If hard, rewarding work is calling you …

Join our team to help protect and preserve Virginia’s most vital resource. Our staff works hard to nurture the James, enjoy the James, and restore the river we love.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

Staff picking up tires

About the James River Association

Founded in 1976, the James River Association is the oldest and largest river conservation group in Virginia, and the only organization solely dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s Founding River, the James River. JRA’s mission is to be the guardian of the James River – to provide a voice for the river and take action to promote conservation and responsible stewardship of its natural resources. To accomplish our mission, JRA’s two strategic goals include: 1) Achieving a fully healthy James River; and 2) Helping communities within the watershed realize the benefits from a healthy James River and support protecting it.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice

We’re committed to embedding the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all parts of our work and our watershed. We acknowledge this takes time, intention, and effort. It requires truly listening to others, identifying shared goals, and charting a strategic course through collective action. People who have been historically marginalized in the James River Watershed have suffered injustices for far too long. At JRA, we recognize that at times our actions and inaction have contributed to the problem, and now we are stepping up to be part of the solution.

JRA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, military status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Open Positions

Director of Marketing and Communications

Location: Richmond, VA
Telework: Hybrid
Experience:  Mid-Senior
Number of Openings: 1
Job Status: Full Time, Exempt
Salary Range: 65K-75K annually
Reports to: President and CEO

The James River Association(JRA) is a non-profit organization on a mission to protect the James River and connect people to it. JRA is seeking a full-time Director of Marketing and Communications. This role involves managing marketing strategies, overseeing communications, handling media relations, coordinating outreach, and raising awareness of JRA. Reporting to the President and CEO and working closely with the Senior Digital Marketing Manager, the Director will ensure consistent messaging and branding across all programs and activities.

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong project management experience, a proven track record in marketing campaigns, media relations experience, and a personal interest in the James River.


  • Develop and execute annual strategic marketing plan to increase awareness of JRA and assist JRA in achieving its mission and goals  
  • Manage and work closely with Senior Digital Marketing Manager to develop and implement targeted strategies
  • Manage JRA’s marketing committee, leading meetings and keeping members informed and engaged
  • Act as primary contact for the media, handling all press outreach, fielding interview requests, and working with fellow staff to create press releases and story pitches
  • Manage, develop, and steward JRA cause marketing partnerships to meet goals for both awareness and fundraising  
  • Oversee community partner initiatives and opportunities, managing outreach and collaborating with community partners to bring awareness to JRA’s mission and work
  • Along with Senior Digital Marketing Manager, develop, produce, and track content for marketing and communication purposes, including e-newsletters, social media, website, and print collateral 
  • Meet with program and development staff regularly to touch base about promotion and marketing needs
  • Support marketing and communications goals as outlined in JRA’s organizational strategic plan and strategic equity plan 
  • Ensure that all external communications from JRA are reviewed and approved for accuracy, clarity, and consistency with regard to JRA’s mission and core values
  • Ensure that JRA’s brand is expressed consistently, comprehensively, and with the highest quality


  • Exceptional interpersonal and verbal communication, with effective relationship-building skills
  • Excellent writing and copyediting skills  
  • Highly computer savvy with working knowledge of G-suite, Mailchimp, social media platforms, and graphic design programs (Adobe, Canva)  
  • Superior organizational skills with high level of detail-orientation
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Sound judgment, decision-making skills and discretion 
  • An enthusiastic, creative, respectful, and flexible team player who embraces challenges and works proactively 
  • Willingness to travel between JRA’s offices–this position primarily works remotely and out of the Richmond office but will need to periodically travel to our Lynchburg, Scottsville, and Williamsburg offices


  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations, nonprofit development, or related field
  • Minimum of 5-7 years experience successfully developing and executing marketing campaigns and working in media relations
  • Ability to pass pre-employment background checks

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Strategic Planning and Execution: The ability to develop and implement effective marketing strategies that align with the nonprofit’s mission and objectives, ensuring that all marketing efforts support the overall goals of the organization.
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Exceptional verbal and written communication skills to create compelling narratives and effectively convey the organization’s message, along with strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders, partners, and the media.
  • Project Management: Strong organizational and project management abilities to oversee multiple campaigns and initiatives simultaneously, ensuring they are completed on time, within budget, and achieve desired outcomes.

Competitive Salary & Benefits Package includes fully paid employee-only health and dental coverage, Life and LTD insurance, generous paid time off (starting at four weeks/year), twelve paid holidays, and 401(k) matched contributions! Professional development and growth opportunities. Work-life balance and dynamic, hybrid/flexible work environment. The exempt salary range for this full-time position is $65,000-$75,000 annually, depending upon several factors including education and work experience.

APPLY by sending your resume and cover letter to talent@thejamesriver.org. This position will remain open until filled. 


Ready to give back to the James? Whether it’s getting your hands dirty with one of our Watershed Restoration projects, acting as a voice for the river through our Advocacy efforts or helping out with office tasks, there is a job for everyone to play a part in making a cleaner James River.

If your community is in the James River watershed, you can give back to its health.
Whether you appreciate access to clean water or just feel passionate about protecting our environment, there are things you can do that don’t involve getting wet!

Use your time on the river to give back to its health.

We are a voice for the James, identifying the risks facing our river and sharing solutions that will produce results for clean water and healthy waterways. With so much ground to cover, we need your help.

If you live or work in the James River watershed, you can give back to its health.

We have great opportunities if you prefer working on land – or even your own backyard.

Use your time on the river to give back to its health.

We also have opportunities for individuals who enjoy time on the James. If you routinely spend time fishing, paddling, or boating the James or one of its tributaries, these are great ways to get involved!