Community Solutions Advocate

Community Water Center

Based in Visalia, CA; serving communities in the San Joaquin Valley. 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 Visalia 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

About Community Water Center

Community Water Center is an environmental justice nonprofit that works alongside under-resourced communities of color to secure 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

The Community Solutions Advocate position is a regular, exempt, full-time, salary position that will work in partnership with communities in the Southern San Joaquin Valley to help secure access to safe and affordable drinking water. This is primarily achieved by providing accurate and relevant information on local drinking water quality, conditions, and challenges, connecting residents to available resources, and supporting and empowering communities to engage in local drinking water projects and local, regional and statewide policy campaigns.

All employees at CWC are “at will.” This position will report directly to CWC’s Senior Community Solutions Manager based in Visalia, and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners, and allies.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Strong passion for and commitment to social and environmental justice.
  • Experience working with low-income communities and/or communities of color.
  • Strong interpersonal verbal communication and writing skills, with sensitivity to appropriate delivery depending on target and audience.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills via various methods (ie in-person, telephone, email, video conferencing, and in writing)
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities, while remaining focused on overarching goals.
  • Ability to take ownership of program work and drive specific tasks, including identifying gaps or barriers and taking initiative in collaborating with other staff to propose solutions.
  • Ability to work with and inspire diverse communities and age groups.
  • Creative and comprehensive problem solving skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and understand how individual campaigns and projects fit into CWC’s overall model of change
  • Ability to accept praise and critical feedback – the ideal candidate would value self-improvement and seek evaluation.
  • Flexible schedule – willing and able to work weekends and attend night meetings and attend out-of-town events, activities and meetings as needed.
  • Proficient with basic computer skills including, at minimum: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and ability to troubleshoot basic software and computer equipment problems.
  • Fluent in Spanish (oral and written).
  • Valid CA driver’s license.
  • Have or be willing to receive COVID-19 vaccination.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with low-income communities and/or communities of color.
  • Understanding of and fluency in digital organizing tools and software, including online, mobile, social media, and text platforms.
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, water and environmental issues and/or community development.
  • Knowledge of the political landscape in California.

Salary: Starting at $54,080 per year (based on experience and qualifications)

Application

To apply, email resume and cover letter to: christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org

Benefits

  • We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which includes: medical, dental, and vision insurance; retirement program contributions; generous vacation, family, and sick leave, and holiday policies; a flexible work schedule; professional development opportunities and more. (Benefits guidelines and eligibility vary based on 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 and our programs, visit our website.

To apply for this job email your details to christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org