Program Manager (Reservoir)


Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸


Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you! For more information, please visit us at​.

Your Role: As a member of the Government and Industry Relations team, the Reservoir Program Manager will drive the continued growth and evolution of the Reservoir Center for Water Solutions, as a thought leader and convener in the water sector. The Reservoir Center’s mission is to advance the shared interests of the water sector through collaboration and constructive dialogue to make progress towards overcoming global water challenges. The Reservoir Center consists of 37 non-profit partners that share in the vision to create a world where water issues are no longer a constraint to human health, prosperity, or environmental sustainability. The Reservoir Center is available to our partners for use as an event, work, and meeting space, designed to bring together thought leaders in a neutral space without barriers, host meaningful events in conjunction with partners, and positively impact local and global communities through education and community outreach. 

The Program Manager will manage a team and consults to execute in the following areas: event management, project management (streamlining existing and developing new processes, identifying needs and implementing solutions, and coordinating activities within the facility), partner engagement (accelerating the development of the Reservoir community through regular contact with partners), marketing and communications, and facility usage.   

The Reservoir Center is sponsored and owned by Xylem.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:            

  • Own the responsibility for ensuring that Reservoir achieves its vision, mission and strategic objectives as a sector unifier and thought leader
  • Build partnerships with water sector organizations to turn Reservoir into the global crossroads of the sector
  • Review and update policies and procedures for Reservoir facility access by partners
  • Ensure productive utilization of the Reservoir space and increase facility usage
  • Coordinate events (curated dialogues, symposiums, social events) to advance Reservoir partner objectives
  • Maintain awareness of Xylem priorities and initiatives (eg, the sustainability report, thought-leadership campaigns, etc.)
  • Partner with legal and compliance on lobbying compliance and laws

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • Strong project management capabilities, obsessed with using data to improve performance and execution
  • Experience and demonstrated success in event management
  • Experience and demonstrated success in organizing, convening, and mobilizing cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated success in engaging with decision-makers, thinkers, and policy-makers
  • Demonstrated effective relationship-building and collaboration skills with external stakeholders, such as non-profit organizations, government agencies and inter-governmental organizations
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including the ability to interact with elected officials, dignitaries and senior corporate management
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, evolving environment, both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working at the interface of public policy, a focus on sustainability and water a plus
  • Experience with communications and marketing, including strong writing skills to develop promotional collateral and newsletters, social media, and articles.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary thinking, and the ability to ‘connect the dots’
  • Passion for water and sustainability
  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Graduate Degree strongly recommended

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • General office-based tasks, including participation in virtual and in-person meetings, and the ability to travel ~25%
  • This role will be located in Washington, DC
  • This role requires the ability and willingness to participate in calls across time zones (Asia, Europe, the Americas)

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development