Sacramento or Oakland, CA

Lead, Funders Collaborative: The Water Table, The Water Foundation

The Organization

About the Water Table

The Water Table was started five years ago as an experiment to see whether funders could do more by joining forces and collaborating across the field on water issues on a larger scale. It has grown into a committed funder collaborative dedicated to identifying and activating promising water solutions through strategic philanthropic investments. The Water Foundation became home to the Table, which is now poised to formalize its new organizational structure and capitalize on this institutional integration.

By joining forces, the Water Foundation and the Water Table have greater capacity for impact. The integration of capital, relationships, and expertise under one roof will help grow the field of water philanthropy. It will lead to more—and better coordinated—resources available to support the leaders and solutions needed now and the innovations needed to face what’s coming. The Water Table is entering a new chapter; one with an ambitious vision of growing, aligning, and deploying philanthropic resources to advance lasting water solutions for people and nature.

The Opportunity

We seek a Water Table Lead to play a central role in guiding and supporting the funders collaborative during an exciting time of transition and growth in an emergent field. This is an exceptional opportunity to respond to one of the defining challenges of our time by advancing funding collaboration, and impact. The role offers a platform for influence and leadership on an important issue with an inspiring network of critical voices and perspectives in the water field.

The Lead will be the driving force for advancing the Water Table’s collaborative mission, helping to move the Table’s overarching priorities and focus its resources. To do so, the Lead will work in close partnership with Water Foundation’s CEO, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Director of Programs and Strategies, and the Water Foundation’s program team members, as well as a consulting team that includes the Water Table’s founding consultants.

Position Responsibilities

At a high level, the Lead will coordinate, convene, leverage, and facilitate the engagement of current and prospective funders, field partners, Water Foundation colleagues, and consultants in support of the Water Table’s priorities. Specifically, the Lead for the Water Table will be responsible for the following:

  • Funder Relationship Management
  • Field Engagement
  • Collaborative Management and Implementation


Candidates must possess at least ten years of substantive, relevant experience working with funders, either in/with nonprofits or philanthropy. Prior or current experience organizing, and leading funder collaboratives is an asset. Experience in and knowledge of water or natural resources is desired, but not required.

Compensation and Location

The Water Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. The midpoint of the salary range for the position is $150K. Ideally the role will be based near the Water Foundation’s offices in Sacramento or Oakland, CA; however, remote work for those with easy access to a major airport in the Western US will be considered. Travel to the Foundation offices will be required.

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