Director - Stormwater Center - Washington State University in Puyallup Washington

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Washington State University

Puyallup, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Washington Stormwater Center Director is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Washington Stormwater Center (WSC). The WSC Director reports to the Director of the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center and works closely with the WSC faculty and staff to continue the trajectory of the WSC. The Director is responsible for creating a working advisory Committee that will aide in the implementation of the business plan for sustainability and current and future directions. The Director will secure sustainable funding streams, new opportunities, and new partnerships, as well as expand the political impact of the WSC. The Director is part of the leadership and management team of the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

This position works in partnership with State and Federal agencies, municipalities, business and industry, legislative officials, community members, university personnel, and other constituents ensuring the WSC provides assistance, information resources and training on stormwater management while also serving as a gateway to research, information and new, innovative, and emerging technologies. The Director ensures all interactions between stakeholders and WSC functional teams provide a unified approach in meeting the Washington Stormwater Center and Washington State University strategic goals and leadership directions.

This position must exercise independent judgment and creative thinking on a daily basis, recognizing key issues, addressing critical problems, and seizing opportunities for improving and enhancing WSC operations. The Director develops creative solutions to meet WSC and University goals as well as solutions to internal challenges.

It is the director’s responsibility to maintain a strong communication pathway with leadership and to remain informed of current priorities.

Required Qualifications

Positions require a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and six (6) years of progressively responsible relevant experience, which has included at least three (3) years of managerial experience. A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Education and experience can be tailored to fit the specific organizational entity/directorial assignment.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in stormwater programs, permit implementation, stormwater education and/or stormwater research.

Demonstrated success in large-scale proposal writing, submission, and award.

Demonstrated ability to organize, coordinate, supervise, and review the work of others.

Evidence of ability to plan and execute a successful fund drive (i.e. responsibility for a project from conception to realization), and demonstrated success in face-to-face solicitations of gifts of $25,000 or more OR comparable experience. Comparable fundraising experience includes six (6) years of progressively responsible full-time sales, marketing, public relations, or advancement experience which has involved direct, face-to-face contact with clients, customers, prospective customers and members of the public, program oversight and management, clearly defined goals and objectives and a demonstrated track record of success may be substituted for the experience requirements.

Strong oral and written communications skills.

Ability to work effectively with persons of varying levels of responsibility and experience.

PhD in relevant field.

Legislative (state and/or federal) professional experience.

Major fund development success for educational institutions.

Innovative and entrepreneurial; driven; and committed to the success of the WSC.

Evidence of successful growth and development to bring a small organization to the next level of success and sustainability.

Well networked and connected within the stormwater arena.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

Applicants must include a resume and cover letter with the online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets the required qualifications and additional requirements.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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