Iowa Rivers Revival Seeks Executive Director

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Position: Executive Director

Reports To: Board of Directors

Location: Central Iowa

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Iowa Rivers Revival (IRR) seeks new executive leadership to build on IRR’s legacy of successful river advocacy, education, and outreach in Iowa. Founded in 2007, IRR is a non-profit organization that works to help Iowans restore, protect, and enjoy our rivers. We envision clean, free-flowing Iowa rivers teeming with life, surrounded by diverse landscapes, and connecting vibrant communities.

Position Overview

The Executive Director is the chief adminstrator of Iowa Rivers Revival. Responsibilities include overall strategic and operational responsibility for IRR and its programs, finances, and staff. The Executive Director is accountable to IRR’s Board of Directors, including implementation of the Board’s policies and directives.

Principal Responsibilities

– Manage organizational administration, including planning, program implementation and oversight, strategic planning, budgeting and financial management, fundraising, outreach, and communications

-Oversee accounting and annual budget planning, in collaboration with the Board of Directors

-Lead, mentor, and support IRR staff and its Board of Directors

-Engage supporters and volunteers 

-Assure effective systems to track progress and evaluate programs

-Coordinate and oversee the planning, development, and implmentation of IRR’s advocacy efforts, programs, and outreach initiatives

-Oversee the planning, implementation, and management of all aspects of fundraising, including grants, private giving, and corporate donations.

-Grow IRR’s donor base and programmatic support throughout the state

-Develop a long-term development plan, in coordination with the Board of Directors

-Build strong relationships with funders

-Communicate IRR’s vision, goals, and programs to diverse audiences and utilizing varying media platforms

-Develop and strengthen partnerships with appropriate agencies, organizations, and individuals.


-A degree or previous experience in natural resource management, program development and implementation, advocacy, or fundraising

-Passion for Iowa’s rivers and commitment to their protection and restoration

-Ability to manage staff and work closely with an active Board of Directors

-Possess the necessary skillset in order to effectively partner and advocate with diverse groups, including governmental agencies, decision makers, community organizations, rural landowners, and others

-Ability to organize and effectively manage multiple projects, deadlines, and budgets independently and as part of a team

-Demonstrated written and oral communication skills

-Excellent interpersonal skills and public speaking ability

-Exemplify integrity, strong work ethic, and positive attitude when representing IRR

This position is for a full-time Executive Director. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by email to

Master River Stewards Program in W. Iowa



This program is being put on by our friends at Golden Hills RC&D in Oakland, Iowa.

Golden Hills is working with Iowa Rivers Revival and local partners to host the Master River Stewards Program (MRSP) in western Iowa in 2019. MRSP is an adult-education program that teaches watershed awareness, paddling and navigating skills, river and stream dynamics, aquatic habitat, water quality and water monitoring, and policies related to floodplains, river protection and restoration.

Cost for the program is $50 but financial assistance may be available upon request. Registration will close on August 12 or when maximum capacity is reached. This is a certificate program and participants are expected to attend all sessions to receive certification. If you are unable to attend all sessions but are still interested in participating, we may be able to accommodate.

Email Project Coordinator Lance Brisbois with questions:

Class Dates:

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 (9 AM to 3 PM)
  • Wednesday, August 28, 2019 (5 PM to 8 PM)
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 (5 PM to 8 PM)
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (5 PM to 8 PM)


In case you missed it, you can register HERE!

Changes at Iowa Rivers Revival

On behalf of the Iowa Rivers Revival board of directors, I would like to announce that Molly Hanson is resigning as our executive director effective at the end of this month. Molly let us know in June of her plans to leave IRR in order to pursue a new employment opportunity.

While we are sad to see Molly leave, we are proud of the amazing work she has done in realizing our important mission during her tenure and wish her the very best in her new position. The board would like to thank Molly for her steadfast leadership over the last 3-4 years.

During this transitional period, IRR will continue our important programming, outreach, and advocacy for Iowa’s rivers. IRRs board of directors are working with Molly and other partners in transition planning and we are actively engaged in finding an interim executive director/program manager, along with beginning the search for our next executive director.

We are committed to a seamless transition process and continuing our current programs without interruption during this transition period. Moving forward, we will keep everyone apprised of transition developments. Should any of our valued supporters, partners, or the public have any questions or concerns, please reach out and contact IRR. The board of directors appreciates your ongoing support during this leadership transition.

As Molly would say, “Thanks for the river love.”


Matt Kaufman

IRR Board Chair