Executive Director

Maryland Coastal Bays Foundation Published: August 13, 2019
Berlin, MD
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~ The Maryland Coastal Bays Foundation (MCBP), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, exists to protect and conserve the waters and surrounding watershed of Maryland’s coastal bays to enhance their ecological values and sustainable use for both present and future generations. ~

The MCBP is one of 28 National Estuary Programs in the U.S. and is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of waters and surrounding watershed of Maryland’s Coastal Bays.  MCBP facilitates a broad partnership of individuals, organizations, and agencies, representing numerous stakeholders and interested parties.

Through its programs and staff, the MCBP partnership undertakes collaborative science and restoration, research, and education projects in the Maryland Coastal Bays and St. Martin River. Our partners include the towns of Ocean City and Berlin, the National Park Service, Worcester County, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Environment and Planning, the community of Ocean Pines as well as numerous non-profit, business, and local organizations.    

Position Overview

MCBP is accepting resumes for the Executive Director leadership position. The Executive Director is a regular full-time salaried position (40 + hours weekly). Under the direction of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, s/he functions as the principal at MCBP, responsible for the overall implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. This is accomplished through leadership of the program staff, coordination of partnership programs and projects, and strong community support. 


Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Management of financial and human resources, including fundraising and grants management;
  • Staff development, program leadership, and natural resource policy coordination; and
  • Leading the implementation of a comprehensive watershed plan, interacting with a variety of partners and stakeholders.

Desired Experience and Qualifications

  • 7-10 years in a leadership role within a natural resource management, science or watershed organization.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant program area.
  • Experience in a leadership role and demonstrated ability to lead a highly functional small team of professional staff, including developing professional and personal strengths of staff members.
  • Exhibits an action-oriented, entrepreneurial and adaptive approach to organizational planning and implementation.
  • Experience in the non-profit sector and an organization/Board of Directors relationship. Knowledge of non-profit accounting and budgeting is essential.
  • Experience with managing a comprehensive watershed plan; developing, maintaining and expanding a partnership approach to implementation.
  • Experience in fiscal management of government and foundation grants and other funding related to support of the non-profit sector.
  • Extensive knowledge of organizational dynamics and proven experience in working at all levels of government, with private landowners, farmers, area businesses and organizations, community groups, recreational and commercial fishing and boating interests.
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills as they relate to staff, Board, program partners, volunteers, and the public. Ability to communicate with groups of scientists, educators, resource managers, and public representatives, and possess the ability supervise and make decisions related to data and information collected from all sources.
  • The ability to interact with staff (at all levels) with a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to this role. Strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail are equally important.

Compensation: Base salary will be in the $65-$70K range and subject to negotiation based on experience and qualifications. The applicant should submit a minimum salary range that will be acceptable subject to negotiations.

To Apply

  • For more information, please contact: Frank Piorko, Executive Director 410-213-2297 ext. 210 or email him. 
  • The full job description can be found on the MCBP website.

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is an equal opportunity employer.

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