Program Manager, Growing Water Smart
AZ Programs
Job Type

Are you passionate about helping communities in the West become resilient to existing and future water challenges? Sonoran Institute is seeking an enthusiastic and committed Arizona-based Program Manager to join our Growing Water Smart team. Sonoran Institute’s “Growing Water Smart” (GWS) program trains and assists communities in ensuring that land-use planning, which largely determines future water demand related to urban growth and development, is sensitive to future water conditions and makes the most strategic and equitable use of that water. The Program Manager is responsible for building and managing projects such as our multi-day Growing Water Smart workshop and community implementation projects, our Peer-to-Peer Network of land use planners and water resource managers, and the creation of additional cutting-edge resources to support local governments and water providers in achieving water-smart growth. This includes organizing, marketing, attending, and/or facilitating events that encourage communities to use less water and approach water holistically. The Program Manager is supervised by the Director of the Growing Water Smart program and will be part of a 3–4-person program team. The Program Manager will be located in Arizona and lead activities in that state while supporting Growing Water Smart programming in some or all of the following geographies: California, Colorado, and Northern Mexico.

Come join an organization whose mission is to connect people and communities with the natural resources that nourish and sustain them. We envision resilient and sustainable communities living in harmony with the natural world, where flowing rivers and healthy landscapes enable all people and nature to thrive. Our work transcends borders, bringing together diverse communities to promote civil dialogue about complex conservation issues that know no boundaries. All aspects of our work are guided by inclusivity and collaboration to create positive environmental change in the western United States and northwestern Mexico.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as project manager for Growing Water Smart projects, as assigned, including managing project tasks and timelines, coordinating and leading project management meetings, overseeing logistics for workshops and meetings, and carrying out grant deliverables
  • Organize, attend, present, moderate or facilitate meetings, conference sessions, and workshop sessions
  • Research and author reports, publications, articles, and presentations
  • Assist in the curriculum design of trainings and workshops
  • Develop and/or manage relationships with prospective, current, and past workshop attendees; outside agencies; consultants; partners; and funders
  • Oversee vendor and consultant contracts and payments
  • Manage online platforms such as websites, discussion forums, and Google Drive
  • Assist in the preparation of program/project budgets and funding proposals 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural or water resource management, public policy, environmental policy, sustainability, climate science, urban and regional planning, or related field and three or more years of experience in a related field with increasing levels of responsibility.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, such as the ability to communicate complex ideas and information to a broad range of audiences.
  • Excellent program management skills, including ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficient in the principles of land use planning or water resource management.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 365 programs.
  • Experience with website/digital/graphic design/video or other media tools.
  • Energetic, outgoing, flexible, creative, and a proactive problem solver. 
  • Current valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to work independently and remotely unless within commuting distance from Tucson, AZ.
  • Ability to travel by car and plane in the United States.
  • Ability to occasionally travel overnight and occasionally work evenings or weekends.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Graduate degree in natural or water resource management, public policy, environmental policy, sustainability, climate science, urban and regional planning, or related field.
  • Experience in facilitation and stakeholder engagement.
  • Experience with designing education or training programs.
  • Proficient in Spanish language.
  • Proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Proficient in GIS.

Geographic Location: Fully remote position physically located within the State of Arizona. Occasional in-office expected if within commuting distance of Tucson Office.

Salary: $39,000-$55,000 (based on qualifications and experience) 

Benefits Offered:

  • Health Insurance – Employer Subsidized
  • Dental Insurance – Employer Subsidized
  • Life Insurance - Employer Paid
  • Long Term Disability - Employer Paid
  • 401K participation with employer match
  • Generous paid time off, starting at 20 days per year

This position is open until filled. We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a rolling basis and encourage you to submit your resume and cover letter as soon as possible. 

Salary Description
$39,000-$55,000/Annually (DOE)