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Program Manager-Parks for People

Location: Boston, MA
Date Posted: 04-12-2018
The Massachusetts Parks for People Program Manager is responsible for helping local and New England-region communities create the parks and open spaces they want. Specifically, the position will: work with national Trust for Public Land staff to guide and lead community organizing for all projects that the Trust for Public Land delivers, manage park creation projects on his/her own with a special emphasis on aligning local needs with national and strategic priorities, and cultivating partnerships with local community organizations and NGOs. The Program Manager will successfully deploy various resources of The Trust for Public Land to achieve short- and long-term outcomes as outlined in state strategic plan.  The Program Manager will partner with the Program Director to lead the organization’s thinking, planning, and deployment toward creating “livable communities” in cities.
  • Identify and advance great, creative, climate-smart park, open space, and urban agriculture projects in diverse communities, in alignment with the strategic objectives of The Trust for Public Land, and having a high likelihood of public funding and other success indicators.
  • Manage community engagement, participatory design, and stewardship planning.
  • Ensure all Trust for Public Land community organizing is best in class, demonstrates humility, and generates measurable neighborhood enthusiasm for park and open space projects.
  • Complete all elements of park and open space project management, including securing public funding, design, engineering, permits, and contracts.
  • Raise public funding for projects, working in collaboration with philanthropy staff to attract private funds as well.
  • Travel regionally approximately 10-20% of the time to advance projects outside Metro-Boston.  

  • Demonstrated success organizing local communities for urban parks and open space construction and management.
  • Good project management skills, ideally relating to real estate, design, engineering, construction, and/or creative place-making.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to get results in city political structures, including successful face-to-face negotiations with agency staff for permitting.
  • Track record of successfully attracting public funds to projects and programs.
  • Ability to market The Trust for Public Land’s programs and resources to media, partners, and public officials.
  • Ability to negotiate contracts and manage contractors to deliver results on-time and within a budget.
  • Knowledge of current issues in planning, climate, and public health in urban settings.
  • Personal commitment to urban issues and livable communities. 
  • Engages regularly in high-level public interactions.
  • Works in historically underserved neighborhoods, including communities of color.
  • Professional relations with other departments, personnel and outside contacts.
  • Able to make sound decisions independently within a strategic framework of action. 

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent required.
  • Master’s degree in urban planning, landscape architecture, or other relevant field of study preferred.
  • Minimum 6 years related experience making urban environments more livable. 
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
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