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President/CEO, Anacostia Watershed Society

Bladensburg, MD

How to Apply

Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for Anacostia Watershed Society. All of DRi's searches can be viewed at Applications can also be submitted via email to [email protected].

Since its founding in 1989, the Anacostia Watershed Society has worked to attend to the environmental needs of the Anacostia River and its watershed communities. Over the past 32 years, AWS has grown and developed from a small group of concerned individuals into an award-winning $3 million non-profit that is deeply involved in a cause that affects many different communities within the 176 square mile region of the Washington, D.C. metro area.  The Society has a staff of 16 and is based in Bladensburg, Maryland, with additional working space in the District of Columbia.

As part of its mission, the Anacostia Watershed Society is invested in local areas, working with schools and students throughout Washington, D.C. and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, engaging them in an experience that educates them through hands-on service and allows them to play a part in the continuing improvement of the Anacostia Watershed. In addition, AWS serves as a voice for the river; advocating for and actively involving itself in policies, actions, and programs that protect its ecological health, improve water quality, and work to mitigate the negative effects of stormwater, bacteria, and trash.

The President of the Anacostia Watershed Society will be a visionary and strategic leader capable of leading a dedicated an enthusiastic staff toward substantive change. An able relationship builder, the President will be prominent among the community that lives along the Anacostia River and will serve as a representative for the River and AWS when key decisions affecting the Anacostia are made.

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Specific requirements include:

  • History of leading a non-profit organization into the future through fundraising, advocacy, operations, and a clear vision for forward growth.
  • Passion for the environment and ability to speak knowledgeably about issues affecting watersheds and wetland habitats.
  • Understanding of the communities that live in the Anacostia Watershed; skill in working with community leaders to effect meaningful change in the lives of those living in the Watershed.
  • Experience identifying and building external relationships that lead to financial opportunities for an organization.
  • Experience working for an organization that advocates for change; comfortable being a strong voice at the table when impactful decisions are being made.
  • Commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and appreciation for valuable diverse voices.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to oversee multiple projects and departments; strong skill in prioritizing projects.
How to Apply: 

Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for Anacostia Watershed Society. All of DRi's searches can be viewed at Applications can also be submitted via email to [email protected].

Organization Info

Anacostia Watershed Society

Bladensburg, MD
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

AWS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and restore the Anacostia River by bringing partners and communities together to achieve a clean and safe Anacostia River for the benefit of all living in its watershed and for future generations.


The Anacostia Watershed Society offers a variety of programs designed to accelerate the Anacostia River's progress towards swimmable and fishable as defined in the 1972 Clean Water Act. In order to pursue this goal, the Anacostia Watershed Society works towards three subgoals:

  • Stop pollution now
  • Restore the river's natural systems
  • Rebuild the community's relationship to the river

Since our founding in 1989, we have engaged more than 100,000 adults and youth in our programs. With volunteers, we have planted more than 50,000 native trees, shrubs, and plants; eradicated 58 acres of invasive plant cover; restored more than 11 acres of wetland habitat; removed 1,257 tons of trash and debris from the river (and 11,575 tires); created more than 2.5 million square feet of green roofs and bioretention area to annually treat millions of gallons of stormwater runoff each year. AWS has educated and engaged more than 36,915 watershed students and trained 1,078 teachers from Maryland and DC to present our watershed curriculum to their students. With our partners, we have helped win lawsuits that have resulted in a significant decrease in sewage, stormwater, and trash in the Anacostia River.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Apr 23 2021
Active Until: 
May 23 2021
Hiring Organization: 
Anacostia Watershed Society