Deputy Director

  • Location: Wilmington, NC
  • Close Date: December 10, 2018
  • Hiring Organization: Cape Fear River Watch
  • Contact Name: Dick Brightman
  • Contact Email:

Job Description

The Deputy Director is responsible for the development and management of the organization and staff with the specific responsibility to develop the capability of Cape Fear River Watch’s Education and Action legs of the organization. The Deputy Director initially reports to the RIVERKEEPER/Executive Committee; this is a full time (40 hours/week) position, with the salary range between $48,000 and $52,000. This position is designed to develop into a full-time Executive Director position.


Key responsibilities of the Cape Fear River Watch Deputy Director, include, but are not limited to the following:

Fundraising, Membership, and Resource Development
Identify and pursue grant opportunities; engage the support of other staff/Board/volunteers as needed or delegate to other staff and Board members with technical expertise.
Assist with the development and execution of an annual fundraising plan.
Assist with the development and execution of a long-term strategic plan.
Generate creative ideas and lead efforts to elevate the profile of Cape Fear River Watch within the Cape Fear River basin and to attract new members, volunteers, and donors.
Coordinate with the Board and staff to conduct resource development activities to sustain the long-term financial viability of the organization.

Organization Operations
Coordinate and supervise staff to ensure ongoing operations and programs of Cape Fear River Watch, specifically education.
Maintain an active and cordial relationship with the RIVERKEEPER, Staff, and Board of Directors.
Serve on the Outreach Development, Education and Grants committees.
Assist the RIVERKEEPER with oversight of the organization’s financial resources.
Develop benchmarks for and oversee the growth of the staff.

Program Management
Design, implement and sustain a coordinated suite of programs to support education and action missions of Cape Fear River Watch.
Direct and manage existing and new programs to assure measurable progress on goals outlined in the long-term strategic plan.
Provide administrative oversight of existing and future grants and contracts.
Oversee the payment of bills, issuance of invoices for services rendered and maintenance of financial records in conjunction with the treasurer.
Maintain insurance policies for staff, D&O, operations and contracts.
Oversee First Saturday Seminars, including lining up speakers and managing the day-of activities.


Master’s degree preferred; minimum Bachelor’s degree and a combination of relevant environmental/business and professional experiences. Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated success in an organization including financial, human resources, partnership development, program management, and coalition building. This position requires visionary leadership; sound administrative skills; and the ability to develop a strong agenda for fundraising. Candidate must be willing to relocate to the Wilmington, NC area.

Salary / Compensation


Applications Instructions

Please send all resumes to Dick Brightman at the Fear River Watch Board at Please, no phone calls to the Cape Fear River Watch office.