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Program Manager-Parks for People

Location: Boston, MA
Date Posted: 05-31-2018
The Parks for People Program Manager helps Metro-Boston and other New England communities create the parks and open spaces they want. Working with local residents, community leaders, public agencies, nonprofit partners, outside vendors, and internal staff, this position will engage, organize, and mobilize communities to identify, shape, and realize park-creation projects that meet local community goals, align with The Trust for Public Land’s strategic priorities, and can be successfully funded and completed.
With a focus on achieving The Trust for Public Land’s local 5-year goal of inspiring, supporting, and delivering 25 great parks and open spaces located within a 10-minute walk of 100,000 Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents, the Parks for People Program Manager will work with the Parks for People Program Director to:
  • Identify community, public agency, funder, and partner nonprofit partner park priorities, as well as other enabling conditions necessary for successful park-creation projects
  • Engage local community members with humility, respect, and an earnest desire to understand and advocate for the parks they want
  • Identify, vet, select, manage, and successfully complete park-creation, -rehabilitation, and open space preservation projects
  • Convene public and private stakeholders and build coalitions of support for projects
  • Collaborate with The Trust for Public Land’s local, regional, and national program, philanthropy, finance, and legal staff, and with our local advisory board, to develop and advance projects
  • Secure public and private funding for capital, project, and staffing costs, working in collaboration with internal staff and external funders
  • Select, engage, and manage consultants and vendors to engineer, design, permit, and construct parks, working in collaboration with internal legal and finance staff
  • Travel regionally (approximately 10-20%) to advance New England projects beyond Metro-Boston. 
  • Attend generally occasional, but sometimes frequent, evening and weekend meetings with community organizations, landowners, public agencies, and regulatory entities.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A critical mass of the skills and experience described below 

The ideal candidate will have strong, proven skills in most—though not necessarily all—of the following areas:
  • Community engagement and organizing
  • Building coalitions and partnerships
  • Project management
  • Budgeting and expense management
  • Grant-writing and fundraising
  • Design and construction processes
  • Selection and management of vendors
  • Securing regulatory permits
  • Written, verbal, and interpersonal communications
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