The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks an Operations Assistant 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 Operations Assistant position provides administrative and project support for the Education Operations Team, Education Directors, and the Vice President of the Education Department.
This position will be based at The Philip Merrill Environmental Center, in Annapolis, MD.
Essential functions include:
- Work as part of the Education Scheduling team:
- Enter information into the database regarding field trip program, date, location, and teacher/school information
- Compile and transmit scheduling confirmations and pre-trip materials to teachers/group leaders
- Manage the scheduling team collaborative email, voicemail, and online application system
- Respond to inquiries about education programs, field and prioritize incoming calls, and process education mail
- Work closely with all members of the Operations Team daily. Most tasks amongst the team are interrelated and interdependent
- Administrative duties: The Education Operations Assistant will provide approximately 20% of their time performing the following administrative assistant duties for the Education Department
- Assist the Education Vice President and Education Directors with administrative items and special projects
- Assist the front desk with answering phones and greeting visitors (2-5 hours/month)
- Seasonally, assist and provide administrative support for the Teacher Professional Learning Team and the summer Chesapeake Classrooms program
- Assist with data entry projects, as needed
- Education Operations duties:
- Coordinate and manage education department supply accounts, which includes ordering/coordinating bulk orders
- Assist the Education Operations Manager with providing timely updates to the website for all audiences seeking information about education programs
- Attend field programs, at least 1-2 times per year, to learn about the Education Field Programs and Education Operations
- Other duties, as assigned
- 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 environments that supports diverse populations
PREFERRED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Experience as an administrative assistant, preferred
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, database management tools, graphics, and presentations
- Proven ability to work on multiple projects, often concurrently, with associated deadlines
- Capable of both working collaboratively as well solving problems independently
- 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: $42,000
To apply, please send resume and cover letter through job posting on CBF website no later than February 25, 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.