Delaware River Basin Program Manager @ River Network

LOCATION:  Delaware River Basin. Position will be based out of a home office.

TERM AND SALARY: 0.75 FTE, salaried, exempt. Annual salary range between $41,000 to $45,000 commensurate with experience, plus benefits. Support for this grant-funded position has been secured through January 2021. Beyond that date, the position is contingent upon securing additional funding.

POSITION SUMMARY: River Network seeks an individual with significant experience building the capacity of local organizations and coalitions to leverage state and local laws for cleaner and safer water and healthier communities. We are looking for someone who is dynamic, highly organized, positive, and motivated to bring power to our regional and national network of water leaders.

This position will focus on building the capacity and effectiveness of local organizations to advocate for stronger protections of waterways in the Delaware River Basin through use of policy tools, community watershed science and monitoring and civic engagement, and will work alongside River Network’s Science Manager, Mid-Atlantic Leadership Development Manager,  contractors and partners. The position will serve as a connector, trainer and analyst who will develop resources, tools and training and support groups to deploy effective tools and approaches in their communities to ensure healthy waterways that are safe for recreational use. Additionally, this position will collaborate with existing coalitions to coordinate and share water policy and advocacy approaches and strategies between groups across the region.

Our ideal candidate understan­ds how small nonprofit organizations operate and has experience working with under-represented groups, particularly racially and ethnically diverse communities. The position needs to fully understand the expertise available through the River Network team, engage various team members in developing resources and providing support (e.g., leadership development, communications, etc.), and establish partnerships with others to fill knowledge gaps. This person must be flexible and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. We are looking for candidates who have the skills and motivation to become a successful member of our nationally dispersed team, who are excited about improving access to clean water and healthy rivers for all people, and who are inspired to achieve a sustainable and equitable­ future for our nation’s rivers, waters and the communities that depend on them.

ABOUT RIVER NETWORK: River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local groups are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit to learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff located in communities across the U.S. We are committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission – explore our core values and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, our explanation for why equity, diversity an inclusion are the foundation of our mission, and our principles for equitable and inclusive work. Through our programs, we seek to connect with all communities and increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water, and through our internal practices and external leadership, we seek an inclusive workplace culture that attracts diverse staff, board, members, and supporters.


Analyze, Understand, Share and Leverage Support for Clean and Swimmable Waters

  • Ability to research, understand and translate existing federal, state and local policy tools for safe and clean water, and understand how to strategically deploy them and to identify gaps where new tools and training are needed, with a focus on the recreational use of waters throughout the Basin;
  • Understand and promote integration of citizen-led water monitoring efforts with civic engagement and policy initiatives;
  • Participate and lead meetings, calls, and working groups across the region;
  • Share relevant information (e.g. policies, scientific advances) from within and outside the region with groups across the region;
  • Seize opportunities to convene and facilitate organizations to develop and pursue common goals; coordinate efforts with local, state and regional groups and coalitions.

Training, Support and Civic Engagement

  • Lead and work as part of a team to plan and deliver in-person and virtual training for water groups, community-based organizations, and others to promote increased public participation in decisions related to water and increase the collective capacity to work for clean and safe water;
  • Collaborate to provide support to groups to reduce the impact of pollution from construction stormwater runoff;
  • Support water groups across the region in building stronger relationships with racially and ethnically diverse groups within their communities;
  • Assist groups with advocacy campaign planning.


  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships and communication with River Network stakeholders throughout the Delaware River Basin states, including member organizations, conservation and environmental justice leaders, impacted communities, water utilities, health professionals, local governments, academia and funders;
  • Develop and manage outreach efforts to enhance the visibility of River Network programs and services in the region;
  • Handle referrals to other staff and consultants for assistance in other fields of expertise;
  • Collaborate with River Network staff on program development, grant writing, project management and grant reporting activities;
  • Support planning activities and participate in River Network’s annual River Rally, the Delaware River Basin Forum conference and other state, regional and national training events;
  • Write and prepare materials for newsletters, blogs and training sessions.


  • Positive, self-motivated, strategic thinker and quick learner with an upbeat attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to succeed with a diverse set of stakeholders, partners, staff and volunteers.
  • Experience working with state and federal water protection laws and policies and leading or supporting advocacy efforts with diverse coalitions.
  • Understanding of or experience with the role and opportunity citizen-led volunteer monitoring efforts to contribute to improved clean water.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in a related field with at least 3-5 years professional work experience (e.g., community organizing, program management, water resources, public or environmental policy and/or advocacy).
  • Experience working with community-based groups and leaders and organizations representing communities of color.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, group facilitation skills, interpersonal skills, strong technological abilities (e.g. Microsoft Office programs, Salesforce) and comfort learning new cloud-based systems (e.g. webinar and online communication platforms).
  • Have participated – or are willing to participate – in trainings related to undoing systemic racism; building skills around equity, diversity, and inclusion; and/or coaching and support to develop specific knowledge and skill sets around achieving just and equitable outcomes.
  • Self-directed; demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player, defining and tracking deadlines, progress, and contributions of others and staying on track and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Commitment to River Network’s vision and mission, and to our core values of strength, mutual respect, integrity, balance, growth and inclusion.
  • Ability to travel within the Delaware Basin region and nationally (average 4-5 days/month); attend the annual River Rally conference and 1-2 staff retreats/year.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Katherine Baer ( with “Delaware River Basin Program Manager” in the subject line of the email. Applicant review and interviews will be on a rolling basis, and all applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 10th. Expected starting date: February 2020. Applicants granted an interview will be asked to provide work samples and references. No phone calls please.

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