Program Director (Bay Area) via Idealist

Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

Berkeley, CA, US


The best stuff first…

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.

The standard stuff…

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

The Program Director (Bay Area) position will operate out of EJCW’s Berkeley office. This is a part-time (roughly half-time) position. Typically, 20-27 hours per week, with punctuated episodes of more time-intensive activity, depending on deadlines. The position starts in January 2018, subject to negotiation. The possibility exists to expand job responsibilities and grow into a full-time position.

The Program Director will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and in close partnership with and in support of EJCW staff, board members, member organizations, project partners, and other relevant stakeholders, including private foundations and other would-be donors, in support of EJCW’s collaborative programmatic and fundraising efforts. The Program Director will report to the Executive Director as well as the Board of Directors.

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.

Program Director will:

  • Manage and mentor a team that coordinates programs for our non-profit organization. Manage subordinate 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.
  • Manage interactions with outside contractors.
  • Design programs that align with our organization’s mission and support the organization’s goals.
  • 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.
  • 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 subordinate staff, including helping staff members to grow and thrive in their careers
  • Co-create and manage work plans with subordinate staff.
  • Perform regular performance reviews of subordinate staff.

Policy, Advocacy, and Public Speaking

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement EJCW’s policy agenda through an inclusive process with staff, member organizations, and Board.
  • Staff EJCW’s legislation and policy work group and other work groups, as necessary.
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement advocacy campaigns to advance EJCW’s agenda. Campaigns should employ multiple strategies, including legislative and administrative advocacy, coalition-building, community organizing and mobilization, capacity-building, research, data analysis and writing, and social and conventional media outreach.
  • Represent EJCW in stakeholder processes and outreach and education forums, including with decision-makers.

Relationship Management

  • Manage relationships and communication with EJCW stakeholders, including board of directors, member organizations, policymakers, academics, advocates, and funders.


  • Coordinate EJCW’s programmatic communications strategy, i.e., website, print media, social media, etc.

Research and Writing

  • Develop written materials, including: letters of support, sample letters, and fact sheets to advance EJCW’s legislative and administrative policy priorities.
  • Coordinate EJCW’s community-based participatory action research and other efforts to conduct research and publish the results.

Community Organizing and Capacity-building

  • Work primarily through EJCW staff, conduct outreach, education, community organizing, and capacity-building with new and existing EJCW members.

What we need from you…


  • Passion! Excitement! Dedication!
  • The desire to learn and grow!
  • Willingness to “hit the ground running!”
  • Bilingual, Spanish-English speaker a plus
  • 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., public policy, advocacy, non-profit programming, and/or organizing), as an individual contributor
  • Two-to-three (2-to-3) years of supervisory experience required; experience mentoring others.
  • Strong organizational, planning, decision-making and problem-solving skills, time and project management skills, with the 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.
  • 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.
  • Commitment to the organization’s environmental justice mission, purpose, and values.
  • Track record of developing successful, collaborative, working relationships.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, as required from time-to-time.
  • Knowledge of water and/or other natural resource issues a plus.
  • Ability to co-create, articulate, and implement strategic thinking and corresponding strategic plan.

More standard stuff…

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-January 2018. 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%).


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%).

Level of Language Proficiency

A bachelor’s degree required; masters or advanced degree preferred.

Bilingual, Spanish-English speaker a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

[email protected]

How to proceed and what to expect…

Applications: To apply, e-mail resume or CV cover letter to [email protected] Include “Program Director (Bay Area)” in the e-mail subject line. No phone calls or hard copy documents, please. Applicants should be aware that interviews are likely to be held on Friday, January 5, 2018, Thursday, January 11, 2018, and Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Upon proceeding to a final interview, we will ask you to submit contact information for three professional references.

Reasonable accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please provide us, in writing, an explanation of the reasonable accommodation needed. Options: post mail to P.O. Box 188911, Sacramento, CA 95818-8911, SMS text or relay to (916) 432-3529, e-mail [email protected].

Grand finale!

Equal Opportunity Employer: At EJCW, we practice what we preach and are, therefore, happily, an equal opportunity, albeit “at-will”, employer. Non-traditional applicants are highly encouraged to apply.