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Project Manager II- New Jersey

Location: Morristown, New Jersey
Date Posted: 02-15-2018
Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) has connected land and people by protecting and creating parks, trails, and open spaces across the United States. In New Jersey, over the past 25 years TPL has worked with communities to protect almost 30,000 acres of land, conserving lands that protect our water and giving all New Jersey residents more opportunities to enjoy nature and get outdoors. In addition to our long-standing efforts to protect the Barnegat Bay watershed and the New Jersey Highlands, the New Jersey office has helped to protect land and create parks in cities and towns throughout the Garden State.  
The Project Manager II has a key role on our dynamic and creative New Jersey team by conserving critical open space and environmentally sensitive lands.  Specifically, the Project Manager:
  • Identifies when and where land conservation is needed to meet TPL’s mission to connect land and people, and to meet the goals of the five-year program plan for New Jersey.
  • Develops and manages a portfolio of potential conservation projects that advance TPL’s mission and goals by proactively contacting landowners, nonprofit organizations and public agency officials, and by responding to inquiries from landowners and community partners.
  • Develops and implements strategies for the acquisition of key resource properties and their conveyance to public agencies or other park stewards.
  • Manages transactions, including research, outreach, landowner negotiation, supervision of appraisers, surveyors, and other consultants, and ultimate sale and conveyance to a public agency or non-profit conservation partner.
  • Has primary responsibility for negotiating, documenting and closing real estate transactions with the assistance of legal and finance staff.
  • Engages with state, county, and town officials and boards, and assembles community and governmental support and funding.
  • Has primary responsibility for identifying and securing public funding for land acquisitions through existing or new public funding sources.
  • Supports our philanthropy team in identifying and securing private funding sources and raises support for TPL through landowner donations.
  • Supports related programmatic work, including coordination with New Jersey’s Parks for People Program, which oversees the design and development of new urban parks in underserved cities.
  • Supports legislative planning and outreach for parks and conservation needs in New Jersey.
  • Maintains and enhances TPL’s presence as an effective, results-oriented land conservation and parks organization.
  • May be involved in programmatic work, such as the coordination of regional landscape-scale conservation programs.
  • Other relevant duties as necessary. 
TPL values its employees and seeks to hire people who are inspired by our mission, are ready to work collaboratively with our team and with communities, have the skills to succeed, and are willing to learn and grow in the job.  In addition, we seek individuals with:
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with occasional guidance from supervisor, even on complex projects.
  • Experience developing business and generating a project pipeline.
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with external parties and professionals who are involved with the purchase and sale of land:  surveyors, lawyers, planners, appraisers, landowners and elected officials.
  • Comfort with public speaking and with representing TPL to the public and ability to discuss projects as part of TPL’s larger mission and programs.
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to secure complicated real estate deals with private owners/sellers and public buyers.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with or ability to understand land use planning, environmental review, and government land acquisition policies and procedures.
  • Experience with managing contracts and other details.
  • Outlook that is strategic, patient and flexible.
  • Team skills and ability to develop a good working relationship with program, philanthropy, and support staff.
  • Working knowledge of public, private, foundation, and corporate funding, as well as ability to understand tax benefit analysis and financial forecasting tools.
  • Ability to learn as well as to train and mentor. 
  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred with at least 5 years of project management experience.
  • Driver’s license
  • Proficiency in the MSOffice Suite (Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Outlook) and internet research.  Ability to use GIS tools and generate basic maps is a plus.
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