Deputy Executive Director

Fountain Valley, CA, United States 🇺🇸



The National Water Research Institute (NWRI), a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainable water management, seeks a Deputy Executive Director to work with the Executive Director in charting NWRI’s future growth and strategic activities. NWRI was established by water, wastewater, and recycled water agencies for the purpose of collaborating on research projects, programs, conferences/workshops, and publications that produce beneficial change and improved policy decisions. To do so, NWRI is committed to:

  • Investing in critical-needs research and public policy development.
  • Building strategic partnerships to maximize resources and address industry needs.
  • Promoting industry innovation in research, technology, and management.
  • Serving as an independent industry expert in science, technology, and public policy.

NWRI achieves these goals by providing the following:

  • Access to the scientific and technical expertise of world-renown, industry leading academics, practitioners, consultants, and decision makers.
  • Practical, expert-driven research, which allows for collaborative partnerships and relationships.
  • Quality-driven publications and conferences that enhance our brand as a trusted industry leader in scientific and technical information.
  • Forward-thinking and problem-solving focus, which enables us to support, promote, and enhance leading-edge research and policy decisions.

More information on NWRI is available online at


Deputy Executive Director

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director will have both internal and external roles and responsibilities, ranging from member services and project management (e.g., business development, framing key approaches, high-quality delivery of products) to administration (e.g., board support, financial reporting, facilities) and staff resources (e.g., managing, recruiting, mentoring, career progression). The Deputy Executive Director will partner closely with the Executive Director to chart NWRI’s future growth in the water and wastewater industry, including recycled water, stormwater, and water resources. The Deputy Executive Director will provide leadership in defining strategies, building programs, managing staff, and building partnerships to achieve NWRI’s goals


Technical, Project Development, Project Management, and Member Services

  • Ability to partner with the Executive Director in leadership activities (e.g., board support, human resources, administration, and organizational planning
  • Ability to promote NWRI’s activities in water reuse, drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and topics related to water resources and water supply.
  • Support the development of new activities and projects.Lead staff to deliver outstanding work for clients.
  • Build and maintain strong industry relationships.Represent NWRI at industry conferences, professional associations, and other venues.
  • Develop thought leadership around emerging practice areas
  • Share in knowledge dissemination, reporting, and communications
  • Manage segments of human resources (i.e., recruiting, reviews, staff deployment, and workload balancing) with related communications and budgeting/finance duties.
  • Identify best practices and improve internal systems based on future needs.


  • 8 to 10+ years in a management position in a nonprofit organization, consulting firm, or government agency.
  • Strong policy and/or technical experience in the water/water reuse/wastewater sectors.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Track record of delivering results and assuming leadership roles.
  • Experience with grant writing and proposal development.
  • Success in roles requiring multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Proven ability to work efficiently and flexibly.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of individuals and organizations.
  • Strong communication (oral, written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter and self-disciplined.
  • Imagination and creativity are desired.

Contact Information

For consideration, forward your cover letter and resume in confidence by no later than June 30, 2016 to: Jeff Mosher

Executive Director

National Water Research Institute [email protected]


NWRI is committed to equal opportunity and welcomes and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.