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Program Associate - Sacramento

                                                    

Title: Program Associate                                 

Organization: Community Water Center

Location: Sacramento, CA

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The Community Water Center (CWC) acts as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy in California. We seek to build and enhance leadership capacity and local community power in low-income communities of color on drinking water issues, create a movement for water justice in the California, and enable every community to have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.  

 
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 our organization, and who are open to developing their skills.


Position Description:

The Program Associate is primarily responsible for providing organizational,  communications, fund development and other programmatic support based in the Sacramento office. This position reports to the Communications Manager and will also work closely with the Director of Strategic Partnerships, other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. This is a regular, exempt, full-time, salary position.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Support CWC’s internal systems and organizational development efforts including:
    • Database management, analysis, maintenance, coordination of data entry, data analysis and preparation of reports, impact tracking, communication with supporters using database software
    • Supporting the optimization of internal systems such as NationBuilder, Asana, Google Drive and other systems as needed
  • Coordinate, implement and expand online communications work, including updates and maintenance to CWC’s website and social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Flickr
  • Manage and maintain CWC’s text list of impacted community residents and provide updates to this list as needed
  • Support CWC’s fund development efforts including events, individual donors, grant proposals and reporting and other efforts as needed.
  • Provide some day-to-day administrative coordination for the Sacramento office, including checking mail, answering phones, getting supplies, setting up equipment, maintaining office organization, etc.

General Duties

  • Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation amongst CWC staff, community members, and affiliate organizations.
  • Actively participate in program strategy meetings as appropriate 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 Communications Manager, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Executive Director.

Required Qualifications

  • Fluent in Spanish (written and oral)
  • Excellent communication skills, typing, good organizational skills and willingness to learn new programs (Expensify, Ebillity, Carbonite, google drive, bill.com).
  • Familiar with social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Strong passion for and commitment to social and environmental justice
  • Strong interpersonal verbal communication, writing, and presentation skills, with sensitivity to appropriate delivery depending on target and audience
  • Outstanding organizational skills with demonstrated ability to plan and execute a complex project involving multiple actors
  • Strong creative and comprehensive problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work with and inspire diverse communities and age groups
  • Ability to accept praise and critical feedback – the ideal candidate would value self-improvement and seek evaluation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors and/or graduate degree in environmental studies, sociology, public policy, community development or related fields
  • Experience working with low-income communities and/or communities of color in an organizing or service capacity
  • Experience with database management (NationBuilder experience is a bonus!)

 

Starting Date: Open until filled

Salary: Competitive based on experience.

Application Process: To apply please submit a letter of interest and resume to kelsey.hinton@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, 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 and our programs, visit our website at www.communitywatercenter.org

 

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Program Associate - Visalia

Title: Program Associate                                        

Organization: Community Water Center

Location: Visalia, CA

PDF version of job description here. 

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 regional movement for water justice in the California, and enable every community to have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.    

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 administrative, clerical and program assistance to support the organization’s internal systems. This position will be based in 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 is a full-time position, regular, non-exempt, hourly, employee position based out of the Visalia office. The hourly range for this position is $20 - $25 per hour.

Major Responsibilities are to assist with the following:

  • Accounts payable/receivable
  • Month-end data
  • Coordination of audit/tax/lobbying reports
  • Employee recruitment/onboarding
  • Asset tracking
  • Expense management
  • Multi-facilities management
  • Maintain overall appearance of the office and answer the phone
  • Travel logistics
  • Equipment maintenance including company vehicle
  • Technical troubleshooting
  • Procure office supplies
  • General sorting, scanning, copying, exporting, tracking and documenting 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  

Required Qualifications

  • Fluent in Spanish (written and oral)
  • Excellent communication, typing, time management, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances
  • Ability to accept praise and feedback
  • Willingness to learn new programs and develop new skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Proficient in Microsoft and Google drive/calendar/email
  • 1-2 recent year(s) experience with Quickbooks program
  • 1-2 recent year(s) experience in admin/bookkeeping

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

Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which includes: medical, dental, and vision insurance; vacation, and sick leave, and holiday policies; 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, 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 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.

 


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