California Regional Director – American Rivers

San Francisco, Berkeley or Los Angeles, CA

Position Summary:

The California Regional Director (“Director”) will lead the regional team working to restore river floodplains and mountain meadows for multiple benefits, improve forest management for rivers, support sustainable groundwater management, restore environmental river flows and salmon habitat, and increase the pace of dam removal in California. This individual’s responsibilities include managing staff, fundraising for the organization, and raising the profile of American Rivers in a way that builds the entire movement . This encompasses advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice practices in all venues, including community, partner, and Tribal engagements.

The Director will join a dynamic team at American Rivers working across the country and serve as the primary manager of the California work being implemented by the American Rivers’ team. The Director will also be the primary spokesperson for the region on behalf of American Rivers. The Director must be an excellent verbal and written communicator and content creator, maintain required reports, and be the lead fundraiser in the region. The position will report to the Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Regional Conservation and will be an active member of the national Advocacy and Regional team.


  • Managing, developing, and evaluating senior members of the regional team, including some administrative tasks, such as budget management, and mentoring,
  • Supporting the creation and execution of regional workplans based on the American Rivers’ strategic plan,
  • Helping draft, lead, and execute fundraising strategies for the institution,
  • Building and tending relationships at the local, state, regional, and federal level with community leaders and elected decision-makers,
  • Building the reputation of American Rivers in the region in a way that advances the entire movement utilizing practices that are diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just,
  • Ensuring solid coordination across the organization, including with national and regional projects, departments and other regions,
  • Helping cultivate and support organizational river council, and
  • Prioritizing and managing regional advocacy priorities and translating federal policies to the region.


  • Requires demonstrated, successful experience in the following areas: management and collaboration, fundraising, verbal and written communications, project creation and implementation, program and budget planning and administration, and staff supervision,
  • Requires a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience,
  • Experience with grants management and fundraising from individuals, and
  • Experience with direct, indirect lobbying, or electoral campaigns.
  • 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, lead, and mentor a team; exercise discretion; exhibit political astuteness and good judgement.
  • They must also have a strong commitment to working well with and supporting the voices of community leaders.
  • Knowledge of western water issues, floodplains and meadows, forestry management practices that impact rivers, river and salmon restoration, and/or dam removal issues are a plus.
  • Experience with the working with volunteers, engaging the public, or advocacy could also be helpful to a successful candidate.

Salary: pay range for this position is $102,600-$115,000

To Apply:

For more information please see the position description.

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