Position: Program Manager, Water
Location: Los Angeles preferred, remote
optional, frequent travel
Employment type: Full-time, salaried,
Compensation Range: $65,000-$75,000
Level: Professional, Manager
Preferences: Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent
professional experience preferred
Reports to: Chief Program
Supported by: Program Managers, Project
Managers, Finance Manager
Start Date: ASAP
We Are DigDeep
The DigDeep Right to Water Project is the only WaSH (water,
sanitation, and hygiene) organization serving the 2.2+ million
Americans who still don’t have a tap or a toilet at home.
DigDeep believes access to clean water is a human right.
Today, we run several nationally recognized programs that empower
communities to build their own water and sanitation systems. We won
the 2018 US Water Prize for our Navajo
Water Project, which has brought clean, running water to
hundreds of Native families across New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah.
Dig Deep launched the Appalachia Water Project in July of 2020,
which will bring clean, running water into the homes of Appalachia
families across southwestern West Virginia and northeastern
Kentucky. The project has already set up planning to work with PSD
to install plumbing in approximately 150 homes in one section of
DigDeep is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and
belonging. We believe social change happens when people with a wide
range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together
with a common purpose. DigDeep is built on the principles of
equity, transparency, and the power of human experience. Your work
will improve the daily lives of real people – people you’re likely
to meet. Every American should have the clean, running water they
need to thrive. Join us, and we’ll close the US water gap in our
Reporting to the Chief Program Officer (CPO), the Program
Manager will manage DigDeep’s new Water Inspiration
Fund and our Water is Life Program to advance
community-led WaSH solutions. This position will support DigDeep’s
mission by managing a grant distribution program that provides
critical funds that fill a gap in providing water and sanitation
access to communities and partners. The work is both strategic and
tactical, visionary, and detail-oriented and requires flexibility,
forward-thinking, creativity, curiosity, patience, a
discerning-eye, and efficiency.
The Program Manager is responsible for actively participating in
the development and completion of grant cycles, ensuring quality
and effectiveness of DigDeep’s Water Inspiration Fund and Water is
Life program, including seeking out appropriate opportunities for
the funds to be used most effectively, vetting opportunities, and
maintaining positive relationships with both internal and external
stakeholders, The right candidate is passionate about the
difference that can be made with the right funds at the right time,
and eager to design and manage a process for managing a large
volume of small, medium, and high level grants.
This job is full-time and based in Downtown Los Angeles, at
DigDeep HQ (remote optional). It involves frequent travel to
program sites across the US.
This is what you’ll do once you join the team:
1. Design Grant Process
You will collaborate with the Chief Program Officer (CPO) to
plan the vetting process, selection criteria, and a monitoring and
evaluation framework to serve people in need of water and
sanitation with excellence and efficiency.
- Work with the CPO, Project Managers, and staff to coordinate
the timing and execution of individual grants.
- Develop a pipeline of grant distribution opportunities in line
with DigDeep’s mission.
- Continually improve the grant process by evaluating the impact
of past grants, lessons learned, and upcoming opportunities.
2. Distribute Grant Funds
You will lead the selection process for fund recipients and
distribute the appropriate funds.
- Research and vet opportunities referred by program and
- Routinely visit project sites to conduct research, monitor
implementation, and evaluate impact.
- Work closely with the finance and legal team to conduct
appropriate due diligence including: reviewing proposals and
budgets to ensure compliance with DigDeep policies, distributing
timely and accurate funds, monitoring the progress of grants
through the pre-award, award, and post-award phases, and reporting
on the impact of those funds.
3. Steward Resources and Relationships
- Collaborate with the Chief Program Officer and Project Managers
to develop an annual program budget; participate in quarterly
budget update and analysis.
- Collaborate closely with the development team to maximize all
revenue and storytelling opportunities, especially those related to
major donor cultivation and annual campaigns.
- Foster an environment that promotes excellence, trust, and
cooperation among staff, community members, and partner
4. External Representation
- Represent the organization to external partners and
constituents and participate in community meetings, subject matter
briefings, WaSH sector collaborations, and donor engagement.
As the organization continues to evolve, duties or tasks may
change without impacting the overall Job
- Demonstrates Cultural and Contextual
Awareness: Knowledgeable and experienced in effective
community development projects, especially regarding appropriate
program strategies for rural, low and middle-income
- Excellent Communicator: You clearly
express yourself verbally and in writing. You creatively plan and
deliver written communications, utilizing graphics, statistics, and
language in such a way as to have maximum impact on the intended
- Builds Collaborative Relationships: You
develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships inside and outside
the organization with those who can provide information,
assistance, and support in furtherance of the organization’s
mission. Your team management skills include a strong vision and
clear direction, sound judgment, good communication and conflict
management skills. You’re culturally sensitive and have experience
supporting the development of diverse, inclusive and equitable work
environments, including an openness for learning.
- Managing Change: You’re a creative
thinker with the ability to innovate and are comfortable in a
rapidly evolving organization. Effectively navigates uncertainties
and incomplete information with a problem-solving mindset to
identify appropriate strategies, creatively apply solutions.
- Fostering Innovation: You are innovative
and adaptive and believe anything is figure-out-able. You propose
and implement your own ideas and suggestions in order to develop
and streamline processes.
- Results Oriented: You are a self-starter.
You develop clear goals for self, team, and projects. You maintain
commitment to goals, and employ creative, strategic solutions in
the face of obstacles. Eager to take on new opportunities and tough
challenges with a sense of urgency and enthusiasm. You have proven
experience with managing complex timelines for multiple project
proposals at once and the management skills to hold collaborating
team members to these timelines.
- Technical Expertise: You have
demonstrated ability and depth of knowledge with the technology in
the desired technical area. You effectively use and apply technical
knowledge, and use your knowledge to identify solutions to existing
- Values Aligned: Behaves ethically and in
alignment with the values of the organization. Consistently follows
through on commitments and lives our values of equality,
transparency, and experience. You're driven by a desire to make our
country (and our world) a better place to live.
We want to hear from you if you have:
- 3 years of experience in grant management or program management
- 5+ years of relevant non-profit experience preferred
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
- High degree of attention to detail
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Fluent in English required; fluent in Spanish and/or Navajo
fluency is preferred.
- Flexibility to travel up to 30% of the time and attend meetings
and events outside of regular business hours required
- Proficiency on both PC and Mac, Google Business suite,
Microsoft Office suite required
- Proficiency on Slack, Zoom, Asana, Airtable preferred
Compensation and Benefits
At DigDeep, we believe that great work requires a great job. We
pride ourselves on creating industry-leading employment
opportunities for our team across the United States. We’re a
supportive environment that values creativity, diversity and
quick-thinking. Here’s how we’ll support you in your work:
- Salary competitive and commensurate with level of
- Generous paid vacation and sick leave
- 23 weeks paid Parental Leave
- Annual Professional Development Stipend
- Medical, dental, vision insurance, 100% employer
- One Medical membership
- Life insurance, 100% employer paid
- Work laptop
- Monthly cell phone allowance
- Domestic travel
- 401k retirement plan, with employer match
To apply, please submit a thoughtful cover letter and
Please note that DigDeep cannot provide immigration sponsorship
for this position. No office visits. No calls please. Thank
DigDeep is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of
backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a
common purpose. DigDeep is built on the principles of equity,
transparency and the power of human experience. Your work will
improve the daily lives of real people. We believe everybody should
have the clean, running water they need to thrive. Join us, and
we’ll close the US water gap in our lifetimes.
DigDeep is a certified Great Place to Work®