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Executive Director

Pure Water for the World, Inc.

Organization Profile & Vision


Pure Water for the World, Inc. (PWW) is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization that currently operates in the Caribbean and Central America delivering sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene solutions to children and families living in underserved communities. This year, we celebrate our 20th anniversary of making a difference in the world.

PWW has grown from a small Rotary Club project, serving people in El Salvador, to an engaged player in the global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) community. Today, PWW has a budget in excess of $1,000,000 annually, and 40 employees located in the U.S., Honduras, and Haiti.

PWW’s programs are driven by our vision and mission.  We envision a world in which all people have safe water, proper sanitation, and the knowledge to sustain it for future generations. Our mission is to improve lives by empowering people with access to life’s most basic necessities - safe water and sanitation. We accomplish our mission by partnering with people in underserved communities and providing these communities with the tools and education to establish and sustain safe water, hygiene, and sanitation programs, effectively changing behaviors.

In Fiscal Year 2018, PWW reached more than 14,000 people with safe water, sanitation and hygiene programs. Since its inception, PWW has reached more than 750,000 people in Haiti and Central America.

The following highlights key activities that PWW has undertaken:

  • PWW has supplied schools, households, and entire communities with clean water systems and latrines; and has empowered families, teachers, medical personnel and others with critical education regarding healthy hygiene practices.
  • PWW has been an implementation partner of leading international NGOs, such as Save the Children and UNICEF.
  • PWW has developed a successful program for WASH training and consulting services.
  • PWW has received construction grants for community water systems.
  • PWW team members have made presentations at global WASH conferences and have led and published technical studies.
  • PWW Country Directors are actively engaged with local, regional and national government and international actors to support the development and implementation of country-specific WASH initiatives.

PWW is focused on growing and expanding our current work in the countries where we now operate as well as reaching additional Central American and Caribbean countries. We have already begun some expansion by virtue of our WASH training and consulting programs in countries where we are not implementers.  We see much potential to continue this growth and reach of our WASH program through our training portfolio.

The PWW Board of Directors is looking for an Executive Director who will help lead the organization in expanding its impact and effectiveness. The organization is well poised for expansion, having established a successful model for helping communities create sustainable WASH projects.

PWW’s website tells a great deal more about the organization’s story – what we do, who we are, and what we have achieved.

Organizational Structure

The Executive Director of Pure Water for the World oversees an operation with a total staff of approximately 40 people who live and work in the United States (primarily in Rutland, Vermont), Haiti and Honduras.  Most of the staff is currently located in either Haiti or Honduras. The international staff delivers programs, in varying locations, across each country. The Haiti and Honduras teams are each managed by a locally based Country Director.  The Country Directors report to the Executive Director.

The US-based staff, reporting to the Executive Director, is comprised of a Deputy Director, an Office Manager, and an Office Assistant. PWW also employs contract staff for grant writing, marketing communications, and other specialized services. 

PWW has a strong, supportive Board of Directors that is well connected, diverse and experienced in the relevant WASH technologies and needs in the targeted geographies. The Board has the ultimate responsibility for the organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board and is the face and voice of the organization.  The Board oversees PWW and approves the annual budget, major administrative policies and fundraising initiatives, financial decisions and strategic directions - working in collaboration with the Executive Director. The Board looks to the Executive Director for leadership, guidance, fundraising, and the overall operational responsibility for PWW.

Executive Director Job Description

Reports to: Pure Water for the World Board of Directors

Primary Administrative Office: Rutland, Vermont

Status: Salaried, full-time position

Desired Start Date:   Dec. 2, 2019 or earlier

Organization:  Pure Water for the World, Inc. (PWW) is a Vermont-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to improve lives by empowering people with access to life’s most basic necessities: safe water and sanitation.  We do this by partnering with underserved communities in Central America and the Caribbean, providing the education and tools to establish sustainable safe water, hygiene and sanitation programs.  PWW’s staff is based in the United States, Haiti, and Honduras.

Job Summary: The Executive Director (ED), working with the Board of Directors, has overall leadership responsibility for achieving the organization’s mission and strategic goals and administration of the programs, staff, and budget. The Executive Director is the primary representative of PWW, with the national and global WASH community, and directs the relationships with key PWW stakeholders, including funders. We are looking for a dynamic leader who can represent the organization on the global stage.  The Executive Director should be a leader, a communicator, and proactive strategic thinker who believes in the mission of PWW and wants to significantly grow PWW’s funding and what it does so that our programs can reach more people.

Salary commensurate with experience and other qualifications. 

Pure Water for the World is headquartered in Rutland, Vermont and the Executive Director position is based there. Ideally, the new Executive Director will be located in or close to the Rutland area.


Professional Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Five or more years of experience in managing a business or organization with responsibilities for budget development and implementation, as well as program and personnel management and oversight.
  • Experience or education related to nonprofit management, international development, humanitarian assistance, and/or WASH issues, would be helpful.
  • Some direct experience with how nonprofit organizations work, including the regulations, expectations and requirements that nonprofits face in their operations, would be helpful.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership experience.
  • Ability to interface and engage successfully with diverse donor organizations and volunteers.  
  • Ability to effectively fundraise and secure grants.
  • Experience in applying entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to strategy development.
  • Previous experience in managing geographically dispersed, multicultural and/or international teams would be helpful.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with senior-level business or nonprofit organization leaders, such as a Board of Directors.
  • Ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures to convey PWW’s mission and strategic future.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
  • National and international travel is required.  Must maintain a valid passport.
  • U.S. citizenship or a valid green card to work in the United States.
  • Spanish, French, and/or Creole language skills would be helpful.

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Oversee the development of fundraising and resource mobilization programs with specific targets in high-yield areas to enable PWW to grow and attain its strategic goals.
  • Strengthen PWW’s presence among and relationships with U.S. and global WASH organizations to garner new opportunities for PWW.
  • Ensure an effective Communications plan, aligned with PWW’s mission and goals.
  • Oversee and support execution of donor and volunteer cultivation efforts.
  • Effectively communicate program results with an emphasis on successes, lessons learned, and best practices to create a model for replication by other organizations.

Strategic Planning & New Business:

  • Provide leadership to reach PWW’s strategic goals, as outlined its established and updated dynamic 5-year Strategic Plan which is developed with and approved by the Board.
  • Actively engage in reviews and updates of the Strategic Plan.  
  • Lead efforts to keep strategic goals up-to-date and in alignment with PWW’s mission.
  • Provide direction to PWW, and advise the Board of Directors, on WASH trends and opportunities that require changes to the Strategic Plan and/or PWW’s programs.
  • Build partnerships, as appropriate, with WASH sector leaders and funders to broaden PWW’s programs and community impact as well as develop new opportunities.

Financial and Organizational Management:

  • Maintain high quality accounting, finance, and administrative management; ensure systems are compliant with all relevant local and national laws and regulations where PWW operates.
  • Prepare a proposed annual budget to submit to the Board, with regular budget updates, that accurately reflect the financial condition of PWW.
  • Ensure PWW’s staff applies program excellence, strong project management skills, and rigorous program assessments.
  • Supervise, coach, and develop PWW’s experienced and high-performing staff.   Hire and discharge staff, except for some key positions that require Board review and approval.

Board Governance:

  • Communicate effectively with the Board, providing timely and accurate information for the Board to undertake its responsibilities and make decisions.
  • Support the development and engagement of a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee. 
  • Support and help plan Board meetings.
How to Apply:

Please email a letter of interest, resumé, and three employment references to: by October 1, 2019, with Executive Director Position as the subject line.  Please direct any questions about the position to the same address.

Pure Water for the World, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Location:

Rutland, VT

Date Added: August 21, 2019

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