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Executive Director

Chesapeake Bay Commission
Annapolis, MD

For more than 40 years, the Chesapeake Bay Commission has served as the Bay region’s policy leader, focused on policy, law, and budgets at the state and federal levels.  The Commission works to support the restoration of the waters, land, and habitats, and promote the well-being of the people, that define the Chesapeake Bay.  The Commission’s reach and impact are watershed-wide.

As a tri-state legislative body, the Commission works predominantly with the legislatures of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland to develop sound policies and laws related to the Chesapeake Bay. The Commission provides information and advice on Chesapeake Bay issues to the members of these three legislatures. The Commission also works interactively with the executive branch leaders and agencies of these three states as well as Congress.

The Chesapeake Bay Commission seeks a new Executive Director (ED), who will report directly to the leadership and members of the Commission. The ED provides visionary leadership and strategic policy oversight to Commission members and staff. The ED also participates at the highest levels of the Bay Program, providing leadership on the Program’s priorities and actions. The ED serves as the senior manager of the Commission staff and its offices in the three states of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The ED oversees the staff work plans and priorities as well as interactions with Commission members, other elected officials, state and federal agencies, and partner organizations such as environmental NGOs and agricultural and business advocacy groups. Specific qualifications include:

  • At least ten years of experience in environmental policymaking, organizational leadership, and public speaking. Graduate-level degree in environmental policy, science, or law preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to distill complex issues into understandable terms as well as the ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Experience in a leadership role working on environmental issues, including working and negotiating with high-ranking officials, legislators, business, and community leaders.
  • Ability to understand local, regional, and federal political landscapes and serve as an effective advocate, liaison, and negotiator.
  • Familiarity with Chesapeake Bay environmental issues and laws as well as the legislatures and legislative processes of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
  • Strong organizational, partnership, and resource allocation skills.
  • Willingness to travel and flex hours according to work demands.

This position offers a competitive salary of up to $150k.

The Commission offers a comprehensive state benefits package including vacation and personal days, state holidays, sick days, health, vision, dental, and life insurance, a defined-benefits pension plan, and a tax-deferred (401K and 457) retirement plan. A state vehicle is available for work travel. Parking is provided. The position is based in Annapolis, Maryland.

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