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6 Dec 2021

Full-Time CEO

Water for People – Posted by - Denver, Colorado, United States

Job Description


Organization:  Water For People
Location:  Denver, CO

Type/Industry:  Nonprofit Consulting/Think Tank Firms

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Water For People is an international non-profit organization working to help solve the global water and sanitation crisis – permanently. Around the world, 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed water services, and 4.2 billion people—more than a half of the planet’s population—lack access to safely managed sanitation, which is often simply access to a toilet. Water For People’s strategy (called Destination 2030) was developed with alliance partner IRC. The 2030 strategic goals are to serve 20 million people locally, reach 200 million people nationally, and influence global change to close the gap for the 2 billion people globally still without adequate services.


Water For People brings together local entrepreneurs, civil society, governments, and communities to establish creative, collaborative solutions that allow people to build and maintain their own reliable and safe water systems and sanitation providers. The road to quality and lasting water and sanitation services for “Everyone Forever” – every family, clinic, and school, forever – is challenging. For this reason, the organization is investing in infrastructure while also building institutions and markets to operate and maintain the infrastructure. This investment is critical to long-term success and social progress. Health, education, and economic prosperity are possible when essential services are in place. Water For People’s impact continues to ripple out on a national and global scale from the districts where the organization is working.




The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) leads the implementation of the global vision and mission of Water For People with the support of an experienced and talented Global Leadership Team (Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Growth Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Regional Director – Africa, Regional Director – Latin America, and Country Director – India).


The CEO has the overall strategic and operational oversight responsibility for Water For People’s employees, programs, strategy development, and fulfillment of its mission while fostering a positive organizational culture. As a nonvoting Board member, the CEO frequently interacts with the Board of Directors, actively engaging them in governance and strategically deploying their strengths and interests in the highest support of the organization. In addition, the CEO is the main external face of the organization and actively involved in sharing the Water For People story externally and interacting with donors, partners, and other key stakeholders.









Nicole Kamaleson, Managing Director Global Practice, and Sarah Avendaño, Vice President and Senior Search Associate of Koya Partners, have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials here: . All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


WATER FOR PEOPLE is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to creating a culture of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our workplace. Water for people strives to create and maintain a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of race, ethnicity, ancestry, tribal affiliation, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, veteran status, disability, socioeconomic class, educational attainment, parental status, genetic information, political affiliation or other social identities is critical to our ability to have a world where every person has access to reliable and safe water and sanitation services.


Our commitment ensures that we:

  • Have a different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating each other with dignity, respect, and appreciation enabling us to feel welcome, supported, and valued.
  • Effectively connect, communicate, and build long-lasting relationships with stakeholders within our diverse communities.
  • Have diversity of thought, perspectives, backgrounds, identities, and talents that will support our mission to develop high-quality drinking water and sanitation services are available to Everyone Forever.


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Job Types: Full-Time.

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