Local recruitment: Director (Coalition For The Delaware River Watershed)

New Jersey Audubon Society

Trenton, NJ, USA 🇺🇸

Position Title:                       Director – Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed

Department                      Government Relations

Location:                         Trenton – Temporarily remote due to Covid-19

Reports to:                      Vice President of Government Relations

Classification:                 Full time exempt, regular (40-hour week)

Job Description:

The Director- Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (Coalition) (www.delriverwatershed.org) will be responsible for overseeing all Coalition activities, including developing and enhancing member relations, advancing the Coalition’s conservation agenda, and raising awareness of the Delaware River Watershed to its 170+ member organizations, media, and policymakers. The Director will also work closely with the Vice President of Government Relations to advance the Coalition’s priorities and New Jersey Audubon’s (NJA) conservation agenda.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the activities and accomplishments of the Coalition with the goal of enhancing collaboration among members, raising awareness of activities throughout the Basin, and identifying opportunities for Coalition engagement.
  • Direct Coalition activities including coordination of the Steering Committee and other standing committees and workgroups, member recruitment and outreach, conference and meeting planning, federal and state advocacy, and internal and external communications.
  • Develop, oversee, and coordinate Coalition conservation campaigns, including outreach to legislators and media, mobilizing member organizations to take action, and serving as the liaison with congressional offices and federal agency staff on behalf of the Coalition.
  • Coordinate activities by Coalition members and other partners to support and promote increased conservation funding for the Delaware River Basin.
  • Speak at public forums, meetings, and events on various topics. Represent the Coalition and NJA in meetings and events and before various organizations, as necessary.
  • Oversee the Coalition’s state conservation agendas in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware including developing individual strategies for each state, working with State Lead grantees, and coordinating with Coalition members in each state.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a communications and media strategy around Coalition efforts, including creating internet and social media communications tools.
  • Oversee the planning, organization, and execution of special projects and events, including the Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum, Annual Coalition Member meeting, and other events.
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of special projects, including coordination with interstate agencies, state agencies, and nongovernmental organizations on awareness campaigns for the Delaware River Basin.
  • Oversee all components of Coalition grants, including managing staff, advocacy, outreach, media and member engagement efforts, and reporting requirements. Manage the overall operational, budgetary, and financial responsibilities and activities of the Coalition, including monitoring invoicing, payments, and financial reports for Coalition grants, re-grants, and consultants.
  • Supervise and mentor multiple staff members and interns working on the Coalition including onboarding, developing workplans, providing oversight and management of projects, and performing annual and semi-annual evaluations.
  • Partner with other NJA departments to strengthen Coalition and NJA campaign policy priorities.
  • Work with NJA Communications staff to prepare outreach materials such as press releases, letters to the editor, letters to decision-makers, opinion pieces, and secure media coverage at events sponsored by the Coalition or NJA.
  • Work with the Development Department to identify and grow relationships with donors. Seek to secure additional funding from new resources for the expansion and continuation of the Coalition and NJA efforts.
  • Prepare necessary internal reports for the Board, the President, and the Vice Presidents.
  • Support the Government Relations Vice President on Department and Organizational priorities.
  • Participate with other staff to towards daily operations at the assigned work location.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as requested for the Department and Organization.


  • Four-year degree is required. Advanced degree a plus.
  • Five years progressively responsible experience in coalition or collaboration work as well as experience in developing and implementing advocacy campaigns, grassroots organizing, media, and environmental advocacy desirable.
  • Two or more years experience in a managerial role supervising staff is required.
  • Legislative and grassroots advocacy and grant writing experience desired.
  • Excellent Computer Skills – Microsoft Office 365 and Social Media Skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Knowledge of environmental and conservation issues a plus.
  • Excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion and accept direction and constructive feedback.
  • Motivated self-starter able to work independently in the execution of their responsibilities while collaborating with other organizations in various coalitions. with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
  • Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and be able to lift at least 25 pounds, in order to participate in special events.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a motor vehicle in NJ.

Starting Date: Immediate

Salary:  $60,000 to $70,000.

Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled.

Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references as a single PDF document to Human Resources via email to [email protected]

We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply. The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Apply By: ASAP