Executive Director

Chester Ridley Crum Watershed Association

Newtown Square, PA, US


Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association – Newtown Square, PA – www.crcwatersheds.org

Executive Director

The Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association (CRC), located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director (ED) to lead, direct and guide our organization into its 50th Anniversary and beyond. This is a part-time position, which is expected to require 20 to 30 hours per week on average, based on expected seasonal fluctuations in program, administrative and fundraising activities.  Some work can be perform remotely, however, much of the tasks will require maintaining a presence onsite at our offices in the Garrett Farm House on the Willistown Township’s Okehocking Preserve.


Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association (CRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization which was created nearly 50 years ago by a group of local citizens concerned about the impacts of increasing urban and suburban development on the three watersheds in the area – namely the Chester, Ridley, and Crum Creek watersheds – including the main stems of these creeks and their tributaries. This stewardship area, which is home to over a quarter million people, encompasses 132 square miles and 40 municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania covered with varying degrees of urban and suburban development, agricultural lands, and woodlands.

As articulated by CRC’s Founders, our organization’s mission is to support, encourage, and promote the enjoyment, restoration, conservation, protection and prudent management of the natural resources of the Chester, Ridley and Crum Creek Watersheds.  Over the years, CRC has been predominantly a volunteer-based organization, leveraging the efforts of dozens to hundreds of committed souls who chose to conduct the “good work” of cleaning and restoring the area’s waterways, riparian corridors and forested areas.  Volunteers planned and conducted programs, with the intent to improve watershed health, which led to a higher quality of life for all.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership – applicant will have the necessary interpersonal and communications skills to lead our organization into the future, flexing and adjusting our programs, our outreach, our branding and our profile to address changing cultural and community needs while maintaining the fiscal stewardship of our operations.   Applicant will have the responsibility to direct and lead 5 part-time staff and numerous contractors; interact with and facilitate discussions and actions of the Board of Directors; lead the Board committees (through direct and/or indirect actions); and provide vision and strategic guidance in all components of the organization’s operations.

Program Oversight and Management – applicant will have the ultimate responsibility for the efficient planning and implementation of all major CRC programs and events including our various tree plantings, tree and invasive management projects, stream cleanups, and various social events.   These programs and events will be conducted by teams within the organization, consisting of a combination of staff, Board, and Board committee members.  The ED will be responsible for directing and allocating organizational resources, budgeting, and maintaining and facilitating effective communications between team members.

Grant Making – applicant will have experience and skills related to the identification, research, proposal writing and submission, reporting, and stewardship of grant management related to public and private foundations, corporations, and community organizations.  These skills include budget preparation and tracking, scheduling, invoicing, and the tracking of grant metrics.  CRC has resources to support the ED in grant making; however, the ED will need to be capable of directing the grant research, grant writing and grant management efforts of the organization.

Prospect Research and Engagement – applicant will have experience and skills related to the identification, research, and cultivation of donors and new prospects that could become event sponsors, contributors to our membership drives, and/or partners in our programs.  The majority of the fundraising currently conducted by CRC involves cultivating individuals and municipal sponsors through annual fundraising events and programs.  The applicant will work with the Board Development Committee to identify new prospects – especially private foundations and corporations – to pursue for event and program funding.

Meeting Preparation –  applicant will have experience and skills related to working closely with the Board of Directors to facilitate strategic planning, identify future funding and program prospects, and create progress reports for Board review and action.

Communications and Motivation –  applicant will have experience and skills related to communications and motivation of staff, vendors and contractors, volunteers, and the Board of Directors.  The ED will have staff hiring and firing responsibilities; and will be responsible for giving staff feedback, conducting staff reviews, and supporting staff and organizational goal setting.


An ideal candidate will:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in watershed or environmental sciences or a related field;
  • Have 7 plus years of relevant experience in management of staff and programs;
  • Have direct experience in operational management, budgeting, financial tracking and reporting, and resource allocation and management;
  • Have direct experience in non-profit fundraising;
  • Display leadership through actions and communications skills;
  • Be outgoing and extroverted – be comfortable speaking in front of small and large groups of people representing the organization and asking for money;
  • Be comfortable working in and directing a team focused environment;
  • Possess strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising skills;
  • Exhibit strong verbal and written communication skills, and be able to effectively communicate with volunteers, staff, Board, and project partners;
  • Have prior experience in working with a Board of Directors;
  • Be positive, self-directed, action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative;
  • Have a passion for environmental conservation and watershed protection;
  • Possess strong computer skills and be able to use Microsoft Office programs and social media for marketing and promotion of projects and campaigns;
  • Have a valid driver’s license and access to transportation to travel to events, and committee and board meetings;
  • Be able to lift 50 pounds and work in rural wooded environments; and
  • Be willing to undergo state and federal background checks.

Pay is commensurate with experience, with paid holidays, vacation, and sick time. There are no other fringe benefits offered with the position (e.g. health insurance, retirement account).

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for up to three professional references to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

How To Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for up to three professional references to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the end of March 2018.