Want to work for the nation's premier watershed restoration partnership? Check out current and ongoing job openings at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office in Annapolis, Maryland.
The Director of Communications for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) is a highly motivated, creative, and strategic thinker who will play an integral role in the daily and long-range, watershed-wide Chesapeake Bay restoration effort by supporting the partnership’s outreach and communication efforts to educate and engage citizens across the region. The position is responsible for and will oversee the operation of the CBP Communications Office including: strategic planning, media relations, event implementation, internal communications, outreach, social media and website activities and other communications needs. The Communications Director will also coordinate and centralize public communications, ensuring stakeholders and the public receive consistent and coherent messages about the CBP’s efforts. The Communications Director maintains a close working relationship with the CBP Director and coordinates regularly with a wide variety of CBP members. This position is also a member of the Alliance’s senior Management Team.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Work with the CBP Director to establish and maintain the strategic direction for overall CBP Communications efforts while seeking feedback from other CBP stakeholders.
• Oversee the quality, timeliness and relevance of all CBP communications products.
• Supervise and support the Communications Office staff (team of five) and manage paid internships that increase the capacity of the CBP Communications Office.
• Build and maintain strong, working relationships with CBP leadership, partners, experts and staff, as well as regional and environmental news media.
• Facilitate successful internal communications strategies across partnership’s science and policy community.
• Serve as Chair for the Chesapeake Executive Council (EC) Planning Team while also organizing and executing communications and event logistics for annual EC meeting.
• Oversee communications efforts to increase the diversity of audiences who are aware of and engaged in Bay issues and watershed stewardship.
• Direct initiatives focused on building and maintaining media relationships that will increase public awareness of the CBP and Bay restoration efforts.
• Expand communications strategies/tools to reach minority and underserved communities.
• Manage grant requirements and budget and report for the Communications Office, including procurements. Manage contracts that support Communications Office work tasks or initiatives.
• Support the CBP director, deputy director and other CBP leadership as communications needs arise for editorials, talking points, presentations, media interview materials and other tasks as appropriate.
• Facilitate the creation and release of CBP’s annual public health and restoration report.
• Collaborate with the CBP web team and Web Development Director.
• Coordinate monthly meetings of the Communications Workgroup.
Expertise and Skills:
The CBP Communications Director should:
• Possess proven leadership experience and ability to think strategically.
• Enjoy building and managing positive working relationships with a diverse array of people including scientists, stakeholders, media, and state and federal agency staff.
• Possess outstanding and positive interpersonal abilities as well as strong verbal, written and public speaking skills.
• Have knowledge and/or experience with strategic communications planning.
• Have strong organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple tasks.
• Demonstrate a general understanding of environmental restoration and policy issues (preferably those related to the Chesapeake).
• Show strong abilities to understand and synthesize technical/scientific information and experience with the best practices for communicating this information to a non-technical audience.
• Have experience in communications and outreach best practices in support of diversity.
• Illustrate experience and knowledge of online communications practices and tools and social media management.
• Experience and/or demonstrated skills in marketing, media relations, public outreach, program management, personnel management, facilitation, oral presentation and writing.
• Have the ability to articulate the mission and values of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the Chesapeake Bay Program.
Qualifications: The Communications Director will have at least a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years’ experience in a leadership role with a focus on communications strategy, public relations, media, journalism or a related field. Previous experience working with non-profit organizations is preferred.
Supervision: The CBP Communications Director reports to the Executive Director of the Alliance while receiving substantial guidance from the CBP Director on communications priorities and needs.
Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Some benefits available.
Please submit cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and references to: firstname.lastname@example.org with CBP Director of Communications in the subject line. No phone calls please.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay was founded in 1971, and since its beginning, has been in the forefront of restoration efforts in the watershed. Our core mission is to lead, support and inspire local action to restore and protect the lands, rivers and streams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This mission is accomplished through strong partnerships with communities, businesses, NGOs and governments across the six watershed states and Washington DC; working to inspire people and communities to be stewards of their local streams and take part in the work of restoration; and through creation and support of innovative local and regional programs that produce measurable results. The Alliance has been a key partner of the CBP for more than 30 years and provides direct support of specific initiatives or activities of the CBP through grants and cooperative agreements. Management of CBP Communications Office is one of those direct relationships.