Executive Director via Idealist

California Water Efficiency Partnership

Sacramento, CA, United States 🇺🇸

The California Urban Water Conservation Council is now the California Water Efficiency Partnership

After an extensive strategic planning process, members voted in December 2016 to allow the California Urban Water Conservation Council to sunset so that a refocused and restructured organization can emerge. As a result, the Council will change its name in the first quarter of 2017 to the California Water Efficiency Partnership (Partnership). The Partnership’s office will continue to be located in Sacramento, CA just a few blocks from the capitol.

The Partnership helps California’s water utilities, businesses, and residents achieve water use efficiencies, conserve water, and obtain related economic and ecological benefits that will help California today and tomorrow. In support of this purpose, the Partnership engages in activities that promote water conservation and water efficiency. More particularly, it:

  • Conducts and promotes water efficiency-related research and evaluation;
  • Serves as a technology, research and program information clearinghouse;
  • Provides hands-on tools, training and professional networking opportunities;
  • Advances the development of modern data analytics;
  • Offers technical advice to its members and to local, state and federal agencies;
  • Encourages strategic market interventions to help manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, workforce personnel, and others provide more water-efficient products and services; and
  • Identifies and builds on effective collaborations.


The Executive Director (ED) reports to the Board of Directors and has primary responsibility for implementing the broad strategic and policy directives set by the Board. Working with the Deputy Director, the ED has ultimate responsibility for the Partnership’s staffing, operations and fiscal management. Working with staff members, consultants and members, the ED has ultimate responsibility for the initiation and management of programmatic and member services activities. Working with staff, the ED has ultimate responsibility for obtaining additional resources– financial and otherwise–to support the organization’s activities. The full position description can be found at www.CUWCC.org.


Please submit a letter of interest and a resume to [email protected] with the subject Executive Director Search. Priority review of applications will begin March 22, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.


  • A deep appreciation of the wide variety of sizes, locations, resources, services provided and governance structures of California water utilities, so that Partnership activities can serve members who have different needs and different goals.
  • An ability to articulate clearly and persuasively the value of the Partnership so that current members will decide to remain members and new members will decide to join.
  • A background in collaborating effectively with a diverse and dedicated board of directors and working committees to set organizational priorities, develop policy recommendations, and implement the organization’s strategic plan.
  • A commitment and capacity to provide high-quality members services and be responsive to members’ needs.
  • A willingness to travel around California, and, occasionally, out of state, in order to:

– help the organization transition to its new, member-services focus, especially during the first year; and

– serve members and advance Partnership objectives in a variety of professional settings.

  • Sufficient technical expertise, experience and stature to:

– command the respect of new and potential members, as well as other stakeholders in the water efficiency community, in ways that reinforce the public perception of the overall value of the organization and membership; and

– design effective programs, projects and tools that help members’ water use efficiency staff members perform their jobs more effectively and efficiently.

  • An ability to identify, and then implement, strategic opportunities to collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders–including nonprofits; local, state, regional and federal agencies; businesses and trade associations; academics; and others–on matters of mutual interest and benefit.
  • An understanding of existing and proposed laws and regulations governing water use efficiency, demand management, and conservation so that:

– decision makers and other stakeholders can appreciate the challenges posed by any such requirements; and

– members can anticipate and meet those requirements;

  • An understanding of the business and organizational development sides of a nonprofit 501(c)(3)’s activities, including strategic planning, fiscal management, governance, and accountability.
  • A proven ability to help the organization minimize reliance on member dues by increasing fund-raising through grants, contracts and donations.
  • An ability to work well with a small and dedicated staff, inspiring and encouraging staff members to fulfill their potential by balancing delegation of responsibilities with appropriate guidance and supervision.


A minimum of 10 years in a water-related, natural resources or environmental field with at least five years at a management level. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree or equivalent combination of professional experience and education is preferred.