Director (Choose Clean Water Coalition)

National Wildlife Federation
Annapolis, MD, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)


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Background on the Choose Clean Water Coalition:

The Choose Clean Water Coalition creates a unified and inclusive movement to ensure clean water is returned to the rivers and streams that flow into a healthy Chesapeake Bay. Consisting of more than 230 organizations from New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the Coalition  advocates for clean rivers and streams in all communities across the watershed. The Coalition is widely recognized as a highly effective regional and national model for successful collaborative impact.

The Coalition is guided by a Steering Committee made up of local, regional and national organizations that reflect the priorities of the Coalition. The National Wildlife Federation serves as co-chair of the Coalition Steering Committee and provides fiscal and staffing support.

The Choose Clean Water Coalition is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice so that everyone can realize and enjoy a healthy and prosperous community. We value and celebrate the differences that make our Coalition membership vibrant and effective. In an ongoing effort to more fully accomplish our mission and work towards equity and justice in all we do, we will build and integrate this commitment into our vision, organizational structure, steering committee, staff, policy goals, strategies, and tactics.

Role of the Coalition Director:

The Director manages the day-to-day activities of the Choose Clean Water Coalition and is accountable for implementing programmatic and fundraising strategies to achieve the outcomes articulated in its strategic plan. The Director provides policy oversight, program and campaign management, fundraising leadership and budget oversight, and serves as a key resource for media outreach. In addition, the Director collaborates with Coalition members, partners and other organizations within the watershed on field, policy, and communications activities. The Director manages Coalition staff and contractors.

The Coalition Director reports to National Wildlife Federation’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Executive Director, based in Annapolis, Maryland, under the direction of the Coalition’s Steering Committee. 

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Program Leadership – Ensures implementation of the Coalition’s strategic plan; works with the Coalition's Steering Committee, staff, and members to develop annual priorities and work plans; serves as key spokesperson for the Coalition.
  • Staff Management – Supervises the Coalition’s Communications Director, Field Manager, Federal Affairs contractor, and other contractors/consultants as required; approves annual work plans and conducts staff performance reviews; fosters a positive, productive, and collaborative working environment allowing staff to function as a highly integrated and effective team.
  • Fundraising – Collaborates with Steering Committee to identify and implement innovative and sustainable ways to raise funds to support Coalition goals; conducts donor stewardship and outreach and prepares funding proposals and reports.
  • Budget Oversight – With operations and finance staff, develops and manages annual Coalition budget (approx. $750,000); reports on Coalition’s financial health to Steering Committee and other key stakeholders; implements budget controls to meet financial targets.
  • Coalition Effectiveness – Coordinates Coalition activities throughout the Chesapeake Bay region; works with Coalition Steering Committee, state lead organizations, and other partners to foster robust involvement in Chesapeake Bay restoration issues; integrates all aspects of Coalition campaigns (regional, national, political, policy); guides the growth of the Coalition’s membership and member engagement; oversees the planning and implementation of annual conference and Capitol Hill Lobby Day; sets agendas for, facilitates and supports Coalition meetings and committees.

Required Experience and Core Competencies:

  • Minimum five years of professional experience or equivalent working with nonprofit organizations and in building organizational capacity; familiarity with water resources management or Chesapeake Bay policy a plus.
  • Successful track record in staff management; advocacy; campaign development; grassroots organizing; major donor, foundation/grant, and corporate fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and create trust-based relationships with relevant stakeholders across a complex system; experience working with coalitions and with a diversity of partners.
  • Knowledge of how to build a diverse, inclusive Coalition that focuses on its goals through an equity lens.
  • Strong strategic planning and program implementation skills; proven ability to conceive and execute programs with clear objectives, measurable outcomes, and deliverables.
  • Ability to work under pressure, to meet tight deadlines within the budgetary constraints, and to handle multiple projects simultaneously and autonomously.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and conflict management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use good judgment to make quick decisions in a rapidly changing political landscape.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work efficiently, independently and with attention to detail.
  • Compelling presentation, verbal and written communications skills; organizing and presenting thoughts coherently and confidently in front of groups of all sizes; experience acting as a spokesperson with the media.

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

Travel Requirements:

Considerable travel will be required; anticipate 5-10 days every month, 15-20 nights per year.

Salary Range and Benefits:

This position pays in the range of $75,000 - $85,000 per year.

The Choose Clean Water Coalition is a partner and program of the National Wildlife Federation which 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.


We strive 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, 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.

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.

If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.