Clean Water for All Coalition Director

National Wildlife Federation
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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In this role you will lead a collaborative effort to protect clean water for all communities through a multi-pronged, integrated, nimble coalition that is building a durable, coordinated, diverse, and inclusive movement to defend and advocate for strong and equitable clean water protections.

This movement will have clear regional and local benefits, to protect drinking water supplies, restore waterways and promote wetlands, floodplains, and other natural infrastructure to increase resilience to climate change.

This is a unique and exciting job requiring someone with strong collaboration and organizational skills, passion, and willingness to lead in a bi-partisan manner, and in an unsettled political climate. Of equal importance is the desire to authentically engage a diverse group of partners. The ability to adapt and multi-task is essential.

Coalition Overview

Against the backdrop of  serious challenges is a huge opportunity to advance  an ongoing collaborative around clean water that includes not just environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts, but also people working in rural and urban areas on social justice, public and community health, labor, sustainable agriculture and business, and faith based issues.

Created in 2017, the Coalition is mobilizing people across the country to advocate for federal action, with clear regional and local benefits, to defend landmark clean water laws, rules, and regulations and create opportunities for forward progress.

The Coalition has three distinct and mutually reinforcing priorities, to:

  • Defend foundational water protections –prevent regulatory rollbacks and environmental budget reductions;
  • Advance appropriate water infrastructure– promote natural solutions and target built investment to communities in need without reducing environmental protections;
  • Reduce agricultural nutrient pollution - expose the implications of toxic algal outbreaks on drinking water in rural and urban areas, and promote effective education, implementation and funding of selected USDA conservation/compliance and diversity programs.

Your major areas of responsibility:

Coalition Direction and Collaboration. You will be responsible for leading a diverse senior level steering committee representing environmental, sportsperson, water justice, faith based, public health, sustainable agriculture and business, labor, and related constituency groups. Specifically, day-to-day organization will involve convening the steering committee, working closely with the executive committee and working groups and funder–advocate liaison to implement the strategic plan and coordinate the messaging, policy and field strategies.  These responsibilities include:

  • Advancing the ability of the Coalition to engage with partners on key priorities
  • Serving as the principal point of contact for coalition stakeholders and donors
  • Supervising Coalition Operations Manager
  • Ensuring the development and implementation of an annual strategic plan
  • Overseeing the creation of a budget to support the annual strategic plan
  • Providing quarterly reports on the status of Coalition expenditure
  • Providing strategic advice to coalition partners
  • Leading stakeholder meetings and calls
  • Providing regular, comprehensive updates on Coalition activities including progress to goals.
  • Hiring and supervising vendors, consultants and other service providers
  • Overseeing the working groups’ production and sourcing of Coalition materials and website for internal and external use
  • Ensuring all Coalition activities adhere to State and federal regulation, compliance and reporting
  • Helping to guide and shape fundraising, allocation and deployment of Coalition resources, subject to co-chair approval.

Coalition Strategy. The detailed policy work of the Coalition is conducted by its working groups. You will lead the refinement and implementation of a strategy that includes integrating their work to advance national policy to protect water through tactics involving both offense and defense.  The strategy will be informed by the Coalition Working Groups.

The responsibilities include:

  • Engaging multiple partners working at the regional and local level to ensure that they are helping inform and develop strategy
  • Coordinating strategy between Working Groups and integrating these elements into the strategic plan
  • Ensuring that each component has a clear set of metrics as agreed to by coalition partners and stakeholders and that the Coalition is achieving appropriate return on investment in line with Coalition goals and desired outcomes.

Advocacy Strategy. The responsibilities include:

  • Focusing on the achievement of national policy goals which will support local level needs. This will be accomplished through coordinated and targeted field and messaging campaigns that work in conjunction with a national policy education, communications, and action strategy to advance water protection priorities at the federal level.

Outreach.  The responsibilities include:

  • Meeting with partner organizations to build relationships to determine mutually reinforcing benefits
  • Leveraging work being completed nationally, regionally, and throughout targeted states will be essential components of the goal of diversifying and broadening advocacy for ongoing protection of critical water resources.

Fundraising and Accountability. The responsibilities include:

  • Appropriately accounting for the uses of Coalition funding, securing additional financial support, and developing a coordinated annual budget
  • Working with a funder-advocate liaison to coordinate funding opportunities with Coalition resource needs.


  • Exceptional leadership, vision and integrity.
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing a national or regional campaign plan.
  • Ability to direct and coordinate multiple activities in a collaborative fashion.
  • Experience working with legislative and executive branches of government.
  • Coalition or collaboration management experience, ideally including work with advocacy campaigns, grassroots organizing, media.
  • Experience working with environmental justice and/or health advocacy groups a plus.
  • College degree or equivalent.

The position will report directly to the Coalition Co-Chairs, with overall strategic oversight from the Coalition Steering Committee. The position is housed at the National Wildlife Federation’s National Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C.

Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.

The National Wildlife Federation strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) 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, of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual 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. 

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.  We are committed to building a complementary team and strongly support candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

Candidate should submit both a cover letter and resume.