Location: Based in Watsonville, CA. All candidates for this position must be able to report in-person at least two days per week. Staff are expected to report in the office, attend public meetings, and/or conduct community outreach and advocacy more than two days a week if needed based on job responsibilities.
The Community Water Center (CWC) acts as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions
through organizing, education, and advocacy in California. CWC has offices in Visalia,
Watsonville and Sacramento, CA.
This position is a full-time exempt position that will be primarily responsible for developing drinking water projects in underserved communities where residents do not have reliable access to safe and affordable drinking water. The Community Solutions Coordinator will also provide technical support and resources to assist residents in making informed decisions on the best drinking water solutions for their needs.
This position will work directly with other CWC teams focused on advocacy, organizing,
communications and policy; and will coordinate regularly with community partners, government agencies, contracted consultants, technical advisors, and affiliate organizations. They will work closely with the CWC organizing team to ensure that information about drinking water problems and potential solutions is communicated effectively to community partners and
provide opportunities for community engagement and action. This position will require travel to communities throughout the Central Coast and Central Valley as needed. This position will report to the Community Solutions Manager in the Watsonville office. All employees at CWC
are “at will.”
The ideal candidate will have a passion for applying technical and project management skills to community-driven drinking water projects and policy change. Candidates will excel at this position if they are excited to work alongside other CWC staff, impacted community members, and government and NGO partners to remove barriers to safe and affordable drinking water. Candidates must also be able to communicate technical ideas to diverse and non-technical audiences and be comfortable advocating for policy and systems change.
● Experience reviewing technical analyses and information (preferably related to drinking water, wastewater, the environment, health, and/or social justice) and synthesizing technical information for non-technical audiences.
● Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills, with sensitivity to
appropriate delivery depending on target audience.
● Fluency in English.
● Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to make progress on multiple
● Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse organizations, groups, and individuals.
● Experience working with low-income communities and/or communities of color.
● Ability to be detail-oriented and think analytically, creatively, and critically.
● Ability to analyze drinking water technology information and develop cost estimates.
● Valid Driver’s License.
● Ability to travel within California and work some evenings and weekends.
● Skilled with use of a computer and relevant software in a professional setting.
● Degree (Bachelor’s or more advanced) in engineering, environmental science or related field
● Fluency in Spanish (strongly preferred; will be evaluated during the interview process).
● Three or more years relevant professional experience.
● Project management experience, including oversight of project contractors (e.g.
consultants working on specific technical aspects of a larger environmental project),
and scope, budget and schedule development and tracking.
● Experience soliciting grant funding for projects or working on grant-funded projects.
● Experience or familiarity with drinking water quality and treatment, piped drinking water systems, drinking water wells, and groundwater quality and management.
● Experience working on drinking water projects, wastewater projects and/or public
● Experience planning and facilitating meetings with diverse stakeholders.
● Experience working with management and analysis of databases, including geospatial
Starting Date: Open until filled.
Salary Range: $65,000 – $82,000 per year (based on experience and qualifications)
Application: To apply, email resume and cover letter to Roxanne Reimer at
[email protected] Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. First review of applications will begin on April 3, 2023.
Benefits: We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which includes: medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; retirement contributions; generous vacation, family and sick leave and holiday policies; hybrid (remote and in-person) work location policy; work from home reimbursements; flex-time; professional development opportunities and more. (Benefits guidelines and eligibility vary based on tenure and employment status, among other factors.)
Community Water Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. As such employees may be able to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
Vaccination Policy: To ensure the health and safety of staff, community partners, and other stakeholders we interact with, CWC requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, unless a medical or religious accommodation is approved before the first day of employment. As such, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen.
Community Water Center is committed to providing equal opportunity to qualified job
applicants and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability (including pregnancy), mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
To learn more about the Community Water Center, visit our website at