Local recruitment: Director, Policy and Government Relations

American Rivers

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

TITLE:                              Director, Policy and Government Relations
CLASSIFICATION:         Director
DEPARTMENT:              Advocacy and Regional Conservation
WAGE CATEGORY:       Exempt            
REPORTS TO:                 Vice President of Policy and Government Relations
LOCATION:                     Washington, DC



American Rivers is championing a national effort to protect and restore all rivers, from remote mountain streams to urban waterways. Healthy rivers provide people and nature with clean, abundant water and natural habitat. For 50 years, American Rivers staff, supporters, and partners have shared a common belief: Life Depends on Rivers.

American Rivers centers the ongoing work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all that we do. 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. 


The Director of Policy and Government Relations will lead American Rivers work to influence development and implementation of the Clean Water permit program at the US Army Corps of Engineers. This position will require working with the Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory staff at Headquarters and at District offices around the country.  The focus of the position will be engagement on the upcoming reissuance of Nationwide Permits and implementation of the new Waters of the US rule.

The Director must be an excellent verbal and written communicator and content creator, and maintain required reports. The position will report to the Vice President for Policy and Government Relations.


  • Building and tending relationships at the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters and District levels,
  • Building the reputation of American Rivers on Army Corps of Engineers regulatory and civil works programs,
  • Lead coalition meetings and strategy both internally and with external partners
  • Develop strategy for administrative changes, prepare materials, and attend agency meetings including but not limited to: the White House, The Army Corps of Engineers, and Environmental Protection Agency,
  • Create and implement communications strategies for advocacy campaigns
  • Write fact sheets, talking points, press releases, blog posts, and other outreach materials


  • Requires a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience,
  • Experience with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Clean Water Act regulatory permitting program,
  • Familiarity with Federal rulemaking procedures and requirements, and
  • Experience with direct, indirect lobbying of Congress, and Federal Agencies.

The successful candidate must 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, and lead; exercise discretion; exhibit political astuteness and good judgement.

Knowledge of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Water Act regulatory permitting program are a plus. Experience with the working with federal agencies, federal rulemaking, or advocacy would also be helpful to a successful candidate.


Location is Washington DC.


The pay range for this position is $75,000-$90,000. 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.





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