Community Solutions Manager

Community Water Center

About the organization

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 around water issues, create a regional movement for water justice in the Central Coast and the San Joaquin Valley, and enable every community to access safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.


The Community Solutions Manager is a full-time exempt position that will be primarily
responsible for providing technical support, analysis, and resources to assist communities in making informed decisions on the best drinking water solution(s) for their needs. In some cases, CWC provides this support independently based on in-house expertise and consultation with outside experts. In other cases, CWC collaborates with consultants contracted through state-funded technical assistance contracts. The Community Solutions Manager is expected to work directly with the community advocacy, organizing, and policy teams as well as other CWC staff and interns; and will coordinate with community partners, government agencies, contracted consultants, technical advisors, and affiliate organizations. The Community Solutions Manager will also support the development of draft plans for communities in the Central Coast to develop interim and long-term solutions to water access challenges and tools for communities to understand and engage in the process of decision-making. They will work closely with Community Solutions Advocates to ensure these plans are communicated effectively to community partners and provide opportunities for community engagement and action. This position will require travel to communities throughout the Central Coast, the Central Valley, and Sacramento as needed. (CWC staff are not currently travelling due to the COVID emergency.)


● Experience reviewing technical analyses and information in public, private or non-profit
sectors, preferably related to drinking water, the environment, health, and/or social
justice; and synthesizing technical information for non-technical audiences.
● Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills, with sensitivity to
appropriate delivery depending on target audience.
● Fluency in English and Spanish.
● Project management experience, including oversight of project contractors (e.g.
consultants working on specific technical aspects of a larger environmental project), and
scope, budget and schedule development and tracking.
● Experience managing other staff as a direct supervisor and/or as the lead of a project
● Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple priorities
● Experience working with low-income communities and/or communities of color.
● Ability to analyze drinking water technology information, develop cost estimates, and
develop tools to optimize choices in interim solution systems.
● Ability to travel within California and work some nights and weekends.
● Proficient with basic computer skills including, at minimum: Microsoft Office
● Bachelor's Degree in engineering, environmental science, or related degree. An advanced
degree (masters or PhD) is an asset, but is not required.


Starting at $75,000 per year (based on experience and qualifications)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply, email resume and cover letter to Heather Lukacs:
[email protected]

Location: Based in Watsonville, CA, serving communities in the Central Coast. CWC believes our mission can be effectively advanced while being flexible in our approach to work style and location. All candidates for this position must be able to work in-person out of our Watsonville office at least two days per week and are expected to report in the office, attend public meetings, and/or conduct community outreach and advocacy more than two days a week if needed based on job responsibilities.

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