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Trash Free Maryland Executive Director Job Description 

Trash Free Maryland (TFMD) seeks an experienced, energetic, and visionary leader who is passionate about creating lasting change for our environment. If you are looking for an opportunity to build on the successes of an effective environmental organization while nurturing its potential for growth, then this position is for you! This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader with the skills and desire to manage educational campaigns, build meaningful partnerships in the community, work with donors and funders and help staff to sharpen their own skills.  You’ll have the gratification of being part of the solution for our state and our future. 

Who We Are
Trash Free Maryland, founded in 2010, is a nonprofit organization focused on lasting change to prevent trash pollution. We bring together organizations, businesses, government agencies, decision makers and individuals committed to reducing trash in Maryland’s environment. Many of our partners have participated in community cleanup events and been discouraged by the futility of their efforts. Trash Free Maryland seeks to prevent litter from happening in the first place.

We focus on programs and policies to reduce the use of disposable bags and polystyrene, and incentivize recycling of bottles, cans and other materials. Trash Free Maryland also participates in the development and assessment of regulations aimed at reducing trash pollution, fostering changes within industry and promoting lasting behavior change through public education, community outreach and awareness programs.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for TFMD. We welcome experienced, self-starter candidates who can strongly excel in several, if not all, of these areas:

Leadership & Management 

  • Work with the Board of Directors to foster a big-picture vision for the direction of TFMD’s work, while advancing the day-to-day strategies that will accomplish our goals. Help to grow and strengthen the Board. 
  • Manage future staff and consultants, including hiring, supervision and professional development. 
  • Lead the operational systems of the organization to ensure excellence in program evaluation, fundraising, budgeting and financial tracking and reporting.
  • Support a positive workplace culture with a team environment that allows staff and volunteers to feel connected to the mission and engaged and empowered in their work.

Fundraising & Communications: 

  • Work with Board and staff to ensure the financial viability of the organization, including grant writing and implementation, donor cultivation, and corporate sponsorships.
  • Act as executive editor for all brand communications to ensure alignment with messaging strategies. Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence and social media to external relations—with the goal of creating a stronger brand. 
  • Act as the spokesperson for Trash Free Maryland.
  • Communicate and publish program results with an emphasis on the successes of specific local programs as a model for regional and national replication.


  • Advocate for new and innovative litter policies including source reduction with the media, residents, elected officials, the business community, researchers, educators and students and other stakeholders in the region.
  • Continue to build a pipeline of work that will sustain future growth and expansion of Trash Free Maryland. This work will involve cultivating relationships with existing and new funders, and other for-profit and non-profit entities. 
  • Coordinate the organization’s public policy positions with the Board of Directors and work closely with partners to shape legislation as well as strategic responses and recommendations on public policy issues. 

Minimum Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least 5 years of professional experience and 2 years of management/supervisory experience, as well as a track record of effectively leading an organization or campaign.
  • Experienced leadership in legislative campaigns, including lobbying and using a variety of grassroots advocacy and earned media tactics to enact policy change.
  • A commitment to organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams; successfully work with a Board of Directors; set and achieve strategic objectives; and manage a budget. 
  • Strong social marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.  
  • Strong written, presentation and facilitation skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people and lead coalitions. 
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-direction are significant assets for the executive director. Must be a relationship-builder. 

Preferred Experience:

  • Strong understanding of Maryland’s environmental laws, particularly as it relates to trash. 
  • Experience in Maryland’s legislative arena.
  • Specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization or campaign to the next stage of growth.
  • Multi-faceted fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully working with the media and organizing successful media events.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and execute public awareness and community outreach campaigns.
  • Advanced degree in environmental science, policy, law or other related field.

The position is in the Annapolis/Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metro area and includes telecommuting with the potential for establishing office space. A car will be necessary for meetings throughout the region. 

Salary and Benefits 

  • Salary range is $65-75,000, depending on experience 
  • Employer stipend for health care 
  • Paid holiday, sick, vacation and personal time
  • Matching retirement contribution

TFMD is a racial justice and equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women, persons with disabilities and LGBT persons are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to hiring someone with the right mix of experience (both traditional and nontraditional), political commitment and the potential to grow with us. We strongly encourage people from communities most negatively affected by environmental injustice to apply.

The position is available immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

To Apply: Please email a resume, a cover letter detailing your interest in this position and two writing samples to by close of business on Monday, October 7.