Water Data Collaborative Program Coordinator

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The Commons, on behalf of the Water Data Collaborative (WDC) is requesting proposals for a Program Coordinator for an expected twelve month engagement. The Program Coordinator will provide key support to WDC’s Steering Committee in the administration and strategic development. The Program Coordinator will be the liaison between all member organizations and provide the necessary leadership to run WDC meetings, hold the Steering Committee accountable to the broader procedures and business functions of WDC, and support the WDC in expanding its programs and network.

About Water Data Collaborative

The Water Data Collaborative mission is to grow and maintain an inclusive community of trained and qualified community water scientists who employ best available practices and technologies to provide data that enable the protection and restoration of our nation’s waterways. Formed in 2017, the WDC brings partners together to facilitate nationwide, fundamental improvements in the infrastructure and resources that support documented and useful community-collected water quality monitoring data. WDC Steering Committee represent a diverse landscape of community scientists and technical experts, who believe in a shared vision where credible water quality data collected by community scientists are published, used to inform decisions, and guide actions to ensure our waters remain – or become – healthy, clean, and abundant for use by all communities and ecosystems. Our founding Steering Committee members include: Chesapeake Conservancy, Izaak Walton League of America, The Commons, River Network and Waterkeeper Alliance. The WDC’s collaboration with the Internet of Water (IoW) began in 2018, and the IoW joined the WDC Steering Committee in 2019. The WDC is emerging as one of several organizational hubs in a broader network being cultivated by the IoW. The WDC hub is focused on transforming both the access to and use of community science data in concert with public agency data to drive responsive decision-making and policy. The past support of Pisces Foundation has been vital to both the WDC and the IoW in launching this new collaborative approach with powerful software.

About The Commons

The Commons is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2016.  We are a lean, relentless team that creates impactful software that supports a myriad of organizations in their efforts to improve the environment. Nearly our entire staff at The Commons is a creator that works to solve complex mapping, visualization, and product development challenges in unique and innovative ways. We create and maintain leading products that serve as data pipelines for connecting decision makers to local water quality monitoring programs, land owners and their restoration practices to watershed improvement efforts, so that we can establish a dynamic view of how our actions are changing and improving the natural world. Our data, systems, and approaches continually evolve and we seek the most diverse, brightest, and driven individuals to help us support the environmental movement with powerful software. The Commons serves as the grant administrator of Water Data Collaborative and will be the lead in managing the scope of work related to this listing.

Core Responsibilities

Specifically the Water Data Collaborative Program Coordinator shall undertake the following business objectives:

Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing excellence of product and service delivery, rigorous evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals of the WDC.
  • Record management – Maintain documentation and relevant contracts related to WDC deliverables and operations.
  • Actively engage and energize the Steering Committee, committees, partner organizations, and funders about the ongoing work of the program.
  • Maintain and implement effective systems to track progress and provide regular reports to the Steering Committee, funders, and WDC constituents.
  • Work with the WDC Chair and WDC host to plan, schedule, and conduct monthly Steering Committee meetings furthering the advancement of the WDC mission. Typical work outputs include but are not limited to:
    • Drafting of meeting agenda, curation of content, and circulation of materials;
    • Keeping detailed minutes of meetings for circulation and approval; and,
    • Management and timely correspondence between the WDC Steering Committee.

 Fundraising, Business Development & Communications:

  • Maintain and expand the collaborative’s inventory of mission focused products to generate revenue that supports operations and development.
  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing operations and sustainable growth in coordination with the WDC Growth Strategist.
  • Use external presence and foster relationships to garner new support through fundraising and business development.
  • Work closely with the WDC Growth Strategist to actively identify and complete relevant grant proposal opportunities.
  • Support WDC Steering Committee in creation, development, and implementation of WDC services and outreach.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Maintain, create, and promote web content for WordPress-based WDC website.
  • Actively promote WDC member initiatives through web-based storytelling and social media.
  • Identify and maintain an active list of appropriate conferences and speaking opportunities for the WDC Steering Committee. Lead the Steering Committee in application development for engagements.

Project Management 

  • Accurately evaluate prospective project viability, prospective client readiness, and the potential for the work in question to help build on the value proposition of Water Data Collaborative and its partners.
  • Develop project briefs that accurately set measurable benchmarks, success metrics, and outcomes for the WDC partners and steering committee.

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, environmental science, environmental management, or equivalent.
  • Understanding of environmental restoration efforts and monitoring related to water quality, community science, and monitoring.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate both technical and non-technical material effectively to a wide variety of audiences including partners of the Collaborative, foundations, and state agencies.
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to manage and track workflows integrating programmatic, technical, and financial colleagues who serve as essential partners in delivering high-quality tracking and reporting.
  • Demonstrated initiative to advance project objectives and ability to work independently, create and implement work plans, and manage timelines to ensure grant deliverables and deadlines are met.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in GSuite, Basecamp, and Airtable, and WordPress.


  • Prior experience working with small watershed organizations and managing volunteer monitoring programs.
  • Fluency in the Clean Water Act, Watershed Action Plans and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements.
  • Experience in complex project and stakeholder management


Compensation will be set at a range of $25 to $30 per hour not to exceed 25 hours per week.

Submission Requirements

All applicants must submit the following to ensure a complete application:

  • A cover letter stating their interest and qualifications for the position
  • Resume
  • At least three references

Applications are to be submitted to the Executive Director of The Commons (

Applications will be considered until July 15, 2021 with a decision date no later than August 15, 2021

Contact and Questions

All proposals and questions should be submitted to R. John Dawes, Executive Director and Founder of The Commons:

Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated by the members of The Commons Executive Staff on the above criteria and the top applicant will be offered a position. If we are unable to come to terms with our top applicant, subsequent applicants will be contacted in the order in which they were rated. Once selected, all others will be notified that the selection process has ended.

Terms and Conditions

The candidate will be expected to work primarily remotely via web conference with all members of The Commons and The Water Data Collaborative.

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