Northeast Regional Director

TITLE: Northeast Regional Director 
CLASSIFICATION: Senior Director 
DEPARTMENT: Conservation 
REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Conservation 
LOCATION: Flexible. Manages work in New York, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island  



American Rivers is championing a national effort to protect and restore all rivers, from remote mountain streams to urban waterways. Healthy rivers provide people and nature with clean, abundant water and natural habitat. For 50 years, American Rivers staff, supporters, and partners have shared a common belief: Life Depends on Rivers.

American Rivers centers the ongoing work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all that we do. 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 everyone 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 Northeast Regional Director (“Director”) will lead the regional team working to restore and protect rivers of New England and New York through clean water and hydropower advocacy, and on the ground restoration, like dam removal and floodplain restoration.  This individual’s responsibilities include managing staff, fundraising for the organization, and raising the profile of American Rivers in a way that builds the entire movement. This encompasses 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 across the country and serve as the primary manager of the Northeast work being implemented by the American Rivers team. The Director will also be the primary spokesperson for the region on behalf of American Rivers. The Director must be an excellent verbal and written communicator and content creator, maintain required reports, and be the lead fundraiser in the region. The position will report to the Senior Vice President for Conservation and will be an active member of the national Conservation team. 


  • Managing, developing, and evaluating members of the regional team, including some administrative tasks, such as budget management, and mentoring, 
  • Supporting the creation and execution of regional workplans based on the American Rivers’ strategic plan, 
  • Helping draft, lead, and execute fundraising strategies for the institution, 
  • Building and tending relationships at the local, state, regional, and federal level with community leaders and elected decision-makers, 
  • Building the reputation of American Rivers in the region in a way that advances the entire movement utilizing practices that are diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just, 
  • Ensuring solid coordination across the organization, including with national and regional projects, departments, and other regions, 
  • Helping cultivate and support organizational river council, and 
  • Prioritizing and managing regional advocacy priorities and translating federal policies to the region. 


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

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

Knowledge of northeastern water issues, floodplains, dam removal, and/or pollution prevention is a plus. Experience working with volunteers, engaging the public, or advocacy could also be helpful to a successful candidate. 


Location flexible in the Northeast (New York, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island), although New York is preferred. 


The pay range for this position is $102,600-$140,000. 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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