President and CEO

Alliance for Water Efficiency
Chicago, IL, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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With the impending retirement of founding President and CEO Mary Ann Dickinson, the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is seeking applicants for the position of President and CEO to lead staff, board and stakeholders toward a world where communities, businesses, and ecosystems have the water they need to thrive.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

The President and CEO will have sole responsibility for the management of the day-to-day operations of the organization, as well as the sole oversight of the administrative and programmatic functions of the organization, in keeping with the strategic initiatives set by the Board of Directors. The President and CEO will work occasional weekends, evenings, and other non-business hours to participate in events, committee meetings, board retreats, and other AWE-related functions. In addition, the President and CEO will travel from time to time to attend professional meetings, events, and conferences. Qualified candidates must have a proven track record that demonstrates a history of solid business acumen and exceptional leadership skills.


  • Be the “voice and face” of AWE in all public settings.
  • Maintain an open and effective line of communication with the Board of Directors to ensure a cohesive business structure.
  • Guide the development and implementation of a clear and compelling strategic plan focused on the growth of the organization. 
  • Develop programs to increase funding sources in alignment with the mission of the organization.
  • Provide oversight of all fiduciary concerns in a manner as prescribed by AWE Articles, Bylaws, and Administrative and Financial Policies & Procedures, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), as well as sound fiscal practices. Ensure that all staff follow the Board-approved budget.
  • Grow memberships and build strategic relationships in accordance with organizational goals. Develop strategies to increase membership retention.
  • Provide oversight and strategic direction for all program activities, as well as delegation of projects necessary to further the mission of the organization.
  • Manage and provide oversight of all staff, to include all employment decisions such as hiring, compensation structure, performance management, and discipline.  
  • Serve as an active industry advocate at all levels to promote efficient water use.

Key Attributes, Experience, and Education: 

  • Ability to serve as a strategic visionary nonprofit leader with excellent fundraising, operations, financial management, marketing, program growth and development, relationship-building, and advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrate a spirit of entrepreneurship, business acumen and market savvy to be able to diversify, develop or shift funding sources based on financial realities.
  • Strong public relations and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Ability to serve as an effective public spokesperson in various environments (media, events, academic, advocacy).
  • Ability to motivate and inspire to increase reach of organization amongst key stakeholder groups.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • An understanding of the various issues that are critical to the organization’s strategic priorities and stakeholder groups.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for the mission of the organization.
  • A proven track record in an environmental field with at least five years’ experience and demonstrated success in a senior level position of a nonprofit, corporate, or public sector organization. 
  • Strong expertise in water issues, including efficiency and conservation planning is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.

Compensation & Benefits: 

  • Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 
  • Attractive benefits package offered, including but not limited to health & dental; retirement; vacation, sick, and holiday pay.

AWE’s headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois; however, candidates from other locations are welcome to apply, as local residency is not required for this position.

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Candidates interested in applying for the position should email a letter of interest and current resume with at least three references to   by November 5, 2020. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged. The Board of Directors may request one or more candidates to interview as part of its review of qualified candidates.

About AWE:

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