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PA Outreach and Advocacy Manager

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a PA Outreach and Advocacy Manager to be based at their PA State Office located in Harrisburg.


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


The PA Outreach & Advocacy Manager is the lead professional in the Pennsylvania Office in envisioning, developing, and executing outreach and advocacy activities. The position is focused within Pennsylvania's portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, but includes efforts throughout the Commonwealth as necessary. The Manager is responsible for organizing and engaging CBF constituents, the state legislature and administration, other conservation leaders and organizations, "non-traditional" partners, and the general public. The position also requires engaging with federal legislative officials and staff in conjunction with the CBF Director of Federal Affairs. This position works cooperatively on CBF priority regional issues with Headquarters staff, including those associated with the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, and serves as a member of CBF's internal Grassroots Team. The Manager works as part of a professional team that includes specialists in science, policy, restoration, development, education, and communication. The Manager utilizes Pennsylvania staff expertise in coordination with Headquarters staff to maximize CBF effectiveness in working with groups and individuals to realize the goals of the organization. This position manages Pennsylvania Grassroots Field Staff, volunteers, and interns.

Essential functions include:

1. Engage and organize CBF constituents and other members of the environmental community to work on legislative and regulatory issues of importance to Pennsylvania's rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Develop, diversify, expand, and lead CBF's Pennsylvania grassroots activities to ever increasing levels through innovative and creative organizing and engagement methods.

  • Develop, diversify, and manage Pennsylvania grassroots tools to cultivate, inspire, and train citizen leaders and constituents on environmental issues and skills and inspire them to take action, such as volunteer and member programs, speakers' bureau, trainings/workshops, phone banking, door-to-door canvass, and electronic alerts.
  • With the assistance of staff, develop and lead strategies for the development of advocates in key state and federal legislative districts.
  • Provide the grassroots, advocacy strategy and action for legislative and other policy initiatives undertaken by the Pennsylvania Office. Work closely with Headquarters staff to coordinate regional efforts.
  • Lead efforts to develop and maintain partnerships and coalitions with both conservation and other "non-traditional" interest groups.
  • Work cooperatively with staff to maximize interaction with key state and federal legislators and their district staff.

2. Continuously increase the awareness of the Pennsylvania Office of CBF and its priorities and programs among local, state, and federal elected officials, traditional and "non-traditional" partners, and the general public.

  • Collaborate with staff to develop and maximize opportunities for media, partnerships, and contact with state legislators and federal district offices through volunteer events, projects, workshops, speakers' bureau, etc.
  • Plan and execute special events, programs, and projects for traditional and "non-traditional" partners, including forums and regional workshops.
  • Plan and execute special events, programs, and projects for the general public and CBF members, including forums and regional workshops.
  • Plan and execute special events for General Assembly members and key Administration officials.
  • Develop and lead strategies to grow PA Office of CBF membership on various levels.

3. Work in coordination with Communications department staff to develop written and electronic materials that synthesize technical information and educate, inspire, and involve people in the protection and restoration of Pennsylvania's rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

4. Assist in the expansion and maintenance of "grasstops" engagement in the Pennsylvania Office.

  • Work with PA Executive Director and Assistant Director to associate with and integrate CBF's board members into the Pennsylvania Office legislative activities, priorities, and programs.
  • Coordinate "grasstops" activities with Pennsylvania Development Director.

5. Serve as Pennsylvania Office liaison for CBF Grassroots and Blueprint efforts.

  • Engage and collaborate with Pennsylvania Education staff.
  • Represent Pennsylvania Office in internal Grassroots and Blueprint meetings and events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years of experience that includes a variety of grassroots organizing, volunteer leadership and training, engagement with legislators, and demonstrated creative insight and skills. Experience with political campaigns is not mandatory but preferred. Successful candidates will have demonstrated strong strategic and interpersonal skills and creative methods to engage and motivate the public to take action for the environment. Successful candidates offer at least three to five years of supervisory and project management experience.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than August 25, 2014 to:

Human Resources/FY15-08-PAOAM
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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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