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News Position with Water Advocates: Director of Global Water, Health and Schools

Director of Global Water, Health and Schools

Water Advocates ( is a small but influential nonprofit advocacy group in Washington DC (DuPont Circle area) dedicated to helping solve the global safe drinking water and sanitation challenge. Water Advocates neither implements programs overseas nor seeks funding for itself, but works to raise awareness of and funding for the global water and sanitation sector as a whole.

The Director of Global Water, Health and Schools is responsible for planning and implementing Water Advocates' outreach and advocacy program focused on a) water, sanitation, and global public health and b) the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools Initiative. He/she will play a leading role in the growth of Water Advocates' ambitious outreach program and will serve as one of the main advocates and representatives of Water Advocates and its allies.


The Director's main role will be to support the overall mission of Water Advocates to significantly increase awareness of and financial support for the global safe drinking water and sanitation sector from private and public US-based supporters. He/she will maintain and grow the existing WASH in Schools Initiative, and identify and pursue new funding opportunities, special initiatives, communications efforts, and other projects concerning the linkages between water, sanitation and global public health.


  • Knowledge of and experience with the global safe drinking water and sanitation sector and linkages to other international human development challenges; experienced in

working with global health and education

  • Networking expertise, preferably with strong existing relationships in the community of potential funders; ability to broker partnerships, including across development sectors
  • Excellent research skills, and the ability to deliver compelling arguments to new and existing funders (strong written and oral communication)
  • MPH or related degree preferred
  • Able to travel occasionally (domestic)
  • Able to work independently and creatively

Desired Skills

  • Commitment to values, mission and vision of Water Advocates; engagement in global health and/or development issues, preferably with a focus on safe drinking water and

sanitation, health and education challenges

  • Strong background in outreach/advocacy/program management; record of proactiv efforts to build new relationships with potential supporters/funders and

expanding/strengthening existing relationships

  • Experience with basic fund-raising and communications techniques
  • Ability to develop, plan and implement specific short- and long-term outreach goals
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills, and experience in planning and facilitating meetings
  • Ability and desire to work in a small organization with a consensus-oriented environment with different work styles
  • Ability to use modern/leading edge communications tools and software applications, and excellent written communication skills
  • High-energy, love of challenge, and ability to be effective in a constantly changing environment

Writing samples will be required.

This position is located in Washington, DC. This is a full-time exempt position, lasting from date of hire through December 31, 2010. Salary range is commensurate with experience. Some

domestic travel may be required.

Water Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to diversity in the workplace.

Please send résumé and cover letter to

Contact information John Oldfield (email:
News type Vacancies
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Source of information MENA Water
Geographical coverage United States
News date 24/08/2009
Working language(s) ENGLISH