Urban Stormwater Associate Director

American Rivers

New Cumberland or Philadelphia, PA, United States 🇺🇸


Named one of the best groups to support by “Outside” magazine, 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 annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® and National River Cleanup® campaigns. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 350,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit www.americanrivers.org.

American Rivers embraces and celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion 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. Every individual brings life experiences, knowledge, innovation and talent to our work, providing perspectives, experiences and competencies that are critical to our effectiveness.


American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program works to ensure all people have access to clean water and a healthy river. We do this by helping municipalities integrate their water management practices, advance natural infrastructure, and engage underrepresented communities in decision-making for clean water.

The Associate Director positions at American Rivers coordinate project work and support broader program activities led by program Directors. The Urban Stormwater Associate Director (USAD) position will be part of the Clean Water Supply program, with a mission of reducing municipal impacts on river water quality. The USAD will advance American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program work in Pennsylvania, the Delaware River watershed and Pennsylvania’s rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. The Clean Water Supply program’s work in these locations champions green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and improving state stormwater management policies. The USAD will work to increasingly improve GSI practices, policies and water infrastructure funding. Specifically, this position will help urban municipalities advance GSI in planning and practice by leveraging and advancing the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits of the Clean Water Act.   To achieve this work, the USAD will collaborate with partners, coordinate with local, state, regional and national leaders, and engage with communities in a variety of capacities and projects to ensure healthy rivers can provide clean water for everyone. The USAD will conduct local outreach, convene partner meetings and deliver presentations throughout the study area to help achieve these goals. The USAD reports to the Director of the Clean Water Supply program and assists the director, as needed, with administrative tasks including grant writing and reporting.


  • Be the Clean Water Supply program team’s lead on opportunities for urban municipal stormwater management programs to advance GSI, with a particular focus on stormwater policies, such as the MS4 permit, and the intersection of those policies to other infrastructure sectors, like transportation.
  • Represent the Clean Water Supply program of American Rivers in Pennsylvania, the Delaware River basin and the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay within Pennsylvania.
  • Coordinate partner collaboration in advocacy and educational trainings as lead of Pennsylvania’s Stormwater Workgroup for Clean Water.
  • Maintain current relationships and foster new ones with strategic partners, stakeholders, and policymakers, including conservation and citizen-based watershed organizations, local, state and regional elected leaders, practitioners and designers of GSI, and others.
  • Maintain meeting and work schedules to ensure assigned scopes of work achieve deliverables on time.
  • Help collaborate with Clean Water Supply program team members and American River’s communication staff to highlight local work through the media.    


  • Strong passion for protecting local water resources and supporting communities’ clean water needs.
  • Experience or education in water management, conservation or a related topic.
  • Understanding of the impact of environmental injustices to underrepresented communities.
  • Effective advocate with strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Strategic thinker; organized and able to meet deadlines.
  • Team player: demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues and partners to advance organizational goals.
  • Capacity to balance being a team player and being resourceful and able to work independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Willingness to travel throughout locations served by the USAD position and to occasional meetings and conferences elsewhere in the nation.
  • Familiarity with at least one of the following: 1) the role of the Environmental Protection Agency managing water under the Clean Water Act, 2) Pennsylvania’s municipal urban stormwater program,  and/or 3) the region’s driving conservation programs, such as the Chesapeake Bay Program, Delaware River Watershed Initiative, Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, the work of the Delaware and the Susquehanna River Basin Commissions.
  • Minimum three years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of relevant experience.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: The salary range for this position is $50,000-$60,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience. Full-time employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter at https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/ No phone calls please. 

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply