California Water Efficiency Partnership

Program Director

Hybrid - Sacramento, CA
$100K - $125K Annually
Application Deadline: 7/19/24

The California Water Efficiency Partnership seeks a Program Director to join its staff and help achieve its mission to maximize urban water efficiency in California. We are a small team with an outsized impact located in downtown Sacramento.

What we do:

CalWEP is an innovative leader, voice and expert on water efficiency in California. With over 200 members including water agencies, service providers, technology companies, manufacturers, and non-profits. CalWEP’s mission is to maximize urban water efficiency and conservation throughout California. We achieve this goal by:

·      Supporting and integrating innovative technologies and practices

·      Encouraging effective public policies

·      Advancing research, training, and public education

·      Building collaborative approaches and partnerships

Learn more about us at

What the job entails:

We are seeking a leader to join our downtown Sacramento-based team as our Program Director, and we are ready to hire immediately. We will consider remote applicants. This position will report directly to CalWEP’s Co-Executive Directors and work closely with our entire team to complete the following duties:

Drive the implementation of the Making Water Conservation a Way of Life Regulation:

·      Collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups, including water utilities, environmental advocates, industry representatives, and state agencies.

·      Design and develop tools, research, and resources to help suppliers implement the regulation.

·      Create new resources for CalWEP membership, including drafting FAQs, implementation guides, webinars, and event sessions.

·      Provide technical support for the regulation’s implementation.

·      Develop grant proposals, RFPs, and contracts, both independently and collaboratively.

·      Lead and conduct research projects, including data collection, analysis, and reporting.

·      Respond to technical data and information requests from committee members and staff.

·      Engage with Department of Water Resources, State Water Resources Control Board, and other state and federal agencies as needed.

Lead CalWEP’s programmatic priorities, including:

·      Oversee the Sustainable Landscape Market Transformation portfolio.

·      Develop the Leak Detection and Repair Training Program.

·      Manage CalWEP’s Program Committee, which includes over 75 members and task forces on various water efficiency topics including commercial, industrial, and institutional best management practices, Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI), sustainable landscapes, and more.

·      Deliver presentations on water efficiency topics both in-person and virtually.

·      Design meeting, conference, and workshop agendas; coordinate with presenters; and develop materials.

·      Identify and submit grant proposals to support and expand CalWEP’s work.

·      Manage relevant CalWEP grants and contracts, including record-keeping, reporting, and managing subcontractors.

Engage with our growing and diverse statewide membership, including:

·      Travel to CalWEP events across the state.

·      Attend regional water efficiency meetings and present to water agency boards as requested.

·      Provide support to members on various water efficiency topics.

·      Represent CalWEP at partner events.

Other duties as assigned. As a small but mighty team we are constantly adapting and responding to our members’ needs. The duties described above are provided as examples and are not to be considered as exclusive or all inclusive.

Who you are:

·      Passionate about water conservation and efficiency with the policy and technical expertise to lead teams and committees.

·      Data-savvy and comfortable with a range of digital tools.

·      Communicative and willing to engage with colleagues and leadership.

·      Detail-oriented.

·      Demonstrated commitment to active listening.

·      Eager to be at the forefront of water efficiency in California and nationally.

·      Enthusiastic and positive, aiming to achieve results.

Your Experience and Qualifications:

A strong candidate will possess the following attributes:

·      Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.

·      10+ years of experience in water conservation, water/environmental policy, or water resource management.

·      Excellent research and writing skills, with the ability to present complex information concisely.

·      Ability to work independently and self-motivated.

·      Thrive in a deadline-driven environment.

·      Strong project and time management skills, flexibility, creativity, and organizational abilities.

·      High levels of accountability for self and others.

·      Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends.

·      Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel and PowerPoint.

·      Experience with WordPress, Dropbox, Basecamp, Mailchimp, and Salesforce preferred.

What you’ll gain:

·      Deep understanding and expertise on cutting-edge topics in water sustainability.

·      Statewide recognition as a leader in the field of water conservation and efficiency.

·      Connections with and a network of over 200 water providers, businesses, and non-profits in the water industry.

·      A community of mission-driven and motivated individuals who value work/life balance.

Salary & Benefits:

·      $95,000 – $120,000 annually depending on experience.

·      Competitive benefits package including 401K contributions, medical/dental coverage, family leave, and paid holiday and sick leave. This is an exempt position.

·      Sacramento-based preferred but remote considered for the right person.

Equal Opportunity Employment:

CalWEP is committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or parental status, disability, veteran status, or other protected classes.

Physical Requirements:

·      Office environment with occasional lifting of up to 30 lbs.

·      Occasional travel by car, plane or other means to meetings in California and nationally.

Application Process:

Applicants should email their résumés, cover letters describing their qualifications and interest in the position, and a writing sample to with the subject line “Program Director Application.” The position is open until filled.

All applicants will be held in confidence with the hiring committee, reference checks and writing samples will be requested in later rounds of interview process.

Recruiter Information:

Tia Fleming