Conservation · N/A, District of Columbia

TITLE: Snake River Director, Northwest Region 

CLASSIFICATION: Director 

DEPARTMENT: Conservation 

WAGE CATEGORY: Exempt  

REPORTS TO: Northwest Regional Director 

LOCATION: Pacific Northwest Region  

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ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS

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.

JOB SUMMARY 

The Director of the Snake River Campaign (“Director”) will lead the development and implementation of American Rivers’ strategy to recover the lower Snake River through the removal of four federal dams. This individual is responsible for cultivating relationships with key Congressional and Administration leaders; leading a cross-programmatic team of staff and contractors working on this issue for the organization; and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice practices in all venues, including community, partner, and tribal engagements.  

The Director will join a dynamic team at American Rivers working with the Snake River Coalition and serve as the primary manager of the Snake River work being implemented by the American Rivers’ team. The Director will also be the primary spokesperson for the campaign on behalf of American Rivers. The Director must be an excellent verbal and written communicator and content creator, maintain required reports, and take an active role in fundraising for the campaign. The position will report to the Northwest Regional Director and will be an active member of the Northwest Regional Team. 

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Develop and lead legislative, administrative, and community engagement strategies for American Rivers on the Snake River Campaign,  
  • Manage the American Rivers’ Snake River team, including those across departments and contractors, to ensure a comprehensive strategy to achieve stated goal, 
  • Work with communications staff to develop and execute a strategy to increase public involvement in the Snake River issue, 
  • Serve as the primary advocate and spokesperson to key Congressional, Administration, and agency staff, affected communities, stakeholders, and the public, 
  • Lead our engagement and communications with Native American Tribes,  
  • Prepare materials, including fact sheets, talking points, press releases, blog posts, and other outreach materials,  and 
  • Support grants development and management, major donor cultivation, and other fundraising activities as coordinated with the Advancement team.  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Requires demonstrated, successful experience in the following areas: management and collaboration, verbal and written communications, project creation and management, program and budget planning and administration, and staff supervision, 
  • Requires a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience, or an appropriate combination of education, 
  • Experience with grants management and fundraising from individuals, and  
  • Experience with direct and indirect lobbying campaigns. 

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities and deadlines. They will have an ability to make decisions based on evidence and stakeholder feedback, work well in a team, exercise discretion, exhibit political astuteness and good judgement. They will also be dedicated to working well with and supporting the voices of community leaders.  

Knowledge of salmon and river water science and/or policy, hydropower, renewable energy, agricultural systems, Tribal partnerships, or economic development are a plus. Experience with the regulatory, legal, and the socio-political environment around this issue would also support a successful candidate.  

LOCATION:  

Location flexible in the Pacific Northwest region.  

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS 

The pay range for this position is $75,000-$95,000. Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time and full-time equivalent employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time. 

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

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