Friends of the Verde River envisions a healthy, flowing Verde River and tributaries that support our natural environment, vibrant communities, and quality of life for future generations.

Friends has an expansive range of programs which include habitat improvement, channel restoration, flow restoration, and sustainable river recreation while continuing to engage the community through outreach and volunteer programs.

One for the goals of Friends of the Verde River is to have an economic impact on our community. We do this by using local vendors and employing local people.

Current Employment Opportunities:

Director of Stewardship


REPORTS TO: Executive Director



The Director of Stewardship is a member of the management team at Friends of the Verde River. This position is responsible for designing, implementing, and directing an integrated and comprehensive stewardship program that promotes engagement and connection with donors at all levels. The Director is a forward-thinking, innovative, and energetic professional with proven success in donor stewardship, capable of developing and orchestrating the advancement of our mission and vision. The Director manages a team (currently 2.8 FTE) with responsibilities for fundraising, events, communications, and marketing.


  • Develops and implements a strategic donor stewardship plan that appropriately acknowledges and stewards all gifts and recognizes and engages donors with a strong emphasis on major gifts.
  • Develops and implements plans to retain existing donors and acquire new donors.
  • Works with the Executive Director to guide the Board’s Development Committee and Board fundraising.
  • Oversees major events, including the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival, State of the Verde Watershed conference, Fiesta de la Garza, and other events.
  • Manages outreach to the communities of the Verde River system, including maintaining relationships with local Chambers and other business and community groups.
  • Manages digital and print communication opportunities to connect with donors and the public, including our website.
  • Manages outreach and marketing, including digital and print advertising.
  • Manages, mentors, and evaluates direct reports.
  • Actively participates in strategic planning and reporting to the Board.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in stewardship, development, and donor relations.
  • Previous experience working with volunteers and donors.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Ability to develop and manage department and program level budgets
  • Ability to compose professional level correspondence and meet deadlines with excellent proofreading skills and command of language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in the design and execution of stewardship and donor relations activities.
  • High proficiency in project management, attention to detail, prioritization of work and organizational skills required.
  • High competence in computer programs, web-based content management systems and applications, and digital/social media platforms.


  • Passion for our mission, values, and long-term success. Consistently demonstrate the mission, vision, and values of Friends of the Verde River.
  • Outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal skills. Must be able to develop interpersonal relationships with multiple constituents.
  • Demonstrate integrity, impeccable ethics, initiative, enthusiasm, and the ability to establish trust and credibility.
  • Demonstrate commitment and ability to:
  • Provide quality customer service.
  • Develop and manage budgets.
  • Plan, organize and remain accountable for actions.
  • Problem-solve utilizing critical thinking skills.
  • Function in a confidential manner.
  • Collaborate with other staff.


More details available on the full job description, please click here to view. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send application materials in one file (cover letter, resume, and a minimum of two professional references) to jobs@verderiver.org.


Please consider joining us at a volunteer event. Click here to learn about volunteering with Friends.

One for the goals of Friends of the Verde River is to have an economic impact on our community. We do this by using local vendors and employing local people.

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