Careers & Professional Opportunities

Welcome to the River Network Careers page! Here you will find a variety of opportunities with groups working to improve rivers and waters, including staff and contract jobs, internships, and volunteer assignments.

If you would like to post an open position on this page, please fill out a job submission form. Paid River Network members may advertise their organization’s available jobs & volunteer opportunities on our website for free. Free and non-members must pay a $75 job posting fee. You will be linked to the job submission form upon payment. Valid submission of an open position on this page includes one social media promotion and inclusion of the job opportunity in the Events & Education newsletter.

Open Positions

Huron River Watershed Council - Watershed Ecology Associate - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Position Overview

The Watershed Ecology Associate assists with the planning and implementation of aquatic and terrestrial biological monitoring, volunteer field programs, K-College environmental education, and related data management and analysis.

Essential Job Functions

  • Work on citizen science-based benthic macroinvertebrate program: prepare outings, coordinate logistics, work with and support volunteers, identify aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates, analyze and present data
  • Help lead summer intern program: lead and conduct field work with summer interns, coordinate data collection outings, contribute to a positive intern experience
  • Participate in HRWC’s K-12 environmental education program: directly work with students and teachers, provide logistical support to program leaders, help build and maintain relationships with diverse schools and districts
  • Work on Natural Areas Assessment and Protection Program: prepare outings, coordinate and work with volunteers, conduct landowner outreach, prepare GIS maps, analyze and present data
  • Support recruitment and retention of diverse volunteer base for HRWC programs
  • Track and maintain monitoring equipment and materials needed for monitoring programs
  • Support HRWC staff with GIS projects that include the creation of both offline and online maps
  • Support the development and piloting of emerging contaminant monitoring programs
  • Data inputting, management, and analysis related to all Associate’s program areas
  • Contribute to projects that change over time, incorporating the Associate’s interests

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in natural resources, biology, environmental engineering or similar field or 2-3 years of relevant professional experience in volunteer coordination, biological sampling techniques and/or data management
  • Experience in benthic macroinvertebrate identification (taxonomic family and lower preferred)
  • Experience in both aquatic and terrestrial plant identification
  • Analytical skills and experience using statistical analysis techniques
  • Knowledge and experience with GIS
  • Spreadsheet and database management experience – Excel, Access, Salesforce or similar
  • Strong written communication and public speaking skills; and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
  • Self-motivated, organized, experience working in teams
  • Experience with water quality issues and solutions
  • Ability and desire to facilitate collaborative approaches to environmental protection
  • Commitment to maintain the culture of participatory decision-making and support for colleagues to achieve their best

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Willingness to travel within four-county area in southeastern Michigan
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Able to meet the demands of the work environment including physical activity (wading in rivers and walking across difficult terrain, while carrying up to 25 pounds), regularly being in indoor and outdoor locations in a variety of temperatures, light conditions, activity and noise levels
  • Employee is regularly required to, stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. Specific vision abilities required include close vision requirements due to computer work.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license in the State of Michigan and have access to a vehicle for working in the field throughout the watershed.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application (https://www.hrwc.org/about/staff/jobs/hrwc-job-application/), cover letter, resume and three references to jkangas@hrwc.org by December 2, 2019.

Groundwork USA - Development and Communications Manager - Yonkers, New York

POSITION OVERVIEW

Groundwork USA seeks a Development and Communications Manager to help promote and expand its efforts to support community-based strategies advancing equity, health, and resilience in low-income neighborhoods across the nation.

The Development and Communications Manager will help manage and expand Groundwork USA’s development efforts and digital presence. They will be responsible for expanding the organization’s individual donor, corporate sponsor, and foundation development efforts. They will also be responsible for managing communications with external audiences to build awareness of and support for GWUSA and for organizing the annual GWUSA network convening. The ideal candidate has experience in fundraising (including grant writing), communications, graphic design, event planning, and working with databases.

COMPENSATION

The expected salary range for this full-time position is $65,000-80,000, commensurate with qualifications. Benefits include a SIMPLE IRA plan with employer match; health insurance; and generous vacation, sick and holiday leave.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement strategies to engage individual and corporate donors and launch a robust annual appeals process.
  • Write, submit, and track small-medium foundation communications, including letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, and reports.
  • Implement best practices in development operations, including gift processing, reporting, and CRM system management; prospect and donor research; and general support for the development efforts of the organization.
  • Attend events as needed, representing the organization to potential donors.
  • Meet with with GWUSA program staff to understand the focus, direction and achievements of programming and to share with GWUSA staff the interests and direction of funders.
  • Build awareness of and support for GWUSA and develop and implement a communications strategy and calendar; maintain, update and improve the GWUSA website, blog and social media feed; produce quarterly electronic newsletters and periodic e-blasts, identifying and researching topics and drafting content; manage social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram); promote webinars, publications, videos, workshops and presentations; provide communications support to GWUSA program staff and, as requested, manage Urban Waters Learning Network communications activities.
  • Ensure the highest quality of external communications through copy-editing and careful review.
  • Track, monitor, and report on key metrics relevant to online engagement.
  • Manage Groundwork network communications, including timely identification of topics for and promotion of webinars; annual management of performance measure data collection; maintenance and improvement of the intranet (with content provided by other GWUSA and Trust staff); and, as requested, support for development and management of youth program data and other network data systems.
  • Manage annual Groundwork National Assembly planning and logistics.
  • Help nurture a collaborative, high-performance culture in a geographically dispersed staff.
  • Contribute to Groundwork USA’s continued progress as an inclusive, culturally competent organization.
  • The preferred location for this position is Boston/Lawrence, Massachusetts, or New York City/Yonkers, New York.
  • Remote work arrangements from other locations will be considered.

QUALIFICATIONS

The Development and Communications Manager needs to exhibit three key competencies:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including writing, proofreading and editing ability.
  • Experience in identifying, cultivating and managing relationships with new funders and donors.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, with the ability to follow through on assignments, meet deadlines, and facilitate the efforts of the full team to do the same.
  • The Development and Communications Manager must also have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds; experience in event planning and providing excellent customer service to funders and donors; solid computer skills and knowledge of customer relations management software (Salesforce a plus).
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience is required and a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in nonprofit or academic fundraising required is strongly preferred.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to jobs@groundworkusa.org. All documents should be submitted as PDFs. Applications received by November 27, 2019, will be ensured full consideration. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted—your understanding is appreciated.

Groundwork USA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to maintaining and growing a diverse team, and an anti-racist organization committed to doing business in keeping with core values of relevance, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

South Yuba River Citizens League - Communications Director - Nevada City, CA

POSITION OVERVIEW

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL – pronounced circle) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With 36 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,000 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. SYRCL is a leader in the Sierra headwaters for addressing statewide and regional issues – challenging new dams, recovering endangered species, addressing climate change and drought, water security and water quality. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the summit to the sea.

People Can Save a River is SYRCL’s guiding principle. Since our founding, SYRCL has defended the Yuba River time and again. Engaging the community and working with partners has always been central to our success and we are seeking a Communications Director who is a seasoned professional and strategic thinker with experience leading a successful team and demonstrated excellence with external communications, and outstanding writing skills. The Director will be highly skilled in using communication and engagement tools encompassing our policy, advocacy, legal, and scientific work to unite and protect the watershed.

The Director will also be experienced at community organizing, coalition building, engaging volunteers, mentoring and overseeing program staff, and raising funds. This position will directly manage our River People and Education staff and will coordinate closely with SYRCL staff across all departments.

This position is based in Nevada City, CA. The position may require occasional travel within California (Sacramento and Bay Area). Available to work some nights and weekends.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
General Responsibilities

  • Provide vision and leadership for SYRCL communications and education programs
  • Lead SYRCL’s River People and Education teams and supervise staff, currently consisting of 2.6 FTE plus an AmeriCorps member.
  • Develop and implement annual communications goals and plans in collaboration with other department leads, including establishing budget needs, fundraising and advocacy goals, list growth objectives, and other department priorities.
  • Participate on the organization’s Leadership Team and help guide a positive culture for the organization.
  • Create and adhere to departmental budgets.
  • Ensure effective cross-departmental coordination for effective program content and implementation.

Volunteers

  • Supervise Community Engagement Manager who is tasked with volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition for SYRCL-wide events and activities.

Communications

As SYRCL’s chief storyteller, strategize and oversee the organization’s overall communications strategy aimed at raising SYRCL’s profile, our campaigns, programs, projects, and events. This will include:

  • Identify significant media, science, education, and policy issues that can be leveraged to showcase SYRCL’s work and create and implement plans to build on campaigns, as well as breaking news in order to achieve advocacy, science, education, and fundraising goals.
  • Develop materials for outreach and engagement, such as brochures and an annual report.
  • Lead organizational media relations; cultivate relationships with key reporters, editorial boards, media and news outlets, and actively pitch stories, spokespeople, and events during new cycles and campaigns.
  • Oversee management of the organizations’ website(s), action alerts, event programs and remarks, press releases, op-ed pieces.
  • Provide leadership for urgent and timely communications to SYRCL’s various constituent groups, follow stories as they develop, use discretion, and employ good judgment with sensitive information.
  • Work closely with the Development Director, Policy Manager, River Science Director, and Wild & Scenic Film Festival Director to create a communications schedule that complements organization-wide efforts.
  • Oversee management of bi-monthly SYRCL e-newsletter and Dam Watchdog e-newsletter.
  • Oversee management of SYRCL’s social media channels with a goal of staying relevant and meaningfully engaging the public.
  • Establish goals related to engagement and reach. Track analytics to measure success across channels and platforms and use data to inform communications strategies.
  • Work with Executive Director on speech writing and presentation creation as needed.

Outreach and Events

  • Strategize SYRCL’s community outreach efforts and work with staff to implement goals.
  • Ensure a successful River Ambassador program, strategizing expansion opportunities.
  • Ensure successful events, such as the annual Cleanup, State of the Yuba, and Quiz Night, in coordination with Development and other key staff.
  • Develop a turnkey SYRCL outreach booth that can travel to events.
  • Support production, branding, and media engagement for events.

Education

  • Provide leadership for SYRCL’s Education Program, including expansion, fundraising, and partnership opportunities.
  • Oversee River Education Manager who is tasked with leading SYRCL’s educational programming across all departments including Salmon Tours, youth field science, Wild & Scenic Film Festival school program, etc.

Policy and Campaigns

  • Work closely on communications strategies with SYRCL’s Policy Manager who is tasked with day to day operations of our policy work on our current campaigns: Stop Centennial, Growing Green, Hydropower Reform, and Yuba Salmon Now.
  • Assure participation in various stakeholder meetings and collaborative processes on topics that impact the watershed in coordination with Executive Director, Science Director, and River Policy Manager.

Fundraising

  • Support the Development Director on semi-annual mail fundraising campaign and digital fundraising appeals.
  • Participate in fundraising, including submitting grant proposals and reports, identifying and cultivating potential donors, and ensuring grant obligations are met for areas of oversight.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk for extended periods; to read a computer screen; and manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to speak clearly on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; an advanced degree in communications, environmental science, or a related field a plus.
  • A minimum of six years of experience in communications, community engagement, science communication, public relations, or a related discipline.
  • Effective leader with strategic vision and excellent judgment that combines political savvy and strategic acumen with analytical, communications, and messaging skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, writing, and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with grassroots environmental campaigns and mobilizing volunteers.
  • Ability to build consensus, develop effective coalitions, and collaborate with diverse interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems, raise funds, and manage internal budgets.
  • Experience communicating science to the public.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time pressure with minimal supervision.
  • Experience messaging for youth outreach and engagement opportunities
  • Working knowledge of today’s web platforms, email newsletters, and social media platforms for education, advocacy, fundraising and general communications.
  • Skilled in using social media, technology, and innovative digital storytelling tools.
  • Proven success with media relations including the ability to write press releases and Op-Eds, organize press conferences and public relations events, and cultivate media coverage by working with reporters and editorial boards.
  • Experience managing and directing staff as well as participating as part of a leadership team.
  • Strong collaboration, time management, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills, and a track record of working effectively across race, gender, sexual orientation, and other social identities.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graphic design and photo editing skills, using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Web development experience, including building new sites and editing content

HIRING PROCESS:

Apply Here: https://syrcl.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=33

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to those received by 11/7.

First contact will be a phone screen interview; finalists will be invited to an in-person panel interview.

Anticipated start date will be January 2, 2020 or earlier. Applicants will be expected to provide two to three writing samples and participate in a timed writing exercise.

COMPENSATION:

Salary and benefits are competitive with other Northern California not-for-profit conservation organizations; salary is commensurate with experience plus paid time off (PTO) and 100% individual health insurance benefits.

SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.

PennFuture - Campaign Manager, Clean Water Advocacy - Erie, PA

POSITION: Campaign Manager, Clean Water Advocacy

LOCATION: Erie, PA

POSITION SUMMARY:

PennFuture seeks a Campaign Manager to lead PennFuture’s campaigns and advocacy efforts in Erie and Northwest Pennsylvania. The Campaign Manager will develop and lead bold, sophisticated, and integrated campaigns that will grow a diverse constituency in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Lake Erie watershed that is equipped to advocate for sound policy solutions to improve water quality and address a range of environmental threats. The Campaign Manager will be responsible for communicating clean water and other issues to PennFuture constituents, the general public, and decision makers. He or she will also interpret the science for public consumption, advocate for effective clean water policies, and work with PennFuture’s legal staff to advance legal action, when appropriate. Our ideal candidate will have both policy and technical expertise in water protection and other environmental issues as well as multiple years of advocacy experience.

The multi-jurisdictional nature of Great Lakes water management requires a well-organized effort in Pennsylvania, sophisticated strategy, leadership, and access to policy expertise, which the Campaign Manager will provide. There is a need for a strong and coordinated set of voices to make more evident the inextricable links between the health of Lake Erie, public health, civic life, and sustainable economic development, and to drive a public policy agenda in that direction. To this end, the Campaign Manager will lead and grow a new coalition of advocates to focus on the issues and policies that will ultimately determine the future success of the area: the quality of water in Lake Erie’s central basin and tributaries to it. The Campaign Manager will be responsible for oversight, scrutiny, and support of these efforts and contribute to a range of other regional PennFuture projects as directed.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Develop and implement advocacy campaigns to support PennFuture’s work in Erie to advance water protections that will reduce pollution flowing into Lake Erie;
  • Elevate awareness of threats to water quality and emerging pollution issues in Lake Erie’s central basin and its tributaries;
  • Engage and guide new advocates and existing groups into action on policy solutions that reflect PennFuture’s policy priorities;
  • Build a diverse constituency – including communities of color, immigrant communities, and traditionally underserved communities, as well as business interests, such as agricultural producers – to advocate for sound policy solutions to improve water quality in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Lake Erie watershed;
  • Leverage PennFuture’s outreach, policy, communications/media, and legal staff and expertise to support implementation of cohesive, integrated campaigns;
  • Collaborate with and organize PennFuture’s partners and other stakeholders to support implementation of campaigns;
  • Educate decision-makers and the general-public about the importance of clean water protections; occasional lobbying of public officials and government agencies;
  • Interpret complex scientific and policy information for consumption by target audiences through media work and writing fact sheets, reports, white/briefing papers, testimony and other strategic communications;
  • Craft campaign e-mails, action alerts, website content, blog and social media posts; draft, edit, and submit letters to the editor and other opinion pieces;
  • Community outreach, event tabling, public speaking; perform other projects and administrative duties as directed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proven success in campaign development, implementation, and leadership.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent social media skills.
  • Enthusiasm for PennFuture, its mission, and its brand.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized.
  • Driver License.
  • Familiarity with non-profit organizations is preferred though not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 5+ years in campaign management, advocacy, or policy work.
  • Deep understanding of environmental and conservation policies, issues, and science, especially around clean water issues.
  • Understanding of regional environmental and conservation landscape.

TO APPLY:

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to the Director of Outreach at andrews@pennfuture.org. Please write “Campaign Manager, Clean Water Advocacy” in the subject line. The application deadline is November 15, 2019.

River Network - Philanthropy Manager - Boulder, Colorado

POSITION: Philanthropy Manager

REPORTS TO: Director of Philanthropy

LOCATION: Boulder, CO

TERM AND SALARY: Full time, exempt $60,000-$65,000/year DOE plus comprehensive benefits including: medical, dental, and vision health insurance; 403b retirement savings plan; vacation and sick leave; employee assistance program; life insurance; technology stipend; and paid holidays.

POSITION SUMMARY: River Network seeks an experienced fundraising professional to join our dynamic team. The primary role of this position is to increase unrestricted support for River Network, thereby allowing River Network more ability and responsiveness in fulfilling its efforts to advance clean water and healthy rivers for all  (for more information, see our current strategic plan). This position is externally-facing by design to grow donations from individuals and corporate sponsorships, achieving or surpassing River Network’s related revenues goals (currently $330,000 /year and $100,000/year respectively). This position will work shoulder to shoulder with the Director of Philanthropy and the President/CEO, and in partnership with the Marketing and Communications Manager, Director of Finance, and other staff members to develop and execute River Network’s overall fundraising strategy on an annual basis. We are looking for a smart, energetic, organized, and determined individual with a growth mindset, experience germane to designing and executing fundraising strategies and campaigns, a proven ability to excite interest and investment, and a drive to engage and inspire existing and potential supporters. The right candidate will also have an uncanny ability to build trust and rapport with colleagues and supporters, and meaningfully connect supporters to our work.

ABOUT RIVER NETWORKRiver Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit www.rivernetwork.org to learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff located in communities across the U.S. We are committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission – explore our core values and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, our explanation for why equity, diversity an inclusion are the foundation of our mission, and our principles for equitable and inclusive work. Through our programs, we seek to connect with all communities and increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water. Through our internal practices and external leadership, we seek an inclusive workplace culture that attracts diverse staff, board, members, and supporters.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Establish annual cycle of activities related to the prospecting, cultivation and stewardship of individual donors and corporate sponsors that will achieve or surpass River Network’s related revenues goals (currently $330,000/year for individual donors and $100,000/year for corporate sponsors).
  • Persistently and relentlessly identify prospective individual donors and corporate sponsors, actively communicating persuasively and passionately through in-person meetings, by phone, via email, and through written products resulting in commitments to River Network and moving investors along a continuum toward higher levels of giving.
  • Oversee direct mail and email campaigns and appeals in collaboration with Marketing and Communications Manager and other colleagues.
  • Manage President/CEO’s appointment schedule with prospective and existing major donors and corporate sponsors, and engage board members and other colleagues in cultivation and stewardship efforts as appropriate.
  • Develop excellent working relationships with River Network’s Board of Directors, working hand in hand with individual board members to execute their annual fundraising goals and commitments.
  • Develop and maintain detailed records and files for all $1,000+ individual and family donors and prospects. Track all individual fundraising efforts and results in Salesforce database.
  • Support the execution of the corporate strategy, including persuasive communication with existing and prospective corporate partners through phone conversations, personal visits, written proposals and reports.
  • Undertake collaborations with colleagues and the Board of Directors with candor, integrity, and clarity.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Three to five years professional fundraising experience with in-depth experience developing and implementing successful strategies and campaigns attracting support from individuals and corporations.
  • Proven experience managing major donors and securing $1,000+ donations from individuals or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in donor engagement and corporate sponsorship.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, proven experience translating complex and technical concepts into compelling and clear messages for specific audiences, positive attitude and energy.
  • Detail-oriented, with proven experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and delivering assignments within stringent deadlines.
  • Highly technologically savvy, with proficiency in donor management systems (Salesforce), prospect research tools, and MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) and ability to comprehend and interpret nonprofit financial statements.
  • Commitment to values of mutual respect and collaboration, teamwork and diversity.
  • Access to transportation to visit with individual donor and corporate supporters and prospects, willingness to travel, and availability for events.
  • Ability to work from our Boulder, Colorado office location.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of river conservation, current issues in the water arena, challenges related to equity, etc.
  • Familiarity with the local/Colorado philanthropic community.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF or Word document to: careers@rivernetwork.org with “PHILANTHROPY MANAGER” in the subject line of the email. References, work samples, simulations, and questions will be part of the selection process.  Position will remain open until an expectation of a November hire date. No phone calls please. The successful applicant must also meet the requirements of River Network’s background screening process.

Consistent with our values and our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as stated above, River Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

River Network - Community Organizing Associate - Great Lakes Region

POSITION TITLE: Community Organizing Associate

REPORTS TO: Leadership Development Director

LOCATION: Great Lakes region with preference for proximity to Chicago, IL. Position will be based out of a home office.

TERM AND SALARY: Full-time salaried, non-exempt. Annual salary range between $42,000 and $48,000 commensurate with experience. Support for this grant-funded position has been secured through August 2021. Beyond that date, the position is contingent upon securing additional funding.

POSITION SUMMARY: River Network seeks an individual with significant direct experience leading community organizing and civic engagement initiatives and supporting leaders, organizations and coalitions to become effective change agents in their communities. We are looking for someone who is dynamic, highly organized, positive, and motivated to bring power to our regional and national network of water leaders, showing the path towards greater civic participation and impact.

This position will focus on developing resources, tools and training approaches to strengthen the capacity of leaders, organizations and coalitions to engage community members in advancing climate resilience locally. Toward this goal, the position will serve as researcher, writer, and connector, to identify, capture and disseminate successful examples of climate resilience initiatives that have resulted in positive change from across the U.S. Additionally, this position will work alongside River Network’s Great Lakes Drinking Water Program Manager to help Great Lakes organizations strengthen community organizing and civic engagement initiatives related to their drinking water campaigns.

Our ideal candidate understands how small nonprofit organizations operate and has experience working with under-represented groups, particularly racially and ethnically diverse communities. The position needs to fully understand the expertise available through the River Network team, engage various team members in developing resources and providing support (e.g., leadership development, communications, etc.), and establish partnerships with others to fill knowledge gaps. This person must be flexible and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. We are looking for candidates who have the skills and motivation to become a successful member of our nationally dispersed team, who are excited about improving access to clean water and healthy rivers for all people, and who are inspired to achieve a sustainable and equitable future for our nation’s rivers, waters and the communities that depend on them.

ABOUT RIVER NETWORK: River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit www.rivernetwork.org to learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff located in communities across the U.S. We are committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission – explore our core values and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, our explanation for why equity, diversity an inclusion are the foundation of our mission, and our principles for equitable and inclusive workThrough our programs, we seek to connect with all communities and increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water. Through our internal practices and external leadership, we seek an inclusive workplace culture that attracts diverse staff, board, members, and supporters.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Develop Community Organizing and Civic Engagement Tools and Resources

  • Research and inventory examples and applications of community leadership development models and of community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods that have proven successful in building local leadership and advocacy capacity.
  • Write and produce written tools to help groups working for healthy rivers and clean watercreate or strengthen their own leadership development and CBPR initiatives.
  • Identify and establish effective relationships with issue experts and others (e.g. editors, graphic designers) to support the production of a high-quality, professionally designed toolkit.

Provide Training and Support to Leaders, Organizations and Coalitions

  • Design,organize and host learning opportunities related to CBPR, civic engagement and leadership development, via virtual and in-person trainings.
  • Coordinate activities to identify, select and provide re-grants and technical assistance to support a small number of community organizations incorporate CBPR methodologies in their work.
  • Provide consulting services to organizations and networks on topics related to community organizing, civic engagement and issue campaign planning, in order to increase the impact of their water and community advocacy efforts.
  • Provide training and support services to individuals and organizations to build additional aspects of their organizational capacity (e.g. board leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, effective partnerships, program evaluation and others).

Other

  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships and communication with River Network stakeholders in the Great Lakes states and beyond, including member organizations, conservation and environmental justice leaders, communities of color in both rural and urban settings, environmental advocates, local governments, academia and funders.
  • Develop and manage outreach efforts to enhance the visibility of River Network programs and services in the region in cooperation with other staff.
  • Collaborate with River Network staff on program development, grant writing, project management and grant reporting activities.
  • Support planning activities and participate in River Network’s annual River Rally and other regional and national training events.
  • Write and prepare materials for newsletters, blogs and training sessions.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Positive, self-motivated, strategic thinker and quick learner with an upbeat attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to succeed with a diverse set of stakeholders, partners, staff and volunteers.
  • Experience designing and implementing successful community organizing and civic engagement initiatives to effect positive change in communities.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in a related field with at least 3-5 years professional work experience (e.g., community organizing, program management, water resources, public or environmental policy and/or advocacy).
  • Experience working with community-based groups and leaders and organizations representing communities of color.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, group facilitation skills, interpersonal skills, strong technological abilities (e.g. Microsoft Office programs, Salesforce) and comfort learning new cloud-based systems (e.g. webinar and online communication platforms).
  • Self-directed; demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player, defining and tracking deadlines, progress, and contributions of others and staying on track and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Commitment to River Network’s vision and mission, and to our core values of strength, mutual respect, integrity, balance, growth and inclusion.
  • Ability to travel within the Great Lakes region and nationally (average 4-5 days/month); attend the annual River Rally conference and 1-2 staff retreats/yr.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Working knowledge or experience using community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods.
  • Experience supporting organizations and coalitions with other aspects of organizational effectiveness, such as leadership development, strategic planning or fundraising.
  • Experience and working knowledge of strategies that advance climate resilience in communities.
  • Have participated– or are willing to participate- in trainings related to undoing systemic racism; building skills around equity, diversity, and inclusion; and/or coaching and support to develop specific knowledge and skill sets around achieving just and equitable outcomes.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Diana Toledo (dtoledo@rivernetwork.org) with “Community Organizing Associate” in the subject line of the email. All applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Expected starting date: January 2020. Applicants granted an interview will be asked to provide work samples and references. No phone calls please.

Galveston Bay Foundation - Advocacy Programs Manager - Houston, Texas

Position Overview

The Advocacy Programs Manager leads GBF’s efforts in executing diverse programs that engage community members as active participants in the health of Galveston Bay. The position manages important advocacy and outreach programs and campaigns, particularly those aimed at evaluating the health of Galveston Bay and ensuring Galveston Bay waters are fishable and swimmable. The position is heavily focused on water quality initiatives aimed at reducing fecal bacteria from both point and non-point sources. These efforts are guided by several watershed plans, including the Galveston Bay Bacteria Reduction Plan, and rely on strategic partnerships across multiple stakeholder interest groups. The position must maintain broad, current knowledge of the water quality issues of Galveston Bay to inform and guide the direction of programs and be poised to respond to immediate and acute threats to Galveston Bay’s water health, including man-made and natural disasters. As a leader on GBF’s Advocacy and Outreach team, this position helps plan and guide programming, administers grant funding, and oversees community engagement staff.

For a full job description, including duties, qualifications, and compensation, please visit https://galvbay.org/about/about-us/work-for-gbf/.

Essential Job Functions

Project/Program Management:

  • Guide the direction and operation of select advocacy and outreach programs, with duties including planning, budgeting, fundraising, grant management, program evaluation, and staff oversight
  • Contribute to and track progress on program-related activities and tasks within GBF’s annual workplans that contribute to the organization’s strategic goals
  • Maintain oversight of program budgets, including all federal, state, and local grants funding the program
  • Lead fundraising efforts for select programs by developing proposals for future grant funding as well as collaborating with GBF’s Development Team to foster private and corporate sponsorships
  • Ensure compliance with grants, including ensuring deliverables are met, reports are submitted on a timely basis, and grant expenses are appropriate and allowable
  • Oversee the work of program staff charged with implementing select programs
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate programs based on performance tracking measures and make adjustments, as called for, to improve results and outcomes

Water Issues Management:

  • Maintain broad, current knowledge of the water quality issues of Galveston Bay in an effort to inform and guide the direction of programs
  • Facilitate the implementation of the Galveston Bay Bacteria Reduction Implementation Plan
  • Respond to immediate and acute threats to Galveston Bay’s water health, including man-made and natural disasters
  • Cultivate diverse local, state, and national partnerships that help effectively implement GBF’s water programs by participating on key workgroups and committees (currently including the Bacteria Implementation Group, Marina Association of Texas, GBEP M&R and WSQ subcommittees, and the Coalition of Watersheds)
  • Facilitate stakeholder and community engagement and drive community-wide adoption of behaviors to improve Galveston Bay’s waters in support of the Galveston Bay Bacteria Reduction Plan (currently including GBF’s Boater Waste, Cease the Grease,
  • Wastewater Treatment Facilities, and On-Site Sewage Facilities workgroups and the Water Quality Steering Committee)
  • Improve community participation in GBF’s water quality programs, both through furthering existing community participation and through engaging new communities in GBF’s mission

Qualifications

The ideal candidate should possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a coastal, aquatic, or environmental science; environmental management; or a related field
  • At least five years of professional experience in program implementation, including writing project proposals, management grants, tracking budgets, writing reports and other deliverables, and tracking progress
  • Background in water quality and/or conservation advocacy
  • Prior experience in personnel management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including communicating complex ideas for a general audience; bilingual (Spanish) written/oral communication skills a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, and the community; must work well in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to work independently, once trained
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to use personal vehicle for local travel (mileage will be reimbursed).

Application Instructions

To apply, email resume and cover letter to jobs@galvbay.org by Friday, November 8, 2019. Reference the position title in the subject line. If selected for an interview, be prepared to provide at least three professional references.

Huron River Watershed Council - Development Director - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Position: Development Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Hours: Full-time with benefits
Salary: $80,800
Close Date: October 21, 2019

Organization: The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) is a coalition of watershed residents, businesses, and local governments. HRWC is the oldest regional river protection organization in Michigan. Our mission is to protect and restore the river for healthy and vibrant communities. We work with a collaborative and inclusive spirit to give all partners the opportunity to become stewards; generate science-based, trustworthy information for decision makers to ensure reliable supplies of clean water and resilient natural systems; and passionately advocate for the health of the river and the lands around it.

Huron River Watershed Council is committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace. We are committed to prohibiting discrimination against volunteers, clients, and applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental handicap/disability, social economic class, ethical values and/or political beliefs.

Project Description:

The Huron River Watershed Council is seeking a Development Director to oversee our donor relations program and manage fundraising initiatives. The Development Director is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic plans to raise funds for the organization. HRWC has an annual operating budget of $2.2 million and 13 staff. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing fundraising campaigns, developing and maintaining relationships with current and prospective donors, and building a strong development team for the organization. This position involves managing individual and non-individual gifts as well as our annual fundraising event and planned and annual giving campaigns. If you have a strong background in non-profit fundraising and development and a passion for environmental protection, we encourage you to apply.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Set and achieve ambitious fundraising goals.
  • Focus on long-range strategic priorities, advance HRWC’s goals, and communicate a broad vision to others.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, Development Associate, Finance Manager and other staff and the board of directors to establish and meet fundraising goals.
  • Manage the development staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Identify and evaluate prospective donors for specific projects, major gifts, and planned giving gift solicitations and establish a process for cultivating relationships with donors.
  • Maintain strong relationships with existing donors.
  • Manage and oversee individual and business membership prospecting, stewardship, and cultivation.
  • Develop and maintain a significant professional presence throughout the local community.
  • Manage all major-gifts functions, which include planned giving, principal gifts, donor prospecting and research, and special multi-year fundraising campaigns.
  • Establish secondary development mechanisms including investment portfolios, estate planning, endowments, etc.
  • Arrange special events and other activities designed to generate prospect/donor enthusiasm and interest, including our annual Suds on the River event.
  • Ensure the appropriate stewardship of all major-gifts donors, creating annual stewardship plans, in order to strengthen ongoing relationships with major donors.
  • Work collaboratively with marketing and communications team and produce strategic donor messaging and materials.
  • Write compelling and inspiring pieces of communication to convey HRWC’s story, vision, purpose, strengths and successes.

Huron River Watershed Council Functions:

  • Participate in production of a high-quality newsletter, website, and other traditional media and social networking outlets.
  • Assist in developing and implementing any needed procedures to continually improve the effectiveness of the organization.
  • Participate in staff meetings, and other organization events and activities.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and annual planning processes and measuring impact.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5-8 years of fundraising experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Sound fundraising judgement.
  • Strong record of success asking for and closing major gifts and building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors, foundations and corporations.
  • Proven ability to manage, track, and maintain relationships with multiple prospects and donors.
  • Knowledge of current trends in charitable giving, particularly in the areas of major gifts and Planned-giving.
  • Some knowledge of and strong interest in environmental issues.
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar software, Microsoft Office suite, SharePoint and social media platforms is desirable.

Additional desired qualifications include:

  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Ability to design, implement, and direct fundraising initiatives, including individualized cultivation, solicitation and recognition strategies.
  • Experience negotiating complex, high profile or sensitive agreements.
  • Experience making connections between ideas and funders.
  • Ability to make strategic decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience and judgement.

Communications/interpersonal skills

  • Strong written, communication, and presentation skills; ability to persuasively convey the mission of HRWC to diverse groups including donors, corporate executives, board members and others who are important to the organization’s overall prosperity.
  • Experience leading and producing strategic donor messaging and materials.
  • Ability to educate and inform prospective and existing donors about appropriate giving vehicles.
  • Capacity to build constructive and effective relationships with board of directors, staff and volunteers.

Responsibility/oversight

  • Experience developing multi-year fundraising strategies and goals, evaluation and adaptive management.
  • Highly organized management of fundraising activities including processing, tracking, follow up.
  • Experience managing staff including goal setting, problem solving, performance reviews and professional development.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a teammate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision requirements due to computer work.
  • Light to moderate lifting is required.
  • Event work may entail all-weather physical activity and lifting as much as 30 pounds.
  • Some evening and weekend work required.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license in the State of Michigan and a vehicle.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application, cover letter, resume, and three references to jkangas@hrwc.org by October 21, 2019. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. For full job description visit: https://www.hrwc.org/about/staff/jobs/

Coastal Watershed Council - Development and Communications Manager - Santa Cruz, California

Position Overview

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development & Communications Manager is an experienced program and fundraising professional responsible for communicating with key partner, donor and other public audiences to build support for Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) programs through grants, major gift and general donations.

Guided by our Theory of Change, CWC is confident we’re doing the right things, the right way, to create impact at the river that the community is excited about. Now we need to do more of that great work, which means sharing our story with the community and increasing fundraising revenue. This position will help CWC grow and transform the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination and asset that Santa Cruz is drawn to and proud of.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

INCREASE GRANT REVENUE

Prospect and research grant opportunities with corporations, private foundations and government agencies. Prepare and submit grant proposals for less than $20,000. Work with Programs Director to prepare grant proposals for over $20,000. Nurture relationships with and acknowledge funders and prospects.

LEAD AND IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS

Identify ways to constantly listen to and learn from river lovers to improve CWC programs. Manage and implement all communication efforts about CWC programs, including monthly e-newsletter, monthly program event invitations, website, social media and annual report. Tell the community’s and the river’s story to equip and empower those who live, work and play along the San Lorenzo River to take an active role in stewarding the river. Serve as chief acknowledger of all river champions.

SUPPORT AND GROW MAJOR GIFT SUPPORT

Support the Executive Director to steward and grow CWC’s Leadership Circle (donors investing $1,000 or more annually) by researching and cultivating prospects and cultivating and stewarding current donors. Assist Executive Director’s efforts to engage top donors.

LEAD GENERAL FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

Take ownership of stewarding and growing CWC’s general donation supporters (less than $1,000 annually per household) through invitations to events, program updates and public acknowledgment. Work with the Executive Director to implement a Fund Development Plan to raise $550,000 in FY19-20 and develop and implement a plan for rapid growth in future years. Create and implement direct mail fundraising campaigns. Record donation checks and online donations in Salesforce database and produce acknowledgment letters. Positively represent CWC at public events, donor meetings and in the community.

LEAD ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT: MEANDER

Develop and manage a calendar of events to cultivate and solicit major financial support for Meander, a unique river-based fundraising dinner, every June. Lead overall implementation of the event with a team to craft a creative and moving experience for river supporters and generate revenue to support CWC programs.

MANAGE SALESFORCE DATABASE

Take ownership of Salesforce database administration. Create and manage campaigns, engagement plans, reports and donor records in Salesforce Classic. Serve as lead strategic voice in how Salesforce can help staff successfully implement programs.

CONTRIBUTE TO RIVER STRATEGY

Work with CWC leadership to inform strategy around river revitalization, engaging partners, exciting the community around the cause and prioritizing use of limited resources.

BUILD A CULTURE OF PHILANTHROPY

Work with Executive Director to shape an organization-wide culture of philanthropy where the Board of Directors and all staff, volunteers, funders and partners value and understand one another’s roles in CWC’s program and overall success for the community.

OTHER

Perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience (required):

  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in related field
  • Experience working with donor database management systems/CRM, ideally Salesforce

Education & Experience (preferred):

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (required):
  • Strategic thinking; seeing the forest and the trees and valuing the importance of both
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Technology skills: proficiency with internet research and MS Office in a mixed Mac/PC environment
  • Ability to create marketing and communications materials with little oversight
  • Excellent networking, relationship building, interpersonal, organization and time-management skills
  • Self-motivated in identifying challenges/opportunities and providing recommendations for solutions
  • Knowledge of communications and fundraising best practices and basic environmental principles

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (preferred):

  • Ability to communicate with donors and volunteers in English and Spanish.
  • Application Instructions

Additional Information:

  • Direct Reports: None currently but room for this as we grow the budget
  • Travel Requirements: Minimal
  • License and Certification Requirements: California Driver’s License

Working Conditions:

Working environment is generally favorable. Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc. Ability to lift and carry approximately 25 pounds.

To apply: 

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and due no later than Thursday, October 31, 2019. Submit your application via email to Greg Pepping, Executive Director via the River Rally process. Please include: “DCM” in the subject line of your email, note how you learned about the job and attach a cover letter and your resume. Thanks for your interest in transforming the river!

Disclaimer:

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

The Coastal Watershed Council reserves the right to alter this description at any time. The Coastal Watershed Council practices the concept of equal employment opportunity with respect to hiring, promotions, transfers, pay discipline, fringe benefits and all other terms and conditions of employment. No individual will be discriminated against and no employment decisions will be made, on the basis of an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, protected disability, marital status, familial status, veteran status, height, weight or citizenship.

Alpine Watershed Group - Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator - Markleeville, California

Position Overview

Alpine Watershed Group (AWG) seeks an Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator to help implement AWG’s community outreach and education, monitoring, and restoration programs.

Location: The job is based at the Alpine Watershed Group office in Woodfords, California.

Employment Status: Full-time, non-exempt

Reports to: Watershed Coordinator and Executive Director

Organization Description: AWG’s mission is to preserve and enhance the natural system functions of Alpine County’s watersheds for future generations. AWG provides leadership and facilitates collaboration among diverse stakeholders from throughout the watersheds to identify and implement monitoring, assessment, planning, and restoration projects. AWG engages volunteers as stewards through water monitoring and watershed restoration activities. Alpine County provides an ideal rural setting for watershed stewardship and preservation, located at the headwaters of five major rivers of California and Nevada. In close proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley, the region offers a beautiful place to work and live.

Responsibilities

Community Outreach & Education

  • Lead development of web outreach tools: website, email newsletter, and social media
  • Plan, coordinate, and lead education activities and events
  • Create and distribute flyers
  • Develop and distribute press releases and other publicity materials as needed
  • Coordinate and lead presence at tabling events
  • Give formal presentations
  • Plan, coordinate, and assist with leading bimonthly stakeholder meetings and quarterly stakeholder forums
  • Develop and maintain partnerships
  • Participate in partner meetings, in particular be an active participant in Alpine County community meetings and activities
  • Maintain database of organization contacts

Watershed Planning & Restoration Program

  • Assist Watershed Coordinator with coordinating the involvement of community members and local/regional natural resource partners in watershed planning and project implementation
  • Collect and catalog all assessments and data collected for Alpine County watersheds over past two decades, assist with conducting a gap analysis to identify needs
  • Assist with planning and implementation of volunteer restoration work days, including Earth Day and Markleeville Creek Day, including soliciting sponsorships and in-kind donations

Monitoring Program

  • Recruit, train, coordinate, and support River Monitoring Program volunteers under the direction of the Watershed Coordinator
  • Maintain equipment and lab supplies
  • Input, analyze, and report on water quality monitoring data
  • Assist with implementation of quality assurance/control of monitoring data and maintain data organization/sharing

Administration & Fundraising

  • Assist with grant writing as needed
  • Assist with various other fundraising activities, such as donation requests and sponsorships
  • Maintain active program records and assist with grant reports
  • Assist with meeting planning, document development, and office maintenance

Qualifications

  • BA or BS, focus on communications and/or environmental studies in environmental science, natural resource management, or a related field
  • 1-2 years internship or work experience desired
  • Experience with water quality monitoring and data analysis a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings and manage groups
  • Demonstrated ability to train, involve, and support volunteers
  • Ability to both work independently and to work collaboratively as a team member
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Proficient computer skills—word processing, graphic design, database, and research
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends; trade work-week days when night or weekend obligations
  • Ability to conduct physically demanding field work at remote locations, lift 20-30 pounds, and sit at a desk for extended periods of time when necessary

Application

Email resume and cover letter to Kimra McAfee at awg.kimra@gmail.com by October 21. Application process may remain open until position has been filled.

Eagle River Watershed Council - Development & Communications Coordinator - Gypsum, Colorado

Position Overview

Eagle River Watershed Council seeks a development & communications coordinator to work collaboratively with our staff and board to raise funds and community awareness for our mission-driven programs. This is a newly created position for our growing nonprofit. The ideal candidate will be able to persuasively communicate our impact to a wide variety of audiences using various resources, including our website, social media, printed materials, grants, donor letters, ads, and more. The coordinator will guide, develop and implement a communications and fundraising strategy. The coordinator will report directly to the executive director and, as we are a small organization, will work closely with the rest of the team.

Essential Job Functions

  • Development
    1. Work closely with the executive director to develop/implement a fundraising plan.
    2. Coordinate all annual fundraising campaigns, including the annual appeal, membership campaigns/renewals, email campaigns, special events, the annual report, and more.
    3. Track and recognize donor activities (gifts received, communication, event attendance, etc.).
    4. Serve as the point person for the donor/member/volunteer database (Salesforce)- Maintain/update records, track communication, pull reports.
    5. Cultivate and foster donor/member relationships.
    6. Establish a grant calendar and draft/submit grant requests and reports.
    7. Represent the Watershed Council on Eagle County Gives collaborative and manage our Colorado Gives Day activities.
  •  Marketing
    1. Work closely with the education and outreach coordinator to edit/publish the monthly enewsletter.
    2. Write and submit timely press releases for each Watershed Council event and project.
    3. Develop/manage event & project marketing plans & materials (posters, advertising, social media posts).
    4. Expand and manage the Watershed Council’s social media accounts/activities.
    5. Maintain a library of photos and text/copy describing Watershed Council events, projects, and the like.
    6. Develop and maintain a supply of branded marketing materials for the Watershed Council.
    7. Manage the relationships with local media- newspaper/radio/TV.
    8. Maintain and update the Watershed Council website and blog.
  •  General
    1. Develop and coordinate committees to further job initiatives as appropriate.
    2. Provide support as needed to the executive director, Board of Directors and staff/consultants.
    3. Share in the responsibility of maintaining the office/workplace.
    4. Take on other duties as assigned.

Specific Skills Desired:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Two years minimum experience in a nonprofit or communications role.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Passion for fostering collaborative relationships and facilitating conversations among diverse communities.
  • Grant writing, journalism, or related writing skills with an attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media.
  • Familiarity with email marketing platforms (such as Vertical Response), WordPress, and databases.
  • Graphic design skills a plus.
  • A willingness to learn and expand skills as necessary.

Personality that will thrive in this position: A people person that is enthusiastic about sharing their passion for river protection with those around them. A persuasive communicator in both writing and conversation/public speaking. A self-starter with a positive outlook, good organizational skills, attention to detail and a clear focus on priorities. A creative, forward-thinker who enjoys working with diverse community stakeholders, board members, and donors. A hard worker who is able to ask for direction and collaborate as part of a team, while also embracing autonomy on assigned projects. An enthusiastic individual with a sense of humor.

Other Details: Full-time salaried position. Typical business hours with some evening/weekend events. Flexibility available. Compensation commensurate with experience. Retirement plan; health insurance benefits; paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; wellness (ski pass, health club, etc) reimbursement. Work requires some physical exertion such as walking, standing, lifting (up to 50 lbs), carrying, or similar activities, sometimes in inclement weather.

Application Instructions

Send a cover letter & resume to jobs@erwc.org by October 18, 2019.

Choose Clean Water Coalition - Senior Communications Manager - Annapolis, Maryland

Description

For 10 years, the Choose Clean Water Coalition has been responsible for ensuring the coordination of policy and messaging within the Chesapeake Bay restoration community. The Senior Communications Manager for the Choose Clean Water Coalition will be responsible for ensuring that strong internal and external communications strategies continue to be developed and implemented to support the work of the Coalition and its more than 240 member organizations.

The National Wildlife Federation serves as co-chair of the Choose Clean Water Coalition Steering Committee and provides fiscal and staffing support. The Senior Communications Manager reports to the Director of the Choose Clean Water Coalition and is based in the National Wildlife Federation’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Center in Annapolis, MD.

The Senior Communications Manager will identify and provide the resources needed for Choose Clean Water Coalition members to engage in our work and to communicate effectively about local, state, and federal restoration efforts. Additionally, the Senior Manager will be responsible for the coordination, planning and execution of multiple events that convene the Chesapeake Bay community.

In this role you will:

  • Identify and create strategic communications campaigns that support the Coalition’s policy priorities and push the Chesapeake restoration effort forward.
  • Be responsible for coordinating the planning and execution of our annual conference, including acting as lead on securing critical sponsorships. This event brings together more than 350 members of the clean water community and is a key component of the Coalition’s work.
  • Support the planning, coordination and execution of the press event during the Coalition’s annual Chesapeake Bay Day on Capitol Hill. Also assist with registration, trainings, and additional planning as needed.
  • Provide technical assistance, training, and support to help improve and expand Coalition members’ communications capacity.
    • Provide tools and technical assistance to our members to better support local/state/watershed communications strategies.
    • Use Coalition communication resources, including traditional tools and social media, to support the Coalition’s policy priorities and bring attention to member successes by leveraging member communications assets.
    • Provide training opportunities for both experienced and inexperienced members to learn and develop their communications and marketing skills.
  • Strengthen the Coalition’s brand to bring attention to member work and gain influence with decision makers.
    • Write Coalition branded press releases, op-eds, etc. to help bring attention to the Coalition and its membership.
    • Engage decision makers using social media platforms to help elevate the Coalition’s brand and priorities.
  • Facilitate the work of the Communications workgroup to help identify ways to improve overall communications throughout the Bay watershed.
  • Identify opportunities to expand and communicate about the Coalition’s commitment to elevating diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Coordinate the development of an annual report and other promotional materials.
  • Coordinate content development and manage the Coalition website, newsletters, blog and social media platforms.
  • Collaborate on the development and submission of grant proposals and reports; manage grant budgets and create and implement plans to meet all grant deliverables.
  • Manage contractors and interns as needed.

Qualifications:

  • 5 – 8 years of professional experience or equivalent
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, able to manage multiple projects, and work effectively under tight deadlines
  • Has experience with large-scale event planning and coordination
  • Has experience fundraising through events and corporate giving
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize communications tools to achieve campaign objectives
  • Experience managing an organization’s social media presence and knowledge of social media trends
  • Demonstrated track record of working with the media and organizing successful media events.
  • Strong grasp of water and other environmental issues preferred
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, including strong copy-editing skills
  • Must be a self-starter who possesses a high degree of initiative

The employee’s actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.

Travel Requirements:

2-5 days per month throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia)

Salary Range and Benefits:

This position pays in the range of low to mid 70’s per year.

The Choose Clean Water Coalition is a partner and program of the National Wildlife Federation which offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment. We are committed to building a complementary team and strongly support candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Application:

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.

If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

Rivers for Change - Board Member

Position Overview

Would you like to be a part of a small and dedicated team working to inspire, educate, and connect people to rivers? Rivers for Change is looking for enthusiastic, passionate, and strong community leaders to serve as volunteer board members. This is an extraordinary opportunity for those who are passionate about the environment, connecting people to rivers, source to sea adventures, youth stewardship, community engagement, and conservation (while having fun)!

Rivers for Change is a non-profit connecting people to rivers through source to sea adventures. We aim to engage, collaborate and promote connections of people to people, people to rivers, and rivers to rivers. We connect individuals, communities, and organizations to their river through collaborative events and programs. We envision a world where people and communities are active stewards of river systems with a holistic understanding of their interconnectedness and interdependence.

Board Members are re-elected annually but a two-year commitment is preferred. Board meetings by phone are typically held monthly but will be held at least quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings. Service on RFC’s Board of Directors is without remuneration with 2-10hrs of work expected per month. Board members are expected to contribute monetarily to the organization. You may be located anywhere.

Essential Job Functions

The Board will support the work of RFC and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While many day-to-day operations are managed by RFC’s ED & AD (Executive Director and Associate Director) the organization relies heavily on a working board to help fulfill tasks and programs. Appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

Board Member responsibilities include:

  • Strategy
    • Provide thoughtful Leadership, governance, and oversight for Rivers for Change
    • Serve as an advisor to the ED & AD as they develop and implement RfC’s strategic plan
    • Help to determine which of the organization’s programs are consistent with its mission and monitor the effectiveness of these programs; Work with the ED & AD and volunteers to create metrics for evaluating impact, and regularly measuring performance and effectiveness using those metrics
    • Apply hands-on working knowledge of outdoor travel, enrichment, and education best practices to present as potential RfC pursuits.
  • Internal
    • Assist in developing and successfully implementing RfC’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; stay informed of, and meet all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
    • Ensure that the organization has the financial and human resources it needs to fulfill its mission
    • Contribute to an annual performance evaluation of the ED & AD
    • Support the organization’s annual giving program by giving as generously as possible
    • Assist the ED & AD and board chair in identifying and recruiting new Board Members
    • Evaluate prerequisites for potential new board members, orient new members, and periodically evaluate the performance
    • Work with the RFC team in a cordial, responsible, and respectful manner
  • Board
    • Partner with the ED & AD and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
    • Serve on committees or task forces and take on special assignments
    • Build a collegial working relationship with other board members that contributes to enrichment
    • Regularly attend board meetings and important related meetings; prepare well for meetings review and comment on minutes and reports.
    • Volunteer for and willingly accepts assignments.
  •  External
    • Represent RFC to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization, promoting its mission, values, and programs
    • Reach out for new information and avenues of learning related to RFC
    • Participate in fundraising for the organization
    • Identify and cultivate relationships with potential donors
    • Emote, exude and preach a love of rivers, natural water resources, and the opportunities they provide for everyone.
    • Lead by Example
  • Overall
    • Board members have a duty to care for RFC, its values, its staff, and other board members.

Qualifications

Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy or conservation, and adventure nonprofit sectors. We are especially looking for individuals with financial experience, communications/marketing background, donor development, or previous board experience.

  • Significant professional experience and leadership accomplishments in education, sustainability, conservation, business, government, philanthropy or the nonprofit sector.
  • An understanding of RFC’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience.
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships, persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the human condition through RFC’s work.

Specific Skills sought:

  • Fundraising
  • Marketing/PR and Media
  • Outreach within your extensive network
  • Accounting/Internal Finances
  • Management
  • Volunteer/Ambassador/member management
  • Legal

Additional qualifications

Helpful to have boating, or outdoor recreation skills especially within a leadership or guiding role Helpful to have some social media experience

Application Instructions

E-mail your resume and a letter of interest to danielle@riversforchange.org by October 26, 2019. Please answer the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in Rivers for Change?
  • Why are you interested in serving on a board?
  • Do you have any previous board service, leadership, or volunteer experience? Are you presently serving on any Boards?
  • What kinds of skills or expertise can you offer? How will the organization benefit from your participation? How do you think we could best take advantage of your Expertise?

Subject: Board of Directors Application and your name.

Or email for more information or to set up an informal chat.

American Rivers - Associate Director of Headwaters Conservation - Nevada City, California

TITLE: Associate Director of Headwaters Conservation
CLASSIFICATION: Associate Director II
WAGE CATEGORY: Exempt
DEPARTMENT: Conservation
REPORTS TO: Director, California Headwaters Conservation
LOCATION: Nevada City, CA

ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS

Named one of the best groups to support by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® and National River Cleanup® campaigns. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 350,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit www.americanrivers.org.

American Rivers embraces and celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. Each individual brings life experiences, knowledge, innovation and talent to our work, providing perspectives, experiences and competencies that are critical to our effectiveness.

JOB SUMMARY

The Associate Director of Headwaters Conservation builds partnerships and manages projects to improve watersheds in the Sierra Nevada. The Associate Director helps develop and oversee a range of innovative projects primarily focused on meadow stream restoration, improving forest health and forest roads, green infrastructure and other conservation efforts in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River (SSJ) Basin. Our approach is to implement on-the-ground projects that catalyze partnerships and policies to achieve river conservation at the regional and state-wide scale. The Associate Director will also contribute to fundraising and other internal needs of the region, including strategic planning, and will join a team of eight staff in American Rivers’ regional office in Nevada City, California, a thriving small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The salary range for this position is $54,000-$66,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience. American Rivers offers full-time employees a generous benefits package that includes health, dental and life insurance; four weeks of paid vacation plus paid holidays, and a retirement plan.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with state and federal agencies, Native American tribes, non-profit partners, and private interests to accelerate restoration and improve watershed management policies and practices in California.
  • Manage river restoration projects. This will include managing subcontractors and project budgets, coordinating partners, reporting to agencies and funders, completing permits, leading outreach activities, and identifying opportunities to scale up successes.
  • Troubleshoot restoration project hurdles and identify and implement broadly-applicable solutions that advance the restoration field.
  • Identify and develop restoration projects that build capacity, accelerate progress, engage new partners and expand the impact of the river conservation field.
  • Monitor project outcomes. Collect and analyze data on restoration project performance, communicate successes and lessons learned to diverse audiences including rural landowners, state and federal decision-makers, corporate and foundation funders, and others.
  • Work with the SSJ-basin grants team. Contribute to the development and writing of proposals and develop new innovative and catalytic projects.
  • Participate in SSJ basin and headwaters program strategic planning. Strive to improve the existing programs and identify new opportunities.
  • Conduct outreach activities and help develop media that build awareness about American Rivers and the value of healthy rivers to California and the country.
  • Represent American Rivers at conferences, press events and other public events.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will demonstrate through professional background, experience, and recommendations, strong skills in the following areas:

  • At least five years of relevant experience or an advanced degree with a minimum of three years of relevant experience.
  • Innovative thinker with excellent organizational ability and demonstrated experience meeting deadlines, setting priorities and working in a self-directed manner in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to develop complex partnerships, proposals, budgets, and strategies that will accelerate river restoration and conservation in California.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Experience managing projects with multiple partners.
  • Understanding of watershed processes and water resource issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/ by October 26, 2019.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply

American Rivers - Northern Rockies Conservation Director - Bozeman, Montana

Position Overview

The Northern Rockies Conservation Director works closely with the Northern Rockies Director to lead our river conservation efforts in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. The Conservation Director will supervise or co-supervise fellows, interns and volunteers; conduct grassroots and grasstops outreach; interface with the media and elected officials; and assist in raising funds. The Conservation Director will lead the Northern Rockies office’s engagement in Montanans for Healthy Rivers, a coalition seeking to win new Wild and Scenic River designations on federal public lands in western Montana. The Conservation Director also will lead our team’s engagement in public lands management plans and place-based collaboratives; respond to serious threats to high-value rivers; and assist in other projects and campaigns. In addition to being a key member of the Northern Rockies team, the Conservation Director also will work with American Rivers staff based in other priority basins, participate on internal teams including our Wild and Scenic Rivers/Public Lands Team, and engage with our communications and government relations teams.
Principal Responsibilities

  • Lead the Northern Rockies office’s engagement in Montanans for Healthy Rivers, a coalition seeking to win new Wild and Scenic River designations on public lands in western Montana
    • Help manage and grow our coalition of conservation organizations, recreation groups, hunters and anglers, businesses, private landowners, agricultural producers, Native American tribes, local elected leaders and others
    • Provide leadership and strategic direction for the coalition
    • Conduct grassroots and grasstops outreach to a variety of audiences
    • Educate agency staff and elected leaders at the local, state and federal level
    • Generate earned media in the form of news stories, editorials and guest opinions
    • Assist in developing campaign outreach materials including web content, social media content, brochures, fact sheets, actions, maps and sign-on letters
  •  Lead our efforts to win long-term administrative protections for rivers flowing across public lands by engaging in land management plan revisions, Comprehensive River Management Plans (CRMPs), and Wild and Scenic eligibility assessments
  • Represent our Northern Rockies office in place-based conservation collaboratives that align with our river protection goals
  • Identify promising new river protection campaigns in the Northern Rockies
  • Develop and implement media strategies to build popular and political support for our river protection efforts
  • Represent American Rivers and Montanans for Healthy Rivers at meetings, conferences, donor events, public events, and in the press
  • Assist in mentoring and supervising other members of the Northern Rockies team including associates, fellows, interns and volunteers
  • Assist in writing grant proposals and reports to foundations
  • Co-lead, with the Outreach and Communications Coordinator and other partners, all aspects of the Wild Rivers Film Tour
  • Help build a robust network of business partners, with a focus on the outdoor recreation industry
  • Collaborate with American Rivers staff that work in other field offices and who serve on other relevant teams including our Wild and Scenic Rivers & Public Lands Team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, environmental studies, or other relevant field
  • Five years of experience working in an advocacy role in the natural resources field, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated passion for protecting and enjoying rivers
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills
  • Experience working with the media and elected leaders
  • Solid understanding of the culture and customs of the Intermountain West
  • Highly organized and able to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited direct supervision
  • Excellent team player who supports and inspires others
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Willingness to travel and occasionally work irregular hours including evenings and weekends

Application Instructions

Please submit your resume and a 1-2 page cover letter in pdf format to https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Applications must be received by October 25, 2019.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Waterkeepers Chesapeake - Communications and Outreach Associate - Takoma Park, Maryland

Position Overview

Waterkeepers Chesapeake seeks an enthusiastic, energetic, outgoing self-starter with a passion for environmental justice to provide high-level support to our communications and outreach efforts. The Associate will work closely with the Executive Director and program staff to promote our primary campaigns—Fair Farms and Clear Choices, Clean Water. The ideal candidate will have an educational and professional background that demonstrates effective communications, outreach, and campaign-building skills. Proven experience in leveraging social media, persuasive writing, visual media, earned media, and data driven targeting to engage and inspire action is critical. This is an excellent position for a candidate interested in working in a small organization that welcomes creative ideas from staff at all levels, and provides a range of responsibilities and opportunities to learn and participate in campaigns that make a difference in people’s lives.

About Waterkeepers Chesapeake

Waterkeepers Chesapeake is a coalition of eighteen independent programs working to make the waters of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays swimmable and fishable. We amplify the voices of each Waterkeeper and mobilize our organizations to fight pollution and champion clean water.

Clear Choices Clean Water is a campaign to increase awareness about choices we make and the impacts they have on our rivers, streams and bays. Water friendly practices such as landscaping with native plants, using less fertilizer, managing yard and pet wastes, maintaining septic systems, fostering soil health, and using less water all help to protect our precious water resources. Clear Choices Clean Water empowers everyone to do their part for water quality and conservation. The Fair Farms Campaign brings together consumers, farmers, public health professionals, and conservationists to advocate for a food system that is equitable, fair to farmers, invests in homegrown healthy foods, and restores our waterways.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Become fluent in our clean water program and campaign work to build support through creative communication in traditional and digital media.
  • Develop and execute communication plans for campaigns and organizational visibility efforts.
  • Craft earned media strategies. Work with media to gain positive coverage of our work and events. Monitor media and participate in rapid response when necessary.
  • Engage the public and the environmental community through e-newsletter support and action alerts.
  • Draft, edit and distribute campaign materials, press releases, blogs, letters to the editor, letters to elected officials, feature articles and Op-Eds.
  • Develop our social media “voice” and maintain a strong presence through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Execute targeted goals for growth on these platforms.
  • Manage and draft daily content for WKC’s social media.
  • Manage content updates on website (WordPress).
  • Develop visual materials (informational graphics, photographs etc.) for publications and outreach efforts. Work with our vendors to develop materials, including video.
  • Create and assist with presentations and PowerPoints as needed.
  • Provide communications assistance to our Waterkeeper member programs to connect and integrate them into Waterkeeper Chesapeake campaigns.
  • Aid in developing partnerships and conducting outreach, including events, for campaigns.

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and timelines with a positive attitude, flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated success in working as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the public. Strong work ethic.

Qualifications

  • Minimum one to three years’ experience in non-profit advocacy, political organizing, cause–oriented digital media, communications/public relations, or “green” journalism. Experience with outreach and marketing, events, and social media, preferred.
  • Experience in planning and executing successful advertising or advocacy strategies through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, eCRM platforms and email marketing.
  • Intermediate or higher level proficiency with PowerPoint (or equivalent), WordPress, Microsoft Office (or Mac equivalent), Adobe Creative Suite essentials like Photoshop and InDesign, and Final Cut Pro (Adobe Premier).
  • Familiarity with Google Ad Words, Google Analytics, HTML5/ AdobeAnimateCC, Hootsuite, and Action Network a plus.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written for online and traditional venues.
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in communications, environmental studies, journalism, social marketing, political science, or a related field. Master’s degree in related field desired, but not required.
  • Prior knowledge about environmental policies and news, particularly relating to agriculture and stormwater pollution.

Application Instructions

The position is in the Washington, DC metro area and includes telecommuting as well as shared office space. A car will be necessary for meetings throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. Will require some evening and weekend hours.

Salary range for this position is $35,000 – $45,000. Position includes a generous benefits package. The position is available immediately. Waterkeepers Chesapeake is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, disabled people, and transgender or gender non-conforming applicants strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a resume, cover letter indicating your specific interest in this position, a writing sample (preferably from a previous campaign, either an email action alert, op-ed, or other media content), and a sample of earned media from prior work to info(at)waterkeeperschesapeake.org.

Coastal Watershed Council - Development & Communications Manager - Santa Cruz, California

Position Overview

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development & Communications Manager is an experienced program and fundraising professional responsible for communicating with key partner, donor and other public audiences to build support for Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) programs through grants, major gift and general donations.

Guided by our Theory of Change, CWC is confident we’re doing the right things, the right way, to create impact at the river that the community is excited about. Now we need to do more of that great work, which means sharing our story with the community and increasing fundraising revenue. This position will help CWC grow and transform the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination and asset that Santa Cruz is drawn to and proud of.

Annual salary: $64,900-$84,900 DOE

Benefits available after 90-day introductory period: Vision and dental insurance fully covered by CWC. $400 monthly health insurance contribution from CWC, along with SIMPLE IRA retirement plan including CWC contributing 3% of salary. Job-related training opportunities, including a unique commitment to team-building and both professional and personal growth. CWC strives to be the very best place to work in Santa Cruz.

FLSA Status: 
Salaried, Full-Time, Exempt

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • INCREASE GRANT REVENUE
: Prospect and research grant opportunities with corporations, private foundations and government agencies. Prepare and submit grant proposals for less than $20,000. Work with Programs Director to prepare grant proposals for over $20,000. Nurture relationships with and acknowledge funders and prospects.
  • LEAD AND IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS
: Identify ways to constantly listen to and learn from river lovers to improve CWC programs. Manage and implement all communication efforts about CWC programs, including monthly e-newsletter, monthly program event invitations, website, social media and annual report. Tell the community’s and the river’s story to equip and empower those who live, work and play along the San Lorenzo River to take an active role in stewarding the river. Serve as chief acknowledger of all river champions.
  • SUPPORT AND GROW MAJOR GIFT SUPPORT: 
Support the Executive Director to steward and grow CWC’s Leadership Circle (donors investing $1,000 or more annually) by researching and cultivating prospects and cultivating and stewarding current donors. Assist Executive Director’s efforts to engage top donors.
  • LEAD GENERAL FUNDRAISING EFFORTS
: Take ownership of stewarding and growing CWC’s general donation supporters (less than $1,000 annually per household) through invitations to events, program updates and public acknowledgment. Work with the Executive Director to implement a Fund Development Plan to raise $550,000 in FY19-20 and develop and implement a plan for rapid growth in future years. Create and implement direct mail fundraising campaigns. Record donation checks and online donations in Salesforce database and produce acknowledgment letters. Positively represent CWC at public events, donor meetings and in the community.
  • LEAD ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT: MEANDER
: Develop and manage a calendar of events to cultivate and solicit major financial support for Meander, a unique river-based fundraising dinner, every June. Lead overall implementation of the event with a team to craft a creative and moving experience for river supporters and generate revenue to support CWC programs.
  • MANAGE SALESFORCE DATABASE
: Take ownership of Salesforce database administration. Create and manage campaigns, engagement plans, reports and donor records in Salesforce Classic. Serve as lead strategic voice in how Salesforce can help staff successfully implement programs.
  • CONTRIBUTE TO RIVER STRATEGY
: Work with CWC leadership to inform strategy around river revitalization, engaging partners, exciting the community around the cause and prioritizing use of limited resources.
  • BUILD A CULTURE OF PHILANTHROPY: 
Work with Executive Director to shape an organization-wide culture of philanthropy where the Board of Directors and all staff, volunteers, funders and partners value and understand one another’s roles in CWC’s program and overall success for the community.
  • OTHER
: Perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

Required:

  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in related field
  • Experience working with donor database management systems/CRM, ideally Salesforce

Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Required:

  • Strategic thinking; seeing the forest and the trees and valuing the importance of both
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Technology skills: proficiency with internet research and MS Office in a mixed Mac/PC environment
  • Ability to create marketing and communications materials with little oversight
  • Excellent networking, relationship building, interpersonal, organization and time-management skills
  • Self-motivated in identifying challenges/opportunities and providing recommendations for solutions
  • Knowledge of communications and fundraising best practices and basic environmental principles

Preferred:

  • Ability to communicate with donors and volunteers in English and Spanish.

Additional Information

Direct Reports: None currently but room for this as we grow the budget

Travel Requirements: Minimal

License and Certification Requirements: California Driver’s License

Working Conditions

Working environment is generally favorable. Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc. Ability to lift and carry approximately 25 pounds.

Application Instructions

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and due no later than Thursday, October 31, 2019. Submit your application via email to Greg Pepping, Executive Director at gpepping@coastal-watershed.org. Please include: “DCM” in the subject line of your email and attach a cover letter and your resume. Thanks for your interest in transforming the river!

Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

The Coastal Watershed Council reserves the right to alter this description at any time. The Coastal Watershed Council practices the concept of equal employment opportunity with respect to hiring, promotions, transfers, pay discipline, fringe benefits and all other terms and conditions of employment. No individual will be discriminated against and no employment decisions will be made, on the basis of an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, protected disability, marital status, familial status, veteran status, height, weight or citizenship.

Network of Oregon Watershed Councils - Executive Director - Salem, Oregon

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Position Overview

Network of Oregon Watershed Councils (NOWC) is hiring a new Executive Director. This is an excellent opportunity for a leader with a powerful commitment to collaborative community based conservation, a strong focus on organizational development, and proven fundraising ability.

The ED will serve as the public face of the organization and work with watershed councils statewide and other conservation partners including the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts to collaboratively advance conservation and restoration throughout Oregon. The position also entails working in a political environment, working with partners to track legislative actions, and interface with elected officials and state agencies.

The ED will lead all NOWC organizational activities, including financial, programmatic, strategic and administrative. They will also be responsible for coordinating with NOWC leadership, staff and partner organizations to shape the future evolution of the organization and its programs. They will work closely with the Board of Directors and committees to ensure NOWC’s financial integrity and strategic positioning.

In addition to your work with watershed councils the ED will manage a $500,000 grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) that funds the work of the Oregon Conservation Partnership to support and grow conservation and restoration work in Oregon.

Essential Job Functions

The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of the environmental challenges we face, and an appreciation for the diverse perspectives of our partners. They will bring a deep commitment to and passion for the restoration of our environment.

Statewide travel is expected and some evening and weekend work may be necessary. A valid driving license must be maintained; mileage plus meals and lodging expenses for overnight trips will be reimbursed per Network policy (tied to the state rate). The employee will be provided an office in Salem but may be able to perform some tasks from a remote office.

Qualifications

Required Experience

  • Experience in a nonprofit leadership position. Preference given for experience in natural resource-related and/or or other environmental fields;
  • A proven track record in fundraising and development, cultivating major donors, ensuring foundation, government and business philanthropic support;
  • Experience with budget preparation and oversight that assures the financial integrity of the organization;
  • Experience leading and collaborating with an effective Board of Directors;
  • Experience managing staff and contractors;
  • Proven history of collaborative leadership and ability to build effective partnerships with diverse stakeholders;
  • Ability to communicate clearly through written and oral, formal and informal, electronic and traditional means;

Desirable Experience

  • Experience planning, organizing and facilitating training events
  • Working knowledge of the state of Oregon, including conservation activities, policy environment, and agricultural and other landowner communities;
  • Marketing and outreach skills;
  • Uses time effectively and efficiently (i.e. values time and concentrates efforts on the most important priorities);
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Oregon and occasionally regionally or nationally, including overnight and weekends

Leadership Competencies

  • Manages Vision and Purpose: Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose; talks about possibilities; is optimistic; creates mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision; makes the vision sharable by everyone.
  • Motivates Others: Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; empowers others; invites input from each person and shares ownership and visibility; makes each individual feel their work is important; is someone people like working for and with.
  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends; has broad knowledge and perspective; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Interpersonal Agility: Relates well to all kinds of people – inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; is sensitive to and patient with the interpersonal anxieties of others; is a good listener.
  • Political Savvy: Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly; is sensitive to how people and organizations function.
  • Delegation: Clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions; broadly shares both responsibility and accountability.

Application Instructions

To review the full job description including application instructions please follow this link: http://www.oregonwatersheds.org/network-of-oregon-watersheds-is-hiring/