Community Organizing Associate

River Network

About the organization

Since 1988, River Network ( has been at the forefront of expanding national interest in protecting the waters of our country, encouraging diversity in the environmental movement, and helping engaged community members and local organizations take a stand for their waters. River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff located in communities across the U.S. We are committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission- through our programs, our internal practices and out external leadership.


We seek an individual with significant direct experience leading community organizing and civic engagement initiatives and supporting leaders, organizations and coalitions to become effective change agents in their communities. We are looking for someone who is dynamic, highly organized, positive, and motivated to bring power to our regional and national network of water leaders, showing the path towards greater civic participation and impact.

This position will focus on developing resources, tools and training approaches to strengthen the capacity of leaders, organizations and coalitions to engage community members in advancing climate resilience locally. Toward this goal, the position will serve as researcher, writer, and connector, to identify, capture and disseminate successful examples of climate resilience initiatives that have resulted in positive change from across the U.S. Additionally, this position will work alongside River Network’s Great Lakes Drinking Water Program Manager to help Great Lakes organizations strengthen community organizing and civic engagement initiatives related to their drinking water campaigns.

Our ideal candidate understands how small nonprofit organizations operate and has experience working with under-represented groups, particularly racially and ethnically diverse communities.

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• Positive, self-motivated, strategic thinker and quick learner with an upbeat attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to succeed.
• Experience designing and implementing successful community organizing and civic engagement initiatives to effect positive change in communities.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in a related field with at least 3-5 years professional work experience (e.g., community organizing, program management, water resources, public or environmental policy and/or advocacy).
• Experience working with community-based groups and leaders and organizations representing communities of color.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, group facilitation skills, interpersonal skills, strong technological abilities and comfort learning new cloud-based systems.
• Self-directed; demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player, and to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Commitment to River Network’s vision and mission and to our core values.
• Ability to travel within the Great Lakes region and nationally (average 4-5 days/month)
• Working knowledge or experience using community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods.
• Experience supporting organizations and coalitions with other aspects of organizational effectiveness, such as leadership development, strategic planning or fundraising.
• Experience and working knowledge of strategies that advance climate resilience in communities.


$42,000 and $48,000

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Diana Toledo ([email protected]) with “Community Organizing Associate” in the subject line of the email. All applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Expected starting date: January 2020. Applicants granted an interview will be asked to provide work samples and references. No phone calls please.

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