Executive Director
South River Federation - Edgewater, MD

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South River Federation Overview

The South River Federation has a mission of protecting, preserving, restoring and celebrating the South River, a five-mile estuary of the Chesapeake Bay just south of Annapolis, MD. With a six-member full-time staff plus interns, the Federation has over the last ten years established an outstanding track record for science-based documentation and analysis of river conditions, launching a wide-scale restoration program to mitigate stormwater pollution, broad engagement of volunteers in restoring the river and strong advocacy for river-friendly policies and legislation at the State and local level. The South River RIVERKEEPER™ is a constant presence on the river monitoring water quality and identifying sources of pollution. The Federation has a budget of $1.2 million including grant funding of $674,000 for large scale restoration projects.

Executive Director Roles

The Executive Director of the South River Federation is a full-time position. Its roles are managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, coordinating and supporting the Board of Directors, hiring and supervising staff, providing vision and leadership for the organization's growth and development and acting as the official spokesperson for the South River Federation organization.

Executive Director Responsibilities

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. Key responsibilities of the South River Federation Executive Director, include, but are not limited to the following:

Organization Operations
• Facilitate a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors and its committees.
• Serve as support staff to Board committees.
• Ensure effective management of the organization's financial resources.
• Maintain an effective membership system to facilitate member communication and involvement across the organization.
• Provide advice, counsel and support to staff and the Board of Directors.
• Direct and manage staff and programs to assure measurable progress on goals outlined in the strategic plan. See www.southriverfederation.net
• Facilitate staff hiring, development and supervision and implement an annual performance review process; function as Human Resources coordinator.
• Coordinate utilization of student interns with other staff.
• Oversee implementation of the organization's programs and activities including: large scale stream and wetland restoration, scientific analysis conducted by the South River RIVERKEEPER™, and advocacy for river-friendly policies and legislation at state and local levels.
Marketing, Membership and Resource Development
• Coordinate with the board and staff to conduct development activity aimed at ensuring the financial viability of the organization.
• Generate creative ideas for, and lead efforts to position South River Federation in the community and attract new members and volunteers.
• Cultivate financial and other community support to sustain South River Federation as a thriving grass-roots community-based nonprofit organization.
• Take responsibility for grant writing and engage the support of other staff as needed or delegate to other staff and board members with expertise.
Public Policy Advocacy and Public Education
• 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 RIVERKEEPER™, and work closely with partners to shape strategic responses and recommendations on public policy issues.
• In partnership with the Board of Directors and RIVERKEEPER™, establish and maintain relationships with local and state elected and appointed officials, especially local officials engaged in planning, zoning, enforcement, and other areas directly related to the health and well-being of the river.