Program Director (Bay Area)

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Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
Berkeley, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) is a non-profit organization that supports a grassroots coalition and body of programmatic work advancing environmental justice in water policy and management. We work in a “community-to-capital-to-community” framework that is fast-paced and strategic. We rely on humor, empathy, and candor to support one another, and we are professionally insistent in advocating for and with our community partners. Would you like to be stretched, challenged, and inspired by your work on a daily basis? If yes, keep reading.

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The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) seeks to fill a full-time, program director position in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area Program Director position will operate out of EJCW’s Berkeley office, but may also work from home or the field, as needed. Starts immediately, but ideally no later than April 1, 2019, subject to negotiation.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, experienced, non-profit program management professional with a commitment to administering high quality programs that support all water-disadvantaged communities, most of which are historically underrepresented populations.

This position will primarily lead EJCW’s work on the State-funded Bay Area Disadvantaged Community and Tribal Involvement Program (BA DACTIP or CIP). The CIP is a groundbreaking Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) initiative funded by Proposition 1 to engage disadvantaged, underrepresented, and Tribal communities in regional water resource planning and to assess the needs and priorities of these communities. EJCW functions as both the grant administrator and program manager for the CIP, working in partnership with more than a dozen outreach partners to reach communities around the Greater SF Bay Area. The CIP is a three-year program, running from October 2017-September 2020. The position will also take the lead on developing and implementing a broader vision for EJCW’s Bay Area program building upon and moving beyond the CIP.

The Program Director will carry out a closely coordinated work plan with EJCW Bay Area Research and Program Management staff. The four-person Bay Area program team operates in a collaborative model where each staff member takes lead on a specific area with support from the rest of the team. The position reports to the Executive Director and will work in close partnership with and in support of EJCW member organizations, project partners, other EJCW staffers, and board members, as well as other relevant stakeholders, including state agencies, private foundations and other potential donors, in support of EJCW’s collaborative programmatic and fundraising efforts.

The Program Director will participate as part of EJCW’s management team that coordinates EJCW’s programs and projects to ensure that they are in line with the stated goals of EJCW and provide quality control for EJCW's programs and projects by managing budgets, staff, programmatic activities, and work products.

Specifically, the Program Director will:

  • Lead, manage, and mentor a team that coordinates programs for our non-profit organization. Manage staff in the day-to-day performance of their jobs. Ensure that project/department milestones/goals are met and and adhere to approved budgets. Provide strong input into personnel actions.
  • Design and lead programs that align with our organization's mission and support the organization's goals.
  • Develop and update budgets, spending projections, and workplans in coordination with Bay Area team, including strategy to allocate budget across program priorities. Ensure smooth processing of contractor invoices and payments.
  • Manage interactions with outside contractors; oversee existing contracts and negotiate new contracts as needed.
  • Participate in the development and execution of capacity building workshops and webinars, such as trainings on different funding mechanisms available to community partners and strategies to enhance community participation in regional water and climate planning and policy processes.
  • Support and provide guidance on integration of CIP needs assessment, data collection, and mapping efforts into overall program budget and workplan.
  • Track State and regional developments in water, climate, and other natural resource issues to integrate into CIP and ensure CIP lessons are reflected in these other efforts.
  • Coordinate development of final report for partners, stakeholders, and funder, ensuring integration of outcomes and lessons learned from needs assessment and other aspects of CIP.
  • Establish fundraising and development goals, identify potential donors or sources of funding, and plan outreach strategies.
  • Schedule and forecast planning for special events that publicize the organization and its programs to the community.
  • Assist in the development of grant applications and/or contract proposals, as well as grant reports and invoices to funders.
  • Work on and/or incubate special programs, as assigned.

The Program Director will support EJCW in the following major areas:

Staff Mentorship, Oversight and Management

  • Provide guidance and mentorship to staff, including helping staff members to grow and thrive in their careers.
  • Co-create and manage work plans with staff.
  • Perform regular performance reviews of staff.

Community Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships and communication with EJCW stakeholders, including board of directors, member organizations, policymakers, academics, advocates, and funders (including federal and state agencies).
  • Represent EJCW in stakeholder processes and outreach and education forums, including with decision-makers.

What we need from you…


  • Passion! Excitement! Dedication!
  • The desire to learn and grow!
  • Willingness to “hit the ground running!”
  • A bachelor's degree required; masters or advanced degree preferred; J.D.s welcomed.
  • Five (5) years of experience in a related area (e.g., program management, non-profit programming, public policy, advocacy, and/or organizing), as an individual contributor.
  • Two-to-three (2-to-3) years of supervisory experience required; experience mentoring others. Experience supporting development of individual staff workplans.
  • Background in program management, including experience developing and managing program budgets and workplans. Experience with contracting a plus.
  • Strong organizational, decision-making, time-management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to support multiple projects of various types at different stages, while maintaining effectiveness and quality and meeting milestones and deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise independent and sound judgment in responding to challenges.
  • Ability to work well with a variety of stakeholders, including community based organizations, government agency staff, and technical experts. Previous experience managing technical experts including engineers a plus.
  • Self-directed; ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Ability to ensure timely and reliable responsiveness to co-workers, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Commitment to the organization's environmental justice mission, purpose, and values.
  • Track record of developing successful, collaborative, working relationships.
  • Ability to co-create, articulate, and implement strategic thinking and corresponding strategic plan.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience with federal and California state government grants, particularly through California's Integrated Regional Water Management or other Department of Water Resources programs.
  • Experience with community-based outreach and data collection efforts.
  • Knowledge of water, climate change, and/or other natural resource and related equity issues.
  • Bilingual, Spanish-English speaker, particularly experience translating outreach materials.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, as required from time-to-time.
  • Strong relationships with Bay Area communities, community-based organizations, and/or water or related natural resource agencies.
  • Experience with Trello, Smartsheets or other project management applications.

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Work Environment:

  • Physical demands include: sitting, walking, driving, talking, and listening for up to 6-8 hours per day; computer keyboarding an average of 4-6 hours per day; ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Must provide own car, car insurance, and phone; own laptop computer, a plus.
  • Work environment is typical, non-profit office and includes episodic travel in and around California. This position is based in Berkeley, CA.

Start date: As soon as possible, subject to negotiation; ideally, mid- to late-March 2019. This position will remain open until filled.

Compensation: This position pays the salary rate equivalent of between $65,000 to $70,000 per year (pro-rated for percentage time employed), commensurate with experience, plus a $400 per month benefits stipend (pro-rated for percentage time employed at or above 50%), until such time that EJCW adopts an employee benefits program. Employees may contribute to a non-ERISA 403(b) plan. EJCW provides generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave (also pro rated for percentage time at or above 50%).