Harrington Park, New Jersey (May 9, 2016) – As part of a planned transition, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) is beginning a search for candidates to fill the positions of Executive Director and Technical Director/ Certification Administrator.  We hope to complete the first round of interviews before the end of June, but the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found.

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Executive Director: The preferred candidate will be an experienced, self-motivated individual who will build on LIHI’s accomplishments and innovative leadership in the hydropower industry. He or she must be conversant in the technical aspects of hydropower and be able to negotiate and promote smart business development, while putting primary attention to sound ecological decisions. Communication skills are paramount, as the Executive Director will be the lead in discussions with environmental interests, state and federal agencies, utility companies, local governments, and other stakeholders involved in managing and protecting our nation’s rivers. The candidate must have proven understanding of both the business needs of hydropower owners and the public interests of river ecosystem conservation.

Candidates should have a minimum of 10 years of experience in hydropower, conservation, or other related industries and organizations and will have demonstrated leadership capabilities in an organization with minimal day‐to‐day supervision. The ability to develop strategic direction and set priorities is essential. The candidate must also have the administrative and human resource skills to manage staff and the annual operating budget and requirements of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Salary and benefits will be determined based on the applicant’s qualifications. Workplace location is flexible, but the successful applicant will be expected to supervise LIHI employees and contractors, as well as work with Board members distributed across multiple states.

Technical Director/Certification Administrator:  This position requires an in‐depth knowledge of hydropower and its environmental effects. The candidate should have at least 10 years of experience in hydropower and sufficient technical knowledge and experience to understand the impacts and mitigation options available in today’s hydropower industry. This position requires the ability to fully apply LIHI’s certification procedures, as well as to manage independent contractors who review LIHI certification applications. The successful candidate will select contractors, supervise their work, and convert reviewer’s technical reports into certification recommendations and conditions.

Salary and benefits will be determined based on the applicant’s qualifications. This position is seen as complementary to the Executive Director and, depending on the qualifications and skills of the Executive Director, may be customized to achieve the most effective LIHI staff composition.  The position may be full time or less than full time.

Selection Process: Depending on the experience and expertise of applicants interested in these positions, LIHI may fill one or two positions.  The position(s) will remain open until suitable candidate(s) have been found. A short list of 3 or 4 candidates will be identified from the application materials received, then interviews will be held with a panel of LIHI Board members and advisors.  Final selection will be made by the LIHI Board.  We hope to complete the hiring process no later than March 2017 or earlier, if possible.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume or C.V. to:

Ms. Victoria Taylor, Consulting Services Group, 108 Coventry Hills Lane, Troutman, NC 28166, 704-528-0480 (w), vetaylor1@outlook.com

About LIHI: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been operating since 1999. LIHI is governed by a Board of Directors with environmental and industry backgrounds.  It has a national scope that successfully established an innovative certification program that is minimizing the impacts of hydropower projects through market incentives. LIHI has an important role to play in guiding industry practice, consumer choices, and general policies about hydropower.  LIHI’s gross annual revenue is more than $500,000 derived mostly from certification fees.