee the effectiveness and evaluation of the Association&rsquo;s mission-related activities</li> <li>Plan, coordinate, and perform lobbying activities at the federal, state, and local levels as needed</li> <li>Oversee the production of the <strong>SERVICE LINE</strong>, <strong>RIPPLES, QUALITY ON TAP, </strong>and<strong> ENEWS</strong></li> <li>Write articles, prepare speeches, and make presentations at state and federal levels</li> </ul> <strong>Financial</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Develop federal, state and local funding mechanisms for construction and expansion of SDARWS</li> <li>Search for and develop new funding sources for the Association; work to expand existing sources</li> <li>Oversee and coordinate all programs so they meet specific goals and objectives of the Association</li> <li>Coordinate the development of the Association to meet the expanding needs of its members</li> <li>Identify potential Association members, and promote Association membership</li> </ul> <strong>Member and Staff Development </strong><br /> <ul> <li>Promote the use of Association resources by its members</li> <li>Manage the technical assistance and training activities of the organization</li> <li>Review and evaluate the assistance and training offered by the Association</li> <li>Promote the development of new programs to meet expanding needs and requests</li> <li>Work in coordination with Rural Water Systems to develop group insurance policies to meet system needs</li> <li>Evaluate the services, and the quality of service, which Association members receive</li> </ul> <strong>Operations Management</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Manage all office operations; coordinate the activities of the office, technical, and supervisory staff to ensure implementation and completion of Association activities directed by the Board</li> <li>Along with the Board, maintain financial transparency and stability of the Association and exercise strong stewardship of resources: ensure that bookkeeping and accounting standards are met by the Association; administer funds according to the approved budget and monitor case flow on a monthly basis</li> <li>Create an effective, enjoyable, and results-oriented working environment for employees</li> <li>Hire, train, and supervise a competent staff. Provide reviews, feedback, and coaching as needed</li> <li>Execute appropriate leases, contracts and agreements to provide for Association office space, and for the proper care, cleaning, and repair of office and field equipment</li> <li>Conduct staff meetings as necessary; establish scheduled reporting procedures for all staff</li> <li>Document activities and report to SDARWS Board of Directors as required</li> <li>Provide SDARWS and NRWA with a budget, work plan and an annual Operating Plan</li> </ul>
Requirements: <ul> <li>A bachelor&rsquo;s degree</li> <li>Transparent and high integrity leadership skills</li> <li>Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience</li> <li>Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting</li> <li>Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation</li> <li>Ability to convey a vision of SDARWS&rsquo;s strategic future to staff, board, constituents/members and vendors.</li> <li>Knowledge of funding strategies and member relations unique to nonprofit sector</li> <li>Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and legislative contacts</li> <li>Strong written and oral communication skills</li> <li>Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff</li> <li>Strong public speaking ability</li> <li>Must be a good listener</li> <li>Must be a self-starter with strong relationship management skills</li> <li>Proficient with normal industry software and equipment</li> </ul>