SWIM (Storm Water Infrastructure Matters) Coalition Program Manager

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Job Description

About SWIM Coalition:

SWIM Coalition was borne out of a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) convened by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in ca. 2004 for the development of a Waterbody/Watershed Plans and the 2006 Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Consent Order. The advisory committee, made up of civic groups, community organizations, citywide, regional and national non-profits, and academic institutions, met regularly until mid-2006 when the City met a major milestone in the CSO Consent Order. Many members of the CAC expressed an interest in continuing to come together to advocate for green infrastructure; thus the Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (SWIM) Coalition was officially launched on World Water Day, 2007. Since then, SWIM has been instrumental in advancing NYC’s sustainable stormwater and green infrastructure planning and policy. Through our multi-tiered advocacy platform, we have represented our member organizations’ interests with DEP, the Mayor’s Offices of Sustainability and Recovery & Resiliency, City Council, the State Legislature, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and others.

SWIM Coalition operates with a steering committee of practicing professionals, whose members represent various organizations and a wide range of expertise.

Program Manager Job Overview:

The SWIM Coalition Program Manager is the primary staff member for the organization assisted by a part time Assistant Program Manager and a graduate fellow from Pratt Institute, works with an all-volunteer steering committee of seven professionals to implement a city-wide focused action plan.

The Program Manager may choose to work from home or in the offices of the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District at 121 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. If working from home, SWIM will provide office equipment as needed.

Program Areas

1. Policy and Advocacy

Policy input and monitoring: Monitor and respond to state and city water quality policy and plans, and work closely with city,state, and federal officials and agency staff to provide input on and support policies related to the city’s waterways and sewer systems, stormwater management, and climate resilience guidelines, etc. Produce or facilitate drafting of comment letters on a variety of public policy and plans and ensure such comment letters are submitted to appropriate agencies. Attend public hearings and present testimonies.

Advocacy and organizing: Develop or facilitate coordination of opinion pieces on relevant topics. Organize advocacy planning meetings with member organizations when needed. Develop advocacy campaigns in consultation with and assistance from the Steering Committee. Play a key role in relevant coalitions and agency-organized advisory groups, and communicate findings to the public.

Advocacy strategy planning: In conjunction with the Steering Committee, plan and strategize the development of SWIM’s action agenda.

2. Outreach & Education:

Communications: Produce fact sheets, e-blasts, blog posts, social media messaging, updates to the website, responses to queries on the website and via the SWIM email account.

Public Meetings & Workshops: Host and participate in workshops and public meetings that inform and equip the public with the tools they need to advocate for clean waterways and green infrastructure projects in their neighborhoods. Work closely with Pratt Fellows to enhance their experience in working with SWIM.

3. Administration:

Member Support: Connect with key SWIM member organizations to provide support for or collaborate on various initiatives/forums they are implementing in their watersheds.

Development: Identify potential funders, write and edit the grant proposals and grant reports, and implement an annual digital fundraising campaign.

Staffing/Hiring: Review resumes, conduct Interviews, hire, train, and oversee annual Graduate Fellows from Pratt Institute who work with SWIM program manager ~10 hours per week.

Budgets/Accounting: Manage all budgets from various funding sources.



  • Proficient in MS suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google suite (Doc, Sheet, Slide, Form)
  • Proficient in virtual meeting platforms
  • Experience drafting public comment letters and testimonies
  • Experience coordinating a network or group of broad stakeholders; relevant New York City and/or State experience a plus.
  • Project management experience.
  • Clear and concise communication style in both written and verbal forms
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Experience with managing budgets
  • Thrive working independently with minimal supervision
  • Collaborative and a team player


  • Working experience in policy analysis and advocacy, environmental and/or environmental justice advocacy.
  • Understanding of water quality policy, regulations, and systems
  • Proficiency in another language in addition to English.
  • Graphic design skills.

Compensation: $45 per hour with an average 15 hours per week for approximately 10 months. The position will be extended as we secure additional resources.

Statement of Diversity: SWIM is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ candidates are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to with the subject line “Program Manager Application” and your name by February 27, 2022.

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