The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Baltimore and DC Education Coordinator in the Education Department to be field based in Annapolis, Baltimore City, and the Baltimore Metro area.
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION
Established in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams, and the wildlife that call it home through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration. Since 2010, CBF has engaged in a focused effort to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, a binding federal and state collaborative agreement aimed at reducing pollution to the science-based, legally-affirmed levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Blueprint is expected to be fully implemented by 2025. If the states and the federal government achieve Blueprint goals, the Bay will finally—after decades of failed efforts—be removed from the Clean Water Act’s impaired waters list. Successfully implementing the Blueprint depends on a well-informed, engaged, active, and diverse constituency of members, advocates, and volunteers who speak up and take action to save the Bay.
CBF has a staff of approximately 210 employees working in offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. as well as 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water policies, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.
CBF’s headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center—one of the world’s most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings—in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
CBF has an annual budget of approximately $30 million and is supported by over 300,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF, please visit cbf.org.
CBF’s Environmental Education program introduces students, teachers, and other citizens to the wonders of the watershed and works to heighten sensitivity, increase knowledge, and empower people to take positive action toward the Bay’s restoration
CONTEXT OF THE POSITION
The Baltimore & DC Education Coordinator works with the education department’s Professional Learning Team to cultivate an urban teacher audience to increase awareness, understanding, and action for urban watershed issues. This position will work primarily in Baltimore City and provide support for the DC Metro area. This position requires the ability to work in Baltimore City with occasional travel to DC Metro area for meetings and to CBF’s Annapolis headquarters.
Essential functions include:
- Program Development:
- Increase participation of city schools in CBF Environmental Education field programs, Student
Leadership, and Chesapeake Classrooms programs through strategic recruiting and relationship
building with Baltimore and Washington DC educators and leaders
- Continue to build the database of engaged teachers in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. to share stories, resources, and opportunities that promote environmental literacy both internally within CBF and externally within the network of educators and leaders
- Cultivate partnerships and represent CBF with key organizations, networks, and constituencies to
support environmental literacy and promote visibility of CBF
- Foster continuity between professional learning and field programming in Baltimore and DC field
programming to facilitate relationships with schools and mentor staff.
- Collaborate with local organizations to support the diversity of the environmental education
profession by leading projects that include, but are not limited to, the development of an internship program.
- Program Support:
- Work with the Professional Learning Team to design and implement the Chesapeake Classrooms and Mentor Teacher (TELL) programs
- Work with the Professional Learning Team to maintain the team calendar schedule of upcoming tasks, events. Including collaborating in the management of the summer schedule and registration
- Serve as the office point of contact and/or course leader for select Chesapeake Classrooms courses and/or workshops
- Work with the Professional Learning Team to design and implement CBF Education staff development and training
- Attend Senior Management Team meetings, as directed
- Attend all safety & professional development trainings
- Work collaboratively with other CBF departments and staff to ensure the work in the Baltimore and DC metro areas supports CBF’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) goals
- Ability to travel frequently to Baltimore, Washington DC, and CBF headquarters in Annapolis, MD
- Other duties, as assigned
PREFERRED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum of three years’ experience in experiential education and/or classroom teaching. Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science, or related field required. Master’s degree, preferred. Will consider equivalent life experience in lieu of degree. Solid understanding of progressive teaching strategies and teacher professional development approaches. Experience working with and/or training adult audiences, particularly teachers and school administrators. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity and innovation in collaborative projects. Exemplary organization skills and the ability to work on several different projects concurrently. Strong communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to work independently as well as a part of a team. Proven ability to work collaboratively and strategically with a variety of people.
Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Ability to receive and give supportive feedback to foster equity and inclusion in working relationships. Ability to recognize, nurture, and learn from strengths in co-workers. Having flexibility to accomplish job responsibilities in several work environments, whether it be from home, on the road, or in an office.
Salary Range: $58,000
To apply, please send resume and cover letter through job posting on CBF website. This position will be open until filled.
CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 2 floating holidays, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan with matching contribution.
CBF requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The successful candidate will need to submit verification of vaccination or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND JUSTICE
Just as biodiversity is the key to a thriving ecosystem, human diversity is the key to saving the Bay. Success depends on people from widely diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, identities, and races taking collective action. Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share.
To increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will
- Recruit and retain a staff, board, and membership that reflect the diversity of people living within the Chesapeake Bay region;
- Strengthen and broaden the diversity of our partnerships;
- Celebrate and value the diversity of staff; and
- Fight to ensure that everyone has equal access to clean water, clean air, and a safe environment.
CBF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.