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Executive Director – Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. The Ohio RiQualiver Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) is a water pollution control agency established in 1948 by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Compact (“Compact”) to control and abate pollution in the Ohio River Basin.


The Executive Director oversees ORSANCO’s strategic vision and leading decisions to strengthen its role under its compact. Duties include collaborating with member states and federal government, implementing strategic plans for the Commission’s development and managing relationships with stakeholders. The position includes, but is not limited to, the following duties:

  • Promotes the Commission’s mission, goals, values, strategic plan and the Compact in all aspects of his/her work.
  • Directs the activities of a 23-person technical and professional staff responsible for the development, coordination, and promotion of policies and standards for water quality in the Ohio River Basin.
  • Develops and maintains a strong working relationship with Commissioners through conference calls, personal meetings, and Commission meetings.
  • Ensures good internal communication among ORSANCO staff with the goal of ensuring ORSANCO provides a great working environment with a motivated staff team.
  • Cultivates working relationships with state and federal legislators, officials of member jurisdictions; community and business leaders; other river basin commissions and relevant professional organizations.
  • Provides a strong financial vision for the organization to facilitate the implementation of the Compact.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work with the Ohio River Basin Congressional Delegation to ensure ORSANCO’s Mission is achieved.
  • Gives speeches and presentations on behalf of ORSANCO at various meetings and conferences.


Desired Work Experience and Education

  • Progressively responsible experience in the field of water quality management preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years as the top executive or senior level manager in a public sector agency or a private organization or association with the primary focus of natural resources utilization and protection, preferably one involved with water quality or water resources management preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of public administration, civil or environmental engineering, hydrogeology, or related environmental science experience preferred.
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, engineering or related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience and ability to manage or administer government affairs, grant writing and fundraising efforts preferred.     

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