TITLE: Director, Central Valley River Restoration
CLASSIFICATION: Director I
WAGE CATEGORY: Exempt
REPORTS TO: California Director
LOCATION: Flexible: Sacramento, Berkeley, or home office in the Central Valley
ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS
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 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. Each individual brings life experiences, knowledge, innovation and talent to our work, providing perspectives, experiences and competencies that are critical to our effectiveness.
The Director, Central Valley River Restoration will help American Rivers build regional capacity for river and floodplain restoration and implement exciting new projects to protect and restore rivers and floodplains in the Sacramento-San Joaquin river and delta system, promote opportunities for Central Valley communities to recreate on Central Valley rivers, and promote river protection policies among California decision makers. American Rivers has recently secured funding for river and stream restoration projects that will contribute to flood safety, habitat restoration and improved water quality. The position will report to the program director and will work closely with the numerous partner organizations, including other conservation and environmental justice groups, government agencies, universities and communities. In addition to project management, the Director, Central Valley River Restoration will contribute policy and technical expertise to our efforts to restore Central Valley aquatic ecosystem functions and reform policy to protect rivers and clean water for people and nature at the state and national level.
We are seeking a new team member who is capable of managing complex on-the-ground restoration projects, including managing budgets and schedule for state and federal grants, and coordinating with multiple agencies, partners, and consultants. Projects include both restoration of urban streams that will benefit underserved communities, as well as large-scale floodplain restoration on major rivers surrounded by agriculture. Our Central Valley program, of which this position will be a part, also addresses protection of water quality for people and the environment, green infrastructure, water resource management, water equity, land use planning, and flood management.
• Coordinate American Rivers’ Central Valley team and build external partnerships to increase capacity to reconnect and restore floodplains. Work with American Rivers’ Central Valley and national staff to develop and implement strategies for increasing the practice of floodplain restoration.
• Project management: develop and manage project budgets, schedules, scopes of work, and contracts, and oversee teams of multiple consultants.
• Help develop solutions to technical, legal and political challenges of habitat restoration and water management in the San Joaquin and Sacramento River basins.
• Assist with implementation of stream and river restoration projects in the Bay area and the Central Valley, including partner engagement, budgeting, contracting, invoice tracking, public outreach etc.
• Evaluate new opportunities for floodplain restoration and multi‐benefit flood management projects in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys.
• Draft fundraising proposals and write quarterly reports to funders.
• Draft comments and advocacy letters to shape river and water management projects, programs and policies.
• Represent American Rivers in public planning forums as appropriate.
• Working with American Rivers’ National River Restoration team, transfer Central Valley floodplain practice and policies to national efforts, and learn from other state practices and policies for potential application in the Central Valley.
• Graduate degree in a relevant field, and at least 5 years of relevant experience; or an appropriate combination of education and at least 7 years of relevant experience.
• Experience in project management, including budget management and overseeing consultant teams.
• Experience leading watershed management or river/creek restoration or similar projects/programs.
• Good written and oral communication skills.
• A team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a good sense of humor, and ability to work effectively with a diverse range of people.
• Initiative, coupled with creative and strategic thinking.
• Willingness to travel frequently to Sacramento and other parts of the Central Valley.
• Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission.
• Experience in community engagement in the project development process, particularly in disadvantaged and underrepresented communities is a plus.
• Experience with excel-based analyses a plus.
• Experience with fundraising for restoration and watershed stewardship a plus.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
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 https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/ No phone calls please.
American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.