Jobs

Available Positions:
- Communications Director
- Water Equity Network Program Manager
- Water Equity Network Program Associate

See below for descriptions

Communications Director

Position Overview
Reporting to the Vice President of Programs and Strategy, the Communications Director will lead the organization’s communications strategy and efforts. In partnership with the CEO and organizational leadership, this position will proactively develop and implement a strategic vision that leverages the Alliance network, programs, and platforms to advance a sustainable water future for all. This position will hold a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the Alliance mission and its role in the water sector. This position will also anchor both day-to-day management of existing Alliance communications efforts as well as collaboratively set and implement a vision for strategic adjustments to the Alliance’s communications approach. Responsibilities of this position include but aren’t limited to:
  • Strategic communications planning and implementation;
  • Campaign and message development and deployment;
  • Media and press relations;
  • Digital and social presence;
  • Events, including virtual and in person;
  • Publications; and
  • Presentation and public speaking coaching for staff.
Our ideal candidate will have strong leadership and collaboration skills, solid judgment, excellent project management skills, a solutions-oriented approach, and demonstrated expertise in strategic communications. They will possess integrity, a positive attitude, a flexible mindset, and a passion for the US Water Alliance’s mission. The successful candidate views communications as a critical component to move and influence decision-makers and make positive change in the world.
 
Responsibilities
Communications Strategy, Planning, and Management
  • Lead the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of the US Water Alliance’s communications strategy.
  • Develop and manage all aspects of the Alliance’s integrated external communications strategies, in close collaboration with program staff, partners, and external consultants.
  • Manage communications staff and/or interns, as well as external graphic design, website, event, and other communications consultants.
  • Serve as Communications lead for the One Water Summit, managing consultants and ensuring a high-quality conference experience for attendees.
  • Develop and implement a process for tracking the impact of our communications strategies.
  • Represent the organization and deliver presentations at conferences, meetings, and events.
  • Ensure communications efforts are evaluated and leveraged for maximum organizational and sector impact.
  • Support revenue-generating and fundraising activities to assist existing programs and the growth of the US Water Alliance with members, funders, and sponsors.
  • Manage multiple communications deliverables with a high level of collaboration with staff, consultants, and partners.
  • Provide communications expertise and support for the Value of Water Campaign, a key program of the US Water Alliance focused on increasing investment in water infrastructure.
  • Work collaboratively with a strong team of Alliance staff.
Writing, Editing, Production
  • Write and edit for a variety of formats and for diverse audiences, including the annual report, press releases, op-eds, short-form articles, advocacy newsletters, web copy, digital media, event programs, and other collateral materials.
  • Oversee production of Alliance materials including research papers, presentations, fact sheets, videos, press materials, and organizational marketing materials.
Media and Press Relations
  • Manage media outreach, develop pitches, take incoming media requests, write press releases and other materials for press.
  • Coach staff as needed to act as on-the-record spokespeople for the organization. Occasionally serve as on-the-record spokesperson for the Alliance.
  • Presentations
  • Build and maintain current suite of Alliance presentation materials, including slide decks and talking points for all CEO presentations.
  • Work with all staff to develop clear and compelling speeches and presentations.
  • Lead communications institutes, in person or virtually, for members of the US Water Alliance.
Website and Digital Communications, Social Media
  • Oversee communications staff and consultants responsible for day-to-day management of active external email program, multiple websites under the US Water Alliance umbrella, and multiple social media channels.
  • Work with staff and consultants to set and achieve objectives and targets for social media presence and engagement.
  • Manage the development of a new organizational website that serves as a platform for compelling storytelling, member interaction, and serves as a cornerstone of the Alliance’s network-building strategy.
Qualifications
The Communications Director will be thoroughly committed to the US Water Alliance’s mission. The successful candidate will be a demonstrated leader in communications and have experience in the areas of water, climate, the environment, or related sectors. Specific qualifications include:
  • BA in related field required; Advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years professional experience; a minimum of 3 years in a management role
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in communications, infrastructure, water, or environment is required. Additional experience in climate, urban planning, or place-based initiatives is a plus.
  • Team building and development. The successful candidate will have managed and developed a strong team of staff and consultants.
  • Exceptional communication, public speaking, and influencing skills. As a national spokesperson for the Alliance, the ideal candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills. They are a persuasive, credible, and polished communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality communications deliverables and excellence in organizational and project management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders including water utilities, government agencies, community stakeholders, environmental groups, foundations, coalitions, the private sector, and more.
  • Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed with demonstrated passion for racial equity, the US Water Alliance’s mission, and commitment to working collaboratively with a talented and growing staff.
  • Exceptional judgment, leadership and interpersonal skills.
Compensation and Location
US Water Alliance offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. Qualified candidates will be considered regardless of location. While the Communications Director can work from anywhere, we anticipate travel to the Alliance’s Oakland or DC offices and to Alliance events, once COVID-related travel restrictions are lifted. Travel will also be required for program and/or development needs.
 
To Apply
Please send your CV/resume, a cover letter, and two original, unedited writing samples. Please email your application to hr@uswateralliance.org with “Application: Communications Director” in the subject line. To download the full Communications Director job description, click here.
 
The US Water Alliance is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace for all. 

Water Equity Network Program Manager

Three-Year Grant-Funded Position

Program Overview: An Equitable Water Future 
Water can be a force for equity and opportunity, yet the reality is that water challenges disproportionately affect the most historically marginalized communities in America. Since the Alliance’s release of An Equitable Water Future and work with a seven-city Water Equity Taskforce, we are committed to spreading and scaling equitable approaches to water management across the country through the newly established Water Equity Network and other efforts. The US Water Alliance is looking for a Program Manager to join to support teams from across the country participating in the Water Equity Network
 
Position Overview 
Reporting to the Equitable Water Future Senior Program Manager, this position will serve as a key Water Equity team member. The position will support the growing Water Equity Network, ensuring high program deliverables. The ideal candidate is a skilled project manager, effective partnership and network builder, impeccable writer and editor, excellent facilitator, and policy researcher who brings experience and passion around sustainable, integrated, and equitable water management to the US Water Alliance. The ideal candidate has a background in social justice, coalition, or network building; experience in communications and environmental issues is required. Additional experience at a water utility or in water, urban planning, infrastructure, or place-based initiatives would be a plus. The Program Manager will be team-oriented, able to meet deadlines, flexible, and dedicated to the mission of the US Water Alliance. This position requires occasional travel to represent the US Water Alliance at various meetings and events. The Program Manager collaborates closely with US Water Alliance members, partners, and staff.
 
Responsibilities 
  • Manage multiple project deliverables with a high level of collaboration with staff, consultants and partners. Participate in program strategy development. 
  • Support a growing network of water utilities, community organizations, and government partners, serving as a liaison to several city-level teams.
  • Develop and produce reports, tools, and resources that help scale equitable water management approaches through the United States. 
  • Represent the organization and deliver presentations at conferences, meetings, and events. 
  • Develop systems to capture, translate, and share knowledge generated by this program with a broad range of audiences and stakeholders. 
  • Coordinate related trainings and convenings, both in person and virtual.
  • Contribute to grant writing and reporting; manage the program budget.
  • Refine and measure impact measures for project.
  • Support cross-program efforts as directed.
Qualifications
  • BA degree required, advanced degree preferred in urban planning/policy, public policy, economics, or related social science and at least five years of related experience, ideally in a fast-paced work environment characterized by multiple ongoing projects. 
  • At least three years of experience in social justice, coalition, or network building; experience in communications and environmental issues required. Additional experience in water, urban planning, infrastructure, or place-based initiatives a plus. 
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills with demonstrated experience in writing about complex and often sensitive topics for a variety of non-technical audiences. 
  • Demonstrated capacity for critical, independent, and creative thinking and strategy. 
  • A team player who appreciates the value of all kinds of diversity and has the passion and patience to work with folks at all stages of their equity journey.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience managing diffuse project teams and partners.
  • Self-starter with strong organizational skill, ability to track and manage multiple concurrent initiatives and meet aggressive and shifting deadlines. 
  • Passion for environmental justice, racial equity, and water. 
  • Demonstrated public speaking and presentation skills. 
  • Willingness to travel.
To Apply 
Salary is based upon the candidate’s experience and qualifications in line with the organization’s budget. Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision, and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan. This is a three-year contract position based on grant funding, after which the candidate may be considered for full-time employment, based upon the organization’s budget, need, and fit with the selected candidate. 
 
Please send resume and cover letter via email to: HR@uswateralliance.org. Please include “Program Manager Application: Water Equity” in the subject line of your email. To download the full Program Manager job description, click here.
 
The US Water Alliance is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace.

 

Water Equity Program Associate

Three-Year Grant-Funded Position

Program Overview: An Equitable Water Future 
Water can be a force for equity and opportunity, yet the reality is that water challenges disproportionately affect the most historically marginalized communities in America. Since the Alliance’s release of An Equitable Water Future and work with a seven-city Water Equity Taskforce, we are committed to spreading and scaling equitable approaches to water management across the country through the newly established Water Equity Network and other efforts. The US Water Alliance is looking for an Associate to provide administrative support for the Water Equity Network and other programs on an as-needed basis.   
 
Position Overview
Reporting to the Equitable Water Future Senior Program Manager, this position will be responsible for all administrative and logistical support for the growing, national Water Equity Network. The ideal candidate is a proactive self-starter, a strong collaborator, and a skilled writer. They are detail-oriented, organized, and responsive. The ideal candidate has excellent inter-personal skills, a deep interest in project management, and a background in helping teams accomplish shared goals. The ideal candidate is comfortable using Microsoft Office to build PowerPoints, synthesize information, and analyze demographic data. They are committed to providing high quality administrative support and ensuring program deliverables and efforts are polished and successful. The Program Associate will be team-oriented, flexible, able to meet deadlines, and dedicated to the mission of the US Water Alliance.
 
Responsibilities
The core functions of this role include but are not limited to: 
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for all activities of the Water Equity Network as well as other program areas, as assigned.
  • Update and operate relationships management infrastructure.
  • Schedule, attend, and take notes at key meetings (e.g., network onboarding, institutes, convenings, and monthly office hours).
  • Provide event logistics support in partnership with both program and operations staff. This is needed for both virtual and future in-person meetings (e.g., virtual facilitation, vetting venues and vendors, supporting partners with travel and lodging coordination).
  • Collect and synthesize content for all Water Equity Network communications. 
  • Draft communications to key stakeholders, such as presentations, blogs, emails, agendas, or other resources as requested.
  • Provide high quality member engagement when interacting with any Alliance member or partner.
  • Provide research and data collection support as directed. 
  • Support Water Equity Network staff on project logistics. 
Qualifications
  • At least one year of work experience in the water sector or related field.
  • Essential competencies include proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Ability to manage and analyze demographic data.
  • Experience coordinating multiple, concurrent workstreams, for example: the network sometimes develops several events simultaneously (in-person and virtually).
  • Experience with or willingness to learn website content management and relationship management platforms such as Salesforce.
  • Experience with or willingness to learn virtual meeting technologies such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Go-to Webinar, etc. 
  • Experience with or willingness to learn virtual facilitation technologies such as MURAL or Miro.
  • Strong follow-through, attention to detail, and a willingness to learn.
  • Integrity, positive attitude, and passion, for the Alliance’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; competency interfacing with members and partners from diverse backgrounds and persuasions in a responsive, professional, and courteous manner.
  • Flexible, entrepreneurial, with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Willingness to travel.
To Apply 
Salary is based upon the candidate’s experience and qualifications, in line with the organization’s budget. Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision, and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan. This is a three-year grant funded position, after which the candidate may be considered for full-time employment, based upon the organization’s budget and need.  
 
Please send resume and cover letter via email to: HR@uswateralliance.org. Please include “Program Associate Application: Water Equity” in the subject line of your email. To download the full Program Associate job description, click here.
 
The US Water Alliance is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace.