Water Leaders Application Information Page

WEco will be accepting applications for the 2019 program between November 15, 2018 and January 7, 2019. Acceptance into the program will be announced on February 15th. The 2019 program schedule is outlined below, and attendance at all program days is mandatory.

2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Session 1: April 11-12, Pueblo
Session 2: May 20-21, Redstone
Session 3: June 24-25, Steamboat
Session 4: August 8-9, Denver (Graduation celebration with family, friends and colleagues on August 9)

Interested, but want to know more?

Please listen to our informational webinar 
Download the PDF of the slides from the webinar here

Application Materials

To be considered for the program you must submit a completed application by January 7, 2019. A completed application will include the following:

1) Completed online application: The application for the program will need to be completed on Survey Monkey (Link to
application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019WLApp) To preview the entire application, download the PDF here.

2) Two references: You are required to provide two letters of recommendation by January 7. Those letters should be
emailed to Stephanie Scott at stephanie@wateredco.org by the references, not the applicant. Please note that according to Water Education Colorado’s policy, our board members may not submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of any applicant.

3) Tuition Payment Letter of Intent: If a sponsoring organization(s) or your employer will be paying all or a portion of your tuition, then
you must submit a letter from that sponsoring agency to demonstrate how payment will be made. If you are paying for the program
personally we do not need this letter to complete your application. These letters should be emailed to Stephanie Scott at
stephanie@wateredco.org by January 7, 2019. Payment plans can be arranged if needed after you are accepted
into the program.

Program admission is based on competitive criteria in order to maximize each participant’s experience and ensure program diversity. Please note that a maximum of one participant per employer will be admitted each year. Our Water Leaders admissions committee reviews and selects participants through a multi-step scoring process that considers competitive criteria, including demonstrated commitment to Colorado water, leadership potential, program readiness, and geographic and professional diversity.

Minimum Requirements to Apply 

Proven Past Commitment: The Water Leaders Program is designed for individuals who have already begun to establish themselves in the water profession. Applicants should have at least three years of work experience in a water-related field, but there is no upper-year limit. Water Leaders will benefit professionals who have spent any duration in the water profession beyond three years.

Proven Future Commitment:
 Applicants should identify a desire to continue their work in the water profession and demonstrate a commitment to help grow and advance the water community in Colorado by providing leadership and expertise.

Proven “Sphere of Influence”:
 WEco defines Sphere of Influence as an individual’s power to impact the water community in Colorado either by managing staff/projects/programs, working closely with a network of external partners outside of your organization, working to influence high-level decision makers, or other job-related connections that elevate your voice in the water community.

Colorado Focused: Applicants should be Colorado residents who work primarily in Colorado

Full Engagement: Participants must be ready to engage deeply in the Water Leaders process including by honestly answering self-assessments, accepting critical feedback from class participants and peer networks, investing time in personal reflection, and being willing to adapt and change personal and professional interactions to become a more efficient and effective leader.

100% Commitment: Participants are expected to be fully invested in the program through attendance at all in-person training sessions, participation in all coaching and cohort calls/meetings, and completion of all inter-session assessments and homework assignments.

Program Highlights

• Uniquely flexible for water professionals with all experience levels
• Core focus on individual growth and leadership development
• Extensive training in managing effectively, navigating conflict and diversity, leading self and others, and problem-solving
• Plus self-assessment, executive coaching, networking opportunities and application of learning to water issues statewide

Please review the Water Leaders FAQ Document to learn more about the program.

Tuition

Thanks to support from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and other program sponsors, Water Leaders tuition is just $3,250 for four two-day training sessions, individual assessments, one-on-one coaching, individual guidance from WEco staff, and all meals during each of the eight training session days.

Scholarships

To help cover travel costs or part of tuition, a limited number of partial scholarships may be available each session. These are highly competitive and based on both need and merit. Please complete the Financial Obligation section of the Water Leaders application on Survey Monkey for be considered for a scholarship. You will need to submit a 100-word statement describing your need for a scholarship.

Please email Stephanie Scott with any questions about the Water Leaders Program or call 303-377-4433.