Program Associate, Water

San Francisco, CA
Full Time

About the Organization

At the Pisces Foundation, we believe if we act now and boldly, we can quickly accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together. We support organizations, advocates, and activists who, working together, are doing what’s necessary to have clean and abundant water, a safe climate, and kids with the environmental know-how to create a sustainable world. By mainstreaming powerful new and equitable solutions, we will spark immediate gains and lasting benefits for people and nature. We know that our Foundation’s vision, of people and nature thriving together, can only be realized in an equitable and just world. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a foundation.

The Pisces Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations to further our goal of creating a world where people and nature thrive together. The Foundation’s 990-PFs provide information about our finances, operations, and grantmaking. To learn more about Pisces’ work and collaborations—including our grant recipients—visit our website, follow us on Twitter, and consult Pisces’ profiles on GuideStar and LinkedIn. On our blog you can read more about our commentary on recent events and our vision for a One Water future. You can also access news stories, including a recent report on water in the U.S. published by Inside Philanthropy, that discuss our work.

Program Associate

We are seeking a collaborative, impact-focused self-starter with a passion for environmental issues to join our mission-driven team as Program Associate, Water. The Program Associate performs core operating and administrative functions for the program and the Foundation, along with having a key role in the program strategy’s implementation, grants management, and monitoring. The position reports to the Water Program Officer and will work in our San Francisco office (in a hybrid remote & in-office format), as pandemic safety precautions allow.

Water Program

The Water Program seeks to help catalyze a system change on water management in the U.S. that emphasizes the interconnectivity of water challenges and solutions. “One Water” approaches seek to solve multiple challenges—like safe drinking water, adequate water supply, and clean rivers and streams—simultaneously and to acknowledge the people and environments at the center of the broader system. The commonality among One Water solutions is that they examine natural and human-made water systems holistically and examine how integrated water solutions can play a critical role in building sustainability and resilience. Approaching water management with equity and inclusivity, both in terms of process and results, is essential in this approach as is the recognition that One Water approaches are as diverse as the communities they serve.  More information on our water strategy is available here.


Grants management: Lead the administrative workflow for grants by managing the program’s grant timeline, budget, and applications; maintaining files; and acting as internal/external contact on submissions. Support in assessing grant proposals and reports. Collaborate with the Grants Manager and fellow Program Associates on Foundation-wide grants management.

Program implementation and support: In partnership with and in support of the Program Officer, work to achieve the goals established in the program’s strategic plan through grantmaking, convening, partnerships, and other field-building activities. Conduct research, analysis, and written synthesis in support of the goals.  Collaborate with Program Officer on assessing grantee and program progress toward goals.

Communications: Contribute to the Foundation’s voice and presence and the program’s communications goals by crafting social media content, presentations, and blogs.

Program operations: Support the program’s day-to-day operations and events by scheduling meetings and calls, tracking budget, creating expense reports, and providing notetaking and other meeting support.

Cross-program collaboration and Foundation support: Coordinate with other Program staff on grantmaking and collaborate on cross-program projects. Contribute to Foundation operations by working with colleagues on board meeting preparation, staff committees, and organization development (contacts and mailing lists, teambuilding, recruiting/training).  Execute special projects as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Commitment to the Pisces Foundation’s and the program’s mission; interest in water and environmental justice issues.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of professional experience within philanthropy, non-profits or other change-making endeavors, in the private or public sectors.
  • Demonstrated project management experience, including ability to think and work independently and effectively and to plan, prioritize, follow-through, and track multiple work streams under deadlines in a dynamic environment. Excellent organization skills, attention to detail, and accuracy. Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to work through solutions when there is no obvious path.
  • Familiarity with environmental and policy research.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability and desire to help create an impactful philanthropic program by integrating the impacts on and perspectives from the communities most affected by water issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively to a range of audiences in meetings, over email, and through formal work product and presentations. Experience adapting communication style to different cultural environments.
  • Experience with and aptitude for collaboration across a range of colleagues and stakeholders. Ability to represent the Foundation and build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, partners, and grantees with a respectful and authentic manner. Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Flexibility, emotional intelligence, positive attitude, enthusiasm, willingness to help others, and a sense of humor.
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office Suite – Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook.
  • Ability to travel occasionally and attend some evening events (once it is safe to do so).

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing this position, the employee is regularly required to operate a personal computer for up to 8 hours a day, to talk on the telephone or webcam for multiple hours per day, to travel by plane and car service, and to have the ability to talk and hear.

Because this position has in-office responsibilities, the employee will need to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, although reasonable accommodation requests will be considered.


Pisces Foundation offers an excellent compensation package including platinum-level health and welfare benefits, parental leave, and generous retirement contributions. This position’s starting salary range is $70,000-$80,000 with an opportunity to earn a discretionary bonus. Our salaries are competitive, reflect our geographic location and field, and are commensurate with experience. Pisces Foundation participates in multiple compensation surveys for grantmaking organizations and conducts an annual review of market-based salary trends.

How to apply:

Upload your application to our Google form:  Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and relevant writing sample combined as a single document in PDF format. The writing sample could be any document from a blog to a paper that demonstrates the applicant’s fluency in water advocacy, policy, and/or research including environmental justice.

You can reach out to with any questions. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We will begin reviewing applications on March 7.

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We know there are strong candidates who may not have all the qualifications above. If you have skills and experiences that we have not thought of and would be an asset to the role, please apply. The Foundation encourages people of color, those from under-resourced communities, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and others with diverse backgrounds and with a variety of skills, experiences, and ideas. We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.