Senior Director - Water, Energy & Infrastructure

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 14 May 2015
  • Arlington, Virginia, United States | Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • Closing on 13 June 2015

Job Description


Position Title: Senior Director, Water, Energy & Infrastructure

Location: Arlington, VA or Little Rock, AR

Group: Programs

Reports To: Senior Vice President, Programs


Winrock International is expanding its water, energy and infrastructure programs to create a new Group focused on this work. This group will hold responsibility for growing all water and energy infrastructure related services, with a particular focus on remote, rural areas. Areas of expertise for the group range from the policy, legal and regulatory services to the training and formation of governing agencies to engineering and construction services. The Senior Director of the WE&I Group will work to create strong linkages with global climate change, energy efficiency, public private partnerships and domestic opportunities. The SD WE&I is responsible for supervision and mentoring of staff, accountable for financial performance, meeting new business targets, revenue and indirect cost projections, as well as agreed project implementation results. The SD WE&I is a member of Winrock’s leadership team responsible for domestic and international programs related to Winrock’s Water and Clean Energy portfolio. This positon can be based in Arlington, VA or Little Rock, AR and will require approximately 30% travel.


The SD WE&I will lead a team responsible for managing and growing Winrock’s technical expertise in water, clean energy and infrastructure. The SD WE&I will be responsible for supervision and mentoring of staff, and accountable for financial performance of the unit, meeting new business targets, revenue and indirect cost projections, as well as project implementation agreements. The incumbent must have a strong background in contemporary energy and climate policy challenges and a solid knowledge of the global energy markets, as well as key water and energy players in government, international institutions, and the private sector. The incumbent must understand municipal infrastructure services for clean and drinking water, and should also understand multiple use services for water. Additionally, the incumbent must have hands on expertise implementing and managing energy and water projects in the field, and working directly with infrastructure governing agencies (though experience in both sectors in strongly desired, applicants with a strong leadership record in just one sector will also be considered). Experience in other infrastructure sectors would be considered beneficial but is not required. Ideally, the successful candidate will have experience working with or managing engineers and construction contractors, or will have hands-on background in engineering and construction. The Sr. Director must have a winning track record in managing innovative proposal teams, proven ability to secure funds for program work from diverse donors, and in creating and managing public private partnerships.

ESSENTIAL Responsibilities:

  • Direct Winrock’s long-term strategic planning for programs in water, sustainable energy and infrastructure.

  • Lead the day-to-day management of the WE&I Group, including programs, staff and new business; establish the lead role in launching new initiatives.

  • Ensure that the Group maintains relationships with current and potential funders and partners.

  • Prepare and effectively manage annual internal budgets.

  • Assure timely, results-oriented, and successful implementation of all Winrock programs and activities under purview of the Water, Energy & Infrastructure Group.

  • Provide leadership in identifying, developing, tracking and securing new business in these areas.

  • Work with the Winrock teams to ensure that targeted marketing and collateral materials, client focused offering presentations are prepared, in collaboration with Program, New Business Services and Communications teams.

  • In collaboration with Winrock colleagues strengthen relationships with key clients, organizations, associations and corporate partners to support the development of Water, Clean Energy and Infrastructure programs

  • Coordinate with other Winrock units and groups on strategic planning and developing new business opportunities for country specific programs in complementary areas.

  • Represent Winrock International in strategic and program matters related to programs in the group’s portfolio.

  • Ensures Winrock is represented at key internal or external events relevant to technical area.

  • Other relevant tasks as required.



Advanced degree in Environment, Energy, International Policy, Finance, Engineering or related field or MBA preferred


Minimum 15 years relevant experience in a similar position including strategic planning, project development, project implementation and administration and staff management. International experience is required. Experience working and living in a developing country is strongly preferred. Experience marketing and managing implementation of services related to water, clean energy, climate change, environmental performance, and/or corporate social responsibility is required.

Demonstrated intellectual leadership in the pursuit of innovative solutions to environmental problems and means of integrating clean energy, water and infrastructure concepts with other development programs — global climate change mitigation and adaptation (particularly voluntary emissions reductions and project offsets), payments for environmental services, water management and employment and enterprise development.


Skilled at securing new business including leading outreach to existing and new business clients; generating, qualifying and establishing new business leads; and, seeking and securing new business opportunities.

Ability to manage a diverse global staff and successfully implement and expand a Worldwide portfolio of large and complex programs in clean energy linked to development.

Strong business skills and experience including: basic accounting, business planning budgeting, and achieving tangible financial results are required; proven ability to manage discretionary financial resources in a cost-effective manner.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English required; capability in one other language is preferred; demonstrated ability to interact effectively and sensitively with a broad cross-section of internal staff and external donors and collaborators is essential.

Excellent analytical skills, including ability to understand concepts and issues and present them clearly. Ability to skills, including management of multiple tasks and conflict resolution.

Effective “hands-on” user of Microsoft Office software (especially Outlook, Word, and Excel)

Well-tested and strong interpersonal, team building, financial management and budgeting skills are essential.

Established networks with relevant organizations, associations and clients desired.

About the Organization

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.

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