TITLE: National Coordinator, Hydropower Reform Coalition
CLASSIFICATION: Associate Director I
DEPARTMENT: Policy and Government Relations
REPORTS TO: Vice President, Policy and Government Relations
LOCATION: Washington, DC


Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 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 an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 275,000 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. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.


The Hydropower Reform Coalition is a national consortium of more than 160 conservation and recreation organizations that protect and restore rivers harmed by hydropower dams. American Rivers is the Coalition’s fiscal sponsor. Founded in 1992, the Coalition works exclusively on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed hydropower projects. The coalition has a proven track record of policy reform and environmental and recreational restoration of rivers.


  • Analyze and evaluate federal and state legislation, policies, and regulations impacting hydropower licensing.
  • Promote the Coalition’s policy river restoration agenda in state and federal policy arenas.
  • Evaluate decisions made by federal agencies pertaining to certain hydropower projects.
  • Conduct research on trends related to federal hydropower licensing, environmental reviews (including NEPA and CEQA reviews), and related processes.
  • Work closely with Coalition staff in the California and Pacific Northwest regions to coordinate and promote information and strategy exchanges between Coalition members.
  • Provide policy and other support to the Coalition chair and Steering Committee members to advance river restoration agenda.
  • Help develop and equip Coalition members and outside relicensing partners with legal and scientific tools.
  • Work with federal and state resource agency partners to ensure effective implementation of existing laws as well as to promote river restoration on rivers affected by hydropower development.
  • Engage with federal agencies that are undertaking research projects to ensure that the Coalition’s viewpoints and experience are accounted for in the development of federal recommendations.
  • Communicate restoration and recreation successes and failures to the general public, media, and existing and potential funding sources.
  • Manage and coordinate the fundraising and report writing on behalf of the Coalition.
  • Manage the equitable distribution and the budget of large grants and funds.
  • Coordinate and organize Coalition meetings.
  • Conduct outreach to and develop relationships with new advocacy organizations, federal resource managers and private foundations.
  • Assist members with outreach or analysis on high-profile hydropower projects where appropriate.
  • Manage and administer the Coalition website, including writing news and articles for the website.
  • Occasional travel to conferences and coalition meetings.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (law, policy, engineering, biology etc.) required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Prefer a minimum of three to five years of professional experience in natural resource policy or conservation.
  • Communications and marketing skills highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated performance in grant writing and other fundraising activities.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively with diverse partners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
  • Experience with media relations and public outreach.
  • Good organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work independently while managing complex projects.
  • Willingness to travel as necessary.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring rivers and their watersheds!


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


Applications will be considered immediately. Please submit a resume and cover letter addressing required qualifications at https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/   No phone calls please.

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