Executive Director

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About us – We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization devoted to the protection and restoration of our local water resources and the natural environment in and along the three major streams in the area - Chester, Ridley, and Crum Creeks – and their tributaries. Our stewardship area encompasses 132 square miles and 40 municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania covered with varying degrees of urban and suburban development, agricultural lands, and forests.  Our organization conducts programs that include tree plantings and restoration projects, adult educational programs, and stormwater management programs in support of local municipal stormwater permit requirements.  We depend on the combined efforts of our staff, our membership, and our volunteers to successfully complete our projects and fulfill our mission.

You are – A self-motivated, extrovert that enjoys working with people to help develop solutions to our region’s various watershed based challenges.  Your passion lies with working in and for the environment.  Your experience and education inform you in your role as the head of the organization, in that you will be responsible for the technical, managerial, and financial performance of the organization.  You understand the realities of working for and with a Board of Directors, you will be comfortable in directing and mentoring staff, and you are capable of fundraising through formal (e.g., grant writing) and informal channels.  Your enjoyment comes from getting your hands dirty and from creating and managing programs that benefit the organization, the community it serves, and the environment.

Job Responsibilities

The ED of CRC, in collaboration with the Board of Directors and its committees, will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization as it conducts its business and executes its projects and programs.  The key responsibilities of the ED are as follows:

Fundraising – The ED, working with staff, is chiefly responsible for identifying, tracking, and capturing grants that support the organization’s general operations and selected programs and projects.  The ED is also responsible for working closely with the Board to conduct other development activities that relate to organizing and conducting fundraising events, membership drives, donation requests and other related fundraising activities.

Program Management – The ED will be directly responsible for the execution and administration of all grants that the organization receives.  This includes providing technical direction to staff and our volunteers, assessing and collecting those data that are needed to support grant requirements, and tracking and managing project budgets.

Board Communications – The ED will be responsible as a non-voting member of the Board and its committees to support and facilitate Board communications by providing progress and summary reports, financial data, and information relevant the CRC mission to the Board in a timely manner.  The ED will also be substantially involved in all organizational strategic planning and the subsequent execution of the strategic plan, to the extent that is appropriate and justified. 

Organizational Spokesperson and Advocate – The ED is the face of the organization, and along with the Board President, will be responsible for representing and advocating for the organization internally and externally.  The ED will be most successful if he or she works with CRC members, volunteers, and our many collaborating partner organizations including local businesses and governments, non-profits and educators.  To this point, the ED will need to be comfortable speaking in public, and to governmental officials and representatives of other non-profit organizations. 

This is a full-time salaried position that will include some weekend and evening hours.


  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in biological or environmental sciences, stormwater management, ecosystems, or another related technical field.
  • Have 3 to 5 years of project management experience.
  • Have experience working in a non-profit environment - either as a Board member or in a position of responsibility.
  • Have experience writing and managing grants for project work and operations.
  • Have fundraising experience.
  • Have skills related to the direction and mentoring of staff including conducting personnel reviews, managing tasks and outcomes, and effective communications.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills, and be able to effectively communicate with members, corporate sponsors, and major individual donors.
  • Be an experienced and successful grant writer.
  • Have prior experience in working with a Board of Directors.  
  • Be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of programs and social media for marketing and promotion of projects and campaigns.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and access to transportation to travel to events, and committee and board meetings.
  • Be willing to undergo state and federal background checks.

Pay is commensurate with experience, with paid holidays, vacation, and sick time. There are no other fringe benefits offered with the position (e.g. health insurance, retirement account).


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How to Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three professional references to employment@crcwatersheds.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Pay is commensurate with experience, with paid holidays, vacation, and sick time. There are no other fringe benefits offered with the position (e.g. health insurance, retirement account).