The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead its office in Washington, D.C. Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the board of directors, the CEO develops and ensures the execution of the association’s vision. In this capacity, the CEO directs and oversees AMWA’s day-to-day operations, sets the cultural tone of the association, supervises its federal advocacy and scientific development activities, and manages a staff of eight. This role also creates a positive impact on the water sector while fulfilling AMWA’s mission.
Applications for the position are due by Friday, January 7, 2022, with an anticipated start date of March 15, 2022.
Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
AMWA is a 501(c)(6) organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States and is the sole policy-making organization for metropolitan drinking water suppliers. AMWA's nearly 200 member agencies serve more than 156 million people from Alaska to Puerto Rico, with safe drinking water. The association represents the interests of its members by working with Congress and federal agencies to ensure federal laws and regulations protect public health and the environment and are cost-effective and affordable for ratepayers or customers. In utility management, AMWA provides programs, events, publications, and services, to help water suppliers be more effective, efficient, and successful.
Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center
AMWA’s CEO is also the Executive Director of the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC) and reports to a board comprising utility managers and a state drinking water administrator. WaterISAC is a 501(c)(3) organization whose membership consists of nearly 450 water and wastewater utilities, private firms, and government agencies providing services to 206 million people in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Governed by a board of managers, WaterISAC is the most comprehensive and targeted single source for data, facts, case studies, and analysis on water security and threats from intentional contamination, terrorism, and cyber-crime in the U.S.
Serves as primary contact to the AMWA board, ensuring regular communications about continuity of operations and implementation of the association’s workplan.
In collaboration with AMWA and WaterISAC boards, develops clear short-, mid-, and long-term visions for the organizations with plans to achieve those visions that include raising and maintaining the profile of the associations and their positions among water utilities, industry colleagues, and before Congress, the federal government, and private sector partners.
Engages with AMWA’s board and other members to develop advocacy positions and produce utility management products and services.
Engages with members and partners to produce WaterISAC alerts, guidance, and other materials to support physical and cybersecurity.
Represents AMWA and WaterISAC in contacts with governmental agencies, private organizations, professional groups, and the media, and participates in affiliated professional organizations.
Oversees AMWA’s and WaterISAC’s communications, public affairs, event planning, office administration, marketing and membership development activities, projects, and outcomes.
Supervises AMWA’s federal government liaison and lobbying activities and maintains relationships with federal agencies to support WaterISAC’s mission.
Ensures the financial solvency of AMWA and WaterISAC; oversees the financial matters of AMWA and WaterISAC, which include preparing annual budgets and routine monitoring of income and expense account balances.
Oversees the execution of AMWA’s fall Executive Management Conference, spring Water Policy Conference, and other events produced or co-produced by AMWA. Oversees the coordination of events hosted by WaterISAC.
Develops and implements plans to grow the membership of both AMWA and WaterISAC and explores and presents additional options for increasing revenues.
Engages, inspires, mentors, and motivates team members in their professional roles to meet and exceed their commitments and reach their full potential.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of progressive senior-level experience, preferably in the water and/or wastewater sector. The candidate will have demonstrated a tenure of active advocacy and experience with legislative and regulatory issues, effective management and leadership skills that foster an inclusive environment, and strategic and critical thinking skills.
Specific qualifications may include:
A working knowledge of the needs of water and/or wastewater sector utilities. A working knowledge of critical regulatory and legislative issues likely to shape the water sector in the future, including but not limited to sustainability, climate change, resilience, affordability, emerging contaminants, and environmental justice.
A history of successful collaboration with government agencies or partnerships that encourage communication and pursuit of common goals among diverse members, research foundations, academia, and other potential partners.
A record of articulating and achieving legislative and regulatory goals.
An ability to translate strategic plans into tactical efforts.
A demonstrated capacity to grow the membership of a large and diverse national organization.
The ability to engage, inspire, and motivate team members.
Excellent written and verbal skills.
Proof of full vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.
Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred but not essential, depending on background.
AMWA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, life, disability insurance, 401(k) plan, holidays, and paid time off.
Application and Contact Information
To be considered (confidentially), submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, addressed to both:
Diane VanDe Hei AMWA CEO
Angela Licata-Misiak AMWA President Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
All applications must be received by January 7, 2022.
AMWA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.