WEF regularly recruits for skilled professionals in a variety of disciplines to develop, manage, and/or support WEF programs and initiatives.

WEF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age marital status, or physical handicap. We provide equal treatment in recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, training, and termination.

In 2015 WEF was recognized by the Washington Post as one of the top 150 workplaces in the greater metropolitan region.

At WEF we offer our employees an outstanding benefits package designed to assist the employee, and any eligible dependents, in meeting the financial burdens that can result from illness, disability, and death, and to help employees plan for retirement, deal with job-related or personal problems, and enhance job-related skills.

For additional information, please contact our Human Resources professionals at (703) 684-2444.

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WEF standard benefits include:

  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • PTO (Paid Time Off)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Training and Professional Development
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Legal Services
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Healthcare and Dependent Care)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
  • Parking / Transportation Subsidies
  • In-house Fitness Facility

WEF policies and benefits may be altered or changed without notice.

Executive Director

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Senior Director, Association Engagement

The Water Environment Federation is seeking a Senior Director of Association Engagement to direct and oversee the services, relationships, communications, goodwill and activities related to key volunteer leader groups. This position builds/maintains a proactive, innovative and high-functioning staff team that serves as a source of best-practice advice and assistance to Member Association (MA) staff and volunteer leaders. This position also ensures WEF retains a positive and successful partnership for mutual organizational success with our Member Associations, House of Delegates, Young Professionals and other key stakeholder groups. This position works closely with the membership department to collaborate on strategies and problem-resolution for MAs, serves as a compelling internal advocate for member and MA engagement and inspires members and others about the essential role of water professionals and the value of WEF and member association engagement. 

Principal Functions:

  • Leads and engages the Member Association (MA) engagement team in the creation and delivery of program strategies consistent with WEF strategic goals.
  • Creates and capitalizes on partnership opportunities with MAs and provides oversight for MA-related programs, services and activities.
  • Oversees the awards, students and young professionals’ programs, and the US Stockholm Junior Water Prize program.
  • Directs MA activities to include assigning staff liaisons, and also functions as a staff liaison to larger MAs; provides training to state/regional leadership groups; meets with leaders to resolve issues/recommend practices; coordinates any legal requests.
  • Facilitates communication between the WEF Board of Trustees (BOT) and the leadership of the MAs and the House of Delegates (HOD):
    • Prepares relevant messaging from WEF Board to MA leadership, board talking points for key WEF programs, etc.
    • Ensures there is active follow-up on Board Trip Reports from MA meetings
    • Oversees the timely maintenance of the Board of Trustees WEFCOM site related to trip reports, presentations, and related MA and HOD communications
    • Oversees the BOT/HOD/MA communication at annual meetings such as WEFTEC, WEFMAX meetings and the MA Leadership events.
  • Develops and manages budgets and implements operational strategies and contributes to organization Business Plan as part of a Strategic Management Team.
  •    Travels to and represents WEF at a variety of events and meetings such as WEFTEC, WEFMAX meetings, MA conferences, etc.
  • Prepares personal development plans with specific goals and timelines for staff accomplishments.
  • Ensures that important information from his/her management is shared with his/her employees and others as appropriate.


Experience which demonstrates that the applicant possesses the core competencies which WEF expects of all senior management, including ability and desire to:

  • Consistently exhibit high standards of personal behavior;
  • Demonstrate drive and purpose and an interest in learning and development;
  • Serve as a role model in demonstrating exemplary customer service and building effective relationships with MA staff and other leaders;
  • Create and deliver strategies and plans to maximize the adoption of new programs;
  • Encourage, support and develop linkages with cross-functional team members and stakeholders to understand and ensure adoption of improvements in organizational optimization and culture;
  • Provide coaching to assist staff to shape culture;
  • Be the team leader that recognizes and encourages the behaviors that contribute to teamwork;
  • Achieve mutually agreeable results when faced with conflict or crisis; approaches conflict as an opportunity for resolution; encourages people to express feelings as a step in clarifying issues and defusing conflict/crisis;
  • Demonstrate interest, skill, and success in getting groups to learn to work together;
  • Provide support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve our effectiveness.
  • Help others to successfully manage organizational change;
  • Facilitate groups or teams through the problem-solving and creative-thinking processes leading to the development and implementation of new approaches, systems, structures, and methods;
  • Take responsibility for one’s own or one’s employees’ performance, by setting clear goals and expectations, tracking progress against the goals, ensuring feedback, and addressing performance problems and issues promptly;
  • Acquire a significant body of knowledge and apply that knowledge appropriately as circumstances warrant;
  • Use sound judgment to make good decisions based on information gathered; assessing the importance, urgency and risk associated with each decision; and takes actions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.

Qualifications and Desired Attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 8 years’ experience in relevant and similar level positions in non-profit organization(s).
  • General knowledge of and experience in non-profit membership programs.
  • Knowledge of the water sector, water issues, and/or local government operations desirable.
  • Supervisory and program leadership experience.
  • Experience in coaching and developing staff and volunteer talent.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for volunteer-based leaders and members as essential partners.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to work collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective internal and also partner and member leader relationships.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines for multiple projects.
  • Computer proficiency with CMS experience preferred and an interest in keeping up with technologies and learn new skills in a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Must have a strong service orientation towards both internal and external clients.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, including the ability to help teams prioritize projects and balance multiple tasks with varied deadlines.
  • Willingness to learn and eventually inspire others about the work of water professionals, and to inspire water professionals to become engaged in association activities.
  • This person will work primarily in an office environment using standard office equipment.
  • Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential desirable, but not required.

Please submit resume with cover letter and salary requirements to WEFrecruitment@wef.org

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Development Editor

The Water Environment Federation is seeking a Development Editor to join its Journals and Books team. This position coordinates development of operations-related educational materials, including operator fact sheets; provides support for other technical publications in development; and ensures editorial quality control of copyedited and typeset pages.

Principal Functions:

  • Provides coordination of publications and educational materials according to Technical Practice Committee and/or WEF established procedures.
  • Provides editorial quality control of technical content according to APA and WEF style guidelines
  • Constructs final documents for production and publication.
  • Reviews copyedited drafts and page proofs.
  • Revises content as necessary for consistency, style, clarity, and reading-level appropriateness.
  • Collaborates with Journals and Books, Education and Training, Marketing/Creative Services, and other teams to ensure the release of high-quality products.
  • Completes tasks in a timely manner to meet agreed-upon deadlines.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree in Science or Arts
  • 2+ years editorial experience
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Excellent organizational skills, with capacity to manage multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced environment and prioritize effectively
  • Computer literate with Word and Adobe proficiency
  • Strong initiative, with ability to work independently, anticipate and troubleshoot problems, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to quickly learn and master new technologies and processes
  • Exceptional editorial skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

This person will work primarily in an office environment using standard office equipment.

Please submit resume with cover letter and salary requirements to WEFrecruitment@wef.org

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Web Services Coordinator

The Water Environment Federation is seeking a Web Services Coordinator to join its Web Services team. This position will serve as deputy to the Senior Manager of Web Services in the management and approval of content within the WEF online ecosystem. This position will be the liaison with internal stakeholders to create and assemble social media communications and identify areas of the websites in need of updating.

Principal Functions:

  • Review, revise, and approve staff content submissions to Wef.org and Weftec.org.
  • Advise WEF staff on website content submission process, as well as provide training in the use of proprietary content management system.
  • Ensure information on all websites, portals and related electronic communication vehicles meets established criteria for usability.
  • Find, diagnose, and fix website problems, including broken links (both internal and external), typographical errors, and formatting inconsistencies.
  • Perform additional duties as directed by the Senior Manager, Web Services.


  • Associates degree or equivalent college level study or related experience.
  • At least two years of professional website updating and content entry experience.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and content management systems; experience with Episerver CMS desirable.
  • Familiarity with website design concepts preferred.
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in MS Office applications.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments concurrently.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a collaborative spirit.
  • Excellent interpersonal, team building, and follow-through skills.
  • Ability to edit and use video and graphics to create content that fosters a connection with our audience through social media and other media platforms (i.e. on-air, YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) is a plus.
  • This person will work primarily in an office environment using standard office equipment.

Please submit resume with cover letter and salary requirements to WEFrecruitment@wef.org.

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