AWE Seeks Applicants for Director of Communications & Policy Position

General Duties and Responsibilities

The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) seeks a dynamic individual to serve in the newly created position of Director of Communications & Policy. The Director will work closely with the President and CEO to manage AWE’s communication and digital strategies as well as AWE’s policy and advocacy agenda. This is an exempt, salaried position.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Manage and execute communications, marketing, and copy development/review for AWE’s membership, research, education, advocacy, and fundraising initiatives. 
  • Oversee communications tools, including websites and blogs, social media, press and public relations, bi-monthly newsletter, op-eds and letters to the editor, audio/visual, and e-communications. 
  • Coordinate development of AWE’s policy positions and agenda, incorporating input from the senior leadership team, the AWE Board of Directors and advisory committees, and partner organizations.
  • Manage external relationships with decision makers, influencers, and partner organizations to advance the organization’s local, state, and federal policy goals.
  • Maintain strong relationships with members, partners, funders, and other stakeholders to support organizational goals and objectives.
  • Represent AWE in public forums, conferences, coalition meetings around policy development, and other external events.

Key Attributes, Experience, and Education

  • Experience developing communications, media, and engagement strategies with measurable results. 
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, develop, and successfully advocate for public policy.
  • Experience working in government or public policy environment.
  • Self-starter with a spirit of entrepreneurship, business acumen and market savvy.
  • A passion for community and environmental sustainability. 
  • Confident and clear communicator and presenter
  • Ability to make technical and scientific content engaging and accessible
  • Positive and collaborative approach
  • Skilled at advocating complex policy positions before a wide variety of audiences, persuasively and diplomatically
  • Experience with water efficiency and conservation is preferred but not required. 
  • Five or more years of relevant experience in policy, advocacy, and/or communications
  • Bachelor's degree in political science, public policy, communications, or a related field. Master's degree preferred

Compensation & Benefits

  • Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Attractive benefits package offered, including medical and dental; 401(k) retirement; and vacation, sick, and holiday pay.

AWE’s headquarters is located in Chicago, IL; however, candidates from other North American-based locations are welcome to apply, as local residency is not required for this position.

AWE is proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. AWE is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities. The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. If you have 75% of the qualifications listed, we encourage you to apply. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered. AWE is especially excited about increasing applications from people who understand the value of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, including people with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, people of color, and LGBTQ+.

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About AWE

AWE is a stakeholder-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water. AWE serves as a North American advocate for water-efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts.