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Water Policy Advisor to the Mayor's Sustainability Office

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

When Liberty Hill began in 1976, it was a daring new foundation that turned philanthropy on its head. Today it is a national leader in social justice. Organizing and advocacy powered by Liberty Hill has changed national policies, launched social change movements, transformed neighborhoods, and nurtured hundreds of community leaders who respond to the experience of injustice by fighting for their rights.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Develop and implement recommendations to support Mayor Garcetti's Sustainability Office on ambitious water conservation, local water reliability and green infrastructure goals as set forth in Executive Directive #5 and the Sustainable City pLAn. Provide support to the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) and Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer (DCSO) to drive better coordination between City agencies to meet local water and green infrastructure goals through the Mayor's Water Cabinet and Tree Committee. Provide technical and grantsmanship support, including funding from Prop 1 and other possible sources. Coordinate a bold public education campaign with City agencies and other stakeholders to reduce water use, and promote public awareness around the need for increasing local water supply and reducing imported water while supporting native landscapes and an increased tree canopy.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

COORDINATION AND SUPPORT OF KEY STAKEHOLDERS
  • Coordinate and support the Co-Chairs of the Mayor's Water Cabinet, including agenda setting, reporting, water conservation dashboard, follow up, etc.
  • Work with key city departments to deploy strategies and develop programs that reduce water use, increase recycled water use and increase stormwater capture that yields multiple benefits.
  • Manage municipal water conservation through actions identified in the Mayor's Executive Directive #5 and Water Cabinet discussions.
  • Support and/or create public engagement partnerships and opportunities (e.g., low income home owner turf replacement program, drought tolerant landscape design competition, etc).
  • Liaison to community groups, city departments, local civic officers, and elected officials to foster partnerships that will support the City's local water and water conservation goals.
RESEARCH AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT
  • Develop strategies to advance the City's local water goals including: One Water planning, green infrastructure policies, funding mechanisms for multi-benefit stormwater projects, leveraging other local and state funding sources to include green infrastructure, stormwater capture and infiltration, DPR, utilizing existing water reclamation facilities as water supply, and further reducing pollutant loads to impaired receiving waters.
  • Develop and implement policies and projects that create an integrated water strategy for Los Angeles that ensures a safe, secure and reliable drinking water supply and system that achieve the Mayor's goals in ED #5 and the pLAn.
METRIC DEVELOPMENT, MONITORING AND EVALUATION
  • Track and demonstrate progress toward key outcomes included in the Sustainable City pLAn, including: tracking and increasing beneficial use and other recycled water uses (including selling supply to adjacent agencies) as supply; 50% reduction in imported water by 2025; and 50% local water supply by 2035.
  • Track and analyze related water legislation at the federal, state, and local level (including Prop 1 rule making, related legislation, budget requests, etc.)
  • Work with the Chief Data Officer to track and report water use and stormwater capture by the City and the public to drive conservation and local water goals.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Knowledge of:

  • Water conservation and water sustainability best practices
  • Sophisticated understanding of legal, public finance, and infrastructure constraints and opportunities
  • Strong grasp of Mayor's Sustainability pLAn principles and goals
  • Strong grasp and relationships with City agencies involved in water management
  • Strong grasp of current legislation that impacts water policy in the City of LA
  • Principles of working effectively with diverse and broad-based stakeholders, especially in low-income communities of color.

Skills in:

  • Legal, policy and public finance research
  • Strategy development and execution
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Problem analysis and resolution
  • Oral and written communication
  • Public speaking and presentation delivery
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Time management and delegation

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Law or graduate degree with environmental policy expertise from an accredited college or university.
  • Five years' progressively responsible experience, preferably in environmental research and policy, with special emphasis on water management.
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills
  • Computer proficiency in Windows operating system and MS Office software including Word and Excel. Ability to operate Internet applications and email as well as external vendors' and proprietary software programs.
  • Must have a valid California Driver's License.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Manual dexterity for operating a computer keyboard, facsimile machine, photocopier, calculator and or ten-key adding machine
  • Ability to sit at a desk or conference table for extended periods of time within an office environment.
  • Agility to undertake event set-up and take-down.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds, load/unload vehicles and support event staff.
  • Ability to drive own vehicle with proper California driver's license and insurance requirements

COMPENSATION

  • Liberty Hill offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and 401K plans, as well as vacation and holiday benefits.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION

  • The application deadline will close on Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Liberty Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to having the rich diversity of our community reflected in our workforce.

Liberty Hill promotes equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. In doing so, we comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations to ensure an equal employment opportunity for everyone. We don't discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, military service obligation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. Our policies and personnel practices are intended to ensure that all of us are treated equally with regard to recruiting, hiring, and advancement, and our decisions on employment are made to further the principle of equal employment opportunities for employees.

Applicants should send a resume, salary requirements and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to Rania Shkairat, Senior Manager of Human Resources & Organizational Development, Liberty Hill Foundation, at rshkairat@libertyhill.org. Only applicants whose resumes are selected for an interview will be contacted.