Job Opening – Executive Director – Interstate Council on Water Policy

The Interstate Council on Water Policy (ICWP) promotes integrated water resources management to address water quantity and quality concerns, water management, and economic and environmental sustainability. Founded in 1959, ICWP is the national water policy organization of state, interstate, regional, and other water resource management agencies. As a 503(c)3 organization, ICWP develops and promotes member-supported positions on national policy issues and provides guidance to Congressional policy makers and key federal agencies. As an example, in part through the organization’s efforts, Congress recently appropriated an additional $10 million to enhance the USGS stream gage program. Members benefit from the organization’s presence in Washington, D.C. and from timely information on national water policy and programs. IWCP also holds water planning workshops, webinars and networking opportunities for members to enhance their own water resource management programs.

ICWP seeks a dynamic, experienced and engaged leader who will be dedicated to increasing the value of the organization for ICWP members.  The Executive Director will have the experience and skills to manage the workings of a professional organization, effectively communicate and build relationships with members, Board members, key regulators, and other stakeholders.  The Executive Director must implement the strategic plan with an emphasis on innovation and member engagement. Location is flexible, however travel to Washington, D.C. and various states is integral to the position.

Water Products and Activities:

The Executive Director is responsible for organizational administrative activities as well as policy and program related initiatives including, but not limited to:

  • Leadership coordination
  • Financial and records management
  • Internal/external communications
  • Meeting coordination
  • Membership development
  • Monthly Board meeting and committee support
  • Federal agency/Congressional committee relations
  • Partnership development/special projects
  • Website and social media implementation


  • Bachelor’s degree in water resources, public policy, natural resources, environmental science/management, or related field; advanced degree preferred
  • Progressively responsible experience in water resources, public policy, or related area
  • Excellent judgment, interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as marketing and public relations experience including representing an organization in public forums
  • Senior management experience in a nonprofit or other organization, with skill in organization management, fiscal and strategic planning, and meeting planning
  • Knowledge and experience with state and federal water resource, legislative and budget processes

Applications will be accepted through January 12, 2018. Both full-time and part-time contractual proposals will be considered. To apply in confidence, please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, contact info. for three references, and compensation requirements to ICWP Executive Director Committee, Mary Schooley,