Local recruitment: Water Program Director via LinkedIn


California, USA 🇺🇸


CivicWell, formerly the Local Government Commission, is a nonprofit supporting sustainable solutions and the leaders who implement them. We inspire, equip, connect, and cultivate leadership for local innovation and community change, particularly for leaders responding to the climate crisis and its impact on their communities. Our current program areas include Water, Climate Change & Energy, Community Design, and National Service.

The Water team oversees a broad portfolio of coalitions, projects, and programs focused on California water issues. We focus on the intersection of water management and land-use planning – from stormwater to groundwater and everything in between. CivicWell works to advance the field of integrated water management – while engaging in place-based initiatives throughout the state of California. In our mission to build livable communities and local leadership, we strive to address social inequities within the water sector and successfully partner with local jurisdictions and community-based organizations, and conduct community engagement activities in an authentic manner.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


We are looking for a dynamic and outgoing individual to join our team to guide and grow CivicWell’s Water program, including leading the managing the execution of projects and supporting water program operations. We are seeking a candidate with strong leadership, development, communications, stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning skills with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.



● A bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, planning, or a closely related field and at least five years of experience in increasing leadership responsibility.

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

● Experience with public speaking and facilitation in large and small group settings.

We are searching for candidates with:

● Program operations and management experience including both developing and managing large and complex project budgets (up to $1,000,000) and grant reporting for foundation, state, or federal entities.

● Experience writing grant applications and proposals and developing budgets for projects related to water and planning, local government capacity building, and stakeholder engagement and education.

● Experience cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion and advancing structural perspectives and improvements for equity and justice.

● Experience supervising and coaching individuals and teams to develop strong leadership and accountability in professional standards.

● Experience building strategic and programmatic partnerships with diverse coalitions and networks.

● Contact data management experience.

Additional contributions we value (but are not required):

● Direct experience working with local government structures, water action planning and/or public policy, as well as experience working with California state agencies.

● Experience building a solid product or service brand/message.

● Advanced training, experience, or degrees.


The Director has primary responsibilities for overall program direction including initiating, assessing, and setting goals for the Program in alignment with the strategic priorities of CivicWell; researching, planning, developing and implementing new programs; developing and approving budgets; and overseeing all program operations including hiring, training and mentoring staff.

Primary Program Direction Responsibilities


● Develop, execute, and communicate a comprehensive program strategy (including annual planning activities) that reflects the organizational and program mission including a commitment to practices that promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

● Identify emerging trends, potential challenges, and new opportunities that might affect the program’s success.

Operational Oversight

● Build a strong and cohesive team structure through direct supervision, mentorship, feedback, and clear decision-making structures

● Work with the COO, establish a clear program infrastructure (roles, responsibilities, outcomes) and work with the team to operationalize and implement the infrastructure.

● Provide support to ensure the team has the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to succeed and grow.

● Work with CivicWell fiscal staff, oversee and manage all aspects of the program budget including forecasting, tracking, and planning.

● Review, administer, and manage program and partner contracts.

Leadership and Development

● Participate in the Civicwell Leadership Team, coordinating organizational-wide alignment and engagement with CivicWell program areas and the Executive Team.

● Serve as a leading voice for CivicWell and the Water program and build a diverse network of allies, stakeholders, donors, and supporters.

● Lead development and fundraising activities to secure program funding.

● Lead definition and implementation of evaluation activities.

This position will require occasional travel.


This position is full-time and exempt. The annual full-time salary range for this position is $98,000 – $110,000 (based on qualifications). The benefits package includes:

● 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, long-term disability coverage, and portable term life insurance.

● Vacation: Fifteen days of paid time off per year.

● 12 paid holidays per year.

● Access to CivicWell’s Employee Assistance Programs.

● 401K retirement plan with an employer contribution which is currently up to 4% of salary. Full-time employees can participate in the plan after 90 days with the match available after one year of employment with CivicWell.