Advocacy Director

Charles River Watershed Association

Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), an internationally recognized environmental research and advocacy nonprofit based in Boston, MA

Job Description

The Advocacy Director oversees all aspects of our advocacy initiatives, with the goal of improving environmental policies and outcomes across the watershed and beyond. In furtherance of CRWA’s policy agenda, the Advocacy Director will work primarily at the local and state levels to build coalitions, partner with traditional and nontraditional allies, advance legislative priorities, strengthen environmental laws and regulations, and hold polluters and government agencies accountable. The Advocacy Director oversees a small team including a legal advocate, communications associate, and community organizers. CRWA’s advocacy efforts are directly informed by our science and data-based programmatic work, necessitating close coordination between these areas of the organization.


  • Manage all aspects of CRWA’s advocacy work, in close collaboration with other senior staff, particularly the Executive Director 

  • Supervise team of 3-4 advocacy, communications, and outreach staff 

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, and Program Managers, establish CRWA’s advocacy agenda 

  • Develop and implement strategies to advocate for CRWA’s policy priorities before local and state governmental bodies, as well as the general public 

  • Improve environmental outcomes across the watershed 

  • Engage and work in close coordination with traditional and nontraditional allies; build and support coalitions; serve on task forces and other advisory bodies 

  • Budgeting, fundraising, and strategic planning for CRWA’s advocacy work 

  • Ensure that CRWA’s advocacy work effectively integrates climate equity and environmental justice 

  • As necessary, support litigation to advance CRWA’s mission 

  • Grant applications and grant management, support fundraising efforts 


  • Advanced degree preferred in law, public policy, or public administration 

  • At least 10 years experience in environmental advocacy, including state-level lobbying and administrative processes around regulation, permitting, and other government decision-making 

  • Political or grassroots campaign experience is a plus

  • Knowledge of legal and regulatory frameworks applicable to water quality, water management, and stormwater management 

  • Effective oral and written communication skills 

  • Proven ability to develop new ideas and initiatives to address some of the most challenging issues facing rivers and watersheds; manage teams and supervise staff; and work collaboratively across an organization 

  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism 

  • Commitment to CRWA’s mission 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google GSuite 

  • Able to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed 

  • Multilingual is a plus

This is a full-time position based in Boston with competitive salary and benefits, including generous paid time off, employer contributions to health insurance premiums and retirement plan, and a public transit stipend. CRWA’s office operates on a hybrid remote/in-person schedule.Salary range for this position is $100-120K annually.


At CRWA, we recognize that excellent candidates may not have every qualification listed but may still be a great fit for the job. If this is you, we encourage you to apply!

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by email no later than March 1, 2024, to and include “Advocacy Director” in the subject line. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. Candidates will be interviewed and selected based on criteria such as prior experience and skills relevant to this position.