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Program Associate - Visalia

Title: Program Associate                                        

Organization: Community Water Center

Location: Visalia, CA

PDF version of job description here. 

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 Watsonville and Sacramento.

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 primarily responsible for providing clerical and program support from the Visalia office. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will also work closely with other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors.

The Program Associate opportunity can be part-time or full-time position, regular, non-exempt, hourly, employee position based out of the Visalia office. The hourly rate for this position is $15.00.

Major Responsibilities:

Major Responsibilities are to assist with the following duties in order to support the internal systems and organizational development efforts:

  • Clerical: sorting, scanning, copying, exporting, tracking and documenting activities
  • Telephone support
  • Accounts payable/receivable
  • Travel logistics
  • Equipment maintenance including vehicle
  • Facilities support
  • Technical troubleshooting of equipment and software
  • Procure office supplies
  • Office and community meeting set-up and takedowns
  • Some phone outreach
  • Coordinating community members activities

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 assigned

Desired Qualifications

  • Fluent in Spanish (written and oral)
  • Proficient in MS computer
  • Excellent communication skills, typing, good organizational skills and willingness to learn new programs (Expensify, Ebillity, Carbonite, google drive, bill.com).
  • Familiar with Quickbooks program
  • Be familiar with administrative business duties

Starting Date: Open until filled

Salary: $15/hr

Application:

To apply please submit a letter of interest and resume to anavel.lupercio@communitywatercenter.org
Write “PA position -- [Your name]” in the email subject line

 

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. 

To learn more about the Community Water Center and our programs, visit our website at

www.communitywatercenter.org

PDF version of job description here.


California ChangeLawyers Year-Long Legal Fellow

                                                               

 

Community Water Center

California ChangeLawyers Year-Long Legal Fellow

Location: Visalia, CA

Start date: once filled

PDF version available here.

Over a million Californians each year lack access to safe and affordable drinking water. In addition to systemic racism, one of the root causes of water inequality is under-representation and unresponsive representation at the local level. Local elected leaders drive efforts to plan, pursue, and finance community-driven water solutions. Without responsive and empowered local leadership, drinking water solutions are rarely explored or pursued, planned or built.

About Community Water Center

The Community Water Center acts as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy in California. As a guiding principle, we believe that clean water is a human right, not a privilege; safe, clean and affordable water can and must be a reality for all communities.

CWC was founded on the belief that the people directly impacted by water contamination must be at the forefront of creating and advocating for solutions to the problem. Much of CWC's work revolves around intensive capacity-building activities with community members, so they are equipped to engage in water infrastructure planning and funding processes. CWC strives to reduce barriers that prevent residents from participating effectively in local, regional and state decision-making that affects their access to safe, affordable drinking water, including ensuring water quality information is provided in appropriate languages, and water governance structures and planning processes include local residents.

About the California ChangeLawyers Legal Fellowship Program

California ChangeLawyers (formerly California Bar Foundation) is a statewide foundation that empowers the next generation of lawyers, judges, and activists to create a more diverse legal profession, a fair justice system, and a better California. The foundation believes that a state as diverse as California should have a justice system led by advocates of all ethnicities and races.

ChangeLawyers Fellowships support bright, diverse ChangeLawyers who are committed to righting historical wrongs. Grants are awarded to legal aid organizations to cover the cost of hiring legal fellows from diverse backgrounds. This is a double impact investment. The foundation supports organizations on the front lines of social justice while at the same time creating jobs for diverse lawyers. This creates better, more authentic outcomes for communities—communities who can see and interact with lawyers who look like them.

Position Description

With support from California ChangeLawyers, CWC seeks a full-time, year-long Legal Fellow to provide legal assistance to communities without safe water and local water board members; create and update resources for community members and legal practitioners regarding drinking water governance and advocacy; and provide legal and advocacy support for other CWC programs as needed. This position will be based in CWC’s headquarters in Visalia, California. The Legal Fellow will also work with the UC Davis School of Law Aoki Water Justice Clinic to create materials that can be used by water board members and service providers that train and assist local water boards.

CWC currently runs a leadership program for elected water board members—the Community Water Leaders Network. That program supports local water leaders’ ability to pursue drinking water solutions for their communities. Recognizing the need to support community members who transition from grassroots activists to elected leaders, CWC is currently developing and implementing an unprecedented program to actively recruit and support local residents to run for seats on their local water boards. This effort focuses on supporting members of underrepresented groups (including low-income people of color, women, and particularly Latinas) that are often the most impacted by water injustices and are discouraged from pursuing positions of elected leadership. During the 2018 election cycle, CWC’s sister organization, Community Water Center Action Fund, endorsed several successful candidates for local water decision-making bodies. But newly elected leaders often do not have access to the resources and training that experienced and supportive colleagues and staff would typically provide to enable them to succeed in their positions. CWLN and CWC hope to fill that gap in services by providing peer-to-peer trainings, accessible resources, and counseling to ensure local leaders are effective in serving their constituencies.

To learn more about special district elections, visit the webpage CWC developed: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections

Primary Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Legal Fellow will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Practice community lawyering with local community groups to support community-driven water solutions in California’s Southern San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast.
  • Provide direct legal assistance to members of the Community Water Leaders Network (CWLN) in group and one-on-one settings.
  • Co-lead the growth and further development of the CWLN.
  • Support new recruitment program for CWLN.
  • Develop materials and written resources for CWLN trainings.
  • Help host and facilitate workshops and presentations on how community members can run for election to their local water boards.
  • Develop a framework for trainings to prepare community leaders file for candidacy and run successful campaigns for the 2020 elections cycle.
  • Work in partnership with the UC Davis School of Law Aoki Water Justice Clinic to develop materials for practitioners working for and alongside local water boards.
  • Update CWC’s Community Guide to Drinking Water Advocacy to reflect current laws and regulations to ensure elected officials, community leaders, and practitioners have the best resources to support their efforts.
  • Assist with other CWC programs as needed, including work on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and various groundwater pollution control regulatory programs.

Educational and Experience Requirements

J.D. required, with admission to practice law in the State of California.

Required Skills

  • Strong passion for, and commitment to, social and environmental justice.
  • Strong legal analysis and writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal verbal communication and writing skills, with sensitivity to appropriate delivery depending on target and audience.
  • Experience working with rural, low-income communities and/or communities of color.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
  • Strong ability to work individually, and with teams and coalitions.
  • Creative and comprehensive problem-solving skills and ability to quickly adapt strategies to new, changing or unexpected circumstances.
  • Ability to accept and provide praise and critical feedback—the ideal candidate will value self-improvement and seek and provide regular feedback.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish, and ability to provide written and oral translation.
  • Proficient with basic computer skills including, at a minimum, Microsoft Office and Google Apps. Ability to troubleshoot basic software and computer equipment problems.
  • Willing and able to travel to communities in the San Joaquin Valley, work weekends, and attend night meetings when necessary.
  • Valid California Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience living or working in small unincorporated communities in the San Joaquin Valley or Central Coast.
  • Knowledge of California water and environmental law.
  • Experience in California land-use, civil rights, and municipal law.
  • Experience working with local elected officials with varying degrees of electoral experience.
  • Experience practicing community lawyering in low-income communities and communities of color.
  • Ability to analyze and respond to technical documents related to groundwater quality and supply, public finance, governance, and public health.

Salary Range

$50,000 plus full benefits (see below).

Reports To

The Fellow will report to CWC Staff Attorney Debi Ores as the Fellow’s primary supervisor, and the Fellow will also receive support, training and direction from UC Davis School of Law’s Aoki Water Justice Clinic Director, Camille Pannu.

To Apply

Applications, including a detailed cover letter, resume, and three references, should be submitted online to Deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org. Cover letters should describe the experiences that have honed the candidate’s ability to exercise the core skills that CWC seeks. The cover letter should not summarize the candidate’s resume.

Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Benefits

CWC offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package that 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 eligibility vary by tenure and employment status, among other factors.

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.

To learn more about the Community Water Center, visit our website at: www.communitywatercenter.org

PDF version available here.

 


Community Organizer - Watsonville

Title: Community Organizer                                               

Organization: Community Water Center

Location: Serving communities in the Northern Central Coast based in Watsonville, CA

PDF version of job description here. 

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 Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region (primarily Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito counties and parts of Santa Clara County). All employees at CWC are “at will.” This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Community Solutions, Heather Lukacs and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies.

Major Responsibilities:

Organizing and Base-Building:

  • Engage, train, and support local community leaders and advocates from low-income communities and communities of color throughout the Salinas Valley and surrounding areas as part of CWC’s local-, regional- and state-level organizing and advocacy campaigns
  • Coordinate community engagement planning, logistics, and outreach for community advocacy days in Sacramento and actions throughout the Salinas Valley and surrounding areas.
  • Coordinate community meetings and activities, including developing meeting agendas, facilitating meetings, and doing preparation and follow-up work with community partners.
  • Coordinate planning and outreach for candidate forums.
  • Support press conferences and other public events to publicize community drinking water issues and promote specific campaign objectives.
  • Facilitate community meetings and community engagement with local community-based organizations.
  • Build community relationships, alliances, and coalitions to move campaigns.
  • Support CWC’s outreach and organizing efforts, including, as needed, making phone calls to community members, sending out texts and emails, making event reminder calls, updating CWC’s contacts database, assisting with meeting coordination and logistics, and assisting with translation/interpretation.

General Duties:

Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation amongst CWC staff, community members, and affiliate organizations.

  • Actively participate in program strategy, planning, tracking and reporting, 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.
  • Experience working with low-income communities and/or communities of color.
  • Strong interpersonal verbal communication and writing skills, with sensitivity to appropriate delivery depending on target and audience.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills via various methods (i.e. in-person, telephone, email, video conferencing, and in writing)
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities, while remaining focused on overarching goals.
  • Ability to work with and inspire diverse communities and age groups.
  • Creative and comprehensive problem solving skills.
  • Ability to accept praise and critical feedback – the ideal candidate would value self-improvement and seek evaluation.
  • Flexible schedule – willing and able to work weekends and attend night meetings and attend out-of-town events, activities and meetings as needed
  • Proficient with basic computer skills including, at minimum: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and ability to troubleshoot basic software and computer equipment problems.
  • Fluent in Spanish (oral and written).
  • 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 working with database software, preferably NationBuilder
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, water and environmental issues and/or community development.
  • Knowledge of political landscape in California.

Starting Date: Open until filled

Salary: $50k and competitive depending on experience.

Application:

To apply, email resume and cover letter to: susana.deanda@communitywatercenter.org

Benefits:

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. 

To learn more about the Community Water Center and our programs, visit our website at

www.communitywatercenter.org

PDF version of job description here.


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