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Maryland Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission

Chesapeake Bay Commission
Annapolis, MD

Position: Maryland Director

The Chesapeake Bay Commission is seeking a highly motivated, creative individual to serve as its Maryland Director. The Maryland Director is responsible for representing the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and more specifically, the members of the Maryland Delegation, on all Chesapeake Bay-related matters. The position is directly responsible to the Executive Director and shall assist and coordinate on science, policy and legislative matters. This position is a full-time employee of the Commission and shall be considered an employee of a participating governmental unit in the state of Maryland for the purposes of pension benefits under Division II of the State Personnel and Pensions Article and for the purposes of health insurance and other employee benefits.

The Chesapeake Bay Commission

The Commission is a tri-state legislative authority dedicated to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. The Commission works interactively with the General Assemblies of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the U.S. Congress to develop sound policies and law related to the Chesapeake Bay. The Commission provides information and advice on Chesapeake Bay issues to the members of the three General Assemblies.

The Commission is one of the signatories to the Chesapeake Bay Agreement, along with the governors of each watershed state, the mayor of the District of Columbia, and the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agreement serves as the framework for the multi-jurisdictional Chesapeake Bay Program. As a signatory, the Commission serves as a leader of the Chesapeake Bay Program and is fully involved in all Bay Program policy and implementation decisions.

The Commission maintains a staff of five full-time employees. The Executive Director, Administrative Officer and Maryland Director are based in the headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland. The Pennsylvania Director and the Virginia Director each maintain offices housed within the General Assemblies of the Harrisburg and Richmond capitol complexes. All employees are responsible for both regional and state-specific work, as assigned by the Commission members and its Executive Director.

Job Responsibilities

The Maryland Director will develop policy recommendations and provide staff support to state legislators, agency representatives and citizens serving as Commission members. Specifically, this individual will: directly staff the Maryland Delegation to the Commission, support implementation of Delegation initiatives, and identify and research policy opportunities for Commission action; maintain contact with and monitor activities of the Maryland General Assembly, Maryland regulatory agencies, public interest groups, industry representatives and civic associations; assist with Commission-sponsored legislation and funding proposals and testify on legislation of interest or concern to the Commission; and assist with all details of Commission operations, including researching and analyzing environmental issues, planning for and presenting information at quarterly meetings and regularly briefing members on staff activities.
The Maryland Director will also be directly responsible for: co-authoring and editing the Annual Report and other Commission publications; representing the Commission on Chesapeake Bay Program activities and serving on various Bay Program Goal Implementation Teams and Ad-Hoc Workgroups; and working cooperatively with state and federal agency partners on a variety of regional initiatives.

Professional Experience, Education and Qualifications

The Maryland Director is a senior position requiring possession of a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in environmental policy, natural resources management, or a related field, and five or more years of full-time professional experience in environmental policy and legislative or regulatory matters. The Maryland Director must have experience managing project development and implementation independently, and have strong organizational skills, demonstrated personal initiative, the ability to prioritize tasks and an aptitude for working with a broad range of issues and diversity of stakeholders. Proficient writing and public speaking skills and a familiarity with the Maryland General Assembly, Maryland natural resource agencies and/or the U.S Congress is desirable. A Master’s degree or J.D. is preferable, and may be substituted for experience.

Salary & Benefits:

This position is a full-time employee of the Commission and shall be considered an employee of a participating governmental unit in the state of Maryland for the purposes of pension benefits under Division II of the State Personnel and Pensions Article and for the purposes of health insurance and other employee benefits.

How To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume with salary requirements and references to jdonnelly@chesbay.us. Applicants must submit salary requirements, a one-page case statement summarizing both interest and qualifications for the position, a resume and a writing sample. If selected for an interview, three references will be required. Further information can be sought by calling 410-263-3420 or e-mailing jdonnelly@chesbay.us.

Closing Date : 12/16/2016

Water Quality Goal Team Staffer

Chesapeake Research Consortium
Annapolis, MD

Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay requires committed, passionate individuals and the Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) seeks such an individual for a three-year appointment to the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Protect and Restore Water Quality Goal Implementation Team. The objective of this goal implementation team is to coordinate and provide support to the Bay Program partners in implementing nutrient and sediment reduction efforts necessary to meet the water quality goals set to restore the Bay's living resources. The group’s primary focus is to support efforts to reduce and cap the nutrient and sediment loads entering the Bay and to ensure that these reductions are maintained over time.

The candidate selected for this position will be involved in goal implementation team activities and will be responsible for meeting organization and support, member coordination and communication, task tracking, research and synthesis activities, and additional special projects as assigned. The experiences and skills gained from the three-year appointment will be valuable to someone seeking further education or career development in the policy or scientific fields. The selected candidate will work as a CRC employee at the U.S. EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program Office located in Annapolis, Maryland.

The ideal candidate for the position would have the following background and qualifications.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, environmental management, public policy, law, watershed planning, environmental economics, or a related field, with specific knowledge or experience in watershed management, nonpoint/point source pollution, and clean water law and policy.
  • Familiarity with the federal Clean Water Act.
  • Ability to work with people with a diversity of interests in a consensus building environment and independently plan meetings, develop agendas, and draft concise meeting minutes.
  • Ability to perform background research, analysis, and synthesis on policy and science related topics.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks under tight timelines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with partners at all levels of program activities with diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage and update content through a content management system for the Goal Implementation Team web page.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (knowledge of Microsoft Access a plus).
  • Familiarity with remote technologies such as video conferencing (Web-X, Adobe Connect, etc.).
  • Interest in learning how a multi-party, governmental-environmental-management partnership makes decisions effectively and sets and achieves goals through collaborative and regulatory processes.
  • A will to explore your career options and the passion and enthusiasm for the work and program.

Additional information about the CRC Environmental Career Development Program is available at www.chesapeake.org. Additional information about the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team is available at www.chesapeakebay.net.

Salary & Benefits:

The annual salary is $39,245 and a competitive vacation and benefits package is included for the three-year position. In addition to the experience gained through their work assignments, Staffers, through individual professional development plans, also attend professional conferences, workshops, and training related to their position and identified future career interests.

How To Apply:

Applications (a detailed cover letter, resume, list of at least three references, and a short writing sample) should be sent electronically to Melissa Fagan, Environmental Management Career Development Program Coordinator, at faganm@si.edu by December 18, 2016. Please include information concerning education and professional background, as well as immediate and long-term career goals.


CRC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or national origin. CRC maintains a drug-free workplace. All Staffers are required to complete a federal background check upon hire.

Closing Date : 12/18/2016

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