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Maryland Environmental Health Network
Vacancy Announcement:  Director

Applications will be accepted through Friday November 18, 2016.
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Contact Rebecca Ruggles for more information

The Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN) seeks to fill the position of Director in early 2017.

MdEHN was formed 5 years ago through the support and vision of key funders, with guidance from a Steering Committee of issue experts, and under the leadership of Rebecca Ruggles. MdEHN functions under the auspices of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers which serves as its fiscal agent.

MdEHN has three full-time staff:  Rebecca Ruggles, Director; Allison Rich, Children’s Environmental Health Specialist, and Rebecca Rehr, Public Health Advocacy Coordinator.

Rebecca Ruggles will leave her role as founding director at the end of 2016 or in early 2017. The Director position is responsible for strategic planning, project oversight, partner and funder relations, grant-writing, and staff coordination.

We seek candidates who are able to support our strong staff and enable their work to continue, as guided by our strategic plan, vision, mission, and values. The new director will be a professional with knowledge of public health, advocacy, environmental health, and/or non-profit management.  Passion for issues of environmental justice and equity in Maryland is central to our organization.  The next director will also take MdEHN in new directions, forging new partnerships, and competing successfully for new funding streams.

The position can be structured to accommodate schedule preferences, including the possibility of working on a part-time basis and with flexibility for the work to be performed both on-site and remotely.

Applicants should send a confidential letter of inquiry to the email address below discussing the following:

  • Your background or training in public health, environmental health, or related fields
  • Your knowledge of the Maryland landscape (or a similar state)
  • Your philosophy of leadership and team management
  • Specific skills, contacts, or relevant knowledge that you can offer – particularly in
    • Strategic Planning for small non-profits
    • Funder Relations and Grant Writing
    • Advocacy
  • Why you would like to join MdEHN

Additionally, Rebecca Ruggles is available to talk by phone or email to discuss this opportunity informally.

Please review our website and the summary below of our vision, mission, values, roles, and strategic priorities before contacting Rebecca to schedule a time to speak. Thank you for your interest.

The Maryland Environmental Health Network

We envision a Maryland where everyone – regardless of socioeconomic status or race – enjoys clean air, water, and food, and benefits equally from safe environments in homes, schools and communities. We envision a Maryland where human health is understood to be a function of economic, environmental, and social factors which must be balanced to achieve a high quality of life

The Maryland Environmental Health Network seeks to improve the health of Marylanders by minimizing exposures to environmental threats and toxic chemicals, through effective environmental legislation and institutional policies.

In all of our endeavours, we are guided by 4 values:

  • The perspectives of people from communities most affected by pollution are essential.
  • Strong science and research steers us to advocacy stands and solutions.
  • In environmental health, solutions are complex and sometimes imperfect.
  • Partnerships and collaborations across sectors are key to creating a healthier Maryland.

Our Strategic Priorities
A concern for equity and environmental justice guides us to focus on:

  • Energy and Climate Issues, especially air pollution and its health effects
  • Toxics such as chemicals in consumer products and pesticides, especially where children can be exposed (e.g. schools, child care centers)

Roles Played By MdEHN

  • A watchdog organization to assure that health and equity commitments made by state agencies and commissions are fulfilled.
  • An advocate for health through our legislative agenda based on science.
  • A partner to assure implementation of environmental health policies and laws.
  • A convener of experts to translate science for the benefit of affected communities and for policy-makers.