Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay. Serving as a watchdog, we fight for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Our motto, "Save the Bay," is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake's six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 17 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals.

With offices in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia and 15 field centers, CBF leads the way in restoring the Bay and its rivers and streams. Over the last four decades, we have created broad understanding of the Bay's poor health, engaged public leaders in making commitments to restore the Chesapeake, and fought successfully to create a new approach to cleanup that features real accountability-the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

But the Bay is still a system dangerously out of balance. We continue to engage in education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration to turn the tide and leave a legacy of clean water for future generations.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD, USA
Apr 17, 2018
Full time
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Campaign Director to be based at its Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD. Context of the Position The Chesapeake can become the model of environmental improvement—collaborative restoration based on science that can restore watersheds and clean water across the globe—all while enriching the lives of the watershed’s 18 million residents.  Although the Bay is showing tremendous signs of recovery, it remains a system dangerously out of balance. The Chesapeake Bay now stands at a decisive moment: It will either continue to get healthier and naturally resilient, becoming a worldwide model for change, or slide backwards. How we respond right now will determine its fate.  Now more than ever, we must accelerate our efforts to defend and advance the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. We will fight for our future with an investment of $50 million over five years to bolster the Bay’s natural infrastructure, expand and diversify the Bay’s constituency, and oppose the Administration’s efforts head-on with the highest levels of advocacy and litigation.   The Making History Campaign Director will be responsible for working with CBF leadership in developing and implementing the organization’s new campaign, with the ultimate goal of fully implementing the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint by 2025.  CBF has launched a fundraising effort to support this work, developed a framework that includes increasing forested buffers in Pennsylvania and oysters in Virginia and Maryland, and dramatically increasing our advocacy base and impact.   This position is considered a senior position and will report directly to the VP of Environmental Protection and Restoration (EPR).  Additionally, this position will work closely with all departments to ensure effective strategies are developed and implemented.  A successful candidate will have experience in designing and implementing national issue campaigns, and a broad understanding of strategic communications, grassroots advocacy designed to influence federal and state decision makers, and, ideally, fundraising. Essential Functions 1.    Further Designing and Implementing the Making History Campaign by: Working with and providing guidance to core teams associated with each part of the overarching campaign; Supervising the Tree and Oyster Campaign Coordinators and providing oversight of partner & coalition efforts to support the Campaign goals; Chairing an interdepartmental workgroup for the Campaign; Serving as point person for the work being completed by various EPR staff as it relates to the Making History Campaign;  Working with CBF State Directors and Grassroots staff on strategy to increase support for implementing the Blueprint in key communities by 2025; Working with Communications staff to implement effective communications strategies using tools such as social media, print, paid advertising, and message development to educate and motivate CBF members and the public to support the Blueprint; Working with Development staff to ensure campaign goals, objectives and progress   are clearly defined and tracked for donor communications. 2.    Assisting in managing campaign budget by: Assisting the Executive Management Team in overseeing Making History campaign budget to ensure effective expenditures of funds and budget discipline; and Assisting VP of Development in fundraising efforts associated with the Making History campaign. 3.    Motivating and empowering CBF staff and Board to advocate for the Chesapeake Blueprint by: Working with Communications staff to develop staff outreach and education platforms to ensure staff feel prepared to speak about and advocate for Chesapeake Blueprint; Working with President and VP of Development to develop effective outreach efforts for Board members; and Providing organizational tools and systems to track progress, ensure strong internal communication and coordination of efforts to defend and implement Blueprint. Professional Experience and Qualifications Minimum 7 years’ experience in developing and implementing state, regional and/or national issue campaigns or similar initiatives, including specific experience in strategic communications and political advocacy.  At least five years’ experience in advocacy of complex environmental issues a plus.  Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, policies and guidelines governing water quality protection is helpful.  Excellent oral and written communication skills. Additional Information Please note this is a campaign-funded position that is expected to be funded for multiple years.  However, as with any position that is dependent on campaign money, there is the risk of unexpected funding problems and the position can no longer being funded through the campaign.  IF that should happen, CBF will review the position at that time to determine if it can then be funded from other sources of income within the organization. How to Apply To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume no later than   April 20, 2018 . Remember to say you found this opportunity at And always apply early because employers may close the job listing early.