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Vice President of Communications
3/20/2017

Summary

CBF seeks a new Vice President of Communications. Communications is one of CBF’s four operating programs. The others are Environmental Education, Environmental Protection and Restoration, and Litigation.

Established 50 years ago, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the nation’s leading regional conservation organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, our nation’s largest estuary. With 230,000 members, 185 full time staff, an annual operating budget of $26 million, a $55 million endowment, and the mission to Save the Bay, CBF is enjoying the fruits of our labors. The Bay is getting better. Crabs and oysters are rebounding, lush beds of underwater grasses are almost at historic levels in some places, and the water is so clear that one can see down ten feet in places. CBF’s most recent State of the Bay report, released in January of this year, documented the highest score in our report’s history.

But, the Bay is not saved yet, and our environment, our economy, and even our health suffer as a result. The remaining hard work, which will require governments at all levels, businesses, and individuals to work together, is more important than it has ever been. Since 2010, a Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—a state/federal plan to reduce pollution to the Bay and its tributary rivers and streams—has been in place. It provides the roadmap for a science-driven restoration plan, and it is working. The goal is to reduce pollution significantly enough by 2025 to get the Chesapeake off the federal “Impaired Waters” list. Given the uncertain political times and the gap between where we should be and where we are, our challenge is huge. And, with the entire nation watching what happens on the Bay, it is a most exciting time to be part of CBF’s leadership team.

The Vice President of Communications serves on the Executive Management Team and partners with other senior staff on enterprise-wide management. In addition to shared resource allocation and strategic planning duties, the VP of Communications leads a 16-member staff in three states. The Vice President is responsible for developing and executing CBF’s marketing, public relations, and integrated communications plans and strategies relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. Responsibilities also include managing all aspects of public opinion research (both policy support and messaging); developing and disseminating research-based, understandable messaging; marketing CBF’s policy, education, and litigation agendas; educating and engaging strategic public audiences; expanding and diversifying CBF audiences and membership; writing, designing, and disseminating issue- and organization-based reports and other publications; and mobilizing its support for priorities, including advocacy and member-development objectives. 

CBF has enjoyed broad and regular earned media coverage and utilizes paid media as well, when needed.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President of Communications oversees all Communications activities of four functional areas:  Creative Services, Community Engagement (including internal and external audiences), Digital Communications, and External Media.

Currently, Communications is moving away from long-form narrative messaging to shorter-form narrative, graphic, and video storytelling. The new Vice President will have an appetite for continuing that trend in both owned and earned or paid for media.


Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, or related field required.  
  • Preferred education: Master’s degree in related field preferred.
  • Fifteen years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Ability to define goals, identify audiences, develop strategic messaging and communications plans, and measure effectiveness.
  • Significant work experience in managing internal and external communications functions for $26M organization.
  • Demonstrated mastery of optimizing print and electronic media.
  • Preferred experiences: Serve as a member of a senior management group; experience leading a Communications department; expertise in managing website and multi-platform social media accounts, operating; association or nonprofit experience strongly preferred.
  • High degree of financial acumen. Strong project management, leadership and decision making skills. Results oriented.
  • Outstanding communications and writing skills and the ability to rapidly develop effective messages and statements.  
  • Ability to lead and develop staff. Ability to collaborate effectively across organizational lines.
  • Computer skills:  Proficient with technologies, programs, and platforms in a PC/MAC environment including spreadsheet and word processing software.


Application Process


To apply in confidence, please send cover letter, resume, and annual salary requirements no later than April 11, 2017:


Human Resources/FY17-018-VPC
Deborah Boyd, Director of Human Resources
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21403
dboyd@cbf.org

CBF offers a comprehensive benefit package to include 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, dental, life insurance, and a 403b retirement plan.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Organization Overview
 

Organization Overview


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay. Serving as a watchdog, CBF fights for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Our motto, "Save the Bay," is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake's six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 17 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals.

With offices in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia and 15 field centers, CBF leads the way in restoring the Bay and its rivers and streams. Over the last four decades, we have created broad understanding of the Bay's poor health, engaged public leaders in making commitments to restore the Chesapeake, and fought successfully to create a new approach to cleanup that features real accountability - the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

Vision


The Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers, broadly recognized as a national treasure, will be highly productive and in good health as measured by established water quality standards. The result will be clear water, free of impacts from toxic contaminants, and with healthy oxygen levels. Natural filters both on
the land and in the water will provide resilience to the entire Chesapeake Bay system and serve as valuable habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic life.


Mission
Save the Bay™, and keep it saved, as defined by reaching a 70 on CBF's Health Index.

Key Strategies
CBF leverages five primary strategies to achieve its goals, including:

Education—CBF educates the general public, school administrators, teachers, and students about the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay system, its historic productivity, its current challenges, and solutions to restore.

Advocacy—CBF advocates for implementation of scientifically valid solutions to pressing water-quality problems throughout the Bay system.

Litigation—CBF uses litigation strategically to expose and rectify egregious cases of noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations.

Restoration—CBF actively engages in restoration efforts in order to provide demonstrable, specific, on-the-ground water-quality improvements and engage volunteers and decision makers.

Diversify—CBF diversifies our staff and board as the means to connect with and engage the diverse coalition of stakeholders necessary to save the Bay.


CBF Offices


Annapolis, MD   

Washington DC

Easton, MD    

Richmond, VA

Virginia Beach, VA   

Farm Crew- Temporary position
3/20/2017

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Farm Laborer at their Clagett Farm location in Upper Marlboro, MD. This is a part time, temporary position for 2 days per week, from April through October, 2017. 

THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, MD 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 in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit www.cbf.org.


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

Members of the farm crew will work at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Clagett Farm, which is located just a few miles east of the D.C. Beltway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  At Clagett Farm, we raise grass-fed beef cattle, native trees for stream restoration, organic produce, and Christmas trees.  Farm laborers will work primarily on the vegetable operation, which is a joint project with the Capital Area Food Bank.  Every week for 6 months, we distribute about half of our produce to low-income families, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries.   We sell the other half to our 250 members through a marketing system called Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA).  We rely on help from a large number of volunteers and people who work for produce. 

Essential functions include:

The primary duties of this position will be assisting the vegetable production team with harvesting and coordinating volunteers.  If interested, this farm laborer could also assist with other field work involved in growing organic vegetables, such as seeding, transplanting, weeding, mulching and trellising.  The work will often be difficult and strenuous under hot and humid conditions.  We will expect this person to work every Saturday (exceptions granted), plus one weekday for a total of 16 hours/week.  The pay is $11.50/hour. 


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

No experience is necessary.  We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who take joy in hard work, and who are committed to social justice and sustainable agriculture.  The successful candidate must possess the ability to lift a maximum of 50 pounds.  Housing is not provided.


To apply, please send cover letter and resume no later than April 3, 2017 to:

Human Resources/FY17-020-FC
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Cbf_employment@cbf.org


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.          

Events & Promotions Administrative Assistant (Temporary Position)
3/17/2017

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks an Events & Promotions Administrative Assistant to be based at Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD. This is a part time temporary position starting in April 2017 lasting until June 2017.
 
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, MD 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 in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit www.cbf.org.

CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

The Events & Promotions Temporary Administrative Assistant assists with the execution of all events and promotions supporting the efforts of the Development Department, from cultivation and stewardship events for donors, to large-scale fundraising events.

Essential functions include:

Assists with Event Production and Administration:

  • Assist with the execution and administrative details for one of CBF’s signature events-Bands in the Sand as well as other donor events as needed.
  • Serve as the first point of contact for incoming calls and emails regarding events.
  • Provide administrative support for events including, but not limited to:
    • List preparation and management in MS Excel.
    • RSVP tracking
    • Preparation of invoices, acknowledgement letters and other event-related mailings.
    • Fulfillment of ticket orders and production of all ticket-related mailings
    • Preparation of nametags and/or event check-in lists
  • Provide on-site event-day assistance, and logistical support as needed. This most often includes assisting with check-in, and may occasionally occur outside of normal work hours (must be available on June 9, 10 and 11).
  • Participate in the post-event evaluations, assisting in tracking the return on investment and cost-benefit analysis.
  • Assist the Manager of Events and Promotions in follow-up and filing contractual arrangements as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Proficiency in computer systems and MS Office software required, with mastery of Excel and mail merge functions of Word.
 

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than March 31, 2017 to:

Human Resources/FY17-019- EPT
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Cbf_employment@cbf.org

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.          

Education Administrative Assistant
3/7/2017

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a full time Administrative Assistant for the Education Department. The position is based at the Philip Merrill Center, CBF’s headquarters, in Annapolis, MD.


THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, MD 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 in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit www.cbf.org

CBF Environmental Education


Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate each year in CBF’s education field experiences or teacher professional learning. 

The Bay, and its watershed, is our classroom and CBF environmental educators are responsible for bringing the Bay alive to students.  We strive to make a lasting impression about the excitement and vulnerability of the Bay. 

Each of CBF’s 15 education programs has its own individual character. The field experience options run the gamut from urban boat programs in Baltimore and Hampton Roads to Pennsylvania canoe programs to remote island-based residential centers.  We use hands-on experiential teaching techniques to educate students about the health of the Bay and connect them back to their local environment.  Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the Bay by providing unforgettable, hands-on, student lead experiences that inspire them with a commitment to take action for the restoration of the Bay.

The education department is comprised of field programs, Teacher and Principal Professional Learning, Student Leadership, and Operations.  All of these components work closely to educate and empower students to take action towards “Saving the Bay.” 


CONTEXT OF POSITION


The Education Administrative Assistant provides administrative and project support to the Vice President of Education, Education Directors (Operations, Field, and Teacher Professional Learning) and other department staff as needed. Duties include administrative functions such as: drafting correspondence, designing presentations, writing reports, fielding phone calls, maintaining appointment schedule, planning events, assisting with teacher registrations, and monitoring office expenditures.  This position has frequent contact with members of the Board of Trustees, donors, CBF staff, school administrators, government officials, teachers, and education field staff.

Essential Functions:


• Design, develop, write, and edit reports, presentations, and letters. Must be proactive in the acquisition of relevant background knowledge in order to complete such tasks.
• Manage projects independently and work with minimal supervision
• Draft letters to state and local officials, school administrators, teachers, and others involved in environmental issues
• Manage the contract process between Education and Administration departments
• Field and prioritize phone calls and emails
• Plan meetings: reserve meeting rooms, contact participants, reserve/rent equipment, draft agendas, and coordinate logistics for education meetings, conferences, trainings and outreach
• Arrange for catering for events.  Provide refreshments and snacks for appropriate meetings
• Maintain databases, files, photos, news articles, and promotional content
• Attend all relevant staff meetings, provide summary of action items to attendees, and actively participate in the meetings.  Some meetings, retreats, and conferences are multi-day and require being away from home overnight or in the evening.
• Communicate with all departments within the organization, specifically the education department 
• Reconcile receipts and expense accounts
• Attend meetings as a representative of CBF
• Greet visitors and respond to routine requests for information
• Place orders for materials and supplies
• Assist with other duties as assigned

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Successful Candidate should possess the following:
• Bachelor’s degree in communications, education, or related field, or relevant experience required
• Must be highly organized, detail oriented, and able to accomplish tasks independently
• Highly skilled in the use of computers, including Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, database management, graphics, and presentation software
• Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
• Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay Foundation & the Education Department mission, strategic plans & goals, a plus

Physical Requirements:
• 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

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for (3) references no later than March 17, 2017 to:


Human Resources/FY17-017-EAA
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

employment@cbf.org

CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

 

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