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Director of Clean Water Programs


The Ohio Environmental Council seeks a full-time Director of Clean Water Programs to take our toxic algae work to the next level. The Director of Clean Water Programs will be a strategic and critical thinker who can grasp onto broad, ambitious goals and motivate a team working towards curbing toxic algae in Ohio.

The ideal candidate has a pragmatic approach to building and fostering relationships with community leaders, decision-makers, farmers and farming associations, businesses, and the environmental-conservation community. They will be creative and appropriately opportunistic about seizing new opportunities for growth that align with a larger strategic plan and they will be a persistent, reliable teammate. This position is an opportunity to create and advance win-win end results within a fast-paced, growing organization, lead a toxic algae campaign team, and expand the Ohio Environmental Council’s impact in the Buckeye State.

Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Vice President of Policy, Natural Resources, the Director will:

  • Demonstrate leadership in Ohio’s environmental movement for clean water by developing cutting-edge, well-researched, and pragmatic solutions to reduce toxic algae. Motivate consensus on OEC’s solutions through writing, speaking, facilitating discussion, and forging partnerships.
  • Research issues impacting water, solutions, and provide expert opinions.
  • Develop, execute, and coordinate strategies to advance the policies outlined in the OEC’s strategic plan. Work with legal, advocacy, campaigns, and communications staff along with partners, decision makers, media, and activists on a range of effective tactics.
  • Raise the profile of the organization, secure funding for its work, build partnerships, and participate in organizational events.
  • Fulfill organizational responsibilities including: attending board meetings as requested; carrying a portfolio of major donors and/or grantors and participating in other fundraising efforts; and manage foundation relationships and ensure grant deliverables are met.

Performance Expectations

Ensure all communications are accurate, compelling, and advance our strategic plan. Effectively develop and work towards multiple aggressive goals. Translate broad goals into achievable steps. Plan and meet deadlines. Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands established by management. Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player.

Have a flexible and positive attitude. Approach work with the spirit of “’yes,” and adapt quickly to change.

Frequent local travel including occasional overnight or out-of-state travel will be required for meetings with partners, donors, reporters/editorial boards, and for conferences. Must be available for occasional evening and weekend work.


  • Expertise in politics and or environmental advocacy. Knowledge of the Ohio political landscape is a plus.
  • A track record of success, designing and delivering results on environmental programs and plans.
  • Excellent communication skills, orally and written, with ability to communicate with diverse individuals across the political spectrum.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of farming practices, preferably hands-on experience.
  • A belief in our mission matters and that the protection of Ohio’s air, land, and water should be a priority among decision-makers.


Salary depends on experience and is competitive. Excellent benefits include health, vision, dental, and life insurance, flexible and dependent care spending accounts, generous paid time off, and employer-matched retirement fund.

About the OEC

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities — from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Find out more at

The OEC is committed to inclusion and diversity. We seek to hire staff that reflects the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

How to Apply

Send your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to with “Director of Clean Water Programs” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.