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Vice President of Environmental Education

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Vice President of Environmental Education to be based at their Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD.


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 Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF's headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first LEED platinum building.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


CBF’s education program has been operating field experiences for students of all ages since 1972.  Approximately 30,000 students, teachers, school administrators and adult decision makers participate each year in field experiences, teacher training, student leadership courses or principal leadership programs.

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

Each of CBF’s 14 education programs has its own individual character.  We stress patient, careful, and individual observation by participants.  The senses---sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch---are the most valuable tools for studying the Bay.   Other tools are useful supplements: trawls, seines, cast nets, field guides, binoculars, and water chemistry equipment.  We use hands-on teaching techniques to motivate and educate the students.  The field experience runs the gamut from the inner cities of Baltimore and Hampton Roads to remote Fox Island.  

The education department is administered from our Annapolis office and is comprised of field programs, teacher professional development, and student leadership and action.  All of these components work closely to encourage and lead students and teachers to take action toward “Saving the Bay.”  

CBF’s Education program is a dynamic, comprehensive outdoor environmental education program for students, teachers, school administrators, adult decision makers, and donors.  The VP, Education will oversee all aspects of the Education program including: strategic program development and implementation, long range planning, fundraising, managing multi-million dollar budget, internal and external program marketing, establishing partnerships with external organizations, supervision of program directors, and oversight of education fleet and facilities. Ensures program alignment with CBF priorities and coordination across programs. Serves as the liaison between the department and the Board of Trustees and is a member of CBF’s Executive Management Team and Strategic Initiatives Team.

Essential functions include:

1. Develop and implement broad Education vision, programs, and strategy.

  • Strategic planning—set goals and objectives for department, with education senior management team and for organization, with executive management team.
  • Articulate and evaluate a long-term vision for CBF’s education program, along with education senior management team, that ensures continued excellence and anticipates changing needs of target audiences and the organization. 

2. Oversee the operation of CBF’s award-winning education program.

  • Ensure that programs are safe, experiential and of highest quality.
  • Directly supervise directors of education programs; indirectly supervise approximately fifty staff.
  • Maintain important and longstanding community relations on Tangier and Smith Islands as part of CBF’s residential island center program.
  • Maintain and support the highest standards in recruiting, hiring, and managing staff.
  • Stay abreast of risk management best practices to ensure safety for 30,000 field participants, which includes students, teachers, school administrators, adult decision makers, donors, and staff.
  • Negotiate commitments from state and county Boards of Education to incorporate environmental literacy.

3. Engage CBF’s Board of Trustees, the President, the Executive Management Team, Strategic Initiatives Team, Education Directors Team, in determining implementation of strategies to meet departmental and organizational program goals and objectives.

  • Involve Trustees in major Education program decisions; inform Board of departmental progress.
  • Convene CBF’s Board Education Taskforce as needed to inform strategic initiatives.
  • Communicate regularly with members of the Executive Management Team to ensure ongoing program alignment with organizational priorities and leverage opportunities for inter-departmental collaboration.
  • Integrate and align department activities with Vice Presidents of other departments.

4. Fundraising

  • In conjunction with Development, raise funds for Environmental Education core programs as well as strategic initiatives and/or campaign related projects.
  • Solicit program funds from donors, corporations, government legislatures and agencies.

5. Develop and implement departmental budget.

  • Create budget in accordance with guidelines set by executive management team and in collaboration with Director of Operations.
  • Ensure that all earned income is appropriately raised.
  • In collaboration with Administration, the construction and maintenance of all Education facilities, vessels, vehicles, and other equipment.

6. Develop and maintain external partnerships, including school systems, funders, and government officials as appropriate, in ensuring program alignment with local, state, and national educational needs and trends, as well as regional and local education priorities.

  • State Departments of Education
  • Strategic school system models
  • Government organizations involved in education
  • Other Education NGOs


  • Master’s degree in education or equivalent experience in related fields.
  • Minimum of ten to fifteen years of experience in environmental education.
  • Extensive experience with outdoor/environmental education programs as a former educator or thorough understanding of nuances involved in running a safe and comprehensive, multi state outdoor education program. Proven success by creating behavioral changes in participants and providing opportunity for the next generation of Bay Stewards.
  • Proven success with the use of technology to promote and develop outdoor environmental educational programs.
  • Extensive knowledge of program development, staff management, education theory, environmental advocacy, and state education standards.
  • Excellent communication skills, including dynamic public speaking/presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and develop staff to achieve maximum impact and future opportunity to achieve departmental/organizational goals.
  • Passion for the outdoors, environmental education.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements in confidence no later than August 11, 2014 to:

Human Resources/FY15-03-VPEdu

Deborah Boyd, Director of Human Resources

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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