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Deputy Director, Los Angeles Waterkeeper – California

Organization: Los Angeles Waterkeeper

Position Title: Deputy Director

Location: Santa Monica, California

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: This position is meant for an experienced professional in non-profit management and fundraising who will perform a central and significant leadership role for the Los Angeles Waterkeeper. The Deputy Director will be responsible for enhancing and managing the internal organization and infrastructure of the Waterkeeper, and for developing new fundraising and community engagement opportunities.

The Deputy Director will be charged with the day-to-day management of the operating budget, fundraising activities, and administrative, communications and development staff. An ideal candidate should also be able to support the Executive Director and program staff in strategic planning and implementation of the organization’s public policy and advocacy work.



  • Demonstrate passionate belief in the mission of Los Angeles Waterkeeper
  • Assist the Executive Director in sustaining a transparent, accessible, professional organization
  • Represent the mission, programs and point of view of the organization to stakeholders
  • Ensure that staff and volunteers understand and exemplify the mission
  • Work closely with Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s Executive Director to develop, communicate and execute a strategic plan consistent with the organization’s mission, vision and values


  • Meet or exceed annual revenue goals as described in the annual budget
  • Work with staff and board to prepare and execute an annual fundraising plan that aligns with the budget, strategic plan and annual work plans
  • Develop and maintain relationships independently–and with staff and Board–with individual, foundation, government and corporate funders
  • Oversee formal and informal funding proposals and timely, accurate reports to funders
  • Ensure diverse funding resources that enable the organization to carry out its mission with overall financial stability and adaptability to emerging opportunities

Financial Management

  • Work closely with the organization’s bookkeeper and Executive Director to achieve:
    • Annual organizational budget (and mid-year revision as required) for board approval
    • Timely, accurate reporting to the board and/or committees
    • Develop and track/manage program budgets with staff
    • Effective management of receivables and payables
  • Work with Board to ensure policies and procedures are in place, understood and followed by organization to maintain proper financial controls, reporting and management

Management & Administration

  • Supervise staff as determined
  • Lead human resources and work closely with Executive Director to ensure hiring, firing, salary and compensation decisions related to employed and volunteer staff are consistent with best practices, budget, strategic plan and policies set by the Board
  • Provide staff with opportunities for professional development and advancement
  • Oversee operations of the organization, including facilities, equipment and technology
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulation

Board Relations

  • Work with the Board of Directors Development Committee to develop and implement annual fundraising plan and annual fundraising events
  • Provide the Board with timely financial information and updates at quarterly Board Meetings and regular Executive Committee meetings
  • Provide opportunities for the Board to contribute to the operational, financial and fundraising success of the organization


  • Minimum of five years of professional management experience
  • Bachelors degree required; advanced degree in related field preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sound business operational principles
  • Proven fundraising and development experience, including cultivation of new donors
  • Substantive knowledge of current Waterkeeper programs and overall environmental issues preferred
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations and nonprofit Boards of Directors
  • Demonstrated management capabilities, including staff supervision and development, budget and financial management, and fundraising
  • Demonstrated success as an inspirational manager who has successfully motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse organizations, agencies and stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Passion and commitment to coastal and watershed protection

How to Apply: Please email a resume, cover letter, salary history and 3 references to: [email protected]

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