Water Policy Analyst

Arizona State University

Phoenix, AZ, US

Job Description

The mission of the Kyl Center for Water Policy is to promote research, analysis, collaboration and open dialogue to foster consensus on sound water stewardship for Arizona and the West for generations to come. The Kyl Center realizes this mission by disseminating research and convening policy discussions on water challenges and potential solutions.

Working with the Kyl Center director, Advisory Board members and others, the Senior Policy Analyst will have an integral role in conceptualizing and implementing policy initiatives of the Kyl Center, managing and conducting research and developing communications related to water and natural resources policy. This role requires knowledge of Arizona water policy and management, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong research skills and the ability to interface effectively with funders, policymakers and key stakeholders. The successful candidate will be skilled at project management and consensus building.

Essential Duties

  • Build, sustain, and enhance relationships with water policy-makers
  • Cultivate relationships with funders, academic and industry partners and policy-makers to engage them in substantive partnerships
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders and influencers in policy initiatives to improve water stewardship
  • Design, coordinate and conduct research on water policy issues, including collecting documents and compiling and analyzing data from various sources, conducting qualitative surveys, leading focus groups and synthesizing key findings
  • Write research-based reports, briefs and blogs that effectively communicate to target audiences and the public
  • Assist in editing written work of the Kyl Center for Water Policy
  • Develop and implement work plans for research projects
  • Select, hire and supervise interns
  • Attend water policy-related events

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field AND three years of experience in research, information analysis or program evaluation; OR, Master’s degree in a related field AND one year of experience in research, information analysis or program evaluation; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Bachelor’s degree in a natural sciences, political science or public policy
  • At least ten years’ professional experience in western water policy field
  • In-depth knowledge of Arizona water law and policy
  • Project management skills
  • Experience writing and editing for a variety of audiences
  • Experience in translating complex water-related concepts and data for lay audiences
  • Grant writing and management experience preferred
  • Experience in using public speaking skills

Working Environment

  • Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate controlled office setting.
  • Communicate to perform essential duties.
  • Use office equipment including a computer.

Department Statement

The mission of the Kyl Center for Water Policy is to promote research, analysis, collaboration and open dialogue to foster consensus on sound water stewardship for Arizona and the West for generations to come. The Kyl Center realizes this mission by disseminating research and convening policy discussions on water challenges and potential solutions.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 90,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. 

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit www.asu.edu/tobaccofree 

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. 

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


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