The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Education Engagement Coordinator in the Education Department to be based at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, MD.
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 Education Engagement Coordinator develops, implements, and supports professional learning programming for school leaders, programmatic partners, teachers, students, and our education field staff as part of the Education Professional Learning Team. This position also serves as the liaison between the Education and Communications departments and coordinates with Student Leadership Coordinators to accomplish the education department’s goals. This position can be located anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and must report frequently to the Annapolis, MD Headquarters office. The Education Engagement Coordinator reports directly to the Director of the Professional Learning Team.
Essential functions include:
- Serve on the Professional Learning Team:
- Assist the Professional Learning Team Director in the management of the department’s flagship professional learning opportunity Chesapeake Classrooms
- Collaborate with the Professional Learning Team to develop and manage
the summer Chesapeake Classrooms Schedule
- Manage summer Chesapeake Classrooms course on-line registration and enrollment
- Assist with creating and maintaining relationships with partner
organizations to advance development of summer courses and recruitment
- Collaborate with the Professional Learning Team to implement the TELL program
- Assist with support and management of the TELL summer mentor assignments, webinars, and TELL retreat
- Work with other CBF departments to manage online collaboration sites, used by Chesapeake Classrooms participants and education staff
- Assist with planning and implementing professional learning team training sessions for CBF education staff
- Develop and lead Chesapeake Classrooms summer courses, as needed
- Coordinate Communications Activities for the Department:
- Serve as the departmental liaison with CBF’s Communication Department
- Point person for all external education communication materials to ensure messaging and consistency.
- Organize and disseminate print media communications for the Education Department with an emphasis on the Teacher Professional Learning Program
- Create recruitment material for the Chesapeake Classrooms summer courses
and assist with other department recruitment efforts, as needed b. Manage education web-based communications
- Write education related pieces for the CBF website, blog, and social media
- Assist with Website updates, as needed, in consultation with
- Produce and manage education quarterly digital education newsletter, Watershed Voice
- Coordinate Strategic Community, Partner, and School Engagement:
- Identify and spearhead work with School system partners to support their environmental literacy and Meaning Watershed Education Experience planning
- Work with the Senior Management Team to implement programing in the strategic
and geographic education priorities identified in the one-year plan. Including working
with communities and schools in person and in the field
- Work with Education Senior Management Team, Professional Learning Team and
Operations to create continuity of programming and recruitment opportunities in
identified priority geographies. Assist with the development of tracking capabilities to
assess effectiveness of efforts.
- Serve, as needed, on the Senior Management Team
- Attend all safety training and relevant professional development offerings
- Develop and implement one-year program plan that is in alignment with CBF’s
strategic plan and Teacher Professional Learning Team goals
PREFERRED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Successful Candidate should possess the following:
- Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science, biology, environmental studies, or
related field, or relevant experience required
- 3-5 years’ experience teaching in either a formal or non-formal setting
- A strong desire to teach adults in a field setting.
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong writing skills
- Ability to design both printed and web-based materials, in conjunction with CBF
- Collaborative work style
- Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for working with teachers and students
- Creativity, humor, and self-confidence
- Knowledge of environmental issues facing the Bay and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a plus
- When performing field work for summer courses or other professional learning training,
this position requires the physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects-at least 45 pounds
(canoes and other equipment) and involves exposure to outside elements
- Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends
- Ability to work away from home for multiple-day periods throughout the year
- Ability to travel to attend trainings & meetings
- Ability to have access to reliable transportation to travel to other CBF field programs &
locations as needed
- Must pass a criminal background check
- Must possess a valid driver’s license, submit a driving record, and have an acceptable driving
- All education staff participate in a pre-employment & random drug screening program per the
requirements of the US Coast Guard
Salary Range: $55,000
To apply, please send resume and cover letter through job posting on CBF website no later than February 21, 2022.
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.