Deputy Director for Policy

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:
Oversight of legislative policy and regulatory work
Oversight of technical assistance program to member organizations and communities
Oversight of intern program (currently 3-5 interns per year)
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

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.

Application Procedure
To apply, email a resume, along with a cover letter explaining how your talents and experience could help the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance achieve its goals. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. The most recent posting will be maintained at and a notice will be posted at that location once the position has been filled.

Responses may be directed via email to:
Gretchen McClain
Operations Director

Please put “Deputy Director of Policy position” in the subject line.