Community Water Center

Community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy

Program Associate - Watsonville

Title: Program Associate                                               

Organization: Community Water Center

Location: Watsonville, CA

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The Community Water Center (CWC) acts as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy.  We seek to build and enhance leadership capacity and local community power around water issues, create a statewide movement for water justice alongside low-income communities and communities of color who do not have access to safe, clean and affordable water. CWC’s vision is for all communities to have access safe, clean, and affordable  water. Community Water Center also currently has offices in Visalia and Sacramento.

The Center employs three primary strategies in order to accomplish our goals:

  • Educate, organize, and provide capacity building assistance to low-income communities and communities of color facing local water challenges.
  • Advocate for systemic change to address the root causes of unsafe drinking water.
  • Serve as a resource for information and expertise on community water challenges.

At CWC, we believe that safe, clean, and affordable water is a human right, not a privilege.  Our organizing and advocacy work, community collaborations, and organizational culture all reflect a concern for equity, mutual respect, appreciation for diversity, and environmental and social justice.  We are looking for candidates who share our values, who bring a willingness to contribute to our mission and to the growth of a new organization, and who are open to developing their skills.

Position Description:

The Program Associate is a full-time, non-exempt, at-will employee position that will be primarily responsible for providing administrative and program support for the Watsonville Office. The Program Associate will report directly to the Community Solutions Director, Heather Lukacs. The Program Associate will also work closely with the Watsonville-based Community Organizer, outreach team, staff, and other organizational partners.  All employees at CWC are “at will.”

Major Responsibilities:

Administrative Duties:

  • Provide day-to-day administrative support for the Watsonville office including preparing/coordinating travel arrangements, processing all mail, document printing/scanning/mailing/filing, scheduling meetings, answering phones, ordering supplies, setting up equipment and assisting to troubleshoot any technical issues, maintaining office organization, and assist with closing office for our winter break.

Program Support:

  • Support CWC’s outreach and organizing efforts, including making follow-up phone calls to community members, sending out emails and texts, making event reminder calls, updating CWC’s contacts database, and assisting with meeting coordination and logistics.
  • Provide logistical support for community meetings, platicas, forums, and other events organized by staff or CWC partners, including making copies of materials and translation/interpretation during meetings.

General Duties

  • Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation amongst CWC staff, community members, and affiliate organizations.
  • Actively participate in program strategy and staff meetings.
  • Actively participate in CWC fund development activities, such as donor drives, online appeals, and other events
  • Other duties as assigned by the Co-Executive Directors.

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strong passion for and commitment to social and environmental justice
  • Strong interpersonal verbal communication and writing skills, with sensitivity to appropriate delivery depending on target and audience
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills via various methods (ie in-person, telephone, email, video conferencing, and in writing)
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Fluent in Spanish (oral and written)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
  • Creative and comprehensive problem solving skills
  • Ability to accept praise and critical feedback – the ideal candidate would value self-improvement and seek evaluation
  • Proficient with basic computer skills including, at minimum: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and ability to troubleshoot basic software and computer equipment problems
  • Valid CA driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of and fluency in digital organizing tools and software, including online, mobile, social media and text platforms.
  • Experience with or knowledge of water and environmental issues and/or community development.
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, sociology, policy, community development, or related fields
  • Experience working with database software, preferably NationBuilder
  • Flexible schedule – willing and able to work weekends and attend night meetings and attend out-of-town events, activities and meetings as needed

Starting Date: Open until filled

Salary: Competitive depending on experience



To apply, email resume and cover letter to CWC's Community Solutions Director, Heather Lukacs:



We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which includes: medical, dental, and vision insurance; generous vacation, family, and sick leave, and holiday policies; a flexible work schedule; professional development opportunities and more. (Benefits guidelines and eligibility vary based on tenure and employment status, among other factors.) We also provide contributions to employees’ SEP-IRA after a two-year tenure.

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, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.


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