EarthEcho Water Challenge Manager

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Sunday, January 5, 2020, 12:00am



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POSITION: EarthEcho Water Challenge Manager
STATUS: Exempt, Full time
SUPERVISOR: Senior Director of Programs
EarthEcho International is a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., famous son of the legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. EarthEcho International’s mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future. Visit for more information.
The EarthEcho Water Challenge, formerly known as the World Water Monitoring Challenge, runs annually from March 22 (the United Nations World Water Day) through December and equips anyone to protect the water resources we depend on every day. The Water Challenge builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local waterbodies:

Test – It all starts by understanding the state of water quality in your community via a simple test kit.

Share - Enter your data online to our international database and share your story and photos with us on social media using @EarthEcho and #MonitorWater. By doing so, you join a network of citizens from more than 146 countries and become part of the solution for clean water and healthy waterways worldwide.

Protect – Armed with your test results, you can use the information and resources available at to take action and protect the vital water resources in your community.

EarthEcho is seeking a self-directed employee to manage all aspects of Water Challenge:

Lead the ongoing development, coordination, and implementation of the Water Challenge program globally to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources.

Grow participation year over year to reach 1 million participants.

Work closely with EarthEcho’s Associate Director of Youth Engagement and Partnerships and Senior Director of Programs to ensure consistency with the organization’s youth program offerings.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Establish new partnerships with municipalities, corporations, NGOs, and other organizations willing to promote or implement the Water Challenge within their organizations’ programmatic offerings, both nationally and internationally.

Develop and manage against annual Water Challenge work plan and program budget.

Work closely with EarthEcho’s Associate Director of Youth Engagement and Partnerships to authentically engage EarthEcho’s direct-to-youth programs in the EarthEcho Water Challenge.

Work closely with EarthEcho’s Associate Director of Youth Engagement and Partnerships to maintain and grow relationships with program sponsors as part of their ongoing employee engagement initiatives. This includes:

conducting in-person or virtual trainings on an on-demand basis;

facilitating a limited number of events in sponsor target communities;

maintaining ongoing relationships with sponsor employees at participating sites to provide support;

establishing relationships with schools/youth-serving organizations in target sponsor communities;

assisting sponsors’ employees in coordinating employee engagement events;

providing template educational resources, guides, and activity ideas to support employee volunteers leading Water Challenge events; and

maintaining ongoing communication with sponsor liaisons.

Serve as primary point of contact for existing partners and participants by maintaining regular and ongoing communications systems to ensure that participants are uploading data and sharing program stories.

Collaborate with the EarthEcho team and Water Challenge partners and sponsors to organize a signature, in-person event for World Water Day (March 22) and World Water Monitoring Day (September 18)

Seek and manage promotional opportunities (conferences, etc.), and represent EarthEcho at those events.

Serve as primary liaison to LaMotte—the Water Challenge test kit distributor—and oversee all test kit fulfillment needs.

Manage the part-time EarthEcho employee/consultant handling daily test kit fulfillment.

Work with Senior Director of Programs to create or adapt program resources (lesson plans, action guides, videos, etc.) to aid growing participation needs.

Manage the maintenance of the Water Challenge website, mobile technologies, and program database. Serve as primary liaison to mWater, who maintains the Water Challenge database and mobile app.

Create Water Challenge-related content for social media, website, and marketing materials, as needed, in collaboration with EarthEcho’s Communications Coordinator.

Contribute to the creation and distribution of the EarthEcho Annual Report.

Respond to the numerous general inquiries re: Water Challenge.

The EarthEcho Water Challenge Manager should possess the following background and skills:

B.A. in environmental management, communications, or related field.

Minimum 3 years’ experience managing environmental programs with a focus on external partner communications. Please note that this is an administrative management position, not a field education position.

Strong technology skills—must be able to adroitly communicate with technology providers to troubleshoot issues and improve existing offerings.

Excellent oral and written communication skills. This job requires quite a bit of writing – everything from social media posts to white papers.

High energy, positive attitude, flexibility, and a high degree of initiative.

Comfort working remotely; comfort working both independently and within a team structure.

Ability to travel regularly (20%) and internationally (passport required).

Verbal and written Spanish proficiency preferred.


EarthEcho International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary is in the low $40,000 range, commensurate with experience. EarthEcho offers a competitive benefits package.


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TO APPLY Please send cover letter and resume to by January 5, 2020.

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