MARAMA Executive Director
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association, Inc. (MARAMA) is seeking an Executive Director for its regional program supporting local and state air pollution control agencies. MARAMA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit voluntary association of ten state and local agencies. Our mission is to strengthen the capabilities of member agencies and help them work together to reduce air pollution impacts in the region. We conduct training and technical studies, support the Mid-Atlantic Diesel Collaborative, and work closely with the Ozone Transport Commission, the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Visibility Union, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Our office is located in Towson, Maryland.
Nature of position: Full time, salaried, at-will position
Benefits: Paid holidays (federal holidays plus day after Thanksgiving), vacation, sick, and personal leave. Health and dental insurance available at group rate. MARAMA contributes to 401(k) plan after first year; employee contributions allowed after six months.
Travel: Must have valid driver’s license and be able to travel on commercial airlines within the U.S. Will be expected to attend regional and national meetings involving overnight travel approximately monthly.
Roles and responsibilities of the Executive Director:
• Lead and coordinate MARAMA’s activities consistent with guidance by the Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the organization (presently this will include MARAMA’s training program, technical projects, diesel emission reduction projects, and regional coordination activities);
• Maintain open and consistent communication with the Board of Directors, and work with staff, members, and Directors to identify technical and training needs, set priorities for various activities, and develop strategic plans, goals, and projects;
• Write position statements, make presentations, and represent MARAMA in various forums as approved by the Board of Directors;
• Work with other regional and national organizations to share information and meet common goals;
• Prepare grant applications and work plans consistent with guidance from the Board of Directors, obtain Board approval of budgets and work plans, and ensure grant requirements and conditions are met;
• Manage staff and budgets and maintain policies and procedures in an efficient and professional manner in compliance with requirements for nonprofit organizations.
• Bachelor’s degree is required, and master’s degree is preferred. Emphasis should be in studies relevant to the position, such as engineering, public administration, planning, legal studies, project management, or physical, environmental, or biological sciences.
• Extensive knowledge and experience in air quality management, including legal, regulatory, policy, and/or technical areas.
• Strong management and leadership skills and experience, including strategic and budgetary planning, effectively managing staff, and project management and team building.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills—a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent skills in interpersonal relations, able to analyze and synthesize policy-relevant information related to air quality management.
• The ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people and understand multiple perspectives.
• Experience in working with and communicating information to senior policy officials.
• Experience in working with teams to identify best practices in air quality improvement.
• Knowledge of local, state, and federal regulatory and legislative processes and federal/state relations.
How to apply:
Please submit cover letter, resume, and written responses to the attached questions by (date).
Electronic submission is encouraged and may be sent to: Julie McDill at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mike Abraczinskas at Michael.Abraczinskas@ncdenr.gov. If you submit on paper, please send to: Executive Director Search, MARAMA, 8600 LaSalle Road, Suite 636, Towson, MD 21286.
Questions to be Answered by Applicants for the MARAMA Executive Director Position
Answers should be no more than one page per question, single spaced, 11 point font, one-inch margins.
1. How would your experience help you build the capabilities of MARAMA agencies to implement the Clean Air Act?
2. What is your understanding of the roles of federal, state, and local agencies in implementing the Clean Air Act?
3. What is your management philosophy and experience? Include how you relate to your subordinates, peers, and superiors.
4. Describe your experience with strategic planning and working with others to set priorities.
5. Describe your experience with budgets, procurement, and federal grants.