Job Opening: Director of Programs

Thursday, May 19, 2016

International Rivers

International Rivers seeks a world where healthy rivers thrive and peoples’ rights are protected. We are an inspiring global team of activists, lawyers, scientists and communicators,  working to stop destructive dams and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world. We work in places of great beauty from Bhutan to Amazonia, and on iconic rivers from the Mekong to the Yangtze. With offices in six countries, our work focuses on Latin America, Asia and Africa. Now we are looking for you as our passionate and strategic new Director of Programs!

The Position

The Director of Programs provides strategic coordination, oversight and support to our programs.  The Director is actively engaged in fundraising and is responsible for developing donor prospects, managing important relationships and supporting high quality proposals and reports.  S/he ensures effective communications and is one of the spokespersons of the organization. S/he will also take on broader institutional management functions both on an ongoing and ad-hoc basis as needed.

The Director of Programs is part of the senior Management Team responsible for the overall management of the organization. This is a regular full-time position based in Berkeley/California or one of the regional offices of International Rivers. The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic coordination, oversight and support of programs, including participation in the preparation of overall strategies, supervision of program directors, financial oversight, and support of program communications efforts.

Analysis of important developments affecting rivers; active public communication and communication support for our programs.

Participation in the organization’s Management Team with shared responsibility for strategic planning, personnel, governance, policy development and budgeting.

Collaboration with a global network of social movements and civil society groups; building relationships with other interest groups.

Fundraising support for our programs and the organization as a whole with particular focus on underfunded programs, in conjunction with the Development Department and program directors.

Strengthening of cohesion, communication, understanding and collaboration between 

and across programs.

Oversight and support for work plan and budget processes, ensuring work plan implementation, budget control and evaluations.

Ensuring that programs follow and comply with organizational policies and processes; support for the professional development of program staff.

Support for the regionalization process of the organization and the registration of regional offices.

Analysis and monitoring of safety risks to our offices and staff, support for the preparation and implementation of appropriate security plans.


A passion for environmental justice and the protection of the world’s rivers, and a strong understanding of international environmental and human rights policies.

A consensus-oriented management style and at least five years of experience in program leadership and supervision.

A proven track record in effective international campaigning for environmental justice.

A strong track record of charitable foundation fundraising including relationship building, proposal development, and grant reporting.

Ability to speak clearly, write persuasively, and listen attentively. Fluency in at least two of our program languages (English, Chinese, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai) highly desired.

Experience in managing multiple projects with deadline pressures and competing priorities.

Experience in financial management of projects or programs, with the ability to build budgets, review revenue forecasts and track expenditure.

Ability to work collaboratively with other staff, Board members and volunteers.

Bachelor’s degree; Masters’ degree preferred.

Ability to travel internationally, and to work some evenings and weekends.

Authorization to work in the US or one of our regional offices.

Salary and Benefits

The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  In addition, International Rivers offers excellent benefits, including generous vacation and paid sabbatical leave. 

How to Apply

All applications should consist of a CV, a separate cover letter, and a writing sample. Please direct applications and enquiries to with “Director of Programs - YOUR NAME” in the subject line. Please include your salary requirements. This position is open until filled; priority will be given to applications received by June 7. International Rivers is an equal opportunity employer and offers a stimulating, casual and flexible work environment.