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US Vacancies

- President, USA


Washington, DC

Potomac Riverkeeper Network




The Potomac Riverkeeper Network, a leader in the fight to protect and preserve the Potomac River Watershed, is seeking a President. The new President will lead a dynamic team of Riverkeepers, operations staff, and pro bono litigation partners as they monitor the river, engage community activists and sue polluters to ensure that communities throughout the entire Potomac watershed have access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water.  


In 2012, American Rivers named the Potomac the most endangered waterway in the United States for the second time in three years. At that time, the Potomac watershed, which includes the Shenandoah River and numerous other sub-watersheds, was under significant threat from decades’ old industrial and sewage pollution that went untreated, along with more modern urban and agricultural contaminants. Today, the Potomac no longer tops the list of endangered rivers, but the entire watershed – which extends from Pennsylvania, through West Virginia to Washington, DC – remains at risk. The principal threats include nutrient runoff, sediment, bacteria, and deregulation of federal environmental protection standards. In service of the mission to protect the public’s right to clean water in and round the nation’s capital, PRKN carries out its work in three distinct but connected teams: Riverkeepers, Internal Operations staff, and pro bono legal partners. Reporting to the board of directors, the new President will lead these teams into a period of significant growth in membership and financial assets, greater internal collaboration and alignment, and an overall increased visibility in the region (and nationally) as the premier defender against entities who threaten the Nation’s River.


The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to preserving the Potomac and its tributaries so that residents throughout the watershed have access to clean water and a safe place for recreation and wildlife in and around the river are protected. He/she/they will also be a strong, proven fundraiser with a track record of leveraging local and national networks to cultivate support for conservation or other nonprofit campaigns. This person will be a seasoned leader with significant experience working collaboratively with a board of directors, and the ability to execute short- and long-term strategic agendas. He/she/they will also have proven expertise in implementing internal systems that directly support those agendas. The new president will have senior management experience with small to medium-sized organizations with the talent and skill to bring disparate teams together for a singular mission. He/she/they will be a team builder with expertise in talent development, modeling best practices in collaboration, and cooperative workflow. The ideal candidate will also have the patience, poise, focus and conviction to advocate for the welfare of the Potomac watershed in the face of often intimidating opposing forces.



This search is being conducted by Tamar Datan and Erica Nicole Griffin  of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please send nominations and/or applications including cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Potomac Riverkeeper Network is an equal opportunity employer. 


Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group is a national executive search and consulting firm dedicated to serving the mission-driven community. We partner with global mission-driven clients to deliver highly-tailored, innovative, and strategic senior- and executive-level search services.



Job posted on 29th November 2017

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