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Senior Analyst, Program Strategy and Impact

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POLICY DIRECTOR

Location

Flexible within driving distance to Sacramento, CA

About Sustainable Conservation

With offices in San Francisco and Modesto, Sustainable Conservation helps California thrive by uniting people to solve the toughest challenges facing our land, air, and water. Every day, we bring together business, landowners, communities and government, in some of the most productive yet economically disadvantaged parts of California, to steward the resources on which we all depend in ways that are just and make economic sense.

Sustainable Conservation’s current focus is driving collaborative solutions to meet the water needs of California’s environment, economy and people for current and future generations with particular focus on advancing sustainable groundwater management and accelerating the stewardship of natural and working lands and waterways. A sustainable water future for California that supports a thriving economy is achievable. But, a future in which nature and people have access to clean, affordable and reliable water is possible only by working with – not against – each other.

We are striving to improve the state’s water supply reliability, water quality and ecosystem resiliency in light of climate change and the needs of all of California’s communities. Current initiatives include:

  • -Promoting the capture of flood flows to provide flood protection and recharge depleted groundwater aquifers in ways that protect and ideally improve water quality. We must ensure that there is sufficient water in our groundwater aquifers to provide communities with safe drinking water, farmers with water for crops, and fish and wildlife with adequate flows in our rivers and streams as we face more frequent and severe droughts.
  • -Encouraging water and nitrogen use efficiency to protect groundwater supplies and quality.
  • -Reducing pollution to our groundwater aquifers particularly in areas where communities depend on groundwater for their drinking water.
  • -Accelerating restoration of rivers, stream and wetlands by creating policy, regulatory, and financial incentives.

Sustainable Conservation pursues these goals through partnerships with farmers, water agencies, community groups, restoration practitioners and others, and draws from its experience on the ground to inform and advocate for policies that support practices and land management that will move California to a sustainable water future for all of its diverse communities, its renowned fish and wildlife, and a sustainable agricultural industry that benefits California and the nation. Please visit our website to learn more about our work.

The Opportunity

The Policy Director directs Sustainable Conservation’s efforts whenever successful achievement of the organization’s goals requires the creation or change of rules, regulations, or statutory law, or a substantive change in the interpretation of a public agency’s role or mission, or when policy negotiation, advising, or cooperation is required between Sustainable Conservation and private sector, NGO, and/or public agency stakeholders. The Policy Director tracks what is happening in Sacramento and across the state and thinks strategically about how to best position Sustainable Conservation’s Water for the Future, Water Quality and Accelerating Restoration Initiatives to influence aspects of state policy relevant to its work (learn more about these programs here).  As Sustainable Conservation embraces the essential role of equity in environmental policy, the new Policy Director will play an influential role in leading the integration of equity into all of Sustainable Conservation’s policy work.

More specifically, the Policy Director will be representing Sustainable Conservation’s interests in the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, CV Salts, Irrigated Lands Regulatory Programs among other policies, and actively communicating with a variety of state and regional agencies including the State Water Resources Control Board, the Department of Water Resources, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the Natural Resources Agency, the Department of Fish & Wildlife and the California Department of Food & Agriculture.

The Policy Director also provides advice and recommendations on policy positions and actions to the Chief Executive Officer, program staff, and the Board, and helps ensure that policy positions advocated by the organization with all government agencies, legislative bodies, and stakeholders are consistent with the positions approved by the organization.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate for this position will be an inspiring, pragmatic, resourceful and strategic policy leader who has a strong commitment to practical policy solutions and a deep understanding of the complex public policy issues at the state and local level across California. They should bring at least 5-10 years of experience participating in policy efforts across California, at the local, state, and federal level. In addition, they should have the aptitude to strategically partner with stakeholders from multiple interest areas in order to find common ground and achieve collaborative goals.

While it is a plus for this individual to bring a familiarity with statutes, regulations, and subject matter knowledge of California water quality, land use and sustainable agriculture issues, Sustainable Conservation is open to speaking with candidates from a variety of policy focus areas. Individuals from outside of conservation should bring a curiosity and ability to learn new issue areas efficiently.

Key Focus Areas for this leader include:

  • -Providing guidance, direction, and support to program leadership on policy and strategy issues at the federal, state, and local levels
  • -Leading on management of all policy initiatives in coordination with program managers
  • -Serving as lead advocate for Sustainable Conservation positions to policymakers and constituency group leaders and serving as Sustainable Conservation’s principal policy spokesperson
  • -Providing governmental policy and political and social equity perspectives to the deliberations and actions of all of Sustainable Conservation’s programs
  • -Working across and above individual programs to articulate, develop, and implement the organization’s overarching policy goals
  • -Actively participating in Leadership Forum and program team meetings, and leading the generation and articulation of overarching policy positions at Board meetings
  • -Developing and guiding the relationships needed with members and staff of the California Legislature, regulatory agencies, community-based organizations and other stakeholder groups, and NGOs to support policy changes that address the needs of Sustainable Conservation’s programs

Compensation

The annual salary for this role will be between $95,000 and $125,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sustainable conservation offers a competitive compensation package with fully-paid health insurance benefits, a generous match on 401k, vacation and sick leave, plus the week between Christmas and New Years Day as holiday leave. However, the organization’s best benefit is Sustainable Conservation’s culture. Staff are collaborative, dedicated, and caring. Sustainable Conservation believes in practicing its values in how the staff do their work and work with one another.

Contact

Kara Teising and Libby Cornelssen of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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Sustainable Conservation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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SENIOR ANALYST, PROGRAM STRATEGY AND IMPACT

Location

This position will be part of our San Francisco and Modesto offices with remote work options available.  Periodic travel throughout the state may be needed when conditions permit.

About Sustainable Conservation

Sustainable Conservation helps California thrive by uniting people to solve the toughest challenges facing our land, air, and water. Every day, we bring together business, landowners, communities and government, in some of the most productive yet economically disadvantaged parts of California, to steward the resources on which we all depend in ways that are just and make economic sense.

Sustainable Conservation’s current focus is driving collaborative solutions to meet the water needs of California’s environment, economy and people for current and future generations with particular focus on advancing sustainable groundwater management and accelerating the stewardship of natural and working lands and waterways.  A sustainable water future for California that supports a thriving economy is achievable. But, a future in which nature and people have access to clean, affordable and reliable water is possible only by working with – not against – each other.

Position Summary

Our Water for the Future and Waste Not programs are working in California’s Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley to improve the quantity and quality of groundwater, the source of drinking water for many. We are investing in the health of our future groundwater aquifers by working now to develop and scale solutions for farmers to better manage their water and nutrients, for regions to transform agricultural waste into assets, and for landowners to use their soils to build resiliency in the face of climate change. Combined, these efforts can help ensure our groundwater aquifers will be healthier for future generations. Our work complements others’ equally critical efforts to provide short-term access to water, and both are needed to ensure all people in California have access to safe drinking water, now and in the future.

We seek an experienced Senior Analyst to lead the development of analyses and recommendations that help us take our programmatic strategies, action plans, impact, and communications to the next level.  Under the general guidance of the Director of Business Partnerships and in collaboration with program team members, the Senior Analyst will develop analytical frameworks, conduct analyses using quantitative and qualitative data from internal and external sources, and facilitate discussions that result in actionable recommendations. The Senior Analyst will work with our Waste Not and Water for the Future teams, initially focusing on three key efforts: prioritizing where to target adoption of dairy drip irrigation systems to maximize benefit to drinking water, identifying pathways for exporting excess manure, and evaluating opportunities for using soil health practices to generate water and climate benefits.  Additionally, the Senior Analyst will help build upon and strengthen our thinking around equity and our impact on communities by integrating relevant indicators into our analyses.

Primary Responsibilities

  • -Lead the development of analyses that inform programmatic strategies and implementation.
    • -Develop analytical and decision support frameworks that inform and respond to programmatic goals and can incorporate a multitude of inputs.
    • -Collect, organize, and analyze qualitative and quantitative information from a variety of internal and external sources, including raw data, research papers, reports, interviews, etc.
    • -Translate statistical analyses and modeling into practical recommendations, taking into account internal team experience, external stakeholder perspectives and broader socio-political conditions.
    • -Facilitate internal and external conversations using analyses and reports to generate alignment on concrete decisions and actions.
  • -Develop methods for incorporating socio-economic, health, education and other data more systematically into our programmatic analyses to better understand impacts on people, especially disadvantaged communities.
  • -Lead and/or support the development of written reports, proposals, and presentations.
  • -Present at meetings, events, and conferences.
  • -Partner with Marketing and Communications teams to develop compelling communications [that use analyses] to demonstrate the impact of our work in the context of broader issues.
  • -Partner with the Development team to incorporate analyses into fundraising strategies and proposals to show the connection between our work and funder priorities.
  • -Prepare scopes of work for, and manage progress on, research and analyses conducted by external consultants, as needed.

Additional Responsibilities

  • -Support Program teams in developing and refining the logic models that drive programmatic strategy and plans.
  • -Provide guidance and recommendations to Program teams on how to collect, store, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills Required

  • -Knowledge in environmental science a must, ideally including in-depth knowledge of water, soils, agriculture and/or climate; additional understanding of business, policy, and/or economics a plus.
  • -Experience leading and developing analyses and recommendations for addressing complex environmental issues, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative information.
  • -Experience integrating socio-economic, health, and other equity-related indicators into environmental analyses preferred.
  • -Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with the ability to gather input from others to design analytical frameworks and methodologies that advance team goals and objectives.
  • -Experience conducting and interpreting statistical analyses; experience with modelling a plus.
  • -Advanced Excel skills and experience independently setting up and using more advanced analytical software and tools, such as PowerBI or “R”
  • -Experience working independently and with teams, with the ability to communicate clear expectations for needs from others. Excellent listening skills with the ability to ask good questions
  • -Thrives when working on a variety of projects, learning new topics, and developing different types of analyses.
  • -Strong writing and verbal communication skills; ability to present complex information that is clear and accessible to a variety of audiences.
  • -Proficient in MS Office applications; experience with SharePoint/Office365 and Zoom, a plus.

What We Offer

A competitive compensation package based on experience, fully-paid health insurance benefits, generous match on 401k, vacation, sick leave, plus the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as holiday leave. Our best benefit is our culture. Our staff is collaborative, dedicated, and caring.  We believe in practicing our values in how we do our work and with each other.

Sustainable Conservation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages qualified individuals from all backgrounds to apply to our job openings.

To Apply

Please send your resume with cover letter, including desired salary to JOBS@suscon.org and include “Senior Analyst” in the Subject line.