Local recruitment: Conservation Coordinator

Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA)

Phoenix, AZ, USA 🇺🇸

A unique opportunity for a passionate, high-performing Conservation Coordinator to work on the major water issues of our time.

Since 1969, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) has been shaping solutions to Arizona’s water supply and management issues and playing an influential role in key water policy developments. 

AMWUA is comprised of ten municipal members in Maricopa County who provide water to over 3.7 million people and to the businesses that drive Arizona’s economy. AMWUA facilitates discussion among our members and collaborates on policy and solutions for water challenges.

Position Description

AMWUA is looking for a passionate and high-performing water professional to join our team in the role of Conservation Coordinator.

The Conservation Coordinator assists the AMWUA Executive Director in facilitating, collaborating, and advocating water conservation. The position oversees AMWUA’s effort to lead in water conservation and efficiency by assisting member water conservation coordinators and specialists in elevating ongoing conservation efforts and expanding efforts to enhance water resource supply sustainability. The conservation coordinator will work with other AMWUA staff to research, evaluate and formulate policies and positions on water conservation issues that affect the AMWUA members. Major duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advise the Executive Director on water conservation issues and policies.
  • Identify, research, and analyze conservation, efficiency, and demand management issues that AMWUA’s members can collaborate on and have AMWUA advocate.
  • Monitor and engage in state, interstate, and federal demand management initiatives that impact AMWUA members.
  • Coordinate with municipal staff and relevant federal, state, and local agencies to establish and implement effective water conservation and efficiency programs, policies, and standards.
  • Facilitate meetings, foster information sharing, and discuss demand management and sustainability issues and opportunities common among AMWUA members.
  • Interpret, research, and evaluate water conservation regulations in statutes, rules, policies, and contracts.
  • Oversee the AMWUA conservation budget, secure sponsorships, and pursue and manage grant funding opportunities for initiatives.
  • Act as a liaison to ADWR, CAWCD, SRP, and other regional and national water conservation stakeholders.
  • Attend and summarize water conservation meetings, reports on developing demand management issues, and alert members of potential impacts.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations for monthly Board meetings and other events.
  • Address ad hoc questions from AMWUA members’ staff.
  • Compile numerical data from various sources for quantitative analysis.
  • Collaborate on the development of AMWUA communications materials including content for the AMWUA website.

Position Requirements and Qualifications

Candidates must possess five years or more of experience working on water resources or conservation program management, with preference given for working in a municipality. An advanced degree in water resources, natural resource management, public administration, environmental resources, sustainability, biology, hydrology, or a closely related field is preferred and may substitute for experience.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess exceptional writing and verbal skills with the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and simply to audiences of different levels of water expertise.
  • Possess a keen understanding of Arizona water conservation and management.
  • Facilitate productive meetings and have the skill to guide discussions to consensus.
  • Have the skill to find common sense and creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Be committed to excellence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of conservation efforts and initiate improvements.
  • Be comfortable solving quantitative problems and working with water-related datasets.
  • Have the initiative to “dig in” and absorb and utilize the details involved with water issues.
  • Be a critical thinker able to make well-reasoned and logical judgments.
  • Be organized, detail-oriented, and naturally curious about exploring new ideas and challenges.
  • Be intrinsically excited about solving and developing sound water conservation policies.
  • Be able to discern and summarize the key discussion points and policy outcomes in meetings.
  • Work cooperatively with others and build trust among stakeholders.
  • Be comfortable interacting in large groups and making public presentations.
  • Be a team player willing to assist co-workers in a small office atmosphere.

The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $95,000 per year based on experience and qualifications.

AMWUA offers a comprehensive and attractive benefits package that includes:

  • 5 Weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Retirement through the Arizona State Retirement System
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible work environment with a hybrid schedule

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample with your application to Diana Pina at dpina@amwua.org. The first review of application materials will be on April 25, 2023. The position remains open until filled.

If you have questions about this position, please contact Warren Tenney, AMWUA’s Executive Director, at wtenney@amwua.org.

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