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Western Regional Coordinator – Western USA

Organization: Waterkeeper Alliance

Job Title: Western Regional Coordinator

Location: Employee must be located in western region of US

Hours and Compensation: Full time, Competitive non-profit salary, commensurate with experience. 40+ hours/week. Must be flexible to work weekends and longer hours when needed, as this is a full-time, exempt position.

Position Dates: Start ASAP

Application Deadline: Send in ASAP

Posted On: July 13th, 2012

Organization Overview

WaterkeeperAlliance is a global environmental movement uniting more than 190 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on the issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrol more than 1.5 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in theAmericas, Europe,Australia, Asia andAfrica.

For more information, please visit our website at and/or read The Riverkeepers by John Cronin and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.


The Regional Coordinator will act as a member of Waterkeeper Alliance’s staff and will report directly to the National Director. The Regional Coordinator will work to support regional Waterkeepers, coordinate regional campaigns, initiatives, and advocacy efforts of Waterkeeper Alliance and work to build the movement within the region. While the Coordinator will have an emphasis on work in the western region, the Coordinator’s work will include duties that benefit the Waterkeeper movement as a whole.


  1. Create and pursue opportunities to advance the collective image, exposure and prestige of Waterkeeper programs;
  2. Work to build the Waterkeeper movement within the region;
  3. Host and facilitate working groups of regional Waterkeeper programs;
  4. Alert programs to outreach, training, fundraising or legislative opportunities as they arise;
  5. Provide liaison assistance as needed to help Waterkeeper programs gain access to opinion leaders and decision makers;
  6. Provide an external affairs link between the shared interests of regional Waterkeeper programs and other allied groups,
  7. Assist Waterkeeper programs to identify meaningful opportunities to raise funds jointly, including on a sub-regional basis;
  8. Provide assistance to Waterkeeper programs by providing staff support for approved joint initiatives;
  9. Help to solve problems and to launch projects that benefit multiple Waterkeeper programs;
  10. Conduct fundraising activities with the expectation of meeting certain goals;
  11. Engage in other fundraising opportunities where possible;
  12. Equitably assist individual Waterkeepers when practical to strengthen their ability to effect change;
  13. Engage in regular communication with other Waterkeeper Alliance regional staff to share best practices and ensure consistent service;
  14. Execute a work plan with metrics;
  15. Engage in other duties assigned by the Executive Director or National Director.

Note: While the Coordinator will, as a practical matter, be based in one location, he or she will be expected to provide support and assistance to all of the Waterkeeper organizations in the region. The Coordinator must reach out and be accessible to all of the Western Waterkeeper Organizations, with some travel required.


The Coordinator position will require a very broad skill set. Given the unique structure of this collaborative effort, the Coordinator will also need to be self-motivated, confident and able to work without direct supervision. At the same time, he or she will have to be an excellent communicator, listener and facilitator, and able to balance and represent various Waterkeeper positions and interests. It is expected that this position will be in regular contact with Waterkeeper Alliance staff and with the regional Waterkeepers. The Coordinator will need:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree, at minimum, along with two or more years of relevant experience;
  2. Knowledge, experience and background with water quality issues and policy;
  3. A demonstrated ability to interact effectively with others;
  4. Familiarity with or the ability to readily adapt to the Waterkeeper culture and model;
  5. Experience with team building and facilitating group processes;
  6. Excellent written and oral presentation skills;
  7. To be charismatic, likeable, and simpatico; and
  8. To be persuasive and a consensus builder with lots of energy.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to, Subject: Western Regional Coordinator.

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