Manager, Climate Resilient Water Systems

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Environmental Defense Fund

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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14 days ago

Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.

We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.

Our culture,
values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?
Responsibilities :
San Francisco, Central Valley, Sacramento CA or Remote (preferably in CA)

EDF’s Climate Resilient Water Systems
The Climate Resilient Water Systems (CRWS) workstream is dedicated to developing water management and policy solutions that balance water supply and demand and increases the resilience of water systems. EDF focuses on strong science, uncommon partnerships, and economically sensible approaches to develop and implement practical solutions that serve the water resource needs of people and the environment. EDF has established a reputation as both a trusted and credible partner with diverse stakeholders, governments, and water agencies; and as an advocate for transformational change in water policy and practices that incorporate ecosystem goals. The work currently is focused within Arizona, California, Colorado, and Texas, with active exploration of new work in New Mexico and Oregon and a handful of other locations around the world.

Overall Function
EDF seeks a talented, and self-motivated Manager to play a significant role in the development and execution of EDF’s water strategies, including California’s implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and advancing holistic approaches to create more resilient water and land systems across the state and beyond. The Manager will oversee outreach and engagement with vulnerable communities, develop strategic relationships and collaborations within rural communities and environmental justice community, conduct analyses and foster collaboration among NGO’s, agencies, water districts and agricultural partners. The Manager will also lead the exploration of expanded community outreach efforts and application of programs such as the Water Leadership Institute in other Western states and likely internationally (e.g., Mexico). The position offers the opportunity to build the scope and effectiveness of a multidisciplinary team working to accelerate our strategic vision for improving environmental resilience, community health and wellbeing and agricultural sustainability. Reporting to the Director, Climate Resilient Water Systems and working closely with other members of the Water and broader EDF People and Nature team as well as the Justice & Equity team, along with select advisors and consultants, the Manager will make significant contributions to help advance the People and Nature’s program priorities for lasting environmental change.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities
  • Play a central role in EDF’s outreach and engagement of vulnerable communities, grassroots organizations and environmental justice groups. The manager will work to embed environmental justice objectives into our efforts to advance our strategies through the development of partnerships with environmental justice/ grassroots partners.
  • Oversee training and capacity building of leaders in community water systems, board members of small water systems and disadvantaged communities through the Water Leadership Institute. The manager will develop work plans, identify and procure necessary resources, manage budget, oversee consultants’ work, timelines and deliverables.
  • Manage disadvantaged community outreach and engagement and advance opportunities for community leaders to participate in water decision making efforts.
  • Work with Water Team Leadership and EDF Equity & Justice team to refine and strengthen equity and justice elements of the overall Water Strategy.
  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.
  • Develop and apply an appropriate means for measuring project success.
  • Manage interns, fellows and staff as required as well as consultants and external vendors.
  • Become sufficiently knowledgeable about the scope and breadth of the program’s activities to participate effectively in various external policy and science committees, and internal communications team discussions.
  • Conduct and facilitate stakeholder group meetings.
  • Communicate program results and lessons learned to internal and external stakeholders through reports, media and online outreach, conferences, and presentations.
  • Make recommendations to senior-level management on procedures to improve and establish best practices for outreach and relationship building strategies with DACs.
  • Assist in other activities including fundraising, writing reports for donors, evaluating and recommending new project ideas; disseminating and communicating project results; and being a team player in the development of innovative work streams.


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, management, public policy, social science or related field and 6+ years relevant experience required or advanced degree with 4+ years of relevant experience;
  • Solid understanding of the California’s agricultural sector, water policy and water issues facing rural communities and a working knowledge of water scarcity issues facing the arid west;
  • Experience working with vulnerable communities and/or Tribes around conservation and environmental justice issues;
  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail and experience with project management;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • An ability to adapt quickly to new situations and changing demands;
  • Demonstrated ability to independently recommend and determine approaches to completing projects and managing processes where precedents are not always available;
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical subject matter in writing, orally and through presentations;
  • Strong analytical skills and experience performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work;
  • Strong ability to work on multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of small teams in a fast-paced, dynamic and creative environment;
  • Independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize a diverse workload;
  • Fluent English, proficiency in Spanish a plus.

EEO Information:
Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.