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Position Title: Executive Director, Forever Our Rivers Foundation

Position Posting: Link here

Location: Remote with frequent travel expected to cultivate in-person relationships. Familiarity with and networks and relationships in the Southwest United States are preferred.

Overview

Forever Our Rivers Foundation is searching for a driven and creative leader to build a movement, conserving and restoring America’s rivers by helping customers find and support businesses that give back to boots-on-the-ground organizations working for rivers. The Executive Director (ED) will implement, strengthen the Forever Our Rivers philanthropic model, push the boundaries of conservation funding models, promote an inclusive culture of continuous learning, and successfully identify and engage partners, members, future staff, and consultants in a collaborative environment. The ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise in marketing (preferably cause-marketing), conservation finance, including long-term conservation fund growth, and understanding of river ecology and restoration practices. They will also have a deep business acumen, understanding the culture of prospective corporate partners and an exceptional ability to cultivate in-person relationships.

Forever Our Rivers, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation founded in 2016. The Foundation licenses its logo to businesses and leverages fees and donations to invest in organizations that are making our rivers more resilient. Forever Our Rivers is building regional momentum in the Southwestern United States, with plans to expand nationwide over time. Currently, it distributes funds to select partners through two grant programs:

  • A Community Grant Fund that connects communities to healthy rivers by removing obstacles to access (including racism and socio-economic challenges), improving riverside and in-stream habitat health and flows; and supporting the needs and efficacy of organizations leading river health initiatives.
  • The 4Rivers Fund leverages a $1.5 million contribution from the Walton Family Foundation to create a $6 million endowment that will support the long-term stewardship of the Dolores, Escalante, Gila and Verde Rivers.

Employment Type and Supervision

Full-time, 40 hours per week, salaried and exempt, with flextime approach. This position will work directly with and report to the Board of Directors.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary is commensurate with those in the region and industry, progressing upward in alignment with organizational success metrics. Starting range is $70,000-$90,000. Benefits include a flexible work schedule, health insurance and retirement benefit package.

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the ED is to guide, support, and build on the growth phase of Forever Our Rivers and to oversee and implement the strategic plan.

  1. Business Partnerships, Cause-Marketing and Fundraising: The Forever Our Rivers primary funding model is bold and dynamic, where businesses pay a royalty to use the Forever Our Rivers trademarked graphic, helping them align with environmentally conscious customers. The ED will meet the Foundation’s financial goals through these cause-marketing partnerships as well as by engaging individual donors, winning grants, and more innovative means to create diverse revenue streams. Specifically, the ED will:
    • Raise $4.5 million dollars for the 4Rivers Fund to match the $1.7 million invested by the Walton Family Foundation (by December 2025).
    • Recruit and engage companies in the trademark licensing program to meet goal of 60 Corporate Partners of which five are major corporations (by December 2022 with a 75% partner retention rate).
    • Oversee the development and implementation of the marketing and communications, including creating communications strategies for targeted audiences, developing education and branding materials (with graphic artists, videographers, etc.), maintaining the website, increasing social media engagement and other outreach/communications activities.
    • Manage a relationship management/contribution tracking system/database.
  2. River Partnerships and Grantmaking: Forever Our Rivers raises funds for nonprofit and other organizational partners that keep rivers clean, flowing, and accessible to communities. The ED will:
    • Build the Forever Our Rivers network of organizations and collaborations working onthe-ground (including potential grant recipients) by recruiting and engaging 60 River Partners by December 2022, targeting those that work in underserved communities and communities of color. Currently, there are 30.
    • Invest $1 to $2 million annually in river health projects with River Health Partners by December 2023.
      • Develop and manage systems to effectively accept and review grant proposals, allocate funds and evaluate recipients’ impact. ii. Conduct detailed grant award-related record keeping, grant administration and periodic reporting activities.
      • Track and refine Forever Our Rivers’ grant guidelines, processes and funding priorities to meet the Foundation’s high-level goals and strategic emphases.
  3.  Organizational Management/Administration
    • Maintain a fully-functioning foundation able to support programming in compliance with all federal, state and industry standards and requirements.
    • Communicate effectively with the Board of Directors, providing information in a timely and accurate manner. Engage member’s expertise in river conservation and restoration science, connections to target industries, fiscal systems, fiduciary transparency, and governance. Identify and leverage member’s connections to target industries and recruit new board members. Solicit their ideas and initiative to implement the diversity, equity and inclusion plan
    • Coordinate with the Board of Directors to assess progress on strategic goals and the annual financial audit, establish policies and procedures to achieve strategic goals, ensure organizational excellence and sustainability, and enhance all aspects of Forever Our Rivers’ white consulting and updating the strategic plan
    • Develop and maintain high-quality and authentic relationships with existing and future funders, Business Partners, and River Partners
    • Identify and engage outside consultants to implement cause-marketing, fundraising, marketing and organizational management goals.
    • Be a strong spokesperson for Forever Our Rivers, strategically participating in events that require public speaking and networking to promote the organization’s mission.

Professional Qualifications

  • Education – Bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degree in business or public administration; or a combination of education and experience that aligns with well with foundation development and administration.
  • Expertise and experience in marketing, preferably cause-marketing, and conservation finance, and familiarity with corporate social responsibility practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage growing endowment funds and grantmaking programs.
  • Understanding of river ecology, restoration practices, United States and western water policy is preferred.
  • Additional requirements – Valid driver’s license, ability to travel regularly (e.g. monthly).

Forever Our Rivers Foundation provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, military status, and any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local law. Forever Our Rivers strongly encourages women, people with disabilities, LQBTQ, black, indigenous, and communities of color to apply.

Application Instructions

  • The position is open until filled; application review will begin September 10.
  • Please email cover letter, resume, and three professional references in one PDF file to Stacy Beaugh, Interim Executive Director at stacy@foreverourivers.org
  • Please indicate where you heard about the position in your cover letter.

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