Maryland Staff Attorney

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Maryland Staff Attorney in the EPR Department to be based at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center located in Annapolis, MD.

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 210 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 $30 million and is supported by over 300,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF, please visit our About CBF page.

About the Hiring Department

Environmental Protection and Restoration (EPR)

CBF's Environmental Protection and Restoration (EPR) department defends and restores the Chesapeake Bay by protecting the Bay's natural resources from pollution and other harmful activities by fighting for strong and effective laws and regulations; restoring the Bay's essential habitats and filtering mechanisms; and involving citizens in CBF's environmental efforts by recruiting, training, and incorporating them as effective partners and leaders.

Context of the Position

This position works closely with the Maryland Executive Director and other members of the Maryland Office to implement strategic initiatives that advance CBF’s goals and priorities through regulation, policy and litigation. The Attorney will lead the Maryland Office work with the state legislature and support initiatives to build relationships and improve policy at the state and local level. The Attorney will work with the MD Assistant Director and MD Outreach Manager to educate and drive action by our membership on initiatives. The Attorney will coordinate with CBF’s Litigation Department when the need for litigation arises to advance Bay health.

Essential Functions

1. Initiates proactive change in statute, regulation, or policy that furthers CBF goals/objectives; responds to others ‘proposed changes in statute, regulation, or policy.

* Monitors all regulatory/legislative developments that affect the Bay’s health.

* Interprets relevant codes, statutes, regulations, and case law.

* Works with affected industry/community leaders, state government representatives and personnel, and other concerned individuals to inform and advance CBF’s position on public policy issues.

* Prepares formal proposals, with advocacy materials, for new legislation, regulations, or policies.

* Provides guidance to internal team of experts throughout legislative process including, assigning testimony writing and presentation, meeting with legislators and advocates, providing guidance on tracking.

* Manages and run legislative meetings during session and occasionally during the interim.

2. Supports strategic initiatives to advance CBF priorities and positions on public policy issues. 

* Works with internal and external experts to identify policy solutions to Bay health challenges. 

* Prepares synthesis/summary of issues and proposed solutions.

* Serves on partner coalitions, legislative or executive task forces and issue-oriented work groups.

3. Monitors federal and state litigation activities within Maryland.

* When other forms of negotiation have not been successful, assesses the need for litigation in consultation with CBF’s Litigation Department and other attorneys.

* In conjunction with the Litigation Department, assists in researching relevant caselaw and seeking pro bono or outside counsel if needed. 

4. As appropriate under the circumstances, handles various ad hoc Maryland Office legal issues that arise outside legislative or regulatory contexts. This may include referral to outside specialists.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Required: Law degree and admission to the MD state bar, excellent public- speaking and written communication skills, and at least five years’ experience working on complex environmental issues. Educational background in environmental law, administrative law, science, ecology, or related topics. Helpful: knowledge of state and federal lobbying rules, Maryland legislative procedures, business and 501(c)(3) law; and lobbying experience for non-profit advocacy groups. Excellent time-management skills to meet deadlines and prioritize and handle multiple simultaneous policy and legal issues; advanced analytical skills to identify issues and interpret legislative proposals; and advanced collaborative and strategic skills to accomplish improvements in environmental policy or to defeat/forestall an adverse action, usually in the context of other diverse and well-positioned adverse interests.

Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Ability to receive and give supportive feedback to foster equity and inclusion in working relationships. Ability to recognize, nurture, and learn from strengths in co-workers. Having flexibility to accomplish job responsibilities in several work environments, whether it be from home, on the road, or in an office.

Salary Range: $103,000

How to Apply

Using the link below, please submit a cover letter and resume no later than August 14, 2022.

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CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred retirement plan.

CBF requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The successful candidate will need to submit verification of vaccination or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.

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