Water Equity & Climate Resilience Director - PolicyLink

Opportunity Type: Job

PolicyLink is seeking a Director to lead to our growing portfolio work to advance transformative strategies for to advance water and climate equity. This includes ensuring that all people, including low income people and people of color, have safe and affordable water, benefit from climate resilient water management, have opportunities for training, employment, and contracting in the water and green infrastructure sector, and are empowered to shape water and climate policies that impact their lives. 

The Director will be responsible for working in consultation with senior leadership to set overall strategic goals and objectives for PolicyLink work on water and climate. They will lead and participate in diverse coalitions with participants ranging from grassroots and movement leaders to elected officials, government agency staff, and business executives, and deliver effective support and advice to local partners. They will facilitate high-level policy conversations and coordinate, develop, and participate in public policy forums, summits, briefings, and other events. They will also serve as a spokesperson on water and climate equity policy priorities, representing PolicyLink in internal and external meetings and before movement leaders, policymakers, experts, and funders. They will produce high-quality, timely, and relevant policy analyses and collaborate with the PolicyLink federal policy team to develop and implement advocacy strategies to advance policy priorities. The will produce framing papers, reports, articles, blogs and other written communications to elevate and build support for our priorities (often in partnership with other organizations and researchers). 

Current projects in the portfolio include: 

  • Convening and chairing the Water Equity and Climate Resilience Caucus, a broad coalition of frontline organizations working to address access to clean, affordable water and storm water protections; defend water sources from toxic pollutants; and build access for the next generation of people of color workers and businesses to design, build, operate and maintain green water infrastructure.
  • Supporting the Clean Water for All Campaign (CWA), a national campaign to pass an infrastructure bill that invests new federal resources in clean water green infrastructure; defend rollbacks of EPA and clean water law; and protect source water from toxic pollution.
  • Advocating for state and local policies that support the realization of the human right to water and build climate resilience.

The ideal candidate is passionate about racial and economic equity. They are ready to put forth new, transformative ideas about water and climate equity, they are skilled at policy analysis and coalition-building, and are a seasoned policy advocate. This position is an excellent opportunity for someone who is eager to work in a creative, fast-moving environment to advance an equity agenda. The Director will report to the Managing Director and will supervise the work of the five member water team.

The salary range for this position is $110,000 - $130,000, dependent upon experience. Additionally, PolicyLink provides an excellent and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, 401k match, ancillary benefits, access to Flexible Spending Accounts, commuter expenses, and generous leave benefits.