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Director, Clean Water for All

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This position may be based in our office in Washington, DC or any other of our offices across the country in Reston, VA; Atlanta, GA; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Missoula, MT; Austin, TX; Annapolis, MD; Ann Arbor, MI; Montpelier, VT; Los Angeles, CA; or New Orleans, LA.


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$105,000 - $115,000

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Jun 8, 2021

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Clean Water for All is a broad coalition of working to elevate the importance of clean water for everyone through strategic national and regional campaigns that engage people, build our collective political power, and influence decision-makers to create equitable policies. Our Coalition has a long-term vision of seeing every community with access to safe and affordable clean water that supports healthy communities, healthy ecosystems, cultural resources, and wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation is the current fiscal sponsor of the Clean Water for All Coalition.


Clean Water for All has the following federal policy priorities, which are voted on by our members and therefore can change from year to year. Our current federal policy priorities include:


  • Promote & defend clean water protections: Work to advance a positive water agenda that expands access to clean water for every community while also defending laws, regulations, policies, and programs, particularly the Clean Water Act, from rollbacks and changes that weaken protections for our nation’s waters.
  • Promote equitable and affordable water infrastructure investment: Significantly increase federal funding for our nation’s water infrastructure and ensure that investments are affordable for all people by directing funding to communities that need it most and using federal policy mechanisms to encourage the adoption of local affordability policies; prioritize green infrastructure and natural infrastructure in all federal infrastructure investments; and prevent regulatory actions on water infrastructure that harm the environment and public health.
  • Reduce nutrient pollution: Reduce harmful algal blooms, toxins in drinking water supplies and “dead zones” by reducing inputs of nitrogen and phosphorus from most significant sources by advancing policies and community-influenced solutions that address the harmful impacts of agricultural pollution, inadequate sewage treatment and urban runoff to our waterways.
  • Address and educate on climate impacts on water resources: Educate the public, Administration and Congress about the impacts of climate change on water resources, including potential solutions for mitigating climate change that also protect and improve water quality, and how water use contributes to climate change and how antiquated water infrastructure, water use, and water pollution contributes to climate change.


We are seeking a full-time Director, Clean Water for All, to join the Coalition, which is currently housed at the National Wildlife Federation. Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world.


As the Director of the Coalition you will be responsible for directing the Coalition’s fundraising efforts, strategy, and outreach with the funding community; developing and implementing strategy for the Coalition; leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; and supervising the Coalition central staff, which currently includes the Director of Operations. You will have two supervisors – the Co-Chair of the Coalition representing the Fiscal Sponsor organization which houses the Coalition will appoint a supervisor from the fiscal sponsor organization and another Co-Chair from a non-fiscal sponsor organization will be the second supervisor/mentor. You will be supported by Coalition staff (including Director of Operations and part-time Field Manager) and NWF philanthropy and operations staff, as well as the Coalition’s Co-Chairs, Work Group Leads, and Steering Committee. You will also report to and manage the agenda and schedule for the Coalition’s Steering Committee, which is the voting body of the Coalition responsible for approving budget, strategy, and work plan of the Coalition.


You will lead the Clean Water for All Coalition by:


Primary Responsibilities:


  • Setting the strategic direction, goals, and budget for the Coalition by managing agenda-setting process conducted by Coalition work groups, in consultation with the Coalition’s co-chairs, steering committee, and other Coalition staff.
  • Leading the outreach, diversity, and inclusion efforts for the Coalition and ensuring they are implemented in a meaningful way and that diverse voices are represented at all levels of the Coalition.
  • Developing the Coalition’s fundraising goals and strategy and yearly budget.
  • Acting as the main contact with the funding community and leading funder communications on behalf of the Coalition.
  • Working with Coalition co-chairs, steering committee, and other staff to determine funding priorities and overseeing the allocation and distribution of Coalition funding and resources to advance the Coalition’s goals and objectives, in accordance with funder requirements; overseeing grant reporting and proposal process, including directing Coalition staff.
  • Managing and working closely with Director of Operations, Field Manager, and other Coalition staff to meet Coalition goals; hire and supervise Coalition staff, contractors, and vendors.


Secondary Responsibilities


  • Working with Director of Operations on internal communications with Coalition and member updates and recruitment.
  • Acting as primary spokesperson for the Coalition with external stakeholders and approve external communications.
  • Leading Coalition meetings and calls and participate in all other relevant conference calls and meetings; coordinate and organize efforts surrounding Coalition annual meeting.
  • Leading the Governance Work Group with Governance Work Group Co-Leads to ensure governance work meets goals of the Coalition.


Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the Clean Water for All Coalition and the National Wildlife Federation. The Clean Water for All’s principles include: Work in collaboration, solidarity and reciprocity; break down systems of oppression; lift up community-informed priorities; and remain open to self-transformation.


NWF’s values include: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your core competencies should include:


  • Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized;
  • Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions;
  • Being committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development and partner engagement; and
  • Being dedicated to advancing internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work.


Experience and Competencies:


  • Progressive management and leadership experience in developing and executing fundraising strategies.
  • Experience managing coalitions or similar entities.
  • Experience working on federal and/or state/local environmental policy and advocacy, campaigns.
  • A genuine and demonstrated commitment to advancing the goal of ensuring that everyone has access to clean, affordable water.
  • Clear and direct communication with and feedback to colleagues, with an understanding of communicating respectfully across different identities.
  • Ability to work across constituencies with a broad range of stakeholders and experience engaging with diverse partners.
  • A commitment to continuous learning and growth, especially related to the development of strong equity competencies and to deepening understanding of cultural and systemic racism and the intersectionality of multiple forms of social inequality and how this impacts our work on environmental issues.
  • Experiencing managing and supporting the leadership, success, and professional development of staff members.
  • This experience is typically consistent with approximately ten years of professional experience.




This position is open to remote work in one of the states where NWF already has an office and/or working out of NWF’s National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC.


Expected Salary Range:


$105,000 - $115,000, dependent upon qualifications and experience.




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


The National Wildlife Federation values work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere. Our paid time-off includes 3 weeks of vacation leave, open wellbeing leave, 10 paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, a week-long winter break, and additional leave options, per year. In addition, our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, company paid life insurance, AD&D, short and long-term disability, 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, 403b retirement plan with employer matching and annual contribution, adoption benefits, and flexible work options including telecommuting, non-traditional work hours, and compressed work weeks. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at


We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at


If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.


The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, and if you have 75% of the qualifications listed we encourage you to apply. Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, which helps build the competencies, knowledge, and skills that translates directly to our openings. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.


Candidates must submit a cover letter and resume.


If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

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