Executive Director

Kentucky Waterways Alliance

Louisville, KY, US

Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) is seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead us into our next phase of growth that will build upon over 20 years of successful work protecting and restoring the waterways of Kentucky. The next Executive Director will work with the Board to develop strategy and a plan to achieve the organization’s goals; oversee programs that serve the KWA mission, including raising funds to support the program work; and supervise, select, and cultivate the KWA staff that implement the programs. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. He/she both supports and reports to the board of directors. The ideal candidate is a dynamic person with a track record of leadership, fundraising, nonprofit management, and policy advocacy. Salary commensurate with experience.


Founded in 1993, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Inc. is a statewide non-profit organization. KWA’s mission is to protect, restore and celebrate Kentucky’s waterways. We accomplish our mission through education, community engagement, planning, and advocacy. KWA is the state affiliate partner of the National Wildlife Federation. The position will be based in KWA’s Louisville office. Operating Revenues: Currently $500,000 – $600,000 annually. New revenues needed for Strategic Plan are an additional $750,000 to $800,000 over 3 years. Current staffing level in Louisville office: 6 fulltime staff

Leadership Attributes and Values of the KWA Executive Director

  • Keen analytic, organizational, and problem-solving skills and ability to set priorities, make strategic decisions, and creatively pursue our goals.
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to recruit, support, and retain a team.
  • Coalition building and negotiation skills to work effectively with diverse partners.
  • Strong commitment to the conservation, restoration, and protection of surface waters, groundwater resources, and watersheds.

Minimum Qualifications Include

  • Broad knowledge of Clean Water Act programs.
  • Four or more years of relevant experience, including at least two years with staff management responsibility.
  • Prior nonprofit experience, preferably in leadership.
  • Experience developing and managing organizational budgets.
  • Demonstrated success as a fundraiser including writing grants, securing sponsorships, and building and maintaining relationships with donors.

Key duties of the Executive Director Include

Personnel Management
  • Determines staffing needs.
  • Hires, evaluates, promotes, and terminates staff.
  • Supervises and directs staff in the performance of their duties to meet program goals.
Planning and Board Relations
  • Works closely with the board to develop and implement the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Informs the board about organizational activities, opportunities, and financial status in a regular and timely manner.
  • Schedules and staffs board meetings and committee meetings as needed.
  • Develops and presents an annual budget to the board of directors.
  • Directs all financial operations of the organization.
  • Ensures strong fiscal and administrative controls are in place.
Community Relations
  • Serves as the public face of the organization.
  • Communicates closely with funders, community partners and contractors on key program activities.


  • This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary will be determined by qualifications and experience of candidate.
  • A specific benefits package will be negotiated as a part of the overall compensation package in the Executive Director’s employment contract.