Executive Director via Idealist

Coalition for Clean Water

Olympia, WA, US


The Coalition for Clean Water (CCW) is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as its next Executive Director who demonstrates the energy and passion that will help shape the future of wastewater and stormwater utilities in Washington. This position is instrumental to the development of forward thinking and sustainable policies and regulations that will help our utilities continue to lead in serving our communities.

The Coalition is a 30-year old collaboration between municipal agencies to represent wastewater and stormwater interests in Washington State and is operated as a 501(c)(6) organization.  Membership includes the cities of Bremerton, Everett, Lynnwood, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Vancouver; as well as King, Pierce, and Spokane Counties; the Lakehaven Utility District, and the LOTT Clean Water Alliance. The mission of the CCW is to promote the cost-effective use of public funds for the greatest protection of public health and the environment. To achieve this mission, the Coalition will facilitate a partnership between State and local governments that supports clean water and community growth; promotes enhanced funding; and results in reasonable, economically sound, science-based regulation.

The Coalition and its new Executive Director will address a wide array of critical statewide issues in the coming years, including but not limited to:

·      Toxics reduction in the water environment

·      Nutrient reduction from both point and non-point sources

·      Use of reclaimed water

·      Policies and regulations regarding beneficial use of biosolids

·      Combined sewer overflow control and integrated planning

·      Impacts of climate change on infrastructure

·      State funding for water infrastructure (including wastewater, reclaimed water, and stormwater)

·      Changing water regulations (including wastewater, reclaimed water, and stormwater

Executive Director Position

The successful candidate will be a person with experience in legislative advocacy, legislative processes and deadlines, possessing strong interpersonal and communications skills, adept at managing and tracking multiple public issues, and who works in a collaborative manner to build trust and strengthen the organization’s effectiveness

Job Duties

·      Develop and deliver an annual work plan for CCW.

·      Coordinate efforts between Coalition member agencies, build cohesiveness to speak with one voice.

·      Advise the CCW on strategy related to legislative issues and serve as CCW’s liaison with regulators and Washington State legislators and staff.

·      Build and maintain relationships with state, federal and local regulatory agencies and represent CCW interests.

·      Participate on behalf of CCW on federal, state and local advisory committees as needed (e.g., Permit Fee Task Force, Financial Assistance Task Force, Water Quality Partnership); Participate in the development of proposed public policies.

·      Represent the CCW before public bodies, including developing and presenting testimony and public policy; Communicate and interact with various public constituencies, and organizations involved in legislative processes; Help translate technical information to policy audiences.

·      Track and monitor state rulemaking processes and legislative issues before the state legislature which have the potential to impact CCW members; Develop and implement strategies for building coalition of support/opposition for legislation; Coordinate with CCW Board and members on legislative matters.

·      Manage projects as identified on work plan. Organize input and response around work program topics, ensure progress being made, coordinate and report.

·      Manage Board meetings of the Coalition, including developing agendas, selecting and scheduling speakers, coordinating with speakers regarding presentations, and preparing minutes.

·      Manage the business operations of the organization – budgets, revenue, expenditures, membership billings and renewals, reporting, etc.

·      Maintain member agency relations and recruit new members as appropriate. Monitor size and effectiveness of CCW and recommend changes as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications

·      Baccalaureate Degree in related field or combination of degree and experience

·      Experience with legislative and regulatory groups, lobbying, coalition building; Demonstrated success in legislative advocacy and in operating in a complex governance/political environment

·      Knowledge of related state regulatory and legislative processes and familiarity with state and federal financial assistance programs

·      Experience with a local government, small business, non-profit organization or project management

·      Knowledge of state and local government organizations, interest groups, legislators and their role in water quality issues

·      Knowledge of stormwater, wastewater and related environmental issues

·      Strategic thinker with strong analytical skills and judgment

·      Strong verbal and written communications skills

·      Self-motivated and results oriented with strong organizational skills

·      Effective negotiation skills and conflict management; Comfortable in delivering strong messages and asserting positions when necessary

·      Basic budgeting skills


·      This position works from a home office and has a high degree of flexibility.

·      This position is considered a public employee, is PERS eligible and has a highly-competitive benefits package.

·      This is a salaried position exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime-eligible.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

[email protected]


Qualified candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and resume to Robin Zukoski, the current Executive Director, at [email protected]. This position will remain open until filled, for first review deadline submit materials by 5pm on January 26, 2018.