The Chesapeake Bay Trust seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Program Officer for the Urban Trees Grant Program. The Trust was tapped to administer this new grant program by the Maryland General Assembly via HB 991 of the 2021 legislative session, and its goal is 500,000 new urban trees planted (and maintained) within the next eight years. Duties will include assisting potential applicants with ideas and proposal generation; identifying new potential grant applicants and applications; soliciting, reviewing, and administering awards to nonprofit organizations, governments, schools, and other applicants that are committed to planting trees in urban, underserved areas as defined in the statute. The position will require frequent site visits to proposed and completed project sites. This person will be a key member of a 20+ person staff and will report to the Urban Trees Program Manager.
About the Trust
The Chesapeake Bay Trust seeks to engage and empower diverse groups to take actions that enrich the natural resources and local communities of the Chesapeake Bay region. The Trust is a nonprofit grant-making organization established by state government in 1985. The Trust currently makes 350-400 grants and other awards per year ranging from $100 to ~$400,000 for projects in the K-12 environmental education, on-the-ground restoration, science, capacity building, and community engagement realms. In the past 15 years, the Trust has increased its grant-making four-fold through various revenues streams under the purview of four Trust departments, with annual awards of approximately $12-20 million. This new urban tree initiative will serve to almost double the Trust’s grant-making again.
Candidates must have the following skills, abilities, and/or qualifications:
$50,000-$60,000 with an excellent benefits package and opportunities for related professional development through workshops, training programs, and conferences.
Applications will be considered through August 30, 2022, though the position will remain open until filled. Please send a resume and cover letter via email to email@example.com and place job title “Program Officer – Urban Trees” in the subject line of the email. In your cover letter, please address your ability, based on your skills and experience, to accomplish the specific duties of the position as outlined above. Please describe why you would be an excellent member of the Trust team and why you would be an excellent choice to lead this new urban tree initiative. Applicants that do not address these two points in a cover letter but instead simply outline past experience are unlikely to be considered.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. We encourage applications from people of color.
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