Colorado Water Center Associate Director

Fort Collins, Colorado
Salary range for this position is $80,000 - $100,000 plus competitive benefits package.
Apr 20, 2022
May 20, 2022
Position Type
Director, Manager / Leader
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Organization Type

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The Colorado Water Center (CoWC) is one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes created by the Water Resources Act of 1964, collectively forming the National Institutes for Water Resources. As a division under Colorado State University’s (CSU) Office of Engagement and Extension (OEE), the Center aims to connect all water expertise in Colorado’s higher education system with research and education needs of the state’s water managers and users. The CoWC leads interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach activities to address complex and evolving water-related challenges in Colorado and beyond. The Center fosters collaboration among stakeholders, synthesizes objective water knowledge to inform decision-making, and inspires the next generation of water leaders. The Center is headquartered at CSU’s Fort Collins, CO campus, with specialists working throughout the state and partners across the country and world. The CoWC is currently developing a Western Water Policy Institute to be headquartered at the Hydro Building at the CSU Spur campus in Denver, CO (  Visit the CoWC website to learn more about our work

CSU, a prestigious Carnegie Tier 1 Very High Research Activity (R1 status) University, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff, and students. CSU enrolls approximately 33,000 on-campus undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest employer in northern Colorado with more than 7,400 faculty and staff. CSU is located 60 miles north of Denver in the beautiful city of Fort Collins, CO.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, May 9, 2022. Please submit the following to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcript of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number.
  • Special Required Documentation - Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all applicable “Required” and “Preferred” Job Qualifications. Please respond to each bullet point separately.

All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process. For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Joel Schneekloth at 970-345-0508 or


The Associate Director serves in a leadership position with the Colorado Water Center (CoWC), which fulfills an important role in higher education throughout Colorado and beyond. In this capacity, the Associate Director assists in leading and ensuring execution of CoWC’s research and education programs, outreach activities, communications, and operations to advance the Center’s mission and goals.

The Associate Director defines and implements water-related initiatives in concert with CoWC’s Director. The Associate Director works with the Center’s senior research scientists, CSU Extension water specialists, and water experts to advance knowledge and solutions to priority water challenges. They are responsible for bringing together interdisciplinary teams to successfully compete for external grant funding. The Associate Director has supervisory responsibility for the unit’s research and outreach program coordinators.


Program Leadership: 40%

  • Build teams of staff and partners to efficiently and successfully deliver programs and projects.
  • Lead interdisciplinary programs, initiatives and special projects that advance solutions to priority water challenges and support the efforts of CoWC’s senior research staff, regional water specialists, and campus partners.
  • Serve an active role in leading community education and engagement initiatives of the Center such as Poudre Runs Through It and Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado.
  • Continually tie programmatic milestones to CoWC’s mission and goals.
  • Ensure capacity and resources exist (either internal to CoWC or through partnerships) to achieve program goals.
  • Track ROI and use this information to communicate CoWC;s success to internal and external audiences and make recommendations for improvements.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Campus and Community Engagement: 35%

  • Integrate internal (within CSU) and external-facing (outside CSU) roles to establish partnerships and activities that capitalize on CoWC’s expertise and lead to ongoing dialogue and funding opportunities.
  • Build and foster connections within CSU, with Colorado’s institutions of higher education, and with other U.S. land-grant colleges and universities.
  • Serve as a point of contact for CSU water faculty, staff, and students.
  • Work collaboratively with local, regional, and state decision-makers, public and private organizations and agencies and the broader water community.
  • Co-lead CoWC’s Faculty Executive Committee and External Advisory Board.
  • Facilitate connections and conversations between campus and water center at CSU Spur.
  • Serve on internal and external committees and board that align with CoWC’s mission and goals.
  • Represent CoWC at water-related conferences, meetings, and events.  

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Leadership and Supervision: 25%

  • Advance CoWC’s strategic vision and implement identified priorities in partnership with CoWC’s Director.
  • Oversee the unit’s research and outreach program coordinators and communications staff.
  • Develop and strengthen internal infrastructure, operations and processes.
  • Serve on the CoWC Leadership Team and the Office of Engagement and Extension’s Expanded Leadership Team.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $100,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


  • Completed Master of Science degree in a water-related field. A minimum of five (5) years relevant experience working in a multi/inter disciplinary environment on water-related research, education, and outreach initiatives A minimum of five (5) years supervisory experience. Demonstrated understanding of Colorado and Western U.S. water systems, complex issues, and key stakeholders. Demonstrated experience working in collaboration with multiple entities leading the identification, development, and execution of water-related projects and programs. Willing and able to travel throughout Colorado, U.S., and internationally. Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.


  • Experience with bringing together diverse water stakeholders and perspectives with a demonstrated ability to encourage, facilitate, and develop consensus among opposing constituencies
  • Commitment to serving the state’s water community and ability to adapt to evolving needs and priorities.
  • Experience writing grant proposals that have led to successful acquisition of externally sponsored awards.
  • Experience with budget management/forecasting.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion, ability to work effectively with all constituencies in a diverse institution.
  • Knowledge of the Land-Grant Institution system.

BENEFITS: Colorado State University is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.      

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