Alliance seeks Executive Director

Executive Director

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance

 Founded over 20 years ago, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) fosters partnerships and progress in conserving the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Nanticoke River watershed through dialogue, collaborative outreach, and education. Among the most respected watershed organizations in the region, the NWA leverages robust and powerful relationships with business and industry, academic institutions, government, non-profit groups, and a dedicated corps of volunteers to achieve its mission. The Executive Director (ED) oversees a $200,000 budget, three full-time staff and seasonal interns, and an office located near the banks of the Nanticoke River in Vienna, Maryland. NWA’s flagship programs are considered highly effective and help maintain the Nanticoke as one of the healthiest river systems in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Core programs

  • Nanticoke Creekwatchers: The first (and one of only two) citizen water monitoring programs in the Chesapeake watershed endorsed by the USEPA for its methodology.
  • Watershed Management Planning: An ambitious restoration plan based in the science of Green Infrastructure and informed by in-depth stakeholder input that comprehensively guides activities in 5 Maryland and Delaware counties.
  • Flexible Buffers: A model for boosting the establishment of grass buffers along agricultural ditches using innovative cost-sharing currently unavailable through existing programs. Widely popular with farmers, over 15 miles of buffers were planted in the program’s first year.
  • Captain John Smith National Water Trail Management: The NWA is the authority for water trail interpretation in the Maryland portion of the Nanticoke River.


The ED is responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic plan, developed through a collaborative process with staff, the Board of Directors, and stakeholders. While the Board oversees the ED and provides a critical link to community resources, the vision and leadership of the ED are the primary drivers of the organization’s programs and initiatives. He/she is the NWA’s chief spokesperson and is responsible for maintaining a non-partisan atmosphere of collaboration that respects the diverse viewpoints of the NWA’s Partners in Conservation, a group of nearly 50 local and regional public and private sector organizations that work together to support and maintain the health and vitality of the Nanticoke River watershed.


The ED plays a leadership role in developing and implementing the strategic plan, programmatic plans, and annual work plans of staff. Successful candidates will be skilled in program administration, including budgeting, accounting, and management, and should be familiar with accounting software. The ED is responsible for maintaining the NWA’s position as a leading community service organization. Experience implementing successful outreach events and activities are required. The next ED will be responsible for building on past successes with strong leadership and management skills, creativity, and a passion for the work. The ED must demonstrate personnel management skills, including the ability to work with Board members having diverse backgrounds and interests, and should have experience directing, supervising, and motivating staff. Strong fundraising abilities are required, including proven capacity in grant writing, donor cultivation, and membership development. A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse interest groups and individuals who may hold opposing views is preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package. To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Dave Nemazie, Board President at by November 29, 2011.