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    Vacancy Announcement: Director, EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office

    SES Vacancy Announcement: EPA-SES-2018-0011

    Program Manager

    Series and Grade Announced:

    Full Performance Level:

    Location of Position:
    EPA Region 3, Chesapeake Bay Program Office, Immediate Office, Annapolis, MD

    Area of Consideration:
    -Any U.S. Citizen and excepted service employees

    -Senior Executive Service (SES) employees

    Position Type:

    Opening Date:
    Thursday, December 21st, 2017

    Closing Date:
    Monday, January 22nd, 2018

    Position Risk Designation
    High Risk

    Direct Link to Announcement:

    Number of Vacancies:


    You do not need a degree to qualify for this position. Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service SES appointment, you are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Career Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications questions in order to receive consideration for the position.

    Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications: Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, and Building Coalitions

    Specialized Experience

    The work of this position is classified in the Program Management, 0340 series where the qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions and technical or program responsibilities specific to this position. Applicants must have substantive general experience which provides a good basic or general knowledge of the principles of organization, management and administration; and substantive specialized (operating administrative or managerial) experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position. Applicants must have one year of experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform successfully.

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    Web Content Specialist

    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay seeks a Web Content Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) Communications Office in Annapolis, Maryland.  This position is an integral part of the overall CBP Communications Office team, central to our successful online communications efforts and responsible for the creation, maintenance and marketing of consistent high quality web content for the CBP website (www.chesapeakebay.net).  Deadline to apply is September 29, 2017.
    Responsibilities include:

    Planning, writing, editing and developing engaging written and visual content for the CBP website.
    Working with subject matter experts and Bay Program partners to create and maintain user-friendly web content that supports the work of the CBP partnership.
    Collaborating effectively with the Multimedia Specialist and Communications Staffer to build content, including blog posts, photos and videos.
    Development of a content strategy for the CBP website.
    Upholding content quality standards and maintaining consistent writing style and voice across the site.
    Design of fact sheets, brochures and publications.
    Promoting web content through social media, a suite of e-newsletters and networking both online and in person.
    Staying current with trends and best practices for social media and web content.
    Acting as a liaison between the CBP Communications Office and Web Team.
    Using analytics and user data to improve web content, market online products effectively and report trends to the wider Communications and Web Teams.
    Managing editorial calendars to schedule and organize timely and relevant annual web content.
    Responding to public questions and information requests via email, social media, FAQs and blog comments.
    Assisting with other communications projects, as necessary.

    Skills & Requirements

    At least two years’ experience writing, editing and marketing content for the web.
    Proficient in social media outreach and other online marketing of products.
    Understanding of audience analyses with ability to develop and tailor web content that meets the specialized needs of various audiences.

    Basic knowledge of graphic design, with experience using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
    Demonstrated knowledge of HTML.
    Proficient in understanding of web technology including content management systems.

    Excellent written and verbal abilities with high attention to detail.
    Strong organizational and storytelling expertise.
    Self-motivated, organized, creative and a team-player.
    Familiarity with AP Style.
    Ability to write concisely and effectively to meet the interest and needs of different audience (including teachers, students, local and state governments and the general public) and in a manner that moves that audience to take action on behalf of the Bay.
    Experience in understanding and communicating complex scientific and policy issues or information.
    Passion for environmental issues, preferably related to the Chesapeake Bay.

    The Chesapeake Bay Program is a diverse federal/state/non-government partnership established in 1983.  It works to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay and the thousands of streams, creeks and rivers in the watershed through collaborative policy making, scientific assessment and public communication. The Communications Office is managed by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay under grant funding provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. This position reports directly to the CBP Director of Communications, who is also with the Alliance.

    This position is based at the Chesapeake Bay Program office near downtown Annapolis, Maryland, with occasional travel throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed (Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC). Candidates must be willing and able to pass a federal background check.
    Salary Information
    The salary for this position is in the low $50,000s including a comprehensive benefits package.
    How to Apply
    Please email cover letter, resume, writing sample, design sample and references to Rachel Felver, Director of Communications at  rfelver@chesapeakebay.net by Friday, September 29, 2017. Include “Web Content Specialist” in subject line. No phone calls, please.

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    Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Program

    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a regional non-profit organization headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with offices in Virginia and Pennsylvania, seeks a qualified individual to coordinate, plan and assist with implementation of communications and outreach efforts for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP).  The CBP is the federal/state/non-governmental partnership responsible for leading science and policy efforts to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its lands, rivers and streams.
    About the Alliance:
    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay was founded in 1971. Since its beginning, the Alliance has been in the forefront of restoration efforts in the watershed. The Alliance’s core mission is to lead, support, and inspire local actions that protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers.  The Alliance mission is achieved through forging diverse partnerships with communities, businesses, NGOs and governments across the six Bay watershed states and Washington DC, and creating innovative programs that plant trees and conserve forests, reduce stormwater pollution, assist local governments, build individual and community stewardship, provide education and information networks, and produce measurable and lasting results.
    Job Description:
    The Communications and Outreach Coordinator will support CBP efforts to connect with diverse and underserved audiences throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed through the use of social media, public forums, targeted outreach campaigns, conferences and other methods. The position will raise visibility and awareness of the mission and activities of the CBP as a national and international leader in multi-agency ecosystem restoration efforts, and develop, support and implement initiatives that increase the capacity of the CBP and its partners to manage and coordinate expanded outreach and engagement efforts as part of the CBP Communications Office.

    The person selected for this position will be a motivated, creative, strategic thinker and listener who will be able to recognize synergies across the numerous CBP goal teams, workgroups and advisory committees and assist them with their outreach needs in support of watershed-wide restoration and engagement goals of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, with particular attention to the Stewardship Goal. They will work closely with the Web Content Manager to produce social media content and assist with overseeing a contractor charged with developing and maintaining relationships with media outlets across the region.
    Specific responsibilities include:

    Broaden the range of external groups that the CBP Communications Office engages with; in particular build key relationships with non-traditional organizations, diverse and underrepresented communities.
    Develop and implement strategies to help build audience, public image and community support for Chesapeake Bay goals.
    Research and assist in planning, developing, and supporting new strategic outreach efforts as identified by the CBP Leadership, Goal Teams, workgroups and partners.
    Stay up-to-date and compile information on market research regarding public attitudes.
    Develop and assist with communications among internal CBP goal teams, workgroups and advisory committees through meetings, newsletters and other methods of outreach.

    Social Media

    Review past and ongoing social marketing campaigns for successes, lessons learned, and challenges.
    Create a social media strategy with objectives, promotional plans and engagement tactics, and including a specific component focused on building connections with diverse audiences – to be included within the larger Strategic Communications Plan.
    Create and curate consistent social media content (including text and visuals).
    Assist with tracking, reporting and evaluation of all social media postings and regular use of analytics of social media.
    Monitor and engage with the public through social media; cultivate professional responses in a ‘social’ manner, while encouraging positive environmental stewardship.
    Design, create and manage social ad campaigns (such as March Critter Madness, Beards for the Bay, etc.) in support of specific social marketing campaigns.

    Media relations

    Assist in the development and implementation of an outreach plan that will increase CBP’s media outreach and build stronger connections to media outlets across the watershed.
    Manage a media relations contractor including monitoring of progress
    Serve as liaison between media relations contractor and other CBP partners.

    Required Skills and Experience Required:
    The CBP Outreach Coordinator will need to:

    Enjoy working with and managing relationships with a diverse array of people including scientists, stakeholders, media and the general public.

    Possess outstanding and positive interpersonal abilities as well as strong written and oral communications skills.
    Have strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks.

    Demonstrate a general understanding of environmental restoration and policy issues (preferably those related to the Chesapeake).
    Possess a proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
    Have experience and knowledge of building outreach and/or educational campaigns and the best practices for supporting them over the long term.
    Possess experience and/or demonstrated skills in marketing, media relations, public outreach, program management.
    Have the ability to articulate the mission and values of the Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay Program.

    The Communications and Outreach Coordinator will have at least a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years’ experience in a community relationship-building role with a focus on communications strategy, public relations, social and traditional media products and relations, journalism or a related field.   Previous experience working with non-profit organizations is preferred.

    Supervision:  The CBP Outreach Coordinator reports to the CBP Communications Director.

    Location:  The Outreach Coordinator will be based at the CBP offices in Annapolis, Maryland with an ability to travel throughout the watershed as needed.

    Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with experience; includes benefits allowance.

    Closing date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
    To Apply:
    Please submit cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and references to: contact@allianceforthebay.org with CBP Outreach Coordinator in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.

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    Chesapeake Bay Program Seeks Multimedia Intern for Fall 2016

    POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: CBP Communications – Multimedia Intern

    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay seeks a Multimedia Intern for its Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) Communications Office in Annapolis, Maryland. This is a fall 2016 position.  Deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 15, 2016.


    Project Description:

    CBP Communications uses photography, video and text to produce original stories related to restoration, protection and environmental appreciation across the 64,000 square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed. The paid intern will assist in the production of feature stories and will be expected to take part in all steps of the creative process, from pitching ideas to publishing on our website, http://www.chesapeakebay.net. Depending on the final candidate, this internship has the potential to include video production. CBP Communications draws on its visual resources for news stories, webpages and social media outreach to diverse audiences and interest groups throughout the watershed.


    The Multimedia Intern will:

    Work under the guidance of the Multimedia Specialist to generate story ideas, photographs and potentially videos that meet CBP’s specifically-identified needs.
    Categorize, organize, edit, label, and tag digital photos for the extensive CBP photo archive and Flickr collections.
    Assist the Multimedia Specialist and Web Content Manager in producing at least three photo essays from concept through online publication and promotion, including accompanying the Communications team into the field as a contributing photographer.
    Take on other duties as assigned and as applicable to the candidate’s skills, such as video production, content generation, and social media promotion.


    Proficiency in a DSLR photography workflow, including tagging, organizing and toning photos.
    Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
    Experience generating story ideas.
    Strong interest in environmental and social issues, preferably related to the Chesapeake Bay.
    Solid writing proficiency.
    Exceptional interpersonal skills and willingness to be a team player.
    Must have own car.
    Physical requirements – applicants must be:

    able to lift and carry objects up 50 pounds
    able to stand and walk for extended periods, sometimes over rough terrain
    comfortable traveling by boat

    Videography and non-linear editing skills are a plus.

    Contract Period & Hours:

    Part-time or full-time up to 40 hours/week for up to 15 weeks (negotiable) in fall 2016 (August-December)


    This position is based at the Chesapeake Bay Program office near downtown Annapolis, Maryland.

    Stipend:  This is a paid internship without benefits. Federal mileage rates apply.

    About the organization(s):

    The Chesapeake Bay Program is a diverse federal/state/non-government partnership established in 1983.  It works to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay and the thousands of streams, creeks and rivers in the watershed through collaborative policy making, scientific assessment and public communication.

    The CBP Communications Office is managed by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay under grant funding provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. This position reports directly to the Multimedia Specialist and works closely with the Chesapeake Bay Program Communications team.

    To Apply:

    Please email cover letter, resume, and a link to a tightly-edited portfolio to Rachel Felver, Director of Communications, at rfelver@chesapeakebay.net by Wednesday, June 15, 2016.  Include “MM Intern” in subject line. No phone calls, please.

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