Pennsylvania Student Leadership and Education Coordinator

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Harrisburg, PA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Established in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams, and the wildlife that call it home through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration. Since 2010, CBF has engaged in a focused effort to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, a binding federal and state collaborative agreement aimed at reducing pollution to the science-based, legally-affirmed levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Blueprint is expected to be fully implemented by 2025. If the states and the federal government achieve Blueprint goals, the Bay will finally—after decades of failed efforts—be removed from the Clean Water Act’s impaired waters list. Successfully implementing the Blueprint depends on a well-informed, engaged, active, and diverse constituency of members, advocates, and volunteers who speak up and take action to save the Bay.

CBF has a staff of approximately 190 employees working in offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. as well as 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water policies, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center—one of the world’s most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings—in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $26 million and is supported by 300,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF, please visit

Context of the Position

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Pennsylvania Student Leadership & Education Coordinator’s role is to manage and innovate the student leadership program and supervise the PA field education program staff. The field staff consists of the PA Student and Restoration Program (PA StAR) educators and the Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education Program (SWEEP) educators. This is a fulltime position based both in the Harrisburg, PA office and in the field.

Salary Range: $45,000 – $52,000 (commensurate with experience)

Essential Functions

1. Student Leadership Coordinator duties include:
a. Cultivate a set number of high school students who will serve as the core of the Student Leadership program in Pennsylvania
b. Design & teach programs that:
       i. Provide students with a solid comprehensive understanding of Bay issues and ecology through experiential education programming
       ii. Train students as facilitators and organizers for projects and activities
c. Maintain existing partnerships with organizations such as the Future Farmers of America (FFA), and the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils
d. Identify and develop new partnerships with relevant student organizations in PA
e. Grow and expand the impact of CBF’s Mentors in Agriculture (MAC) Program that matches FFA members with CBF restoration staff to develop and implement student Supervised Agricultural Experiences
f. Attend student conferences and conventions, host events and meetings, facilitate workshops & field experiences
g. Manage administrative tasks for the summer student leadership program which includes processing student registrations, communicating with students & parents about the summer programs, training designated staff as course leads, and providing logistical support to summer course staff
h. Track and report on project & advocacy goals and provide timely updates about achievements to supervisors and other CBF departments

2. Education Management duties include:
a. Manage, guide and support field education staff by providing training on inquiry-based teaching methods and content
b. Conduct field site visits to observe teaching styles and techniques for each field program during the fall and spring seasons
c. Provide feedback on teaching methods and strategies with field staff and at the conclusion of each site visit and throughout the field seasons
d. Substitute as an educator for field staff, as needed
e. Provide training, in collaboration with Fleet & Facilities Managers and Directors of Field Programs & Operations, on all aspects of program management: education policies, safety procedures, equipment use, maintenance of boats, facilities, and all educational gear
f. Ensure that staff complete all required checklists in a timely manner
g. Plan and provide team meetings, at least twice a year, to promote teamwork and additional safety or education training
h. Serve as a liaison between field staff and the office to coordinate PA programs schedules
i. Conduct Career Investment Discussion reviews for field staff to establish goals for developing program plans and staff professional development

3. Other:
a. Plan, lead, or assist with Chesapeake Classrooms and Student Leadership courses
b. Attend all safety trainings and professional development offerings
c. Attend Senior Management Team and Education Agenda Setting Team meetings and retreats
d. Contribute to long-range strategic planning, managing program goals, and facilitate agenda items & sessions, as needed
e. Other duties, as assigned

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Successful Candidate should possess the following:

· Bachelor’s degree.
· 3-5 years’ experience teaching in either a formal or non-formal setting
· 1-3 years’ experience managing staff
· Possess a working knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
      o Public school systems: operations and organization
      o The process of passing state legislation
      o Marketing and outreach strategies and techniques
· Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills that includes the ability to adapt to different age groups, settings, & audiences
· Proficient at creating & delivering engaging presentations for large audiences
· Collaborative work style that includes working within a team as well as independently
· Knowledge of environmental issues in Pennsylvania

Physical Requirements:
· Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects-at least 45 pounds (canoes and other equipment)
· This physically demanding position involves year-round exposure to the elements
· Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends
· Ability to work away from home for multiple-day periods throughout the year
· Ability to travel to attend trainings & meetings
· Ability to have reliable transportation to travel to CBF field programs & locations as needed

· Must pass a criminal background check and secure Pennsylvania background clearances, per PA state law
· Must possess a valid driver’s license, submit a driving record, and have an acceptable driving record
· All education staff participate in a pre-employment & random drug screening program per the requirements of the US Coast Guard

CBF is committed to supporting their staff by providing robust training opportunities including: First Mate training, medical certification as a Wilderness First Responder, American Canoe Association certification, extensive training in field education theory and practice, and consideration for training to obtain a US Coast Guard Captains license.

How to Apply

Using the link below, please submit a cover letter and resume no later than December 13, 2019.

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