The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Maryland Student Leadership Coordinator in the Education Department to be based 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 Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Maryland Student Leadership Coordinator’s role is to manage and innovate education programming that encourages the development of active, self-motivated, youth leaders to assist with CBF’s advocacy priorities and raising environmental awareness. This is a fulltime position based in the Annapolis, MD office but requires frequent field work and travel.
Essential functions include:
- Student Leadership Coordinator duties include:
- Recruit and cultivate high school students who will serve as the core of the Student Leadership program in Maryland.
- Design & teach programs that:
- Provide students with a solid comprehensive understanding of Bay issues and ecology through experiential education programming and advocacy opportunities.
- Train students as facilitators and organizers for action projects and activities.
- Inspire student collaboration on relevant issues.
- Maintain existing partnerships with organizations and affiliates in Maryland.
- Identify and develop new partnerships with relevant schools and student organizations in MD.
- Collaborate with the PA & VA Student Leadership Coordinators to plan and implement watershed wide student leadership events & meetings
- Manage administrative tasks for the summer student leadership program which includes processing student registrations, communicating with students & parents about the summer programs, training designated staff as course leads, and providing logistical support to summer course staff.
- Track and report on project goals and provide timely updates about achievements to supervisors and other CBF departments. Maintain a program portfolio that highlights progress and achievements for the Development Department.
- Coordinate outreach and media with CBF’s Communications Department.
- Collaborate with peers in CBF’s Education Department, and cross-departmentally to align projects with the organization’s mission
- Plan, lead, or assist with Chesapeake Classrooms Teacher Professional Development summer courses
- Attend all safety & professional development trainings
- Attend Senior Management Team meetings and retreats, as directed
- Substitute as an educator for field staff, as needed
- Work to ensure that systems, organizational culture, and practices are aligned with CBF’s mission, values and commitments related to DEIJ.
- Develop and refine programs and activities to ensure equitable practices and support the development of a diverse and effective team.
- Ensure an inclusive working environment that supports diverse populations
PREFERRED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Successful Candidate should possess the following:
- Bachelor’s degree
- At least 3 years’ experience teaching in either a formal or non-formal setting
- Possess a working knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
- Public school systems: operations and organization
- The process of passing state legislation
- Marketing and outreach strategies and techniques
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills that includes the ability to adapt to different age groups, settings, & audiences
- Proficient at creating & delivering engaging presentations for large audiences
- Collaborative work style that includes working within a team as well as independently
- Knowledge of environmental issues in Maryland.
- Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects-at least 45 pounds (canoes and other equipment)
- This physically demanding position involves year-round exposure to the 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
- Access to reliable transportation to travel to 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 record
- All education staff participate in a pre-employment & random drug screening program per the requirements of the US Coast Guard
- 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: $57,000
To apply, please send resume and cover letter through job posting on CBF website no later than January 27, 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.