Executive Director via Idealist

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Annapolis, MD, US

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a regional non-profit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland with offices in Virginia and Pennsylvania, seeks a dynamic, creative, and energetic leader to serve as Executive Director.

About the Alliance:
The Alliance was founded in 1971. Since its beginning, the Alliance’s core mission has been to lead, support and inspire local action to restore and protect the lands, rivers and streams of the Chesapeake Bay’s six watershed states and D.C. The Alliance accomplishes this mission through building strong partnerships with communities, businesses, NGOs and governments across the Bay watershed. We stress collaboration rather than litigation and lobbying. We strive to inspire people and communities to be stewards of their local streams and take part in the work of restoration. The Alliance also creates and supports innovative local and regional programs that produce measurable results.

Job Description:

The Executive Director – who leads the organization, under the guidance of the Board of Directors – leads a professional staff of over 30 and manages an annual budget of approximately $5 million. The Executive Director serves as principal spokesperson for the Alliance to the broader community, including political and business leaders, other environmental organizations, scientists, and federal, state and local government staff and officials. The Executive Director oversees the day to day operations of the organization. That includes providing guidance to the staff in the strategic development and implementation of all programs; overseeing financial, human resource, and grants management; developing, ensuring and maintaining a diversified funding stream to support program implementation; helping to lead development and fundraising efforts; and serving as primary liaison to the Board of Directors.

Expertise and Skills Required:

The Executive Directorwill be an energetic, creative, and goal oriented leader with:

  • exceptional leadership and management skills,
  • demonstrated capability to develop partnerships and identify creative solutions,
  • ability to serve as an articulate spokesperson for the Alliance,
  • experience with staff, financial and administrative management of organizations,
  • knowledge of Chesapeake Bay policies, issues and strategies, and
  • experience in development and fundraising, including foundation and government grants as well as corporate and private donations.


The Executive Director will have at least a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of experience in a related field, with a minimum of 5 years experience in a leadership and management role. Previous experience working with non-profit organizations and any related advanced degrees or certifications are also desirable.


The Executive Directorwill be based at the Alliance headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland with an ability to travel throughout the watershed as needed.