Senior Policy Advisor

Competitive salary based on relative experience. WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3-weeks paid vacation leave, sabbatical leave after five years. Position is full-time exempt.

Western Resource Advocates

October 31, 2017

Complete Job Description at: WRA seeks a passionate Senior Policy Advisor with knowledge of water issues in Arizona to join our Healthy Rivers Team to strengthen current State and local efforts aimed at implementing drought contingency policies, demonstrating water conservation practices, and increasing water management flexibility. This position provides a unique opportunity to build local partnerships and programs that can be leveraged into statewide policy change. Reporting to WRA’s Water Policy Manager, the Senior Policy Advisor will collaborate with program staff and conservation community partners, cultivate pro-conservation decision makers, and cooperate with municipal water providers and state agencies to advance the next phase of water management in Arizona.

 Advocate for policies in multiple forums that expand Colorado River conservation programs, facilitate innovative water transactions, and protect the state’s groundwater resources;  Develop water sharing transactions between water users that implement conservation strategies and result in decreased Colorado River water demand;  Evaluate benefits and concerns of increasing water conservation efforts, including economic, social, regulatory, and environmental aspects;  Build, sustain, and enhance relationships with current and future municipal water provider leaders, state agency staff, and elected officials;  Build partnerships with key water stakeholders and influencers to support shared policy objectives;  Collaborate with a team of conservation community partners to promote state and Colorado River water supply sustainability;  Coordinate with WRA’s Communications Team on public relations efforts; and  Perform other duties as assigned.

 Extensive knowledge and understanding of Arizona water policy, players, and conservation issues;  History of working directly with relevant water-related decision-making bodies in Arizona a plus;  Experience building work plans and leading efforts to secure measurable results;  Ability to apply communications skills to persuade, influence, or lead others on complex subjects;  Self-motivated, work well independently from a remote office, and enjoy collaborating with a team;  Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail and follow‐through;  Excellent writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills;  Creativity, curiosity, patience, and a sense of humor; and  Genuine passion for the mission and work of WRA.

 A bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences, political science, public policy or equivalent work experience;  At least five to seven years of professional experience in the Western water policy field;

Richard Trilsch, Vice President of Finance and Administration, 720-763-3723