Connecticut River Conservancy Seeks a New Executive Director
Connecticut River Conservancy’s Board of Directors invites candidates to apply for the opportunity to lead this established, impactful, and highly regarded organization at an exciting time. The Executive Director will join a knowledgeable and passionate team of environmental professionals, a dedicated board of directors, and a wide range of collaborative partners to advance the work of CRC in service of the Connecticut River and its tributaries. The successful candidate will be a dynamic, forward-thinking, and inclusive leader with a track record of leading and managing nonprofit organizations, strong relationship-building skills, and experience supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a part of organizational culture.
About Connecticut River Conservancy
Since 1952, Connecticut River Conservancy has been a voice for the Connecticut River watershed from source to sea and a powerful force for positive environmental change in New England. Based in Greenfield, Massachusetts, this 501(c)(3) nonprofit collaborates with partners across four states (NH, VT, MA, and CT) to protect and advocate for the rivers of the watershed and to educate and engage communities. It brings people together in communities across the four states to prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote enjoyment of the rivers and streams.
CRC is unique in the breadth of its mission and in the role it plays as an independent voice. Its work encompasses a wide range of activities aimed at protecting the Connecticut River and its tributaries; to list just a few:
CRC’s success, growth, and impact are powered by a highly skilled, mission-driven staff team of 24 who are leaders and knowledge experts in their technical field, and by thousands of volunteers up and down the River who help with advocacy, research, clean-ups, and restoration projects. Though staff members are located in all four states across the watershed, CRC’s headquarters are in Greenfield, MA. It is a membership-based organization with approximately 1,500 members. The organization is financially sound, with a $3.2M operating budget and approximately $5M in net assets. Its revenues come from a mix of grants, donor contributions, and earned income. CRC is governed by a committed 13-member Board of Trustees who bring skills in information technology, legal, business, land use planning, and finance, as well as backgrounds in river, wildlife, and environmental conservation. CRC has a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as to mitigating its own environmental impact.
The Opportunity Going Forward
CRC’s next Executive Director (ED) will be taking the reins at a time of change and opportunity. CRC has seen significant growth in the past ten years under the leadership of its former Executive Director, who left the organization in the fall of 2022. In that ten-year period, the organization built a restoration program that has removed 20 dams, restored over 130 acres of habitat and over 70,000 feet of shoreline, created one of the northeast’s largest freshwater bacteria monitoring programs, grew the annual Source to Sea Cleanup, which has been running for 27 consecutive years, and maintained persistent and effective advocacy for strong environmental standards. CRC is currently under the steady leadership of an Interim Executive Director.
Some of the organization’s opportunities and challenges include:
As the Executive Director takes the reins, key priorities in the first 12-18 months will be to:
Position Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director leads the strategic vision for the organization and supports the growth and efforts of a community-oriented team in the implementation of key objectives to advance CRC’s mission. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees who are responsible for providing the Executive Director with regular feedback and consultation as well as setting annual compensation. The Executive Director will ensure that the organization has sound administrative and financial systems in place while creating an inclusive and supportive work culture. This is a full-time position based in Greenfield, MA, with hybrid options negotiable. The Executive Director will be expected to travel throughout the watershed as needed.
Community Outreach & Partnerships
Fundraising & Resource Development
Program Development, Management, & Evaluation
Credentials and Profile of the Ideal Candidate
CRC’s next Executive Director will be a seasoned leader with significant management experience. They will be positive and inspiring while expressing integrity, humility, and emotional intelligence. They will have a deep understanding of how to support internal organizational culture, external coalition-building, and the ability to navigate diverse political, cultural, and ecological climates towards a clear and positive vision for CRC’s team and the River.
Candidates are welcome to apply even if they do not have all of these skills and background:
Skills, background, & experience
Salary and Benefits
The salary range set for this position is $115,000-$130,000. CRC provides an excellent benefits package that includes employer contributions to health insurance and retirement.
The Executive Director is expected to be present in the Greenfield, MA office on a regular basis to be determined by the Board.
Candidates must include a resume and a cover letter that describes how their qualifications and experience match the needs and mission of CRC. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Send required documents to: https://eostransitions.applicantpool.com/jobs/967998.html
This executive search is being conducted by Eos Transition Partners consultant Catherine Bradshaw. The search process is being conducted in an inclusive manner, drawing on the perspectives of both board and staff members. All submissions will be acknowledged and are confidential, and any questions must be submitted to Ms. Bradshaw at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut River Conservancy is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and will engage in an inclusive recruiting and hiring process. It considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.