Director, Corporate Engagement
In this role, leveraging the power of our well-established Aqueduct™ suite of tools, you will lead our approach for corporate water stewardship and develop thought-leading strategies that can help close the gap between water stewardship ambitions, government policy and public water management through collective action. You will focus on managing and growing WRI’s Aqueduct Alliance of corporate partners and leading the development of new thought leadership materials; including a special focus on developing ambitious “net water positive” water goals and the standardization of approaches to set corporate water targets that incorporate the local context and are science-based.
You will lead actionable water stewardship research projects and private sector funding efforts, as well as strategies for engaging investors and commercial data providers to expand our corporate stewardship impact and secure support for the next generation of Aqueduct data and tools. You will help ensure that our Water Program and Aqueduct project meet the needs of the private sector, and scale solutions to shared water challenges across private sector value chains and public sector stakeholders.
- Lead WRI’s Water Program outreach/funding efforts with the private sector
- Manage WRI’s Water Program private sector initiative and Aqueduct Alliance of companies
- Develop a strategic approach to engaging the investment community on water- (and climate) related risks to drive corporate stewardship and public policy best practices
- Enhance our strategic approach for engaging companies, including commercial data providers, centered around Aqueduct value-adding offers
- Provide high profile, internationally regarded, action-oriented thought leadership on corporate water stewardship, including connections to public policy
- Supervise corporate water stewardship staff
Fundraising/Grant Management (30%)
- Lead and grow our Water Program corporate water stewardship work in close coordination with the Aqueduct team on outreach/funding efforts
- Build network of professional contacts with corporate and foundation prospects
- Establish new business models to support ongoing growth and improvements of Aqueduct project, including data commercialization and other value-capture approaches
- Work closely with the Water Program Global Director to identify opportunities to incorporate private sector engagement strategies in broader water security proposals
- Provide oversight to WRI’s Water Program private sector initiative and Aqueduct Alliance
- Oversee and manage financial performance and take appropriate action to ensure key financial objectives are met for WRI’s work on corporate water stewardship
- Assume overall responsibility for the Water Program Private Sector initiative's success in every aspect of project management, including management and oversight of corporate advisory services projects
- Supervise staff working on private sector water engagement work in close collaboration with the Water program’s data and subject experts on corporate advisory services projects, and with WRI’s Business, Finance, and other programs, centers, and international offices
- Evaluate and determine strategies and solutions by generating and considering options to achieve WRI’s Water Program private sector initiative and Aqueduct Alliance long-term goals, developing decision criteria and selecting best strategy
- Develop strategy for engaging investor and commercial data providers audiences for impact and funding support
- Provide high profile, action-oriented thought leadership on corporate water stewardship and related water public policy issues
- Prvide corporate advisory services for gaining industry insight and implementing innovative applications of WRI research and products in the private sector
- Participate in national and international corporate water stewardship conferences
- Develop partnerships with a wide variety of entities working on corporate water stewardship, (e.g., CEO Water Mandate Water Resilience Coalition) and other key stakeholders in order to effect external change and drive greater water security
- Represent WRI at external meetings with partners working on corporate water stewardship
- Advanced degree in relevant field
- Minimum of 15 years of relevant full-time work experience with 8 years of experience in program or project leadership
- Recognized as an expert in corporate water stewardship, with demonstrated knowledge of public water management and policy issues
- Demonstrated success in developing partner and funder relationships and securing funding
- Knowledge of Aqueduct and the landscape of water risk tools and protocols, as well as public water management strategies for achieving sustainable waters security
- Excellent communicator, public speaker and writer
- Experience managing and/or mentoring multiple individuals on a team
- Strategic, highly motivated and organized thinker
Water Program Overview WRI’s Water Program works with businesses, governments, and civil society to ensure a water-secure future - addressing water quantity and quality issues and water governance challenges. We do this through several projects and initiatives around the world. We conduct economic and other analyses to identify water-related challenges globally and, we identify solutions—such as restoring ecosystem services—to alleviate stresses on the world’s water supplies.
World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.
We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.
The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.
We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.
WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.