Thursday, October 28, 2010

MAEOE seeks new Executive Director

Bronwyn has decided to move on – heading home to New Orleans (all are welcome to visit). Please help MAEOE find a good leader.

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

Jessup, Maryland

Annual Salary Range: $45,000-50,000

Anticipated Start Date: February 10, 2011


The current board structure allows for up to 21 sitting directors. They are elected by fellow board members and have no set term limits. The board meets in alternate months. Like many nonprofits of similar size and history, the MAEOE Board is rapidly evolving from a founder’s mentality to a professional Board. Ultimately the Board reports to the membership of MAEOE. The Board of Directors has the following committee structure:

· Executive Committee: Out-going President, Board President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and 2 Members At Large

· Conference

· Maryland Green Schools

· Schoolyard Habitat

· EE Certification

· Communications

· Membership

· Research

· Ad hoc committees currently focus on by-laws


The next Executive Director of MAEOE will have an opportunity to take the helm of a vibrant, growing, respected organization and lead it to the next level. We seek an individual with proven leadership skills who can continue to grow and strengthen the organization. The new ED will lead a collaborative, high functioning team in fulfilling MAEOE’s mission. We seek a passionate individual who can embody and effectively communicate the importance of the organization’s work.

The successful candidate must be a team leader and have experience managing and mentoring a staff of at least 2 direct reports. It is imperative that this person has financial management skills required to manage a budget of $400,000. The next Executive Director of MAEOE will possess excellent communication skills, fundraising acumen, personnel management experience, familiarity with environmental education policy issues, the ability to conduct all aspects of a growing business, knowledge of non-profits, team-building expertise, flexibility, a willingness to work long hours and a dedication to the mission.

The organization is coming to the close of its current strategic plan. The new executive director will collaborate with the Board and staff to implement a new strategic plan in 2011. The next set of milestones in the areas of membership, fundraising, programs and staff development will be the charge of the incoming Executive Director. The ED reports to the Board President, currently Elena Takaki, and the Executive Committee. The ED must be comfortable taking policy direction from and working with a group of diverse backgrounds and concerns. This is an active Board and the ED must foster a strong working relationship with Board Members. The ED provides essential input to the Board of Directors as a catalyst for new ideas and ways in which the organization can achieve its mission and ultimately fulfill its obligation to its members and the environmental education community. Specific duties include:

Staff Management

The new ED must be a calm and steady leader, grounded by a deep passion for the mission of MAEOE. The ED promotes an attitude of high energy and excellent teamwork in a collaborative and mutually supportive and respectful environment. The ED supervises and coordinates the duties and actions of the professional staff. Currently the ED has three direct reports: Maryland Green School Coordinator, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer and the bookkeeper. During the summer months, MAEOE hosts high school volunteers. The ED leads by example and fosters excellent communication within the staff. She/he serves as a mentor and inspiring leader, guiding a seasoned staff poised for additional responsibility and career growth.

· Ensure staff performs its job responsibilities and meets goals and deadlines, by supporting and facilitating the work of each program area.

· Work with and mentor staff to identify strengths, provide training, develop skills and increase responsibility and ownership of projects.

· Assume responsibility for all staffing decisions.

· Assure that performance goals are in place for all staff members Provide annual performance and salary reviews for all direct reports.

· Empower staff to make decisions in their respective areas.

· Maintain human resource employee files.

· Contribute to solutions through creative problem-solving skills.

· Act as the primary point of contact between the staff and Board.

Board of Directors

· Provide monthly updates on the status of all components of the organization to the Executive Committee

· Assist and advise the Board of Directors with policy issues, debate and decisions.

· Present and advocate for operational and staffing decisions at Board meetings and Executive Committee meetings.

· Assist in the work of Board committees.

· Inform the Board of any issues through periodic updates.

· Develop task forces or ad-hoc committees as needed on special issues and projects.

Development and Membership

· Work with staff and board to develop a diversified revenue base, strengthen relationships with key donors and funders, and increase MAEOE’s membership.

· Assist in the creation of a long-term fundraising plan.

· Maintain a portfolio of major donor prospects. Lead and participate in face-to-face solicitation meetings.

· Build relationships with major donors by participating in events and activities.

· Reach out to and develop additional corporate partnerships.

· Manage and develop existing and future foundation collaborations.

Long Term Strategic Planning

· Collaborate with the Board and staff in development of strategic vision.

· Work with the Board to facilitate annual updates of the strategic plan.

· Align the annual budget with the Strategic Plan.

· Anticipate and position the MAEOE for strategic changes.

· Recognize emerging issues and position the MAEOE to effectively respond to them.


· Oversee all financial matters of MAEOE.

· Assure long-term financial viability and implement long-term financial strategy in conjunction with the Board and its officers.

· Create and manage the annual budget.

· Assure implementation of appropriate financial controls.

· Assure proper cash management procedures.

· Provide regular reports to the Treasurer and Board President.

· Facilitate the annual audit/review as required.

· Oversee the management of contracts and related insurance

Policy and Partnerships

· Represent MAEOE and environmental education interests within the greater environmental and political landscape.

· Work with advocacy staff and board committee to develop and promote MAEOE positions on policy issues that affect environmental educators.

· Build relationships and create partnerships influencing the directions of policy that impacts environmental educators.

· Maintain executive level contacts with EE policy makers including


· Prepare press releases

· Manage professional development calendar

· Regularly update website

· Manage MAEOE Facebook and Link’d IN presence

· Field calls and email inquiries

· Prepare annual report


The ED will be compensated with a base salary commensurate with experience and expertise and will participate in the MAEOE benefits plan. Salary Range: $45,000-50,000


The ED will work out of the MAEOE offices located within the ENVIRO CENTER at 7761 Waterloo Rd, Jessup, MD 20794 (near Columbia)

Email cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Elena Takaki, MAEOE Board President at (preferred) or mail to:

7761 Waterloo Rd

Jessup, MD 20794


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