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Regional Director, Water Protection

Job Location

Larchmont, NY


Type of Job



100,000 - 120,000

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Published Date

Dec 16, 2021

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Position Summary

Does leading a talented, multi-faceted team, implementing impactful environmental change, and engaging the public in a joint effort to protect Long Island Sound resonate with you? We are searching for a results-oriented leader who will spearhead our Sound-wide healthy waters initiative and serve as our New York network-builder and office director.


The Regional Director proactively manages the Sound-wide efforts of the water quality team to restore rivers, lakes, and harbors in the Long Island Sound watershed. This includes guiding our extensive bi-state, science-based “find it/fix it” watch-dog, pollution testing, and solutions program; translating science into advocacy and then into results; and developing the interactive, public-friendly communications products that exemplify our data to action philosophy, like the Sound Health Explorer, Long Island Sound Report Card, and Long Island Sound Beach Report.


The Regional Director also serves as Save the Sound’s New York spokesperson, political liaison, and community engagement lead. The Regional Director is our primary voice for Long Island Sound in Albany and in the local New York State communities. The Regional Director connects Save the Sound with new potential supporters; works with our development team to create public and private financial commitments; oversees the New York office operations; and serves as a member of the organization’s executive team.


Join our group of talented and committed professionals from a variety of backgrounds— science, community-organizing, law, policy, and communications—working in a collaborative and nimble team to address challenges facing the Long Island Sound estuary and the communities that surround it.


This full-time exempt position reports to the Vice President of Programs, and collaborates regularly with the ecological restoration, legal, development, and communications teams. The Regional Director has a team of approximately 6 full-time staff and 2 seasonal staff.


Role Qualifications:

  • Action-oriented, get-the-job-done leader; 
  • Teammate and team leader who trusts in the capacity of the staff and is committed to inspiring, engaging, supporting, and building teams and staff; 
  • Significant experience managing and directing sophisticated and highly impactful initiatives; conservation, advocacy, public policy, science, water quality, or water quantity-related projects a plus; 
  • Success in working with government officials, partner organizations, and communities to effect change; 
  • Strategic thinker and creative problem solver with ability to effectively navigate complex, multi-layered situations; 
  • Knowledge of the New York environmental community, state, regional, and local agencies; 
  • Inspiring and effective public presenter; and  Demonstrated passion and commitment to improving the Long Island Sound tributaries, harbors, and open waters of New York.

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