Baltimore Water Alliance
Executive Director Job Announcement
The Baltimore Water Alliance (working name) is a new organization forming from the merger of five existing watershed organizations in the Baltimore area. The mission of the new organization is to promote clean water in the Baltimore region, which it intends to do by conducting expanded and innovative education, restoration and advocacy programs related to
Baltimore’s streams, rivers and the harbor. The new organization will combine and build on the strengths of the individual watershed organizations and the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper to become the leading voice for clean water in the Baltimore region.
The Alliance seeks an experienced, respected and creative executive to help launch and lead the new organization. The ideal candidate must have a demonstrated record in nonprofit management; broad knowledge of environmental issues; ability to develop and implement strategic plans and policies; a track record in fundraising; ability to represent the organization in
political and public arenas; and good staff management skills. The executive director will have the following responsibilities:
Work with the board of directors to set policies for the organization;
Establish strategic plans and priorities in concert with the board and oversee their implementation;
Serve as the spokesperson for the organization;
Provide oversight of the finances of the organization;
Guide the fundraising and development activities of the organization;
Manage and grow the professional staff, including evaluation and hiring;
Oversee volunteer involvement in the organization;
In collaboration with the Finance Director and the Treasurer, prepare and present the annual budget to the Board of Directors for approval;
Represent the organization’s interests in building coalitions, forming partnerships, and other outreach activities;
Serve as the principal liaison to the board of directors.
Candidates for the position must demonstrate the following qualifications:
Commitment to the nonprofit mission of the organization;
Commitment to improving the environmental quality of the Baltimore region;
Bachelor’s degree and ten years experience in environmental management, nonprofit management, or a related field, or a suitable combination of education and experience
Demonstrated leadership capabilities;
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff and stakeholders;
Ability to organize and prioritize work and to build those skills in staff;
Strong interpersonal skills;
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
Experience in the use of computer technology, especially related to communication and social media;
Knowledge of environmental issues including watershed management and restoration; water policy; and current high profile topics including stormwater management;
Experience in working with government agencies including federal, state and local;
Proven success in fundraising including grants as well as donor gifts and events;
Motivation, integrity, energy and enthusiasm.
Compensation package is negotiable and commensurate with experience. The office for the organization is located in Baltimore, MD.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and three references via email to:
Please address your cover letter to the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Ms. Fran Flanigan and Dr.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2010.
Bridging the Watershed Educator
POSITION SUMMARY: The BTW educator facilitates day-long, curriculum-based field studies to middle and high schools students in an outdoor setting at national parks in the Washington, D.C. metro region. The position also includes contacting teachers, pre- and post-field study classroom visits, data recording and reporting.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Bridging the Watershed (BTW) is an outreach program of the Alice Ferguson Foundation in partnership with the National Capital Region of the National Park Service and area schools. The purpose of BTW is to promote student academic achievement, personal connections with the natural world, lifelong civic engagement, and environmental stewardship through hands-on curriculum-based outdoor studies in national parks and public lands. More information about Bridging the Watershed can be found at www.fergusonfoundation.org/btw/btw_index.shtml.
1. Assists in planning and presenting field studies in national parks
2. Provides pre-and/or post-field experiences in school classrooms
3. Attends meetings at schools, parks, etc.
4. Maintains program records (e.g., field study reports, updates)
5. Communicates with BTW partners
6. Provides additional support to BTW program (equipment management, contributions to e-newsletter, teacher and ranger training, other duties as assigned) and to AFF.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
1. Bachelor’s degree in science (i.e., environmental science, biology, natural resources) or education with major in science
2. Experience working in the out-of-doors
3. At least 1 year experience presenting education programs, preferably to high school students
4. Exhibits understanding of inquiry-based science
5. Experience working with adolescents
6. Dynamic presentation skills
7. Excellent communication skills
8. Good computer skills and ability to work with new technologies (e.g., PC/Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Excel, digital pens and cameras)
9. GIS and other technological proficiency a plus.
10. Good organization and problem-solving skills
11. Reliable, responsible, able to work independently and as part of a team, and able to problem solve creatively
The BTW educator position requires the use of a personal vehicle for commuting to meetings, field studies, etc.
Email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use BTW Educator as subject line.