Septic Improvement Program Coordinator

Project Description

The Septic Improvement Program Coordinator (SIPC) will assist Long Island homeowners in replacing their septic systems and cesspools with nitrogen removing systems that meet best available technology standards. This is an 18-month contract position. The SIPC will focus on expediting local, state, and county funding sources for modernizing existing on-site wastewater infrastructure, such as Suffolk County’s Septic Improvement Program (SIP). The SIPC will focus on areas that the Suffolk County Subwatershed Plan, Long Island Sound Study and Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan have marked as high priorities for nutrient abatement to restore water quality, focused primarily within Long Island’s North Shore. High priority areas typically require the largest reductions in nitrogen from on-site wastewater systems and have a travel time into ground and surface waters within 0-2 years.

The SIPC will engage homeowners directly who live in areas designated as high priority and where local governments have funding sources in place to modernize on-site wastewater systems. He/she will work in tandem with partners to: 1) identify areas that will benefit the most ecologically from modernizing on-site wastewater infrastructure; 2) prioritize areas based on community’s willingness to participate in grant programs (with preference given to low-income areas) and greatest environmental impact; 3) choose approaches to engage communities that best meet community needs for modernizing on-site wastewater infrastructure (for example, approaches may include workshops, lectures, mailers, email blasts, newsletters, and personal communications); and 4) measure success of implementation actions (which may include cost per pound of nitrogen removed estimates) and constantly re-evaluate to determine how best to replicate the engagement process and ensure the best outcomes for the communities’ served.

Job Responsibilities

  • Community outreach and education regarding grant programs to modernize on-site wastewater infrastructure
  • Assist homeowners with grant application process
  • Assist homeowners in identifying and coordinating with qualified professionals to install nitrogen removing septic systems on their properties
  • Work with counties and local jurisdictions to expedite permitting approval process for installing nitrogen removing septic systems
  • Work to remove barriers for homeowners who desire to modernize on-site wastewater systems
  • Identify ways to coordinate state, county, and local grant programs. e.g. Organize bulk nitrogen removing septic system upgrades and cluster systems
  • Identify value creation opportunities or efficiencies that can be made in the nitrogen removing septic system marketplace

Job Qualifications

  • 5-years of experience working in construction management as a general contractor, environmental services, administering grants to homeowners for environmental improvements or related work experience
  • Supervisory experience a plus
  • Willingness and ability to work on nights and weekends
  • Strong personal planning and time management skills
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Proficiency in Spanish desired
  • A valid drivers’ license, use of car for work, and automobile insurance are mandatory conditions of employment in this role
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Long Island, New York
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Advanced degree in urban planning, environmental policy, management, sciences, urban planning or equivalent professional experience
  • Professional experience in the field of environmental services preferred