Northwest Regional Director

Conservation · Flexible, Washington
Department Conservation
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $102,600-$115,000


The Regional Director of the Pacific Northwest (“Director”) will lead the regional team working to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. This individual is responsible managing staff, fundraising for the organization, and raising the profile of American Rivers in a way that builds the entire movement in manner that advances diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice practices in all venues, including community, partner, and Tribal engagements.

The Director will join a dynamic team at American Rivers working across the country and serve as the primary manager of the Pacific Northwest work being implemented by the American Rivers’ team. The Director will also be the primary spokesperson for the region on behalf of American Rivers. The Director must be an excellent verbal and written communicator and content creator, maintain required reports, and be the lead fundraiser in the region. The position will report to the Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Regional Conservation and will be an active member of the national Advocacy and Regional team.

• Managing, developing, and evaluating members of the regional team, including administrative tasks, such as budget management, and mentoring,
• Supporting the creation and execution of regional workplans based on the American Rivers’ strategic plan,
• Helping draft and execute fundraising strategies for the institution,
• Building and tending relationships at the local, state, regional, and federal level with community leaders and elected decision-makers,
• Building the reputation of American Rivers in the region in a way that advances the entire movement utilizing practices that are diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just,
• Ensuring solid coordination across the organization, including with national and regional projects, departments and other regions,
• Helping cultivate and support organizational river council, and
• Prioritizing and managing regional PGR priorities and translating federal policies to the regions.

• Requires demonstrated, successful experience in the following areas: management and collaboration, fundraising, verbal and written communications, project creation and implementation, program and budget planning and administration, and staff supervision,
• Requires a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience,
• Experience with grants management and fundraising from individuals, and
• Experience with direct, indirect lobbying, or electoral campaigns.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities and deadlines. They will have an ability to make decisions based on evidence and stakeholder feedback; listen, lead, and mentor a team; exercise discretion; exhibit political astuteness and good judgement. They will also be dedicated to working well with and supporting the voices of community leaders.

Knowledge of salmon and river water science and/or policy, hydropower, renewable energy, agricultural systems, Tribal partnerships, or economic development are a plus. Experience with the working with volunteers, engaging the public, or advocacy could also be helpful to a successful candidate.

Location flexible in the Pacific Northwest region.


The pay range for this position is $102,600-$115,000. Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time and full-time equivalent employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

About American Rivers
American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 355,000 members, supporters, and volunteers. 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.

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  • Location
    Flexible, Washington
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation