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The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), located in beautiful Nevada City, California, is seeking an Executive Director to lead this dynamic, community based river conservation organization. The Executive Director leads SYRCL, which is a financially sustainable non-profit organization with a staff of 20, and an annual budget of nearly $2M. SYRCL programs include River Science, Communications and Advocacy, Development, Finance/Operations, and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. With over 34 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,300 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. Qualified applicants can apply via the link below:
Leadership Opportunity: Executive Director
Colorado Water Trust seeks a leader who will bring to the position of Executive Director a high
degree of energy, integrity and creativity as well as the analytical, organizational and personal
qualities that will garner respect and cooperation from its community partners and other stakeholders.
Read on to see if you are ready to apply!
Who we are; What we do
Founded in 2001, Colorado Water Trust’s mission is to restore flows to Colorado’s rivers in need. We do
this by working with willing participants, providing the funds, support, and technical and legal expertise
required to put water back in Colorado’s dry rivers. We work with diverse partners throughout the state to
support both rivers and the people who rely on their water.
Our Vision: All Colorado streams have sufficient flow to sustain a healthy aquatic ecosystem. The
measurable impact of our work: the Water Trust has helped to restore over 7 billion gallons of water to
375 miles of streams and rivers in Colorado.
Over the past nine years, we have grown from a single staff person to a staff of nine. Our growth has
been intentional and planned, through implementation of a strategic plan and with capacity-building funds
secured over the growth period. The Water Trust has a committed and knowledgeable Board of Directors,
and a staff that has exceptional expertise and talent. Our organizational culture is built on innovation,
collaboration, hard work, caring for and enjoying each other, and a passionate dedication to the mission.
With an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million, the Water Trust relies on a diverse portfolio of
supporters – individuals, small businesses, foundations, corporations, water providers, and government
agencies. But the Water Trust intends to grow its revenue and its portfolio of support to meet emerging
demands and to seize opportunities that present themselves. Because we know that when rivers are
healthy, everyone benefits, ranging from wildlife, to people, to businesses, to communities, and far
beyond. It’s an exciting time at the Water Trust, and we’re ready to seize opportunities and tackle the challenges ahead as we work to protect and restore Colorado’s rivers.
Profile of the Executive Director
The ideal candidate will bring a passion for Western water and healthy rivers and have experience with, knowledge of, or familiarity with Western water issues.
As the ambassador and inspirational voice of the Water Trust, the Executive Director will utilize exceptional
oral and written communication skills to tell the story of our unique work
This person will be comfortable with the Water Trust’s highly collaborative approach to flow
restoration; in our world, everyone is welcome
The Executive Director (E.D.) will be comfortable with and deftly juggle a multitude of tasks, wearing
differing “hats” when the occasion calls for it
Fundraising experience or aptitude (e.g. comfort with the idea of participating in/leading fundraising,
some knowledge of fundraising approaches, etc.) will enable the E.D. to most effectively be “the face”
of Colorado Water Trust with a variety of supporters
Proven ability to manage and supervise a high-functioning staff, while delegating effectively and
supporting innovation and creativity, will be essential in maintaining the positive and healthy
The E.D. will listen well, gather input and use that input accordingly
Finally, the ideal candidate will actively engage, develop and support a strong Board of Directors,
building collaborative leadership to achieve the Water Trust’s long-term strategic goals
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION
Leadership & Management
· Ensures excellence and consistent quality of all aspects of the organization;
· Inspires staff to pursue, in furtherance of the Water Trust’s strategic plan, creative and effective
market-based solutions to the state’s streamflow shortages;
· Is responsible for the organizational structure of the Water Trust to ensure that the programmatic
objectives are supported through facilities, technology, finances, communication, human resources,
and functional needs;
· Actively engages and energizes the Water Trust’s volunteers, board members, event committees,
alumni, partnering organizations, and funders;
· Develops and maintains the Trust’s strategic plans and planning efforts; and
· Develops, maintains, and supports a strong Board of Directors; serves as ex-officio member of
each board committee, and seeks and builds Board involvement with strategic direction.
· Works closely with the Director of Programs to implement all program activities, focusing on the
delivery of projects and ensuring efficient project team operations; and
· Maintains an intimate knowledge of significant legal, political and technical developments and
trends in the field.
· Works with the Board of Directors, the Development Director and grantwriting contractors to meet
all fundraising goals;
· Works closely with the Development Director to implement a fundraising plan that ensures that the
flow of funds permits the Water Trust to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its
mission and that those funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential;
· Works closely with the Development Director to execute comprehensive marketing, branding, and
development strategies that will ensure consistency throughout the organization.
Communication & Outreach Responsibilities
· Works with the Communications Specialist and all staff to consistently increase the Water Trust’s
visibility, building the organization’s reputation outside the water community, and maintaining the
organization’s reputation and credibility within the water community;
· Is the organization’s primary media spokesperson; and
· Represents the Water Trust with funders, policy-makers, the media, clients, and other nonprofit
organizations at both public and private functions to further the mission of the Water Trust.
· Oversees positioning of the Water Trust as an effective, vital, go-to resource for policy decisions
impacting flow restoration in Colorado; and
· Ensures the representation of the Water Trust’s perspective to decision-makers, task forces,
advisory committees, agencies, planners, and funding bodies.
· Works with Director of Finance and Administration on human resource issues;
· Responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel;
· Maintains a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people; and
· Promotes good morale, a sense of staff camaraderie, passion for the mission, cooperation, open
and frequent communication, teamwork, a common organizational vision, and a motivated and
positive organizational culture.
Budget & Finance
· Works with Director of Finance and Administration to develop and maintain sound financial
· Maintains rigorous accountability standards for income, expenses and budget tracking;
· Oversees all bookkeeping, accounting, and financial activities; and
· Is responsible for the financial status of the organization, which includes working with the
Development Director to create long- and short-range fundraising plans; monitoring the budget
and ensuring sound financial controls are in place; and setting financial priorities that ensure the
organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of the program and staff.
· Passion for the Water Trust’s mission
· Fundraising experience or aptitude (e.g. comfort with the idea of participating in/leading fundraising,
some knowledge of fundraising approaches, etc.)
· Excellent staff management/supervision skills
· Western water issues experience, knowledge, or familiarity
· Experience in developing, managing, and implementing strategic plans
· Financial acumen
· Exceptional ability to network and build partnerships
· Collaborative: Effectively works with others to reach common goals and objectives
· Excellent written and verbal communication skill; Ability to convey complex ideas in a brief, simple
· Listens well and uses that input accordingly
· Creative, innovative, open to other’s ideas and approaches
· Ability to delegate effectively and provide support for others’ success
· Diplomatic: Knowing the right time to do the right thing in the right way
· Exhibits a steady, trustworthy approach to the position that can be relied upon by staff, board and
· Demonstrates a commitment to a results-oriented culture
· Bachelors degree required; Masters or other graduate degree a plus
What You Can Expect
The opportunity to use the sum of your life’s experience and knowledge to capitalize on the
accomplishments of the Water Trust and foster its continued development as the leader of river flow
restoration in Colorado
Leading a successful nonprofit organization with an excellent reputation
Being inspired by the way in which the Water Trust brings people together to create solutions that
benefit all involved
Working with an active board that has demonstrated significant and consistent dedication to the
organization, and that brings a multitude of knowledge and experience in the field
Leading a staff that is smart, passionate and committed to the mission; that works hard but knows how
to play together
This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary will be commensurate with experience, but is likely to be in the
range of $90,000 to $110,000. The Colorado Water Trust offers a competitive benefits package including a
comprehensive insurance package that includes health insurance and, as funds permit, long- and short-term disability, life, vision, and dental; an FSA; generous paid time off; other need-based leave; and a
retirement fund with employer contributions.
To Apply: By Midnight, Friday, June 30, 2017, please forward, via email, your cover letter (addressing how you meet “Profile of the Executive Director” and Qualifications), resume, and salary requirements to our transition consultant, Christine Soto, at email@example.com.
Please use “Executive Director Water Trust” in the email subject line. All application information must be received via email – no hard copies will be accepted. No phone calls, please.
Colorado Water Trust is an equal employment opportunity (EEO) employer.
For more information, please visit www.coloradowatertrust.org
The Board of Directors of the OGEECHEE-CANOOCHEE RIVERKEEPER, INC. (the “Ogeechee Riverkeeper”), seeks an outgoing professional for the combined position of Riverkeeper and Executive Director of Ogeechee Riverkeeper®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization licensed by the Waterkeeper Alliance®. The mission of the Ogeechee Riverkeeper is to protect, preserve, and improve the water quality in the Ogeechee River basin. Its operating budget comes from donations, grants, and proceeds from various fundraising events. The position is overseen by a board of directors.
The position would be an excellent permanent position with growth potential based on skills of leadership that accomplish the mission, attract donations and grants, and stimulate volunteerism within the organization. The position has three main aspects: running a nonprofit Waterkeeper® organization, being the “go to” person for environmental issues that pertain to the river, and fundraising, such as organizing activities and events that involve the membership and the general public, and seeking grants. The successful applicant must establish rapport with the public throughout the watershed and with policy makers, environmental agency personnel, potential funding organizations, and activists throughout Georgia and beyond. The position involves a broad range of actions for which few will be fully prepared, so it is essential to know how to learn independently.
The status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the license with the Waterkeeper Alliance must be maintained. The successful applicant must use effective people skills to motivate volunteers, stimulate donations, apply for and manage grants, and educate the public about the river. The successful applicant will need to network with other Riverkeepers and environmental groups, and to learn aspects of environmental regulation and science as issues arise. The applicant must also see that bills are paid, financial and tax records properly kept, and equipment is maintained.
The Ogeechee River is a coastal plain river with unique fish and wildlife. The watershed is home to over 500,000 people and covers portions of 22 counties. Planted pine forest, coastal sands and clays, and wetlands are major features of the landscape. Environmental concerns include impacts to fish, wildlife, public health, wetlands, tidal marshes, river water quantity and water quality from activities such as titanium and zirconium sand mining, forestry practices, paper mills, solid and hazardous waste disposal sites, residential and industrial development, and invasions by exotic animals and plants. This position provides an opportunity to positively impact the environment of southeastern Georgia and to join coalitions to protect Georgia’s coast and all of Georgia’s natural waters.
Degree in natural science, law, or engineering; advanced degree or relevant experience with an environmental nonprofit organization, environmental agency, or environmental consulting or law firm; outgoing personality; fundraising and community organizing abilities; experience with environmental field measurements, evidence evaluation, and data interpretation; familiarity with modern electronic media and communication methods.
Somewhat negotiable. Please state minimum requirements. This is a full-time position.
Application Instructions:Applications accepted by e-mail or mail. Send resumé, names of three references, minimum salary requirements, and a letter stating your reasons for interest in the position to:
After an initial screening, the following may be requested: complete curriculum vitae, college transcripts, proof of any professional certifications, and three letters of recommendation.
Grand Valley Metro Council seeks a candidate to fill the position of Stormwater Program Coordinator. Requirements include: Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering, environmental science, or related field with focus on water resources; five years’ experience in stormwater management (SWMP and MS4 experience highly preferred); as well as a thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of low impact development; State and Federal laws and other regulations governing stormwater and water resources; and municipal ordinance enforcement. Additionally, candidates must have skill in grant management; compiling and evaluating complex environmental issues; effectively communicating ideas and making presentations in a public forum; and interpreting and applying stormwater management standards, guidelines and ordinances.
This position will manage all aspects of the stormwater program including: public outreach, education, grant writing and management, reporting, training, as well as policy and program development. For full job description see gvmc.org.
This is a full-time position with compensation range of ($50,000 – $70,000) depending on qualifications. Interested applicants should submit a resume later than June 15, 2017 to GVMC, 678 Front Ave. Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 40504. EOE AAM/F/Vet/Disability
Deadline: June 15, 2017
Forward resumes to Gayle McCrath at firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1986, RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and watershed as a place to live, learn, work, and play.
Hours and Salary
Use your business skills and passion for the environment in a place you can truly make a difference! The Foothill Conservancy, a leading nonprofit advocate for California’s Mokelumne River and watershed, is seeking a dynamic individual to grow our organization as its Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for program development and management, capacity building, fundraising, personnel management, board support, community and media relations, communications, finance, and planning. The Executive Director position requires extensive public outreach and sound judgment to ensure that
Foothill Conservancy activities are managed consistent with the organization’s approved policies, procedures, principles and strategies.
Cumberland River Compact was founded in 1997 and is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) serving the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. We are committed to enhancing the health enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries through education, collaboration, and action. We believe that water quality and a healthy environment are fundamental to sustainable, strong local economies. Since our founding, we’ve worked cooperatively with local, state and federal agencies, farmers, businesses, technical professionals, local neighborhood groups, and other watershed stakeholders who share this belief. Through a strategy of Teach, Protect, Connect we ensure clean and abundant water resources that support life, recreation, and economic well-being throughout the basin.
Reporting to the executive director, the program manager is responsible for furthering the organization’s education mission through production of the Compact’s River Talks series, managing the Compact’s grant that funds work in Metro Nashville and leading the Green Ally Project. The program manager will plan and execute projects and must have a strong background in environmental issues and be able to provide subject matter and technical expertise in water quality and related issues. In addition to subject matter and technical expertise, the program manager should demonstrate experience in project research, planning and delivery and a proven ability to secure funding for environmental projects from a variety of sources including governmental agencies and public or private foundations.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Serve as a trusted advisor to the executive director
• Maintain a high level of subject matter expertise and advise the organization, as needed
• Maintain strong connections to the key stakeholders connected to the organization’s work and facilitate connections for the organization, as needed
• Foster collaboration and provide leadership among organizations working on same/similar initiatives within the watershed
• Educate the public on water quality issues within the Cumberland River Basin and empower them to care for the basin through their own individual activities
• Coordinate work with other program managers to ensure seamless integration of related work
• Develop budgets for programs and projects
• Secure appropriate insurance coverage for each project
• Track and record all program deliverables; provide financial reports to internal and external stakeholders
• Coordinate with executive director to ensure timely reimbursement for projects
• Responsible for end-to-end programming and execution of the Compact’s River Talks series (20-24 events per year). Tasks include, but are not limited to securing speakers, securing River Center location, marketing and promotion, planning catering, enabling on-line registration and on-site logistics the day of the event.
• Responsible for end-to-end execution of the Compact’s work with Metropolitan Government. Tasks are documented in the grant partnership agreement and include, but are not limited to, tree plantings, rain garden planning and installation, stream adoptions and implementation of the Green Alleys Program
• Responsible for end-to-end planning and execution of Waterfest- a community education special event. Tasks include, but are not limited to, securing permits and venues, securing insurance, arranging vendors, activities and caterers
• Ensure that programs reflect the priorities set forth in the strategic plan and further the organization’s mission
• Recruit and supervise volunteers needed to deliver programs
• Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs to ensure quality
• Evaluate programs for effectiveness and clearly understand/articulate the organization’s program outcomes and impact
• Conduct ongoing outreach with partner organizations and share best practices to further collaborative efforts
•Provide content for the Compact’s website or social media, as needed
Give in-person presentations to share organization’s mission in the community
• Provide administrative and project support for other programs and initiatives, as needed.
• Provide basic office support, which includes, but is not limited to, answering phones, fielding public inquiries for information, as needed
• BA or BS in related field, MA or MS desirable
• Minimum 1 year of experience at an environmental organization or other NGO
• Strong event planning/execution skills
• Proven ability to recruit and manage volunteers
• Subject matter expertise in water quality, watershed planning, mapping and general environmental issues
• Successful management, supervisory, program development and administrative experience, especially in outcome measurement and analyzing collected data
• Ability to research and procure funding for environmental programs/projects from a variety of sources including government funding and public/private foundations
• Proficient in Microsoft Office software, Adobe Suite, and Kindful
• Knowledge of native plants desirable
• Ability to lift, push, pull at least 40 lbs.
The program manager should demonstrate the following competencies:
• Adaptability/flexibility: Flexibility, versatility and tolerance in a changing/start-up/entrepreneurial work environment
• Discretion: Act with discretion, particularly when handling sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality of all proprietary and personal data
• Ethical behavior: Ensure that personal behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with the standards set forth by the organization and aligns with the values of the organization
• Relationship building: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with all stakeholders.
Communications skills: Persuasive and passionate communicator with strong verbal and written skills as well as strong listening skills.
• Creativity/innovation: Develop new and unique ways to create opportunities for the organization.
• Foster teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance project effectiveness.
• Leadership: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the project
Application Deadline: April 21, 2017
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than April 21, 2017 to info@CumberlandRiverCompact.org. No phone calls, please.
GRWW is seeking a President & CEO to be a steward of the “river vision,” a catalyst for design and project initiatives, a skillful manager, and a collaborative leader to oversee an active, complex organization as well as manage consultants, budgets, and advocacy efforts.
The CEO will work with diverse stakeholders to implement and execute the Grand River Revitalization Project on time and on budget. Upon completion of the Project, the CEO will transition GRWW to a model focused on river front property development, environmental management, access, maintenance, and dynamic programming.
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Opportunity Profile can be found at: http://grandrapidswhitewater.org/opportunityprofile/
Application Deadline: April 8, 2017
Groundwork Hudson Valley is an environmental justice non-profit that works with communities to improve their physical and social environment. This is done by collaborating on projects, among them: turning vacant lots into community gardens, planting trees, replacing graffiti with murals, and forming alliances within the community. Some of these projects are done through school programs and many of them are intergenerational. We are dedicated to environmental stewardship and community empowerment. All of our projects engage local residents in hands-on projects, from design to implementation. Program areas include Healthy Communities, Sustainability and Science Education, Youth Development, Rivers and Trails, and Community Art.
Major accomplishments include:
1. the $35M daylighting of the Saw Mill River in Downtown Yonkers;
2. development of an award winning youth conservation program which has been recognized by the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the EPA, and the White House;
3. the ongoing development of the Yonkers Greenway, a multi-use pedestrian trail utilizing a former rail line to link downtown Yonkers to Van Cortland Park and the NYC subway line;
4. recognition by the Omega Institute’s Leadership in Sustainable Education Award.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Grants Management & Development Associate will work under the Director’s supervision to prepare grant proposals and applications, write progress reports, and handle donor communications and research. The Associate will also be responsible for grant administration: tracking and coordinating the logistics of the organization’s grant and Foundation fundraising, capturing and monitoring grants activity in the organization’s database, and keeping a schedule of upcoming and completed grants. The selected candidate will also assist with grant research to identify and develop new fundraising opportunities; and will also provide writing support to the organization’s overall fundraising efforts. The position is located in downtown Yonkers, NY, a thriving urban community with easy access to Metro North and bus lines. Groundwork Hudson Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer–people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing opportunities for career development.
Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1. Maintain funder and prospect records in the department database, maintain accurate mailing and contact information for funders, generate mailing lists and income reports from database;
2. Review foundation and government funding guidelines, write grant reports and funding proposals and manage relevant staff through the process, produce relevant supporting materials;
3. Maintain accurate records of all incoming funds as well as ongoing funding projections;
4. Maintain records of incoming gifts and write acknowledgement letters for foundation grants;
5. Share grant agreements and reconcile foundation gifts with Finance team;
6. Update, maintain and track grant proposal and report submission deadlines as well as ongoing engagement activity with funders in database; apprise appropriate development and Program staff of upcoming deadlines, work closely with senior staff to assist with meeting deadlines and maintaining grant-funder relations;
7. Draft correspondence with funder contacts and help to implement a funder communications strategy;
8. Prepare cultivation materials and mailings for funder contacts and help to organize meeting prep and funder-related travel plans for the Executive Director and other senior staff;
9. Conduct research on current and prospective funders;
10. Other duties as assigned.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills: Verbal and written communication is a significant component of this role, and the right candidate must possess proficient skills and have substantial experience with persuasive and compelling writing, understand writing to unique audiences, and editing other people’s work. The right candidate will also be proficient with working with numerous internal stakeholders, building relationships and practices to ensure the collection and tracking of all needed information regarding grants administration.
Exceptional detail-oriented project management skills: The ability to manage a lot of projects simultaneously and to move between them with ease is a requirement of this role. A command of details of content and financial budgets for grants is essential, as is the ability to bring projects to timely completion. The successful candidate must also demonstrate an ability to be comfortable working in a fluid, multiple-stakeholder environment, and think creatively about sourcing for the organization’s projects.
Commitment to customer service: This candidate will serve as the first point of contact for funders and s/he must be comfortable answering questions and enthusiastically educating funders about the programs of our organization. S/he must know how to handle challenging personalities and be able to maintain a mature response to the occasional challenging interpersonal exchanges with funders.
Interest in Racial Equity: Our organization is committed to building and deepening its commitment to racial justice. The successful candidate will share this commitment and be willing to expand his/her knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society through professional development and work in our organization.
Government and Foundations: Experience writing, applying to and managing grants from Federal, State and Local municipalities and/or Foundations.
Style of Work: Preference for working as a team player, with a cultivated sense of humor and wit.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree required.
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. We offer a generous benefits package for employees working 20 hours or more per week, including participation in our health insurance plan, 11 paid holidays per year, 10 paid vacation days per year, 7 paid sick days per year, and additional paid comp-time at the discretion of the Executive Director. We also offer a Simple IRA and access to TransitChek pretax transportation benefits.
How to Apply: Send a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this position to email@example.com. Include your salary requirements, your résumé, and a writing sample.
Some of the activities the Advocacy Director will assist over the next several years include:
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