Associate Director II or Director I, Community Campaigns and Engagement

Conservation · N/A, Maryland



TITLE:                                    Associate Director or Director, Community Campaigns and Engagement

CLASSIFICATION:                Associate Director  II or Director I

WAGE CATEGORY:                 Non-Exempt

DEPARTMENT:                     Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ), Communications, and   Conservation

REPORTS TO:                       Vice President, DEIJ

LOCATION:                            Remote/Flexible

CLOSING DATE:                        10/31/22


American Rivers believes a future of clean water and healthy rivers everywhere, for everyone 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 supporters, members and volunteers across the country, we are the most trusted and influential river conservation organization in the United States, delivering solutions for a better future.  American Rivers centers the ongoing work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice 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. 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.


American Rivers seeks an Associate Director II or Director I of Community Campaigns and Engagement to coordinate high-profile, multi-faceted community engagement, advocacy and movement-building initiatives. This will include advancing America’s Most Endangered Rivers, a campaign with a 38 year track record spotlighting ten rivers at risk, working with frontline partners to drive action on specific solutions. It will also include catalyzing State of America’s Rivers, a new initiative that will track key metrics for clean water and river health, and advancing a policy agenda for healthy rivers and communities. The position will also work with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, along with Conservation and Advancement staff, to coordinate efforts to strengthen the river movement.


 Project management (50%)

  • Serve as project manager for high-profile, multi-faceted community engagement, advocacy and movement-building efforts
  • Track deadlines and deliverables and coordinate American Rivers staff, consultants and partners
  • Organize and run meetings, maintain project timeline, share periodic updates and report on deliverables
  • Develop, implement, and manage community engagement events
  • Support fundraising efforts

 Communications and advocacy (25%)

  • Work with American Rivers staff and partners to turn complex data into clear, compelling stories that inspire action.
  • Strategize with local partners to create effective communications and advocacy campaigns
  • Coordinate content creation by staff, partners and editor; gather communications assets including photos and video; ensure communications team has necessary materials for web, social, and media outreach.

 Partner engagement (25%)

  • Ensure campaigns are informed and strengthened by the core values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice   and leading with collaboration and trust
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with local partners
  • Ensure partners remain well-informed and supported throughout the process


  • Exceptional project management and time management skills. Proven ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize competing tasks, solve problems, and meet deadlines.
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated leadership in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice practices. Environmental and racial justice subject-matter expertise through educational or lived experience a plus
  • Proven ability to navigate complex information and data.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and carrying out communications, research, policy and/or advocacy projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to supporting local advocates and strengthening the river conservation movement
  • Ability to work collaboratively, in service of team’s shared vision and goals


The budget for this position is $65,000-74,000; salary commensurate with experience. American Rivers offers full-time employees a generous benefits package that includes health, dental and life insurance; four weeks of paid vacation; 11 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays; 12 days of paid sick leave; and a 3% employer retirement contribution.