Executive Director – Ocean Sewage Alliance


The Ocean Sewage Alliance (OSA) is a project of Multiplier. We are a diverse collective of organizations and academic partners committed to reducing the threat of ocean wastewater pollution and increasing the health and wellbeing of both humans and nature. The OSA launched in June 2021, includes ~thirty diverse partners across conservation, academic, sanitation and private sectors as well as, established working groups.

The goals of the alliance include:

  1. Build an evidence-based case to drive action and support decision making to reduce wastewater pollution.
  2. Catalyze and support cross-sector collaboration.
  3. Be a united voice that encourages and supports action.
  4. Serve as a knowledge and learning hub to support successful implementation of solutions.
  5. Expand the donor network and funding to support evidence-based actions that reduce ocean wastewater pollution.


The Executive Director is critical to leading and growing this new global alliance, and ensuring its impact and long-term future. This position is essential to bringing together the many institutions – universities, cities, NGOs, utilities, funders, financiers, businesses and others – that are engaged on the issue of ocean wastewater pollution, but not yet working together.  With a diversity of cross-sector partners, a burgeoning online knowledge hub, an ongoing awareness building campaign and social media presence, and a growing pipeline of interested potential new member organizations, OSA is at an exciting point in establishing itself as a solutions-driven network of experts, cross-sector collaborators and as a convenor for solution exchange and driving action. The Executive Director, with the support of a Network Coordinator, the OSA Steering Committee and Multiplier, will leverage this growing momentum by establishing new partnerships, systems and structures to strengthen and grow the OSA, fundraising for the needs of the OSA, and serving as the primary face of the OSA.


You are passionate about OSA’s mission and are ready to get  your hands dirty in the issue of wastewater pollution. You are an accomplished fundraiser with experience attracting new donors and diverse partnerships. You are a professional juggler – able to manage multiple, diverse work streams with attention to detail while balancing competing priorities, meeting deadlines and delivering quality results.

You are an excellent and compelling communicator and spokesperson, comfortable driving a diverse cross-sector network toward action. You are an inspiring ambassador with demonstrated experience leading a start-up or entrepreneurial environment, working towards organizational growth and driving a path forward in uncertain conditions without upper management.

With an eye toward diversity, equity and inclusion, you have exposure to various cultures, geographies, nationalities, ethnicities and points of view, appreciating the basis of each person’s worldview. You have exposure to various economic sectors in order to appreciate the vastness of experience and expertise. You demonstrate respect for involvement with a diversity of people, communities and cultures, with awareness and sensitivity to their economic realities.


Alliance Development and Leadership

  • Lead development and implementation of the OSA’s growth plan, including partner recruitment, staffing, communications, fundraising and working groups
    • Plan and facilitate monthly Steering Committee meetings and manage Steering Committee member recruitment
    • Facilitate and oversee planning of OSA quarterly meetings
    • Oversee coordination of working groups and their engagement with the Steering Committee
    • Work with OSA partners to develop, refine and implement structure and governance vision, strategy and priorities

Fundraising and Budget Management (in collaboration with Multiplier)

  • Manage budget and cash flow to support investments in strategic initiatives that support impact and growth, ensuring there is sufficient, ongoing funding for project expenses
  • Identify and cultivate new donors, manage funder relationships
  • Write proposals for funding opportunities
  • Manage grant reporting

Administrative Management

  • Serve as the project liaison to Multiplier staff regarding expenses and contracts; keep Multiplier’s Executive Director and the OSA Steering Committee abreast to critical changes in the OSA’s programming, staffing and funding

Communications and External Relations

  • Develop content and presentation materials in collaboration with OSA partners (blogs, white papers, press releases, website copy, presentation slides)
  • Summarize and translate technical concepts and resources to different audiences with support of OSA partners
  • Represent the OSA to project stakeholders, funders and the public at speaking engagements, meetings and events


Key to success in this position is the ability to build a network of funders and partners. Many other items are listed below and we recognize that each applicant for this role will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences and background to this position. We welcome diverse experiences and perspectives in our applicant pool, and will be looking for candidates who possess many, but not necessarily all, of the following qualifications and experience:

  • 7-10 years of demonstrated success as a fundraiser, including donor cultivation, proposal development, and working with diverse funding sources
  • Experience building a new organization, program, or project from inception or an early stage
  • Experience managing a steering committee, advisors or board of directors
  • Excellent collaboration skills across sectors of industry and cultural norms with ability to work with international partners, diverse teams and across organizations and coalitions
  • Comfortable with daily navigation across a variety of roles and responsibilities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with a variety of audiences
  • Comfortable with media and external communications
  • Experience with:
    • campaign leadership and strategy development
    • public speaking and event management
    • financial oversight and management of program budgets
    • supervising one or more direct reports
    • desk research skills (e.g., synthesizing existing documents, preparing written reports, etc.)
    • capacity development and training
    • partnership development and outreach
  • Experience with and/or education in any of the following: wastewater management, sanitation, water pollution, coastal and marine conservation, natural resource management and/or policy
  • Ability to lead through informal or indirect influence
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • A proactive and flexible demeanor
  • Authorized to work in the United States. Location flexible, but must be able to receive payment from a United States address.


Multiplier provides a comprehensive compensation package, including competitive salary ($130,000 to $150,000, depending on experience), excellent medical and dental benefits, retirement savings and generous vacation and sick leave policy.


  • Flexible working arrangements and work schedule with occasional ability to work outside U.S. business hours.
  • As conditions allow, travel to conferences, events and fundraising-related meetings will be required.
  • The Executive Director will be supported by the OSA Steering Committee, Multiplier and the Network Coordinator.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with review of applications starting the week of October 16th. Please submit your cover letter and resume in a single document to “careers@oceansewagealliance.org“ with “OSA/Executive Director” in the subject line explaining your interest in this position. Please describe your relevant experience and qualifications, and include salary requirements. We respectfully request no follow-up calls or emails.

Multiplier and Ocean Sewage Alliance:

  • celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.
  • are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment.
  • prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit based factor.

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