Policy Advocate

  • Full-Time
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Application deadline: 2021-11-24

Community Water Center


The Community Water Center (CWC) is an environmental justice nonprofit that works directly alongside impacted communities towards the goal of securing universal access to safe and affordable drinking water in California. We believe access to safe and affordable drinking water is a basic human right, not a privilege. CWC seeks to build an enduring movement for water justice that is powered by community activists by serving as a catalyst for community-driven
water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy.

Position Description

CWC is hiring for a Policy Advocate position that will focus on policies related to sustainable groundwater management, and will include a component focused on data analysis and supporting CWC’s Drinking Water Tool. This is a regular, exempt, full-time, salary position. This position reports to the Policy Manager & Attorney and is based out of CWC’s Sacramento office. This position will require some travel to the Southern San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast. All employees at CWC are “at will.”

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Strong passion for, and commitment to, social and environmental justice
  • Strong research, policy analysis, policy advocacy, and writing skills
  • Interest in and aptitude for legislative or administrative advocacy
  • Ability to analyze and respond to technical documents related to groundwater quality and supply, public finance, governance, and public health
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines and “own” assigned campaigns and projects
  • Ability to work in, and help build and coordinate, 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 would value self-improvement and seek and provide regular feedback and evaluation
  • Proficient with basic computer skills including, at minimum: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, video conferencing programs, and ability to troubleshoot basic software and computer equipment problems
  • Flexible schedule: willing and able to travel to communities in the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast, work weekends, and attend night meetings when necessary [COVID restrictions apply]
  • Valid California Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong verbal and written fluency in Spanish, including strong bilingual (Spanish-English) interpersonal verbal communication and writing skills, with sensitivity to appropriate delivery depending on target and audience
  • Background in environmental science or policy, hydrogeology, earth sciences, public health, sustainable agriculture, community development or related field and ability to communicate technical information to non-experts in a clear way
  • At least 1 year of experience in CA regulatory and/or legislative policy advocacy,
    particularly in the following areas:

    • CA water and environmental law or science (especially related to SGMA)
    • CA local government
  • Public Policy Research
  • Graduate degree (particularly MS or PhD)
  • Experience analyzing and modeling data trends, and developing data analysis tools and/or methodologies, particularly related to water
  • Experience working with people directly impacted by environmental justice issues in advocacy campaigns, including low-income communities and/or communities of color, particularly Latinx farmworker communities

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be equipped to interpret, analyze, and publicly represent data and policies. They will persuasively advocate for successful strategies to protect drinking water in the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast, in light of various local groundwater conditions and the unique characteristics of groundwater-dependent drinking water systems. The ideal candidate
will have an affinity for synthesizing and communicating complex technical information in a manner that is accessible to non-experts and will feel comfortable presenting findings and policy recommendations in public meetings to diverse audiences including decision-makers, impacted residents, ally organizations, funders/donors and others. Technical information can include data such as groundwater levels and water quality as represented in models and annual reports, as well as information about existing and anticipated impacts to drinking water wells, particularly under climate change scenarios.

Salary: Starting at $55,000 (based on experience and qualifications).

Application: To apply, email resume and cover letter to: erick.orellana@communitywatercenter.org


We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which includes: medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; hybrid (remote and in-person) work location policy; retirement program contributions, generous vacation, family, and sick leave, and holiday policies; individual wellness and professional development budgets and more.

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.

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