Local recruitment: Director of Water Programs via LinkedIn

Groundwork Denver

Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸

About Groundwork Denver:

Groundwork Denver is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the physical environment and promote health and well-being through community-based partnerships and action. Please see our website to learn more: www.GroundworkColorado.org.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Director of Water Programs (“Water Program Director”) will oversee Groundwork Denver’s urban waters program, including but not limited to water quality testing, watershed improvements, youth employee engagement, and community education. The Water Program Director will align all activities to Groundwork Denver’s environmental justice strategy and vision.

Water Program Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the implementation of activities in the urban waters initiative, including water quality testing, watershed improvements, youth employee engagement, community education
  • Successfully meet grant and contract deliverables, including data collection and reporting requirements
  • Successfully manage and administer water program grants and contracts, including adhering to contract billing and financial reporting requirements, ensuring appropriate expenses are allocated, and staff time billing is accurate
  • Supervise volunteers, staff, and consultants working on water-related programming, including Blue Team youth.
  • Build partnerships and participate in collaborative efforts related to urban waters.
  • Represent Groundwork Denver at external meetings, collaborations and community events related to urban waters.
  • In coordination with multiple external stakeholders, exchange data with key partners to participate and aide in the State Water Quality Control Division’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process for Lower Bear Creek.

Responsibilities as a member of the Groundwork Denver team:

  • Participate in Groundwork Denver fundraising events and appeals
  • Participate in volunteer days when needed
  • Participate in shared office responsibilities like cleaning, organizing, and risk management
  • Collaborate respectfully and productively with co-workers to achieve Groundwork Denver’s overall mission.
  • Contribute to a positive office culture
  • Attend all staff meetings and other meetings as assigned by the Associate Director

Qualifications, education and experience:

·      Passion for Groundwork Denver’s mission and for clean urban waters.

·      At least 5 years work history in non-profit or water-related industry, with 1-3 years of direct leadership experience.

·      Bachelor’s degree or equivalent related work experience required. Master’s degree in water-related field preferred. 

·      Background in microbiology, data analysis, and hands-on water quality field work highly preferred.

·      Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

·      Highly organized to be able to track activities for multiple jobs at once, budget detail, and deadlines, and to collect long-term data.         

·      Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of the organization.

·      Supervisory experience and ability to mentor staff in ways to meet program goals through their programs/projects.

·      Demonstrated ability to engage residents from low-income community in targeted projects or programs.

·      Understanding of race and class equity and a commitment to continuous personal learning and growth around issues of race and class equity.

·      Those with experience working with Groundwork Denver’s target communities, or who have similar life experiences or backgrounds, will be prioritized.

·      Fluency in Spanish in addition to English is highly desired.

Salary and other benefits:

This is a full-time salaried position. The salary range starts at $56,000 per year depending on experience. Benefits include: paid sick, holiday and vacation hours; health and dental insurance for employee, and optional coverage of family members (at employee’s expense).

Other Requirements:

·      The job requires both office and field work. Office work includes utilizing computer systems, managing phones, and sitting in meetings. During COVID-19 precautions, Program Director will primarily work from home utilizing a GWD-issued computer. Field work includes wading through streams in all season conditions, picking up trash, planting native plants, invasive species removal, picking up heavy objects such a cinder block and rain barrels and other physically challenging tasks.

·      Ability to utilize computer systems, manage phones, and travel to and from meetings and appointments.

·      Must have a valid driver’s license.

·      A background check will be completed prior to start of job and as much as annually.





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