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Water Foundation
Oakland, California, United States
16 days ago


Position Description 

The Water Foundation seeks a motivated and collaborative colleague to support and optimize our work to mobilize philanthropic resources to advance critical water solutions. The Strategic Partnerships Associate will join a vibrant and dynamic institution with a compelling mission to ensure reliable, clean water for people and nature. The Strategic Partnerships Associate will round out the Strategic Partnerships team, reporting directly to the Director of Strategic Partnerships and working in close partnership with the Strategic Partnerships Officer, the Senior Communications Officer, our Finance and Operations team, and fundraising partners. This position provides an opportunity to learn from, and contribute to, a dynamic fundraising team while working at the nexus of philanthropy and the non-profit sector.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

The Strategic Partnerships Associate will hold the following responsibilities: 

Fundraising and Donor Cultivation Strategies

  • Lead on logistical coordination and planning of cultivation and fundraising meetings and events.
  • Identify, research, and rank funder prospects including institutional and individual donors.
  • Create and disseminate monthly Development Team agendas.

Funder Tracking 

  • Communicate and manage internal processes to meet grant deadlines.
  • Proofread and submit proposal and report materials in accordance with funder guidelines.
  • Review grant agreements and ensure that they are executed.
  • Prepare letters of acknowledgement for grants and other funds received. 
  • Working closely with the Finance and Operations team, reconcile data between Salesforce and financial management systems, and to prepare for the annual audit.

Database Management

  • Working closely with the Water Foundation’s Technology Manager, develop/refine process for tracking fundraising in the Salesforce Non-profit Success Pack.
  • Manage the Salesforce database on an ongoing basis including tracking all donations, grant requirements, and deadlines.
  • Process and manage donor information, keeping donor distribution lists updated and tracking and communicating upcoming next steps with each funder. 

Board Stewardship

  • Take meeting minutes for board and committee meetings.
  • Provide support with managing board materials on the board web portal. 

Compensation and Location 

The Water Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. The starting salary for the position is $70,000-$85,000. This position will be based in the Water Foundation’s Oakland or Sacramento office. 

The Water Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. The Water Foundation encourages people of color, from under-resourced communities, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and others with diverse perspectives and experiences to apply.

About the Organization 

The Water Foundation is a nonprofit philanthropy working to support lasting water solutions for communities, economies, and the environment. The Foundation complements strategic grantmaking with creative field-building and engagement with high-level decision makers and community leaders, and helps funders identify and act on opportunities to better manage water. 

The Water Foundation works in key watersheds across the West, recognizing that water crosses political boundaries and natural places face similar challenges across the region. As a funder with a singular focus on water, the Foundation deploys staff expertise to move resources to the groups that can most effectively improve water systems for the benefit of people and nature. The Water Foundation’s partners span a broad spectrum: conservation organizations, environmental justice groups, Tribes, agricultural associations, water providers, academics, business groups, and local, state, and federal agencies. 

In 2019, the Water Foundation launched an ambitious 5-year strategic framework to guide organizational efforts and maximize impact. This strategy, which reflects extensive field input from partners and stakeholders, takes a systemic approach. It prioritizes securing safe, clean water for people, restoring and sustaining freshwater environments, and building resilience to a changing climate. In pursuing these goals, the Foundation supports the field in tackling immediate water problems, including polluted drinking water and collapsing ecosystems, in ways that alter system drivers, such as social inequality and outmoded infrastructure. 

Inequity and injustice underlie many of the challenges the Water Foundation is working to address, such as the failure to provide clean, safe, and affordable drinking water or access to free-flowing rivers and green space to all communities. The Foundation is currently engaged in an initiative designed to provide the learning, competencies, and tools necessary to ensure that the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded and embodied in individual behavior, institutional operations, and strategic programming. While this is a two-year initiative, the Water Foundation is deeply committed to ongoing growth and learning in this area. 

More information about the Water Foundation can be found at



The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications: 

  • 2-5 years of experience working in fundraising and development. 
  • Strong project management, writing, and editing skills.
  • Strong data management skills and comfort with technology.
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar CRM platforms preferred.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated success managing and prioritizing multiple projects with competing deadlines. 
  • Strong work ethic, initiative, follow-through, and good judgment. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills. 
  • Patience, grace, and humor under pressure. 
  • Passion and commitment to the Water Foundation’s mission. 
  • Commitment to advancing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and in the Foundation’s work with its partners.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60768823
  • Location:
    Oakland, California, United States
    Sacramento, California, United States
  • Position Title: Strategic Partnerships Associate
  • Company Name: Water Foundation
  • Industry: Advocacy Group (501c3 / 501c4 / PAC)
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Development
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years
  • Salary: $70,000.00 - $85,000.00 (Yearly Salary)
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