Development Director

Stroud Water Research Center - Avondale, PA

Stroud Water Research Center seeks a full-time development director to head our ongoing fundraising and outreach needs.


Stroud Water Research Center (https://stroudcenter.org/) seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world.

Since its creation in 1967, teams of scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world. Today, the Stroud Center’s research team blends its talents in hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), and ecosystem modeling in collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams, rivers, and watersheds. The Stroud Center’s education staff helps to interpret our research findings and builds education programs about freshwater ecology, management, and stewardship for a wide audience. The Stroud Center’s Watershed Restoration Group develops and implements watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds.

While we work in watersheds all over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a 52-year research and monitoring record within a unique facility that includes indoor “wet” labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the creek on our property. The Stroud Center research team maintains a long-term freshwater research program in NW Costa Rica (Guanacaste Province) as part of a tropical ecology program. In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 50 acres and constructed a LEED Platinum-certified building for education and public outreach, the Moorhead Environmental Complex.

Learn more at https://stroudcenter.org/about/facilities/mec/.


Stroud Water Research Center seeks a full-time development director to head our ongoing fundraising and outreach needs. Reporting to the executive director, the development director will lead a development team in designing and implementing fundraising strategies that include donor relations and solicitation, curating our donor database, grant writing, fundraising event management, and assisting with communications such as annual reports, newsletters, and social media campaigns.

The development director will also contribute leadership towards diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, particularly as this effort expands awareness among our supporters and broadens the diversity and inclusivity of our supporters. The development director will work closely with the executive director, senior leadership from the science, education, and restoration departments, and the controller’s office in pursuit of philanthropic revenue to support the Stroud Center and its mission to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.


Pay will be commensurate with qualifications/experience. Benefits include generous employer contributions towards medical and dental plans, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, defined benefit pension plan (vested after 5 years), and paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave.


The desired starting date is the end of March 2021. Application review begins March 1. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To view the full announcement and apply visit: https://stroudcenter.org/jobs/development-director/

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