California Director

Food & Water Watch
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Food & Water Watch is a leading national advocacy organization that runs dynamic and cutting-edge campaigns in support of clean water, healthy food, and a livable climate for all. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food, water, and common resources through various issue campaigns.

Nationally, Food & Water Watch has had several major victories including banning fracking in New York and Maryland, stopping over half a dozen major fossil fuel infrastructure projects, preventing water privatization in 40 communities, and working to introduce strong climate and water legislation in Congress.

In California, we have been a driving force behind the growing movement to ban fracking, shut down drilling, power plants and other fossil fuel infrastructure, and move off of fossil fuels and onto 100% renewable energy. Our California team of seven organizers works out of four offices in Oakland, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles. With Los Angeles being the hub of our largest regional campaign and a critical power base in the state, this position will be based there. This position reports to the Organizing Director.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the development and implementation of long- and short-term campaign and organizing goals, strategies and tactics for local, state and federal campaign priorities in California. 
  • Supervises and mentors organizing staff and ensures that individual performance goals are met.
  • Serves as Food & Water Watch representative on statewide coalition, manages relationships with statewide leaders and elected officials.
  • Supervises contract lobbyist in Sacramento and leads the development of our legislative strategy.
  • In consultation with the development department, plays a key role in developing a California fundraising strategy, which includes identifying potential foundations and high-donors, writing grants and soliciting donations.
  • Coordinates with the Creative Strategy and Engagement Department in creating a compelling narrative for on-line donors and activists that tells the story of our work in California.
  • Works as part of the national Organizing Department Management Team and leads regional meetings and strategy sessions.
  • Works with Organizing Director, Communications and Policy staff to develop media strategies, including print, radio, TV, and social media. Drafts opinion pieces, letters to the editor, and blog posts.
  • Speaks at public events, forums, and other venues, and serves as a representative of Food & Water Watch to the public and the media.
  • Increases Food & Water Watch’s impact by expanding our membership base, seeking new coalition partners, and building our staff.
  • Periodic travel within California and to Washington, DC.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least 10 years of successful advocacy or grassroots organizing experience.
  • At least 5 years of successful staff management experience
  • Significant knowledge of California politics and legislature
  • Documented success in planning and implementing short- and long-term strategic campaigns and organizational goals.
  • Knowledge of public interest campaigns, including grassroots organizing strategies and advocacy techniques.
  • Strategic thinker as evidenced through previous organizing campaigns and successes.
  • Experience working with grassroots organizations.
  • Clear written and oral communication skills with ability to work with remote staff.
  • Ability to manage time with competing priorities.
  • High energy and enthusiasm.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and general social media.


Desired but not required skills:

  • Familiarity with constituent relationship management (CRM) databases and online organizing software and strategies.
  • Familiarity with California water, climate, and energy policy.
  • Significant fundraising experience.
  • Bilingual, in English & Spanish, a plus
  • College degree
  • Compensation: Salary dependent on experience.