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Program Manager- Philadelphia

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date Posted: 04-12-2018
The Trust for Public Land seeks a dynamic individual to join its growing Philadelphia office. Working as a member of the Philadelphia team, the ideal candidate will be a skilled problem solver capable of inclusive project management that deepens stakeholder engagement.

The Program Manager is responsible for overseeing the design, redevelopment, and construction of parks and playgrounds in Philadelphia in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Water Department, and other local partners. The Program Manager will support strong partnership with public agency staff, and cultivate relationships with community leaders and residents. This person will manage outside consultants and contractors throughout the design and construction process.  The Manager will also participate in the development and implementation of public/private stewardship models to optimize the maintenance, programming and use of completed sites. Critical aspects of the position involve managing a complex multi-agency public/private site development process with an emphasis on involving community members in both site design and stewardship.   
  • Manage all aspects of the park/playground development process including participatory design with students and community members, oversight of construction management firms, design consultants, engineering firms, environmental consultants and construction contractors.  The Program Manager will take primary responsibility for project schedules, project budgets, and day-to-day project oversight.
  • Manage relationships with community leaders and members, including school administrators, leaders of neighborhood groups, parent organizations, and civic associations. The Program Manager will identify opportunities for engaging these audiences in project design and development, and for encouraging their use and care of the project site when completed.
  • Manage relationships with public agency staff to coordinate input and approval, and maintain and improve partner relations. With others on the program team, the Program Manager will develop relationships with school and city representatives and participate in cross-agency meetings and communications.
  • Support State Director in the development of plans for the growth of the program.
  • Work with other urban programs and staff in other TPL offices to help advance urban park projects.
  • Other administrative tasks.
Assisting the State Director and working as a team to address local priorities while aligning the program to our national program initiatives.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of experience in the field of community development, urban planning, engineering, or construction management are required.
  • Prior work experience with diverse stakeholder groups and government agencies is required.
  • Excellent project management skills are required, with priority consideration for candidates with experience in construction management, urban design, engineering, and landscape architecture.  
  • Experience managing contractors and consultants, budgets, and project schedules is required.
  • Experience in environmental management and sustainable practices is highly desirable.
  • Experience in urban park development and/or management is preferred.
  • An ability to work nights and weekends, on occasion, to participate in community meetings and events.
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