Project Manager – Drinking Water for Schools

Self-Help Enterprises has a job opening for a Project Manager in our Community Sustainability (CS) Department, based out of our Visalia or Madera office to assist with the implementation of the Drinking Water for Schools (DWFS) Grant Program. The Project Manager will work with eligible school districts to develop, fund and implement projects that improve access to and the quality of drinking water in public schools serving rural, disadvantaged communities. The Project Manager will report to the CS DWFS Manager and is responsible for several aspects of District specific project development and implementation actions and overall program administration.


Our Benefits

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Long- term Disability
  • Health/Fitness Club


  • 401K and Employer Match


  • Paid Holidays
  • Education Assistance
  • Computer Purchase Loan
  • Employee Assistance Program



  • Conduct outreach (phone calls, emails and/or board presentations) to eligible school districts.
  • Conduct school site assessments and related research to determine need and solutions.
  • Work with multiple stakeholders (school district staff, governing boards, water operators, engineers and the State Water Resources Control Board – Division of Financial Assistance and Division of Drinking Water) to facilitate the development and implementation of water quality and water access projects.
  • Package project grant applications/proposals and award funds.
  • Assist school districts with preparing requests for bid/proposals, hiring contractors and establishing and managing necessary contracts.
  • Conduct necessary grant/program administration including preparing, submitting reimbursement claims, and quarterly progress reports.
  • Conduct education and outreach to staff/students/parents.
  • Participate in calls and planning meetings with staff, partners, and state agencies.

Must Haves

  • Four-year college degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Experience working with multiple professionals and preferably with contractors, vendors and school districts.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in developing requests for bids/proposals and managing bidding process.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects and activities simultaneously and with a minimum of supervision.
  • Ability to work independently and as team member.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in reviewing and processing invoices for contracts and grant agreements.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with contracts and grants administration and reporting.


You're passionate
You're a passionate and energetic person who's excited to identify, develop and implement projects that deliver safe drinking water to students in low-income communities.

You love people, communities, and problem solving
You're always excited to meet someone new, listen, and help them find solutions to their needs.

You're not scared of a little or technical paperwork
You're a clear communicator, ready to prepare applications, develop outreach materials and technical documents.

You're a creative and strategic thinker
You strive to come up with innovative and creative solutions to problems that seem impossible. You're capable of thinking about the big picture and coming up with a plan to execute.

You're self-motivated
You are able to take initiative, learn new skills, tackle new challenges and exercise sound judgement. You have a strong desire to help others and to be a part of something special at Self-Help Enterprises.