Assistant Manager, Water Program

Institute for Ecological Civilization
  • Location
    Remote, California
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 11

Position description

EcoCiv understands a civilization to be a way that humans pattern their lives together; it encompasses values, institutions, beliefs, cultures, and actions. To live ecologically is to recognize that all living things are members of ecosystems, and then to act to "to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community" (Aldo Leopold). In promoting ecological civilization, EcoCiv works towards the development of human societies that are structured to promote a cooperative relationship between the planet's human inhabitants and the biosphere they inhabit. 

EcoCiv's signature program, W12+ Programs, addresses the obstacles to water security through a two-pronged approach: supporting local leaders who are working to solve their communities' water security challenges and connecting these leaders to global resources and knowledge. This method ensures that W12+ does not enforce its views or theories of creating water stability at the expense of the local community's standards.

What You Will Receive:

  • Flexible work schedule
  • 100% remote work
  • Paid Time Off and accrual 
  • Work experience with an interdisciplinary team

Position Summary:

The Water Program is looking for a part-time (20-25 hour/week) Assistant Manager to grow and manage our partnerships and support the Water Project Lead with day-to-day team management, particularly on the W12+ Blueprint and W12+ Hubs. 

The successful candidate will have a particular interest and commitment to localized development processes and integrating locally-led development with global expertise and resources. There is significant potential for growth and expansion with this position.

The position will work closely with and will report to the EcoCiv Projects Director.


50% Hub management (capacity development work) 

  • Prepare agendas and lead weekly team calls
  • Identify synergies between projects and propose ways to improve
  • Ensure high-level goals are applied and rolled out across hubs and platforms
  • Ensure project deadlines are met in accordance with grant requirements and goals
  • Identify and mitigate risks as they arise related to team members and/or progress to goals
  • Budgeting, projections, and tracking resource allocations in collaboration with the Projects Director

25% Blueprint management (platform management work)

  • Identify, propose, and lead updates on the W12+ Blueprint platform
  • Ensure project deadlines are met in accordance with grant requirements and goals

25% Business/partnership development (fundraising and partnership development)

  • Coordinate and maintain relationships with local and international project partners including those in South Africa, South Sudan, and Egypt
  • Explore opportunities for further partnership in other locations globally
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities 
  • Manage contracts with sub-contracted partners
  • Provide project updates to relevant partners and team members

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Specific work experience in the water sector (policy, infrastructure, humanitarian aid, natural resource management, etc.)
  • Proven success balancing project management with business and partnership development
  • Practical experience in at least one of the following regions: MENA, Sahel, Southern Africa, Latin America, Rural USA (i.e. Navajo nation and/or Appalachia)
  • Ability to creatively and independently solve problems
  • Ability to manage relationships and discern when to bring in upper management and when to problem solve independently
  • Experience writing and submitting grants and funding applications for projects and organizations

Education and Experience

  • Required: Bachelor's degree; 
  • Preferred Master's degree in international development, integrated/sustainable water management, environmental studies, water, and policy, or related field.
  • 5+ years of work experience with project management experience of at least 2 years directly managing a process and people - ideally seeing a project through its entire lifecycle

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Proven success finding and responding to proposals with intergovernmental, foundation, corporate, and international development bank funders
  • Established network in the international development community
  • Experience using Salesforce and Salesforce Communities (strongly preferred)
  • Proven experience in responding to and receiving funding from multilateral agencies and private foundations
  • Proficiency with management tools such as ClickUp, Slack, Google Drive/Suite, and Zoom


This position is only open to those legally able to work in the United States of America.

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