Director, Clean Water Supply

  • American Rivers, Inc.
  • Toledo, OH, USA
  • Nov 19, 2019
Full time Administrator/Executive Advocacy and Policy Business Development Communication - Public Outreach Management

Job Description

LOCATION: Flexible: Home office within reasonable commuting distance from Toledo, OH or Fort Wayne, IN 


American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program seeks to ensure all people have access to clean water and a healthy river. We do this by working with municipalities to integrate their water management practices, utilize natural infrastructure, and engage marginalized communities in water decision-making.

The Director position leads the development and implementation of American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program work in the Great Lakes region and will serve as the national coordinator for the Clean Water Supply program’s new Just Water initiative, which focuses on supporting, connecting and convening community-based organizations on issues regarding water infrastructure. As part of the Just Water work in the Great Lakes, the Director will serve as the Western Lake Erie Basin coordinator for the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. The Director works collaboratively with national, regional and local partners to improve water quality and river health through advocacy, education, technical assistance, and facilitation. Through the Just Water initiative, the Director will work with local and regional community-based organizations to support those organizations own efforts to advocate for improved water management practices and to help elevate their issues to a national level.  The Director will present on policy initiatives and programmatic work at professional workshops and conferences. The Director will be responsible for writing and editing blog posts, white papers, and reports in support of their work. The Director will be responsible for managing budgets and fundraising efforts including proposal writing and reporting. The Director reports to the Senior Director of the Clean Water Supply Program.


  • Lead the development of the new Just Water initiative, both in the Great Lakes and nationally.
  • Act as the American Rivers representative in the Great Lakes.
  • Serve as the Western Lake Erie Basin coordinator for the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.
  • Coordinate the Great Lakes Community Partners delegation.
  • Build and maintain relationships with strategic partners, stakeholders, and policymakers, including conservation organizations, Members of Congress, government agencies, and others.
  • Serve as the face of American Rivers by attending relevant conferences and speaking at events.
  • Manage project budgets, schedules, scopes of work, and contracts.
  • Assist in the production of online materials, op-eds, press releases and other media pieces.
  • Support state and local level policy work as needed.
  • Assist in raising funds to support a thriving program and maintain positive relationships with foundation, corporate, and individual donors.


  • Strong passion for protecting local water resources and supporting communities.
  • Experience in water management or conservation or a related topic preferred.
  • Experience with community engagement particularly with marginalized communities and communities of color.
  • Effective advocate with strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Strategic thinker; highly organized and able to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Proven budget management and fundraising skills desired.
  • Team player and demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues to advance an organization’s broader goals.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the Great Lakes region and to occasional meetings and conferences outside the basin.
  • Highly resourceful, organized self-starter – able to work independently.
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience or an advanced degree in a related field with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience.


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 No phone calls please.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply

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Job Level

Senior-level,   Executive-level  


Nonprofit- NGO


Salary is commensurate with experience.