2019-04-12 2019-05-17

Executive Director

Southwestern Water Conservation District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Durango, Colorado
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 50857
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Durango, Colorado
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 50857
  • Organization Website
The Southwestern Water Conservation District (“District”), based in Durango, Colorado, is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director.

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive and management official of the organization reporting directly to the District’s Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for all business operations (administrative, financial, technical and external affairs) and manages a small team of professionals. The Executive Director must be able to lead the team, delegate, and play to the strengths of the staff.

The Executive Director must possess strong oral and written communication skills and be capable of communicating difficult issues with candor. The Executive Director works collaboratively to bring together groups of diverse interests in complicated and sometimes contentious matters. The Executive Director is expected to offer creative solutions to policy and other issues to the Board that seek to represent all of the water-related priorities of the District’s diverse constituency. The Executive Director represents the District’s broad range of constituents and priorities at conferences, speaking engagements and on local, statewide, and national matters. The Executive Director must be able to work and negotiate with other stakeholders throughout Colorado and other Colorado River basin states in a professional manner, seeking win-win solutions whenever possible.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and significant experience with water policy issues in the West. Candidates should have a strong working knowledge of Colorado water law and intrastate issues, Colorado River basin interstate issues, administration, budgeting, and multi-party negotiations.

Salary Range: $100,000 to $150,000, depending on experience

Please email any questions regarding the executive director position to Steve Harris (interim executive director) at steve@durangowater.com on or before May 7th. Answers to those questions will be posted on the website for review by all interested candidates.

All interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and the required application materials listed on SWCD’s website in order to be considered for this position. Submit the application in electronic form (PDF preferred) to executivedirector@swwcd.org or a hard copy to 841 East Second Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 by Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM. SWCD prefers to receive the application in both electronic and hard copy.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at WaterDistrictJobs.com.