Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Position Open at Water 2017 - Deputy Director, Washington DC

Dear Friends of Global Water, 

Please consider sharing / applying for this one year position with Water 2017. It's going to be an exciting twelve months...  Water 2017 starts this week, and carries on through the first 100 days of the next U.S. Administration (May 2017).

Note application deadline of May 31, 2016. As indicated below, applicants should please send résumé and cover letter to John Oldfield at

Many thanks.


Position open at Water 2017, an initiative of Advocates for Development Assistance

Position:  Deputy Director
Location: Washington, D.C.
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: CEO of Water 2017
Application Deadline: May 31, 2016

Water 2017, as part of the Advocates for Development Assistance project, is a one-year effort to elevate and mainstream global water challenges and opportunities within U.S. foreign policy. Water 2017 will strengthen actions by the U.S. government and private American citizens to improve global water security, and encourage the U.S. government and the next President to prioritize to an unprecedented level the role of water in international development and diplomacy. 

The coming twelve months - May 2016 to May 2017 – are pivotal to positioning global water security within the U.S. government for the next four to eight years. Water 2017 is intended to lead to a higher and more effective response to global water challenges by the next President, the U.S. Congress, as well as by key U.S. government agencies such as USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the State Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Water 2017 will also involve private American citizens in its efforts: corporate leaders, philanthropists, civic (e.g. Rotary) and faith leaders, thinktanks and nonprofits.

The Deputy Director reports to the CEO and will:
-          Ensure the effective and efficient operation of Water 2017, including managing the human resources, finance, and grants management functions of Water 2017 via a contract with a fiscal sponsor;
-          Work with CEO to develop overall one year strategic operating plan, metrics, and deliverables;
-          Lead, coordinate, and/or support Water 2017’s education and advocacy programs. These could include learning events; high profile advocacy events; outreach to the U.S. government, businesses, foundations, civic/faith groups, advocacy partners; and/or standalone communications initiatives;
-          Work with CEO to develop and implement a communications strategy for Water 2017 to raise the profile of global water;
-          Serve as a key spokesperson for Water 2017 across all outreach constituencies (U.S. government and private sector) and articulate the mission, vision and strategic direction to external stakeholders; represent Water 2017 and the CEO at appropriate conferences, meetings, and other occasions;
-          Build and maintain an appropriate public presence of Water 2017 online and offline;
-          Support the CEO when required;
-          Manage intern program;
-          Perform other duties as assigned.  

Necessary Competencies
To be successful, the Deputy Director will:
-          Have experience in managing the human resources, finances, and operations of a small organization;
-          Be highly disciplined and detail-oriented;
-          Work well in a small and highly productive team and foster collaboration among a diverse set of stakeholders;
-          Engage partners inside and beyond Water 2017 to actively participate and contribute time and resources;
-          Exercise creativity and opportunism in finding ways of raising the profile of global water;
-          Have strong and persuasive oral and written communication, facilitation, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement skills.

Minimum Education and Skills
The successful candidate will have:
-          Commitment to values, mission and vision of Water 2017;
-          8-10 years of experience in operations and international development work, with a focus on water and its linkages to other development and diplomatic challenges and opportunities;
-          Masters degree or commensurate experience in operations, project management, international development, communications or a related field;
-          Excellent advocacy and communications skills – oral, written, online/offline – and ability to use modern communications tools;
-          Excellent organizational skills, including ability to organize advocacy resources and establish priorities;
-          Strong events management skills;
-          Sophisticated political judgment, understanding of legislative and advocacy issues and sufficient experience to quickly gain in-depth knowledge of Water 2017’s substantive issues and to represent these issues publicly;
-          Strong ability to develop and foster alliances; ability and desire to support and motivate colleagues, and to work in a consensus-oriented environment with different work styles and to facilitate staff communication;
-          High-energy, love of challenge, and ability to be effective in a constantly changing environment;
-          Able to travel occasionally and to work independently and creatively.

Successful completion of a writing test will be required.

This is a fulltime exempt position located in downtown Washington, DC. Salary up to $75k with competitive benefits. Water 2017 is committed to diversity in the workplace. Please send résumé and cover letter to John Oldfield at No phone calls please.

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