TITLE: Associate Director, Northern Rockies
CLASSIFICATION: Associate Director I or Associate Director II
DEPARTMENT: Conservation
REPORTS TO: Conservation Director, Northern Rockies
LOCATION: Missoula or Bozeman, MT, preferred

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American Rivers believes that a future of clean water and healthy rivers for everyone, everywhere is essential. Since 1973, we have protected wild rivers, restored damaged rivers and conserved clean water for people and nature. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 300,000 members, supporters and volunteers across the country, we are one of the most trusted and influential river conservation organization in the United States, delivering solutions for a better future. Because life needs rivers. For more information, please visit www.americanrivers.org.

At American Rivers, we embrace and celebrate 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. We seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.

The Northern Rockies Associate Director will work closely with the other members of the Northern Rockies team to achieve an array of conservation goals, with a geographic focus in Montana west of the Continental Divide. The Associate Director will actively participate in Montanans for Healthy Rivers (MHR), a coalition seeking to win new Wild and Scenic River designations on federal public lands in western Montana; help assemble and participate in a new MHR coalition west of the Divide; conduct grassroots outreach to a variety of audiences including local Tribal Nations; engage in the development of land management plan revisions and Comprehensive River Management Plans (CRMPs) on federal public lands; assist the Northern Rockies team in fundraising and planning special events; and participate in other campaigns, projects and activities as needed. The Associate Director is expected to attend appropriate internal and external trainings to hone their skills in public policy, campaign management, grassroots outreach, media outreach, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ). The Associate Director is also expected to collaborate with American Rivers staff based in other field offices and participate on internal teams including our River Protection Team, Wild & Scenic Rivers/Public Lands Team, and DEIJ Committee.

• Participate on the MHR steering committee and help the coalition carry out its goals, objectives, and activities by engaging and mobilizing grassroots and grasstops partners, conducting research, generating earned media, and interfacing with key elected leaders at the local, state, and federal levels;
• Help assemble and lead a campaign steering committee for the Crown of the Continent Wild & Scenic proposal;
• Engage in land management plan revisions and Comprehensive River Management Plans (CRMPs) with a goal of winning long-term administrative protections for high-value rivers flowing across federal public lands. The initial focus will be the Lolo and Bitterroot Forest Plan revisions and the Upper Flathead CRMP;
• Cultivate strategic relationships with key stakeholders, including Tribal Nations in western Montana, in order to advance river conservation work that is of mutual interest.
• Work with the Northern Rockies team and our national communications team to mobilize members and supporters to weigh in on federal legislation, land management plan revisions, CRMPs, and other programmatic priorities in Montana and elsewhere;
• Assist in defending ecologically and recreationally valuable rivers in Montana from activities that threaten their clean water, free flow, and outstanding values;
• Help craft and implement media strategies to build popular and political support for our river protection efforts in the Northern Rockies;
• Represent American Rivers and Montanans for Healthy Rivers at meetings, conferences, other public events, and in the press;
• Attend internal and external trainings to burnish skills in public policy, campaign development, grassroots outreach, and media outreach;
• Collaborate with American Rivers staff in other field offices and participate on other relevant teams including our Wild and Scenic Rivers & Public Lands Team;
• Other duties as may be assigned;

• Passion for rivers, public lands, and engaging people
• Bachelor’s degree in a natural resource-related field or equivalent experience
• At least two years experience working as a river advocate in the non-profit sector
• Strong writing and public speaking skills
• Willingness to think creatively and try new approaches to advance river conservation
• Desire to work with a variety of stakeholders, organize events and facilitate meetings, and effectively engage with the media and elected leaders
• Highly organized and able to meet deadlines
• Excellent team player who supports and inspires others
• Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ)
• Willingness to travel and occasionally work irregular hours including evenings and weekends

The salary for this position is $55,000-$65,000 depending on experience and qualifications. American Rivers offers full-time employees a generous benefits package that includes health, dental and life insurance; four weeks of paid vacation; 10 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays; 12 days of paid sick leave; and a 3% employer retirement contribution.

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