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Director - 10-Minute Walk Campaign

Location: NY, Multiple Locations, NY
Date Posted: 06-05-2018
Today, one out of three Americans---100 million people--- do not have a park within a 10-minute walk of home. The 10-Minute Walk Campaign is a national movement led by The Trust for Public Land, along with core partners National Recreation and Park Association and Urban Land Institute, to provide that vital access to nearby parks and the multiple benefits they offer.
The campaign is working to:
  • Celebrate civic leaders and partner with and assist cities that make quality parks and access to them a first-tier solution to their municipal challenges.
  • Motivate city and civic leaders to publicly endorse the campaign and commit to making access to nearby, high-quality parks a priority.
  • Increase dramatically the number of people in urban America who live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
  • Provide cutting-edge resources, information, and support that allow cities to increase and improve parks.
  • Motivate more city and civic leaders to prioritize parks and the 10-minute walk to a park goal.
Preferred Location:
New York or Washington, DC
Well-qualified candidates may be allowed to work out of other cities where The Trust for Public Land has a large office.
Position Summary:
The Director of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign will lead the continuation and expansion of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, a core element of The Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People strategy. Working closely with executive leadership, external campaign partners, and the existing 10-Minute Walk Campaign team, the Director will lead the strategy development and long-term vision for the campaign and drive growth through high-level partnerships, assist our philanthropy team in fundraising, and program creation and enhancement. The ideal candidate will have a substantive understanding of the roles that parks and open space play in solving municipal challenges, as well as a keen sense of how to partner with national non-profits, municipal leaders and city government, and other public and private sector stakeholders to advance the goals and measurable impact of the campaign.
Campaign Leadership and Management (40%)
  • Work to develop and expand the 10-Minute Walk Campaign’s long-term vision and strategy to complement The Trust for Public Land’s other 10-minute walk activities, including drafting implementation strategies and planning documents for executive team and board approval.
  • Increase campaign visibility through targeted speaking engagements, media appearances, and other opportunities, prioritizing high-level, high-impact outreach.
  • Guide organizational implementation of campaign vision, including developing commitments by cities and partnering on fundraising strategies.
  • Ensure the continued advancement of the campaign by managing growth and prioritizing new program development and expansion in partnership with core campaign partners.
  • Manage relationship with campaign consultant.
Partnership Development (35%)
  • Manage high-level relationships with and between campaign partners, organizational leaders, and a broader coalition of supporters. Help set priorities for partnership development carried out by the Associate Director and other internal and campaign partner staff.
  • Shape strategy with campaign consultants for engaging mayors’ offices and other key municipal leaders to highlight campaign successes.
  • Play an active role supporting fundraising efforts to grow campaign capacity and develop in-depth relationship with primary funders to empower campaign implementation.
Research and Content Development (25%)
  • Working with campaign partners, identify and lead efforts to develop key research and thought leadership priorities to advance the commitments that cities make to the campaign.
  • Oversee coordination among internal Trust for Public Land program, service, and field teams to provide leadership and content on TPL areas of expertise.
  • 10 to 15 years of increasingly responsible experience in developing strategic partnerships, with substantive experience in the public and/or nonprofit sectors. Experience directing or playing a leadership role in a national issues/advocacy campaign is desirable.
  • Ability to engage diverse stakeholders and collaborate with multiple, geographically distributed teams to advance campaign goals
  • Experience in building and managing a team, especially staff that work independently and remotely.
  • Experience in developing new programs and/or strategies, and seeing them through to execution, especially with regard to national or regional issues campaigns
  • Excellent communication skills, especially public speaking
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree in a related field and demonstrated commitment to urban policy, governance, planning or design preferred
  • Experience in municipal government or other policy/governance experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to undertake significant travel nationwide
  • Appreciation of the “land for people” mission of The Trust for Public Land and the ability to advance that mission effectively and with integrity, credibility, and enthusiasm
  • Ideally, experience working with funders
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