Snake River Director (Northwest Region)

American Rivers

Washington, DC, USA 🇺🇸

TITLE: Snake River Director, Northwest Region 


DEPARTMENT: Conservation 


REPORTS TO: Northwest Regional Director 

LOCATION: Pacific Northwest Region  


The Director of the Snake River Campaign (“Director”) will lead the development and implementation of American Rivers’ strategy to recover the lower Snake River through the removal of four federal dams. This individual is responsible for cultivating relationships with key Congressional and Administration leaders; leading a cross-programmatic team of staff and contractors working on this issue for the organization; and advancing 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 with the Snake River Coalition and serve as the primary manager of the Snake River work being implemented by the American Rivers’ team. The Director will also be the primary spokesperson for the campaign on behalf of American Rivers. The Director must be an excellent verbal and written communicator and content creator, maintain required reports, and take an active role in fundraising for the campaign. The position will report to the Northwest Regional Director and will be an active member of the Northwest Regional Team. 


  • Develop and lead legislative, administrative, and community engagement strategies for American Rivers on the Snake River Campaign,  
  • Manage the American Rivers’ Snake River team, including those across departments and contractors, to ensure a comprehensive strategy to achieve stated goal, 
  • Work with communications staff to develop and execute a strategy to increase public involvement in the Snake River issue, 
  • Serve as the primary advocate and spokesperson to key Congressional, Administration, and agency staff, affected communities, stakeholders, and the public, 
  • Lead our engagement and communications with Native American Tribes,  
  • Prepare materials, including fact sheets, talking points, press releases, blog posts, and other outreach materials,  and 
  • Support grants development and management, major donor cultivation, and other fundraising activities as coordinated with the Advancement team.  


  • Requires demonstrated, successful experience in the following areas: management and collaboration, verbal and written communications, project creation and management, program and budget planning and administration, and staff supervision, 
  • Requires a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience, or an appropriate combination of education, 
  • Experience with grants management and fundraising from individuals, and  
  • Experience with direct and indirect lobbying 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, work well in 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 regulatory, legal, and the socio-political environment around this issue would also support a successful candidate.  


Location flexible in the Pacific Northwest region.  


The pay range for this position is $75,000-$95,000. 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.