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Project Manager - Water Program

Local Government Commission
Sacramento County, California, US
Closing date
Jan 25, 2022

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Conservation science
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Local Government Commission (LGC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization fostering innovation in environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, and social equity. Our current program areas include Water, Climate Change & Energy, Community Design, and National Service. The Water Team includes a broad portfolio of coalitions, projects, and programs focused on the intersection of water management and land-use planning - from stormwater to groundwater and everything in between. We work to advance the field at large while engaging in place-based initiatives throughout the state of California. In our mission to build livable communities and local leadership, we strive to address social inequities throughout our work and partner with community-based organizations, and conduct community engagement activities in an authentic manner.


We are looking for an experienced and dynamic individual to join the Water Team to lead the management and execution of complex projects. We are seeking a motivated and committed individual with experience working in California's groundwater context, strong communications, stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning skills, with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently. This position is located in Sacramento, CA.


Successful candidates will demonstrate their dedication to playing a leading role in the complex field of California water with the experience and skills necessary to be an effective project manager. We are searching for candidates with the following key attributes and qualifications:
  • At least 3 years of experience managing multiple projects with excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • A bachelor's or master's degree in environmental policy, planning, or a closely related field. (relevant work experience may be considered in place of a degree).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of innovative policies, practices, and technologies related to water management and/or land use planning in California.
  • A clear understanding of California local government planning, policy, and administrative practices.
  • Working understanding of equity, environmental justice, and/or social/racial justice principles, frameworks, and practices as applied in the water sector.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with demonstrated experience and skills in managing relationships, facilitating meetings, engaging diverse stakeholder groups and/or community members, and preparing and delivering presentations.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including experience preparing concise, comprehensive, and understandable policy memos, technical reports, community engagement plans, fact sheets, and other written materials.
  • Experience with event planning, including developing agendas, coordinating with speakers, organizing logistics, and moderating panels.
  • Experience with fundraising, including grant writing or sponsor recruitment.
  • Experience with key software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, iOS/Apple, Google Suite, MailChimp, and Survey Monkey. CRM and Project Management software experience is a plus.
  • Positive, collaborative, and problem-solving mindset, both with internal team and external partners.


The selected Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing multiple projects in LGC's growing Water portfolio, which currently includes the following key projects and programs:

  • Groundwater Exchange Improvement Implementation
  • Fairmead Community-Driven Multi-benefit Groundwater Recharge
  • San Diego Coastal Resilience Ambassadors Program

Borrego Valley Stewardship Council - Integrated Planning and Capacity Building Growing Water Smart Pilot Program

General Project Management Responsibilities:
  • Project Management
  • Program Development
  • Relationship Management

Project-specific Responsibilities:
  • Identify priority strategies, policies, and actions to advance water resilience efforts locally, regionally, and statewide
  • Conduct interviews, surveys, and roundtable discussions to understand barriers that local agencies and other practitioners face
  • Plan and implement virtual or in-person statewide, regional, and local workshops, and trainings.
  • Provide technical assistance for local jurisdictions' water management or planning practitioners, including targeted recommendations based on research and best practices, grant writing assistance, facilitated meetings with subject-matter experts, and mechanisms for information sharing.
  • Analyze new and emerging policies, funding guidelines, and water policy guidance to develop comment letters
  • Lead or participate in regular calls and meetings with project partners


This position is full-time and exempt and is located in Sacramento, CA with occasional travel required, typically within the state of California. The annual full-time starting salary range for this position is $62,400 - $70,000 depending on qualifications.

LGC's benefits package includes:
  • 100% employer-paid Medical, Dental, Long-term Disability Coverage, and Voluntary Term Life Insurance.
  • Ten days of paid vacation time per year for the first two years and fifteen days after the second year, accrued on a pro-rata basis.
  • Twelve days of paid sick leave per year, accrued on a pro-rata basis.
  • Twelve paid holidays per year.
  • 401K retirement plan with an employer contribution, which is currently up to 4% of salary (eligible to join the first quarter after one full year of employment).
  • Access to the LGC's Employee Assistance Program.


Interested applicants should submit their résumés, cover letters describing their qualifications and interest in the position, a writing sample, and three references

Local Government Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Our agency embraces a diverse & culturally rich workforce, and we welcome all candidates to apply.

This position will remain open until filled and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. The first priority deadline is January 24th, and the second priority deadline is February 7th.
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