Water Resource Specialist/Project Manager via Idealist

WaterNow Alliance

San Francisco, CA, United States 🇺🇸


WaterNow Alliance (WNA) is based in San Francisco and works to accelerate adoption of sustainable water solutions in communities throughout the West by working with a coalition of urban water utility leaders. WNA connects water leaders to resources, opportunities, new information and ideas through regular convenings, works with communities to implement sustainable water projects and engages in strategic policy initiatives to eliminate barriers and advance opportunities for sustainable water approaches.

The Position

The Water Resource Specialist/Project Manager (Project Manager) position is a full-time position, reporting to the Executive Director. The Project Manager is responsible for development, coordination, and implementation of various sustainable water initiatives to demonstrate the viability of these solutions in communities across the West, including but not limited to water use efficiency applications, source water/watershed protection programs, graywater and other urban reuse technologies, stormwater capture, green infrastructure, etc. The Project Manager will work with other members of the WNA team, utility and municipal staffs, businesses, innovators, academic institutions, federal and state partners and other key stakeholders to develop and implement demonstration projects.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Identify and evaluate potential sustainable water project partnerships at the community level across the West
  • Build constructive relationships with key local contacts and leaders in developing and executing sustainable water projects
  • Serve as WNA lead for approved projects; work directly with local utilities and municipalities on project design and implementation; develop, monitor and report on project budgets and project implementation plans
    • Coordinate activities and meet with water suppliers, agencies, NGOs and the public
    • Pursue relevant state, federal and other water conservation program resources to support programmatic goals and projects
    • Assist WNA leadership with planning and strategy related to project development
    • Work with WNA team on integrated program initiatives and events
    • Represent WNA at conferences, meetings, events related to sustainable water opportunities
    • Build relationships with sustainable water innovators and businesses
    • Prepare periodic progress reports and annual evaluation of programmatic work
    • Work with Development Director and ED to prepare funding proposals to sustain and grow WNA’s sustainable water project portfolio
    • Assist with planning for WNA’s water summits to further sustainable water project work.
    • Represent WNA at conferences, seminars, press conferences and meetings as spokesperson for project or program work.
    • May support project or event volunteers on an as-needed basis.


  • BA/BS degree and 3-5 years’ experience in water use efficiency, energy efficiency, program administration and/or resource management fields, preferably working directly with conservation and water efficiency programs and issues in the corporate, investor, government, non-profit, corporate or investor sectors
  • Technical and/or financial experience working with utilities on water efficiency, demand management, reuse, green infrastructure and related issues highly desired
    • Knowledge of current techniques, devices, practices, and institutional processes related to water conservation, water use efficiency and water related energy efficiency measures.
    • Familiarity with federal and state water law and policies, programs and structures preferred
    • Demonstrated experience in relationship management, particularly engaging community leaders, landscape or building professionals, water industry managers
      • Demonstrated strong project management, organization skills and attention to detail.
      • Experience managing and maintaining compliance with public and/or private grant obligations
      • Effective presentation style and excellent oral and written communication skills, including report writing, data analysis
      • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, in a fast-paced environment.
      • Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation
      • Proven ability to manage multiple projects from concept to completion on own momentum and with limited guidance
      • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, Salesforce, Google platform for work.
      • Ability to complete tasks independently and on time
      • Experience administering contracts and agreements preferred
      • Experience with budget management processes and systems a plus, as well as experience writing grants and grant reports.
      • The ability to maintain professionalism in the face of deadlines; exhibit good listening, negotiation and problem solving skills; and to handle confidential information with discretion and trustworthiness
      • Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above (about 30% time)
      • Commitment to WNA mission and approach; demonstrated interest in working in a not-for-profit environment

Job Details:
Location: San Francisco Presidio
Reports to: Executive Director
Availability: The position is available immediately; candidates will be considered until it is filled.