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Sr. Director of Programs

Blue Wave

Organization Summary: Water4, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt entity incorporated under the laws of the State of Oklahoma, USA, is an international nonprofit using faith, innovation and empowerment to reimagine a world free from the water crisis. Water4 equips missional entrepreneurs in developing nations to create lasting economic, physical and spiritual change through market-based safe water solutions. This approach puts the solutions to local problems in the hands of local people and ensures that safe water access is sustained by local resources. Since 2008, Water4 has impacted the lives of over one million people in more than 30 countries through the power of safe and living water.

Position Description:
The Senior Director of Programs (SDP) is responsible for developing and implementing the Water4 program strategy and goals, in support of the organization’s mission, including leading the program team to identify new approaches that would allow Water4 to expand its reach and increase its impact.  They will support the strategic alignment of Water4 programs with the greater Water4 strategy through defining and planning the program department strategy. They will plan, direct and manage program development, administration and delivery, partnerships and collaborations, volunteer training, results tracking and reporting activities at the highest level of management in collaboration with the programs department. They will manage special short- and long-term projects related to the strategic priorities of Water4 programs.

The SDP will work with the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Senior Director of Operations, and finance team to ensure that grant activities are properly monitored and reports to donors are submitted on time and in the required format.  They will provide direct support to the Director of Programs in monitoring and evaluation processes, knowledge-base development and sharing through research and publications. The SDP will serve as the point of contact and relationship manager for programmatic aspects of strategic partnerships and will support the Director of Programs on pilot program decisions and management.  They will also contribute to Water4 operations through structural improvements for cross-cutting information sharing, fundraising and strategic partnerships and G&A needs.

The SDP will develop and maintain a best-practices understanding of the water services sector and will develop and maintain a detailed understanding of the mission, values, business strategy, business model and current field operations of Water4.  They will serve as one of the key spokespersons for Water4 with other organizations engaged in the water sector and at industry events and will find new and meaningful ways to communicate impact to various stakeholders.  

This position is part of Water4’s senior leadership team.  Together with the CEO and other members of the senior leadership team, the SDP will provide strategic leadership and direction for the organization.  They will help set both short- and long-term strategic plans for the organization; communicate those plans; and, monitor the progress against those plans. Joint senior leadership team responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the engagement of relevant staff and contributing towards the development and documentation of annual and long-range plans for Water4
  • Developing major goals to support the organizational objectives and approving policies developed within relevant departments
  • Influencing the direction, strategy and program growth of the organization, ensuring Water4’s focus on discipleship and church mobilization stay central to both its message and practice
  • Organizing and prioritizing critical issues and required information for the CEO to facilitate efficient decision making
  • Helping to fulfill Water4’s ambitious goals as a rapidly growing organization

 Time Allocation of Responsibilities: 

Program strategy development/alignment, monitoring and evaluation  25%
Program team management, development and support 25%
Oversight of pilot projects, program-related partnerships, consultancy inputs, and other program-related initiatives 20%
Networking and representing Water4 at various events and opportunities 20%
Support to proposal development, grants management and program reporting 10% 
Qualifications and Education Requirements:
  • Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Water Resource Management, or International Development with an emphasis on water supply 
  • 10 years of experience in program management in the water sector, with continually increasing responsibilities 
  • Considerable understanding and experience in PM&E theory and practice, data management, and KPI development
  • Experience in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) behavior change facilitation at the community level and managing large programs where WASH is a component
  • Experience with private sector approaches to water service supply in developing contexts
  • Experience managing large, complex programs and multi-disciplinary teams, including group facilitation training and practice skills towards consensus building and team decision-making
  • Previous background in reporting outcomes and outputs to different stakeholders and large institutional donors
  • Proficiency in French (preferred)
Required Skills:
  • Strategically-minded and able to identify tactical and varying levels of strategic importance of Water4’s programs
  • Ability to explain the work of Water4 in a clear and compelling manner in one-on-one meetings with donors and in group settings
  • Extra strong listening skills to be exercised internally and externally – coupled with the ability to ask good questions
  • Capacity to develop strong, trusting relationships with the CEO and Water4 senior leadership staff, based upon professional competence and on embodying the values of  Water4
  • Strong organizational skills and a disciplined approach to getting things done on a timely basis
  • Exceptionally strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to thrive in an organization that is infused with faith and vision, growing at a rapid pace and innovating on the fly
  • Team and leadership development
  • Ability and willingness to travel to represent and support the strategic development and partnerships of Water4

Department/Group: Programs/Exec

Job Title: Senior Director of Programs

Level/Salary Range: Senior/TBD

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Date Posted: July 12th, 2019

Position Reports To: President & CEO

Travel Required: 25%

Position Type: Exempt

Posting Expires: Open until filled

To Apply for this Job: 
Please send cover letter, resume’, references and salary requirements to HR@water4.org

Do not call or email individuals in reference to this position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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