The Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) seeks a Director of its new Safe Drinking Water Research and Policy Program, an initiative launched a year ago that builds on NEMWI’s long-standing Toward Sustainable Water Information Program. The position is the principal scientist and director of NEMWI’s research on safe drinking water, including lead in drinking water, as well as on broader water quality and water monitoring research and policy analysis.
Program Overview: The Safe Drinking Water Research and Policy Program is a scientific research and policy analysis program that is developing into a regional information resource. Consistent with NEMWI’s mission as nonpartisan and evidence-based, the program has the standing to share its work with policy-makers across party lines. The program has three parts:
To conduct scientific studies and policy analysis to provide data to inform the EPA’s Lead and Cooper Rule revision process and policy-making relating to other toxins in drinking water.
To continue long-standing scientific research and policy analysis relating to water quality.
To provide policy education and outreach to ensure that relevant scientific information and policy analysis relating to drinking water and water quality are available to policy-makers.
Position Responsibilities: The position encompasses several roles critical to NEMWI’s safe drinking water and water quality programs:
To serve as the lead scientist coordinating and supervising research relating to safe drinking water including lead in drinking water and water quality in general.
To direct attention to exploring remedies and providing policy analysis relating to safe drinking water and lead in drinking water.
To provide expertise as a critical component of policy education and outreach utilizing the program’s research and policy analysis to support the policy-making process.
To support the effort to expand the safe drinking water and water quality programs, including seeking new financial support to resource the growing program.
Qualifications: Candidates should have a baccalaureate and advanced degree(s) in environmental science and/or environmental engineering with an emphasis on water quality; three or more years of experience as a scientist conducting water quality research; excellent writing and communications skills; and a deep commitment to advancing research and policy in support of water quality
Additional Salary Information: There is an excellent fringe benefits program.
The Northeast-Midwest Institute is a Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan research and public policy organization committed to economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for the 18 states of the northeast and midwest. As a policy-focused institute with a 40-year track record of producing first-rate scientific esearch, developing policy options, and building and suppor...ting regional coalitions, the Institute has unique standing in that it was founded in response to calls by the Congressional Northeast-Midwest Coalition for a stable and trusted source of regional data and research as well as policy options and analysis. It is precisely these roots and relationships on Capitol Hill which now position the Northeast-Midwest Institute to chart a future that encompasses an expanded agenda of critical regional issues and to embark on a strategy to achieve increased impact.
There are three dimensions to the Northeast-Midwest Institute’s work:
• Conducting scientific and policy research to build knowledge that informs the policy-making process focused on the critical problems and issues confronting the northeast and midwest, especially relating to economic vitality, including cities, vacant and abandoned property, manufacturing, and employment, as well as the environment, conservation, and sustainability, including the Great Lakes and riverways, invasive species, agriculture, water quality, and safe drinking water.
• Developing policy options, incubating new policy directions, and analyzing the implications of alternate policy directions, all in service to addressing the critical problems and issues confronting the northeast and midwest, with the ultimate objective of advancing a sound and effective policy agenda for the region and the nation.
• Developing and providing policy education to the Congressional coalitions and task forces committed to the regional agenda of the northeast and midwest, and extending to the larger network of states and other governmental entities, committed organizations, and informed and active individuals, creating the foundation and capacity for developing and enacting sound policy directions for the region and when appropriate for the nation as well.
The research and policy education agenda at the Northeast-Midwest Institute currently includes work related to:
• Legacy cities.
• Vacant and abandoned properties.
• Water quality.
• Safe drinking water and lead in drinking water.
• The Great Lakes and invasive species.
• The Mississippi River and agricultural management practices.
• The Susquehanna River and shale gas development.
• Good government and governmental reform.