Director (Clean Water Supply)

American Rivers
Flexible, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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TITLE: Director, Clean Water Supply
DEPARTMENT: Conservation
REPORTS TO: Senior Director, Clean Water Supply Program
LOCATION: Flexible: Home office within reasonable commuting distance from Toledo, OH or Fort Wayne, IN       


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

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.


American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program seeks to ensure all people have access to clean water and a healthy river. We do this by working with municipalities to integrate their water management practices, utilize natural infrastructure, and engage marginalized communities in water decision-making.

The Director position leads the development and implementation of American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program work in the Great Lakes region and will serve as the national coordinator for the Clean Water Supply program’s new Just Water initiative, which focuses on supporting, connecting and convening community-based organizations on issues regarding water infrastructure. As part of the Just Water work in the Great Lakes, the Director will serve as the Western Lake Erie Basin coordinator for the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. The Director works collaboratively with national, regional and local partners to improve water quality and river health through advocacy, education, technical assistance, and facilitation. Through the Just Water initiative, the Director will work with local and regional community-based organizations to support those organizations own efforts to advocate for improved water management practices and to help elevate their issues to a national level.  The Director will present on policy initiatives and programmatic work at professional workshops and conferences. The Director will be responsible for writing and editing blog posts, white papers, and reports in support of their work. The Director will be responsible for managing budgets and fundraising efforts including proposal writing and reporting. The Director reports to the Senior Director of the Clean Water Supply Program.


  • Lead the development of the new Just Water initiative, both in the Great Lakes and nationally.
  • Act as the American Rivers representative in the Great Lakes.
  • Serve as the Western Lake Erie Basin coordinator for the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.
  • Coordinate the Great Lakes Community Partners delegation.
  • Build and maintain relationships with strategic partners, stakeholders, and policymakers, including conservation organizations, Members of Congress, government agencies, and others.
  • Serve as the face of American Rivers by attending relevant conferences and speaking at events.
  • Manage project budgets, schedules, scopes of work, and contracts.
  • Assist in the production of online materials, op-eds, press releases and other media pieces.
  • Support state and local level policy work as needed.
  • Assist in raising funds to support a thriving program and maintain positive relationships with foundation, corporate, and individual donors.


  • Strong passion for protecting local water resources and supporting communities.
  • Experience in water management or conservation or a related topic preferred.
  • Experience with community engagement particularly with marginalized communities and communities of color.
  • Effective advocate with strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Strategic thinker; highly organized and able to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Proven budget management and fundraising skills desired.
  • Team player and demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues to advance an organization’s broader goals.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the Great Lakes region and to occasional meetings and conferences outside the basin.
  • Highly resourceful, organized self-starter – able to work independently.
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience or an advanced degree in a related field with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience.


Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter at No phone calls please.