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Director of Clean Water Protection – Harpeth Conservancy

The position of Clean Water Protection Director will be responsible for leading and managing the public policy work of the organization. This position will be one of the chief strategists in the conservation and environmental policy arena for Tennessee. This position requires someone who likes to solve problems, implement solutions, work with decision-makers, build coalitions, build and work with a network, is familiar with lobbying, and creates and manages issue campaigns effectively. 


  • Work with staff, board, and network of experts to direct, shape and lead the organization’s policy work for the Clean Water Protection Program, which encompasses our Rural Land Protection and Land Use Program
  • Conduct and oversee analysis relevant to all conservation policy
  • Manage issue campaigns and advocacy efforts with staff team
  • Be an influential spokesperson and build relationships with decision-makers in local government, state legislature, state agencies, and other partners and entities
  • Provide leadership in shaping conservation policy in Tennessee 
  • Lead in building an effective state-wide coalition for conservation and environmental public policy
  • Inspire funders and build financial support for the core policy program work of the organization, including proposal writing
  • Be committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and be dedicated to creating environmental equity and ensuring environmental justice 


  • Master’s degree or law degree and 5 or more years of experience in clean water policy
  • Executive level experience with natural resource protection, conservation, or environmental action group or organization
  • Exceptional analytical and writing skills
  • Demonstrated success in working with multiple partners, government agencies, local governments, community organizations and with diverse groups
  • Demonstrated success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and localities, and volunteers
  • While not required, having networks and/or expertise in Tennessee is preferred
  • Expertise and familiarity with lobbying, campaign management, and advocacy
  • As one of the key external voices for the organization, the candidate needs to possess excellent oral and written communication skills in various formats and be a confident public speaker
  • Must have genuine love for the outdoors and commitment to protecting our streams, rivers, and wetland resources
  • Comfortable interacting professionally with all levels of donors, supporters, and volunteers
  •  Ability to multi-task and stay calm under pressure
  • Team player and strong time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  •  Able and willing to work outside of the constraints of a standard work week, as required, including weekends
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office (esp. Word, PowerPoint, & Excel), donor software, social media platforms, advocacy/networking tools, and related software
  • Work style characterized by self-motivation, initiative, and integrity
  • Commitment to the mission of Harpeth Conservancy and the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
  • Must be able to work legally in the United States
  • Ability to work out in the field in rivers, farmland, be able to travel, and work at events 

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