Senior Water Manager


New Orleans, LA, United States 🇺🇸

Your Role
To lead Propeller’s efforts to develop and implement strategies to build the local water cluster, including policies and practices to improve government contracting for local small businesses and recruitment strategies to increase the number and quality of small businesses an nonprofits tackling water challenges.

Position Outcomes

Water Entrepreneurship Policy and Strategy

  • Develop and implement water cluster small business policy and advocacy strategies in business procurement in partnership with ED and Water Program Manager.
  • Identification and engagement with one policy issue in coastal restoration and one policy issue in green infrastructure. Traction on policy issue, including reaching the right influencers, that ultimately results in policy
  • Lead or ensure water data collaborative meetings are on track to the development of a shared data retention protocol accepted by government authorities.
  • Translate complex policy issues into simple, succinct, and compelling language.
  • Stay current, study, and report on all substantive advocacy discussions across the water community.
  • Stay current, study, and report on all developments at relevant government agencies (CPRA, RESTORE Council, NFWF, NORA, New Orleans S&WB, EPA, etc.)
  • Study, stay current, and report on all budgetary developments and contracting opportunities that will have an impact on local coastal and
    urban water businesses (NDRC, RESTORE Act, BP oil spill settlement,
  • Maintain, identify, develop, and navigate strong and trusting relationships with coastal and urban water industry leaders, influencers, stakeholders, policymakers, and entrepreneurs in relevant local parishes and state governments. Take the lead on relationships, negotiations, hearings, and meetings without Executive Director necessarily being present.
  • Seen by peers as an expert in the water sector, sought as an expert resource, and actively represent Propeller’s viewpoints, successes, and strategies in panels, presentations, and conferences. Speak compellingly and with accuracy on water venture successes, Propeller strategies, water statistics, and policy environment.  
  • Develop expert knowledge of water sectors – deep understanding of coastal restoration and green water infrastructure in the region, knowledge of national trends and water clusters/accelerators, understand all major governmental revenue streams, and understand market forces influencing entrepreneurial opportunities within the sector.
  • Develop knowledge around identifying job/contract opportunities and deep understanding of the ventures’ businesses (including new technologies, business model, customers, future customers)

Water Challenge Day/Water Convenings

  • Reimagine and implement vision and agenda for the Water Challenge Day, a business pitch competition to build momentum for the water cluster, and other water convenings.
  • Oversee Water Program Manager to execute water convenings around topics most relevant to water entrepreneurs.
  • Oversee Water Program Manager to execute a successful Water Challenge Day during NOEW, including 300+ attendees, policymakers, and entrepreneurs with a focus on building the local water economy. Goals include very high satisfaction from judges, mentors, panelists, and attendees.

Water Accelerator

  • Develop and implement water cluster recruitment strategy for water accelerator.
  • Oversee Water Program Manager to ensure current and alumni water ventures receive support, make progress, and achieve financial and environmental impact results.
  • Startup Accelerator: Goal of 40 (min) applicants, with 15-20 being “good fits/high potential” for the program. Priority should be given to number of good fits versus total quantity of applicants.
  • Growth Accelerator: Goal of 20 (min) applicants, with 10 being “good fits/high potential” for the program.
  • Oversees Water Program Manager to manage Lead Mentor scheduling with Impact Ventures, planning and logistical execution of sector group meetings and support to the Programs Director on cross-sector group meetings. Coordination and matchup of specialized TA including paid subject experts and pro bono professionals.
  • Ensures 95% high value-add and high satisfaction in all accelerator programming as measured through surveys.
  • 60% (min) to 80% (reach) of ventures in Startup Accelerator implement pilot and/or have first paying customers, and reach their social impact goals.
  • 70% (min) to 90% (reach) of ventures in Growth Accelerator have either received financing or earned significant revenue, with realistic and ambitious goals determined at the outset of the program and measured at the end of the program, 6 months out, and 1 year out.
  • Develops business plan and feasibility study of a water entrepreneurship accelerator and incubator facility.

Fund Development

  • Consistent and positive stewardship of funders in water through regular communications on impact, execution of program deliverables, and regular expressions of appreciation
  • Ability to speak with funders about specific water ventures, impact, and vision for water cluster


  • Oversees Water Program Manager and Water AmeriCorps VISTA teams to ensure direct reports are achieving results, empowered to achieve results, is passionate about the position, and can be vulnerable/empathetic when appropriate.

Core Competencies

  • (Highly Preferred) Knowledge and relationships within the coastal and/or urban water management industry in Louisiana.
  • (Highly Preferred) Experience working with and ongoing relationships with nongovernment organizations, interest groups, parish-level, and government agency staff related to coastal restoration and urban water management.
  • Must have basic knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communications skills, including the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to develop relationships with high-level state agency staff and parish government is essential.
  • Business acumen – able to quickly understand and synthesize driving forces of business sectors, startups, and established businesses.
  • Intelligence – Learns quickly. Demonstrates ability to quickly and proficiently understand and absorb new information from new business models, critical relationships, and new sectors.
  • College degree with some experience in government affairs and/or water management.
  • Ego in Check/Openness to criticism and ideas – Often solicits feedback and reacts calmly to criticism or negative feedback. Admits to mistakes.

Start Date: (Flexible) as early as July 1, 2016.

Salary: Part-time employee, full-time employee, and consultant options available; competitive health, vision, dental benefits and cell phone stipend for employees working over 30 hours/week.

To Apply:

Application Deadline:
June 15, 2016 or until position has been filled; we recommend early applications and may fill the position before the deadline.

Application Directions:
Please answer the following questions in a separate document:

  1. Why are you passionate about coastal and urban water management, water policy, governmental relations, and social entrepreneurship?
  2. What do you think will be your greatest strength in this role? In what way do you think you will need to grow the most to be successful in this role?
  3. What do you find gives you the most energy in your current work? What drains your energy the most in your current work?
  4. What are your salary requirements?

Email your answer document, resumé, and cover letter to Andrea Chen at [email protected] In your cover letter, please explain how you heard about Propeller and your interest and qualifications in the position. Please write the job title and your name in the subject line of the email.

Propeller is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority individuals are encouraged to submit applications.