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Deputy Director For Policy


Background

The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance is seeking a Deputy Director for Policy to join our leadership

team! The Deputy Director for Public Policy will help our organization grow and continue our

track record of cutting-edge public policy development and advocacy. The person in this new

position, working closely with the Executive Director, will lead our team of policy, advocacy,

and technical staff, and will build our capacity to define and advance policy and programs across

the Commonwealth. The position is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and includes some

travel, primarily within Massachusetts. The office is currently operating on a hybrid (both

remote and in-person) schedule.


Founded in 2007, Mass Rivers is a nonprofit environmental conservation organization working

to protect and restore rivers across the Commonwealth to benefit the ecosystems and

communities which depend on these resources. The organization is an alliance of 80

organizational members and is supported by a growing group of individuals, families, and

foundations. We pursue our mission through advocacy, education, and by strengthening and

connecting our member organizations.

Position Description

The Deputy Director for Policy will work with Mass Rivers staff and external partners to

drive policy change, and will mobilize, connect, and deepen partnerships with Mass River’s 80

organizational member groups. The ideal candidate will bring a track record of effective

policy and advocacy leadership in water policy, including familiarity with climate change,

environmental justice, and other relevant issue areas. We are seeking someone with program

staff and management experience, including budget oversight, fundraising, and supporting staff

as they advance in their careers. A high priority is that the applicant has a professional and

personal commitment to the interconnected issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion and

environmental justice.


This position reports to the Executive Director. Responsibilities include:

  • Lead and manage Mass Rivers’ policy work
  • Supervise program staff, including a Policy Specialist and Technical Specialist.
  • Responsible for:
  • Develop and implement new initiatives and programs to achieve Mass Rivers’ mission and strategic goals
  • Represent Mass Rivers on various committees and commissions
  • With other staff, maintain and expand relationships with state and federal agency staff, legislators and staff, organizational members, other partners, and members of the media
  • Public speaking/presentations to diverse groups
  • Increase foundation support for Mass Rivers programs; develop relationships with foundation staff
  • Outreach to new partners/collaborators
  • Attend board meetings as needed; serve on board committees as needed

Qualifications

A successful candidate will have a strong interest in river protection and public policy, and

relevant prior legal, science, policy, regulatory agency experience, or a combination of these.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership experience with a record of success, and

the ability to work collaboratively with and motivate a broad range of staff, member

organizations, and partners in and outside of government.


The candidate should be enthusiastic about the mission of the organization, and excited about

helping it grow. They should be self-motivated and have excellent writing, communication, and

interpersonal skills, including group facilitation skills. They should also enjoy working in a small

organization.


The candidate should have a working familiarity with federal and state water management laws,

programs, and policies. An ideal candidate will also have experience with the legislative process

in Massachusetts. The ideal candidate will be interested in a wide range of river-related topics

and bring creative ideas to the table.


Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes paid time off, a monthly retirement

contribution, and health insurance. The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

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