Water Resources Director
Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) is a 49-year-old environmental advocacy organization whose mission is to educate, organize, and advocate in defense of Missouri’s people and their environment. We work in partnership with allied organizations to support sound environmental initiatives in Missouri and nearby states. We are a vigilant watchdog with respect to the enforcement of environmental regulations and policies. We deliver vital information to thousands of Missourians on issues that affect our water, air, food, and health.
The Water Resources Director is primarily responsible for coordinating policy priorities and leading advocacy efforts of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment as they relate to river management and water quality in Missouri, including the Lower Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Louis and the upper and middle sections of the Mississippi River. Priority areas include floodplain reconnection, agricultural conservation, water quality, wetlands restoration, and ecosystem restoration.
The Water Resources Director will develop and implement strategies and tactics to protect and preserve Missouri’s major water resources, including the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and their tributaries, Ozark rivers and streams, lakes and reservoirs, wetlands, and floodplains.
The Water Resources Director will oversee policy and advocacy efforts on local, state, and federal levels, carrying out the following activities:
- Representing MCE on the Upper Mississippi in the Nicollet Island Coalition, the Mississippi River Network, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
- Coordinating the Lower Missouri River Coalition
- Working with allies to coordinate sign-on letters
- Representing MCE in matters of statewide water policy at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation, and in other alliances and partnerships aimed at protecting water quality and river systems
- Serving as a liaison with MCE’s legal partners
- Representing MCE in front of other government agencies, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, levee districts, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Engaging with media outlets, elected officials, and local community groups
- Conducting research on relevant water and river policy matters and staying current on these issues
- Drafting fact sheets and coordinating communications on water issues, including social media and email campaigns
Other responsibilities as a member of the MCE team include:
- Writing content for the website, newsletters, and e-alerts
- Assisting with special events, such as Earth Day and MCE’s annual meeting
- Collaborating with MCE’s board of directors to set and evaluate programmatic goals
- and objectives
- Responding to member inquiries regarding water and river policy
- Building membership in MCE
- Presenting to members, classes, and community groups on MCE’s water and rivers
- Assisting in long-term strategic planning
- Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a related field, such as political science, natural resources management, or environmental policy
- At least three years' experience in either policy, law, or campaign management
- Experience working with coalitions
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Self-directed and strong organizational skills
- Strong critical thinking skills
- Ability and desire to manage a multitude of projects and meet deadlines
- Basic understanding of the political/legislative process
- Culturally competent
- Ability to work in a team
- Ability to manage interns and volunteers in a cooperative way
- Ability to communicate positions and build public awareness
- Demonstrated commitment to protecting the environment and public health
- Willing and able to travel in and out of state several times a year
MCE’s headquarters are located in St. Louis, Missouri. Working from a location outside of St. Louis may be a possibility depending on the candidate’s skill sets, ability to travel, and ease of communications.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience. Full-time benefits include health and dental.
The Communications Director is responsible for coordinating marketing and communications materials to increase awareness, involvement, and understanding of the organization, its mission, and programmatic work among the community, current and prospective donors, partners, and other stakeholders. The Director works with various staff members to approach goals and objectives as a team. Working with the Development Director and the Executive Director, the Director supports fundraising efforts. Working with programmatic staff, the coordinator crafts messaging and develops corresponding outreach materials.
Specific duties include:
- Coordinating and editing the Alert newsletter, which is printed two times/year
- Coordinating e-alert content and scheduling
- Drafting and editing media releases and outreach materials
- Working with programmatic staff to develop messaging and communication strategies that take into account various audiences, venues, and communications channels
- Oversee the creation of all print and electronic communication materials, including newsletters, annual report, banners, and specific outreach campaign materials. This includes layout, design, production, and distribution.
- Coordinate the design and maintenance of the website
- Design and implement targeted outreach campaigns
- Ensure consistent internal and external messaging and branding for MCE
- Previous experience in marketing and communications and outreach, with demonstrated success
- Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills, ability to write persuasively to multiple audiences
- Strong project management and problem-solving skills; ability to independently manage a wide variety of projects, set priorities, balance short-term and long-term objectives, meet deadlines, and work with staff from various program areas to accomplish goals
- Ability to take initiative and work individually or as a member of a team
- Flexible working style to adapt to changing needs
- Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with a wide variety of partner organizations, volunteers, and the public
- Strong creative vision with the ability to balance multiple interests and needs
- Experience working with media outlets
- Experience managing websites and social media tools
- Full computer proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; working knowledge of design software such as Adobe InDesign or Photoshop, Constant Contact or similar mass email marketing software, and other communications related programs and web tools
This is a full-time position with health and dental benefits. Casual office environment with flexible schedules available. Occasional evening and weekend work for various meetings and events within the state.