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Director Of Programs

The Director of Programs will oversee CRWA’s programmatic work, including river science and restoration, climate resilience, and stormwater solutions. The Director of Programs will manage and support CRWA’s talented program staff, support multiple ongoing projects and initiatives, and serve as project manager for multiple projects. The Director of Programs will also effectively advocate for protection and restoration of the Charles River and its watershed, with a particular focus on improved stormwater management, local climate resilience, and widespread implementation of nature-based solutions. The Director of Programs will work closely with the Executive Director to guide the growth and expansion of CRWA’s programmatic work over the coming years.

  • Manage all aspects of CRWA’s programmatic work (river science and restoration, climate resilience, stormwater solutions)
  • Supervise 4-5 program staff
  • Ensure that CRWA’s programmatic work effectively integrates climate equity and environmental justice
  • Oversee grant management, including writing grant applications, managing staffing for grant-funded work, and ensuring that grant deliverables are met
  • Budgeting and strategic planning for CRWA’s programmatic work
  • Oversee CRWA’s work with municipal and private industry partners to design and implement green stormwater infrastructure
  • Support watershed communities in complying with the Massachusetts MS4 stormwater permit
  • Advocate for improvements in local, state, and federal environmental regulations; including working with internal and external policy experts to advocate for passage of stronger stormwater management and climate resilience ordinances and policies at the local level in watershed communities
  • Lead CRWA’s work to eliminate combined sewer overflows into the Charles
  • Advise on CRWA’s work to improve state regulatory frameworks applicable to water use and conservation and stormwater management to ensure they are forward-looking
  • Identify and implement opportunities to integrate environmental restoration, environmental justice, and climate resilience in stormwater management across the watershed
  • Provide feedback on development projects across the watershed
  • Represent CRWA in public forums, such as public meetings or virtual events


  • Advanced degree preferred in one of the following areas: water resources management, hydrology, civil or environmental engineering, or environmental planning
  • At least 7-10 years experience in stormwater management, including experience with green stormwater infrastructure
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal regulatory frameworks applicable to water quality, water management, and stormwater management
  • Proven ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects/tasks of high importance, meet deadlines, keep projects/teams on track, and supervise other staff
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to CRWA’s mission
  • Experience writing and managing state and foundation grants
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS, Microsoft Office, Google GSuite
  • Able to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed
  • Multilingual is a plus

​Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time position based in Boston with competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a resume by email no later than September 23, 2022 to hiring@crwa.org. Include “Director of Programs” in the subject line.

About CRWA

CRWA uses science, advocacy, and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed.  For more information about Charles River Watershed Association, visit www.crwa.org.

CRWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, or sexual orientation. CRWA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its hiring, workplace, and work. Individuals with backgrounds underrepresented in the environmental advocacy field are particularly encouraged to apply.

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