Executive Director

Job Description



About the Position:

The South River Federation seeks an energetic and visionary leader who is passionate about the mission of the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the South River Federation’s 8 staff and programs, and management of a $3.5 million annual budget. The ED will be responsible to continue to build on successful partnerships with donors, stakeholders, partners, and funders.


Leadership & Management:

  • Facilitate a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors and its committees.  Serve as support staff to Board committees. Provide advice, counsel, and support to      staff and the Board of Directors.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals. The organization’s goals and strategies outlined in the strategic plan can be accessed here:
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain the Federation’s high-quality staff. As the Human Resources coordinator for the Federation, the ED will facilitate staff hiring, professional development, supervision, and implementation of annual performance reviews.
  • Oversee implementation of the organization’s programs  and activities including: large scale stream and wetland restoration, scientific analysis and research, advocacy for river-friendly policies and legislation at state and local levels, and engagement of volunteers with programs.


 Fundraising & Communications:

  • Must bring solid team building and communication skills. Communication must occur internally and externally.
  • In conjunction with the Development Director, coordinate the board and staff to conduct development activity aimed at ensuring the financial viability of the organization. These opportunities include individual donor cultivation, grant writing and implementation, corporate sponsorships, and special event planning.
  • Generate creative ideas for, and lead efforts to position the Federation in the community to attract new donors and volunteers.
  • Cultivate financial and other community support to sustain the Federation as a thriving grass-roots community-based nonprofit organization.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand. Increase the visibility of the organization by utilizing the solid programs to tell the story of the Federation.


Planning & New Business:

  • Continue to build a pipeline of work that will sustain future growth and expansion of the South River Federation. This work will involve cultivating relationships with existing and new funders, and other for- and non-profit organizations.
  • Be an external local presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication.
  • Provide leadership for advocating publicly for the health and vitality of the South River to a wide range of constituents including: local media, local residents, elected officials, the business community, researchers, educators and students, watermen, recreational boaters and other resource users, and other stakeholders in the region.
  • Act as the spokesperson for the South River Federation. Coordinate the organization’s visibility and public policy positions with the Board of Directors and the South Riverkeeper, and work closely with partners to shape strategic responses and recommendations on public policy issues.



The ED will be thoroughly committed to the South River Federation’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • Advanced degree with at least 5 years of management experience; track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance-and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget. Must be able to balance operational needs with organizational growth.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed. Must be a relationship-builder.


Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary range is $90,000 - $110,000, depending on experience
  • Employer contribution to health, dental, and vision benefits
  • SIMPLE IRA with 3% employer match
  • Paid holiday, sick, vacation, and personal time


To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to admin@southriverfederation with your name and “Executive Director Position” in the subject title. Please no phone calls.

This position will remain open until August 30, 2017.



Office Administrator and Program Assistant

Job Description

Position Description:

The Office Administrator and Program Assistant is a full-time position that supports the planning, coordination, and implementation of regular contact with Federation supporters. The position is also responsible for organizing office operations and procedures in order to ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness. This position works in close cooperation with Federation staff to coordinate outreach and communication activities. The Office Administrator must be able to multi-task and prioritize their workload to meet responsibilities and deadlines. The position will require occasional work in the evenings and on weekends. The position reports to the Executive Director.


  • Assists in the planning, coordination, and implementation of member cultivation and fundraising events
  • Regularly updates the member database and runs regular programs reports
  • Helps with routine office tasks, including mailings, filing, and event RSVPs
  • Assists in electronic newsletter preparation
  • Updates website and keeps photo library organized
  • Manages communications and logistics for public events
  • Performs routine record keeping (e.g. payment of phone/photocopier/database, annual permits kept up to date, vehicle and vessel registrations maintained, liability forms archived)
  • Answers phones and sorts mail
  • Maintains office supplies and equipment
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director



  • Excellent organizational skills and stellar attention to detail
  • Capable of self-management of time when juggling multiple assignments
  • Associate Degree required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, E-tapestry or other relational databases.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including preparing correspondence, typing, editing, proofing, and phone etiquette.
  • Commitment to South River Federation’s mission and values and a passion for the river’s health and diversity and the various natural and human activities dependent upon them.



  • Salary range is $24,000 to $28,000 depending on experience.
  • Health care, including dental and life insurance. There is also a matching contribution to retirement savings after one year of employment.
  • Generous holiday and vacation time.


          To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please do not call. Application deadline is September 8th, 2017. Learn more about South River Federation at


The South River Federation is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.