ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS
Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 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 an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 275,000 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.
The Associate Director manages stormwater programs in support of the Clean Water Supply program in Pennsylvania. S/he will promote water management policies and practices that advance natural infrastructure, particularly green stormwater infrastructure for Pennsylvania’s urban municipalities. The Associate Director will also conduct research on stormwater management issues pertinent to the Commonwealth, while coordinating outreach and engagement with partners and agency personnel as needed.
The activities of the position may include providing technical assistance through workshops, sharing innovations and lessons learned through webinars, and developing and disseminating tools to advance natural infrastructure water management practices. In addition, the Associate Director may help develop comments in response to agency or legislative proposals, regulation or technical guidance. S/he may also need to conduct, review or analyze the application of water quality models or data by local or state resource managers. The Associate Director will work closely with other American Rivers’ staff, especially fellow Clean Water Supply staff, to support the program as guided by the Director of Clean Water Supply in Pennsylvania.
• Work with the Clean Water Supply Director in Pennsylvania to carry out Clean Water Supply work plans within the Commonwealth, with a focus on the rivers of the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River watershed.
• Promote planning resources, financing strategies and/or regulatory tools that demonstrate the benefits for water resource management available from green stormwater infrastructure practices.
• Conduct research, outreach, and education for project work to promote state, regional and local planning, financing, and implementation of green stormwater infrastructure for sustainable water management.
• Engage community leaders, municipal and state officials; coordinate with project partners from other organizations. Attend and help lead meetings.
• Help develop strategies to improve local, state and regional green infrastructure practices and stormwater policies. Promote American Rivers’ reports and tools.
• Coordinate with other American Rivers Clean Water Supply staff and engage other American Rivers’ programs as needed.
• Represent American Rivers in public forums and the media.
• Travel as needed to represent American Rivers and conduct project work.
• Bachelor’s degree in Policy, Resource Management and Planning, Engineering, Environmental Science or other discipline(s) relevant to managing water resources and at least 2 years of relevant experience; or a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience with a focus on stormwater management or natural infrastructure.
• Familiarity with current regulation and guidance for stormwater such as: Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) permits, Best Management Practice (BMP) Stormwater Manual, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), and Erosion and Sediment Control (Chapter 102.)
• Knowledge of stormwater modelling and fundamental computer mapping or Geographic Information System programs is helpful.
• Familiarity with current and evolving funding and financing mechanisms such as: Clean Water State Revolving Program (SRF) and the Green Project Reserve (GPR), stormwater authorities and impervious fee structures and strategies to promote green infrastructure.
• Strong time management skills, including the capacity to engage on several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
• Dependable and self-motivated; able to work independently and proactively.
• Demonstrated ability to conduct research, outreach and coordinate education or training.
• Strong written and verbal communications skills.
• Team player with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
• Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
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.
New Cumberland, PA is the central office location for this position; however, a successful candidate with proven capacity to work independently may be eligible to work remotely from the Philadelphia area.
Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to: email@example.com, with “PA Associate Director, Clean Water Supply” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.