Manager (California Water Programs)

San Francisco, CA, US




Working out of the Foundation’s San Francisco, CA office, the Manager – California Water Programs will be a key member of the Western Regional Office (WRO) team, and particularly of the Western Water Program (WWP) team.  The position will be multi-disciplinary and involve significant coordination among Foundation staff and consultants, and federal, state, local, and private entities. Principal job duties will include: managing the Foundation’s California water programs; effectively interacting with program funding partners, grantees and consultants; providing technical assistance to grantees; helping shape and communicating conservation outcomes, supporting fundraising by the WRO and WWP directors, reviewing/approving reports from grantees, coordinating with the project administration team to assure the effective implementation of the Foundation’s grant administration policies, drafting recommendations for staff and Board action, and closely coordinating program efforts with the Director, WWP and other Foundation key Foundation staff with geographies interconnected with success of California water programs. S/he is also responsible for other duties as assigned by the Director, WWP.




  • Manage the design and implementation of the California water programs in coordination with the Director, WWP and other WRO team members, various advisory committees, Foundation program staff, Science and Evaluation team, Government Relations, contractors, agency liaisons and the Board. 
  • Establish California water program priorities, including measurable goals and objectives for priority areas in coordination with the Science and Evaluation team;
  • Work with key Foundation staff to solicit, review and develop funding recommendations; work through established NFWF processes to finalize grant award decisions; develop, coordinate and implement site-specific technical assistance plans/strategies with grantees; negotiate milestones with grantees; and monitor progress of each grantee (using Foundation technical and financial tracking databases).
  • Work with grantees to develop appropriate monitoring plans, utilizing NFWF’s previously developed monitoring and accounting framework, water transactions monitoring protocol, transactions database and water temperature transaction tool.
  • Manage applicable funding source(s) as appropriate, including preparation of grant applications and amendments, preparation and submission of financial and programmatic reports and coordination with agency and Foundation project officers.
  • Assist in securing additional funding for California water programs (including subgrants) and the operations of the Foundation.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the Foundation with regard to this programs, its conservation objectives and accomplishments.  Coordinate California water program activities with others involved or affected by project decisions.
  • Establish and maintain networks with the myriad organizations and interests engaged in California water work.
  • Keep abreast of scientific and policy developments that may impact efforts to promote NFWF’s water program activities in California.
  • Seek opportunities for information sharing among grantees and with policy makers about lessons learned and accomplishments of grant-funded projects.
  • Assure compliance with all requirements of cooperative agreements, including quality assurance for data and the environmental results policy, and assure that all activities are communicated and coordinated with the Director, WWP, other Foundation staff as appropriate, as well as Foundation agency liaisons.
  • Review and evaluate submissions by grant/contract recipients and applicants assuring that results are in full compliance with Foundation and funding source requirements.
  • Track and monitor proposals and active grants/contracts in coordination with the project administration team.
  • Work with the Science and Evaluation team to compile project metrics from grants to help populate scorecards and assess impact of activities and initiatives.
  • Manage the program’s external technical review of proposals in accordance with Foundation policy.
  • Prepare briefing materials and recommendations to support decision making by the Foundation’s staff and Board.
  • Prepare and/or assist in the preparation of various descriptive and evaluative reports as directed.
  • Subject to programmatic objectives and budgetary considerations, propose and conduct site visits in accordance with Foundation policy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director, WWP.


  • Recommend new processes where needed to improve existing processes.
  • Recommend and lead efforts to improve existing processes.
  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience with concentration in biology, economics, water policy preferred.
  • Experience working in water management and liaising with the water user community preferred.
  • Experience in building coalitions.
  • Familiarity with the challenges dealing with water issues in California and its stakeholders, in general.
  • Three years’ experience in program management.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising or program development.
  • Experience working with federal resource agencies, with experience managing cooperative agreements preferred.
  • Grants management and administration experience preferred.
  • Professionalism and leadership qualities.
  • Driven by a desire to meet and exceed goals.
  • Thrives in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong listening, communication and collaboration skills.
  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills.
  • Computer proficiency. Experience using GIS and database software desirable.


Commensurate with experience.


San Francisco, CA