Program Manager (Clean Water Program)

San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI)
San Francisco, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Postion Description:

SFEI/ASC is seeking a Program Manager to assist in the programmatic and scientific management of projects within the Clean Water Program. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated range and depth of skills in terms of project and program management, financial management, environmental stakeholder processes, and conducting scientific investigations. Work will include a diverse, intellectually stimulating, and impactful set of activities, including some or all of the following: management of complex multi-stakeholder projects, stakeholder engagement and program development, workplan and budget development, financial reporting, and scientific investigations.   This position will report directly to the Clean Water Program Directors (Drs. Jay Davis and David Senn).

The Program Manager will lead or assist with the San Francisco Bay Regional Monitoring Program (Bay RMP), Delta Regional Monitoring Program (Delta RMP), or other similar programs. The Bay RMP ( is a novel, multi-faceted regional monitoring program that uses pooled resources from dischargers and dredgers of San Francisco Bay to conduct and coordinate studies aimed at evaluating ecosystem health, characterizing sources and fate of contaminants, and informing potential management actions.  The Delta RMP is a similar stakeholder-guided program to monitor water quality constituents and their effects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  


  1. Work experience in relevant program management areas (e.g., stakeholder governance and meetings, meeting facilitation, budget development and reporting, and deliverables tracking to assure that projects are on-time and within budget and meeting the needs of a diverse group of stakeholders).
  2. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  3. A team player who inspires staff and is enthusiastic about the Institute’s mandate of providing science to inform decisions.
  4. Master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Environmental Engineering and six years of relevant work experience, or PhD in Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Environmental Engineering and three years of relevant work experience.
  5. Work experience in relevant environmental science areas (e.g., environmental monitoring for mercury, pesticides, aquatic toxicity, nutrients, and other contaminants, environmental study design, conceptual and mechanistic models, environmental statistics, etc.).
  6. Work experience leading scientific teams on complex environmental projects.  
  7. Ability to design scientific studies, collect and review data, synthesize and prepare technical reports and communicate key findings.   Ability to review scientific work products to assure that they meet study goals.
  8. Candidates must have a valid California Driver’s License and must be capable of carrying 40-pound field equipment for short durations.

Work at the Institute is interdisciplinary and highly collaborative. The position will interact with and collaborate across SFEI programs and requires an enthusiastic team-oriented individual.

Typical duties will include:

  • Manage staff, complex budgets, and deliverables for these large programs, and provide periodic updates in a synthesized format to stakeholders. Experience in accounting, contract development and management, and delivering projects on time and within budget are desired.
  • Facilitate the discussion of technical and programmatic issues with multiple external stakeholder groups and experts.   Lead strategic planning discussions.  As such, strong skills in leading/facilitating meetings are desired.
  • Preparing detailed budgets for the Program including scopes of work, writing and managing contracts and invoicing.  Familiarity with accounting concepts and legal contractual language is a plus.
  • Working with other project managers at the Institute to level staffing hours, to identify new opportunities, and to creatively think of new ways of collaborating across programs.
  • Participate in the planning, design and coordination of studies, and synthesis of results and the scientific literature, and present results to stakeholders and technical collaborators through oral presentations and technical reports.  A successful candidate will possess a strong background in environmental science and an ability to synthesize and communicate complex information to a diverse audience.
  • Writing technical reports, journal articles, memoranda, and internal reports.
  • Presenting technical information at a variety of forums such as quarterly technical review meetings, regional conferences, national meetings, as well as public outreach events at museums, educational institutions, etc.
  • Depending on interest and staffing needs, some field work may be required.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to and  Please note the Requisition Number in the email subject line.  No phone calls please.