EXTERNAL AFFAIRS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
The WIFA is seeking to hire a leadership team to accomplish the WIFA’s responsibilities. The Assistant Director will be a key member of a goal-oriented, pragmatic, innovating team who provide expertise and leadership to drive economic growth and environmental benefits through supporting state, tribal, and local efforts to augment water supplies, conserve water, and modernize water infrastructure for all of Arizona.
The responsibilities of the WIFA have recently been greatly expanded through the enactment of SB 1740. The bold plan to secure Arizona’s water future provides over $1 billion to fund projects that seek to address water supply for the next 100 years. Historically, the WIFA’s primary responsibility has been to help Arizona’s communities construct and maintain their wastewater and drinking water infrastructure by providing them low-cost financing through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs. SB 1740 expanded the WIFA’s responsibilities to include a fundamental role in meeting the existing and future water supply needs of the State of Arizona through the Water Supply Development Fund (WSDF), the Long Term Augmentation Fund (LTWAF), and the Water Conservation Grant Fund (WCGF).
The ideal candidate will be someone who is focused on achieving results which are aligned with the larger picture of the organization and its strategic goals. We are looking for someone who is flexible in handling environmental and organizational conditions that change rapidly. Someone who understands that the work involves innovation and creativity in generating ideas for quick responses. This person will be comfortable putting an emphasis on building rapport and relationships with individuals and groups as this role requires an outgoing, poised and persuasive communication style. If you feel you have the ability to learn quickly and thoroughly while continually recognizing and adapting to changing conditions we want you to apply!
The External Affairs Assistant Director manages and directs strategic programs to increase awareness and cultivates support of WIFA’s role in Arizona’s water future. The duties of an External Affairs Assistant Director requires a high degree of decision-making focused on implementing practical, timely solutions. The job duties requires getting things done quickly and handling a variety of activities. Self-assurance, and the confidence to purposely drive toward results while constantly problem-solving and engaging the commitment of others is essential to be successful in this role. A leadership style that is firm and goal oriented, and yet motivates, trains, and engages others in an enthusiastic way is important. Major job responsibilities include:
• Responsible for WIFA’s brand health and external communications including, but not limited to, the legislature, the media, stakeholder groups, and the general public.
• Develop and implement a strategic plan for external engagement across multiple channels, with a wide range of audiences locally, statewide, regionally, and nationally.
• Hire and manage staff to serve as liaison(s) to the legislature able to proactively present WIFA’s interests and positions, as well as promptly respond to legislative issues.
• Develop and implement a strategic plan to advance WIFA’s legislative agenda.
• Hire and manage staff (or engage external contractors and consultants) to identify, build and sustain relationships with local, statewide and national media outlets and journalists to promote the agency and provide the public with reliable, accurate, and timely information.
• Hire and manage staff (or engage external contractors and consultants) to provide the public with clear and transparent access to WIFA’s programs, actions, and public meetings including through (but not limited to) website, social media, traditional media, in-person meetings, and public presentations.
• Responsible for prompt responses to public records requests.
• Provide creative leadership in the review, development and editing of videos, graphics, fliers, posters, public-service announcements and other products that support agency communication objectives.
• Provide potential WIFA project beneficiaries with clear understanding of WIFA resources and provide best-in-class customer service to WIFA project applicants.
• Knowledge of and experience with the Arizona legislative process.
• Skills in and have a track record of building relationships.
• Significant skills in and proven experience an external relations role.
• Ability to and experience in supervising employees as well as maintaining relationships with external consultants and contractors.
• Ability to and experience in developing a new organization.
• Experience as brand health and external communications consultation in a government setting (state agency preferred).
• Experience communicating with the legislature, the media, stakeholder groups, and the general public.
• Possess a Master's or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university.
• Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver license record checks, required to maintain acceptable driving records and complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11)
• Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver license appropriate to the assignment.
The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
• Health and dental insurance
• Retirement plan
• Sick leave
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
• Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Cindy Soto at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.