Program Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary: Competitive depending on experience.



Application Deadline



United States


Position Description:

The Program Associate is a full-time, non-exempt, at-will employee position that will be primarily responsible for providing administrative and program support for the Watsonville Office. The Program Associate will report directly to the Community Solutions Director, Heather Lukacs. The Program Associate will also work closely with the Watsonville-based Community Organizer, outreach team, staff, and other organizational partners. All employees at CWC are “at will.”

Major Responsibilities:

Administrative Duties:

  • Provide day-to-day administrative support for the Watsonville office including preparing/coordinating travel arrangements, processing all mail, document printing/scanning/mailing/filing, scheduling meetings, answering phones, ordering supplies, setting up equipment and assisting to troubleshoot any technical issues, maintaining office organization, and assist with closing office for our winter break.

Program Support:

  • Support CWC’s outreach and organizing efforts, including making follow-up phone calls to community members, sending out emails and texts, making event reminder calls, updating CWC’s contacts database, and assisting with meeting coordination and logistics.
  • Provide logistical support for community meetings, platicas, forums, and other events organized by staff or CWC partners, including making copies of materials and translation/interpretation during meetings.

General Duties

  • Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation amongst CWC staff, community members, and affiliate organizations.
  • Actively participate in program strategy and staff meetings.
  • Actively participate in CWC fund development activities, such as donor drives, online appeals, and other events
  • Other duties as assigned by the Co-Executive Directors.

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strong passion for and commitment to social and environmental justice
  • Strong interpersonal verbal communication and writing skills, with sensitivity to appropriate delivery depending on target and audience
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills via various methods (ie in-person, telephone, email, video conferencing, and in writing)
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Fluent in Spanish (oral and written)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
  • Creative and comprehensive problem solving skills
  • Ability to accept praise and critical feedback – the ideal candidate would value self-improvement and seek evaluation
  • Proficient with basic computer skills including, at minimum: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and ability to troubleshoot basic software and computer equipment problems
  • Valid CA driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of and fluency in digital organizing tools and software, including online, mobile, social media and text platforms.
  • Experience with or knowledge of water and environmental issues and/or community development.
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, sociology, policy, community development, or related fields
  • Experience working with database software, preferably NationBuilder
  • Flexible schedule – willing and able to work weekends and attend night meetings and attend out-of-town events, activities and meetings as needed


We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which includes: medical, dental,

and vision insurance; generous vacation, family, and sick leave, and holiday policies; a flexible

work schedule; professional development opportunities and more. (Benefits guidelines and eligibility vary based on tenure and employment status, among other factors.) We also provide

contributions to employees’ SEP-IRA after a two-year tenure.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent in Spanish (oral and written).

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

Application: To apply, email resume and cover letter to: