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Northwest Project Manager

Location: Seattle, Washington
Date Posted: 04-17-2017
The Northwest Project Manager conserves land for people utilizing nonprofit land acquisition techniques and sound business practices. The conserved lands include recreation, working (forest, farm), water resource land, as well as, open space and environmentally important land. This position generates revenue for The Trust for Public Land through the successful completion of real estate transactions associated with land protection projects. This position is located in Seattle and works throughout the state of Washington.

Essential Functions

  • Assumes primary responsibility for identifying, negotiating, documenting and closing real estate transactions with the assistance of legal and finance staff.
  • Explores potential projects by contacting owners, nonprofit organizations and public agency officials.
  • Assumes primary responsibility for securing interim financing and permanent funding for land acquisitions through existing or new public and private funding sources.
  • Develops and implements strategies prior to acquisition of key resource properties and their conveyance to public agencies or other permanent stewards. 
  • Conducts due-diligence for transactions, which involves researching and executing all phases of projects from initial outreach and landowner negotiation through coordination with attorneys and supervision of appraisers, surveyors, and other consultants.
  • Identifies areas in which The Trust for Public Land’s protection strategy is needed for the preservation of open space lands of critical local, regional, or national importance; develops and maintains portfolio of potential projects; responds to inquiries by individuals groups, etc.
  • Generates revenues for The Trust for Public Land through transactions and/or fundraising in the private sector.
  • Builds public awareness and understanding of The Trust for Public Land through outreach events, public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts and creating a public presence for The Trust for Public Land in the community.
  • Completes assorted administrative tasks required for a well-regulated organization.
  • Assists with the training of new project associates, field representatives, and project managers, etc.
  • Assists with legislative planning and outreach for future projects.
  • Involved in programmatic work, such as the coordination of a land acquisition program covering multiple land transactions.
  • Other relevant duties as necessary.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Demonstrated understanding of real property and tax law, land use planning techniques, and government land acquisition policies/procedures.
  • Able to negotiate successful transactions.
  • Able to work on complex projects with moderate level of supervision.
  • Able to initiate fundraising efforts.
  • Interacts with external professionals who are involved with buying and selling land:  surveyors, lawyers, planners, appraisers, landowners and elected officials.
  • Should be comfortable with public speaking and with representing TPL to the public at outreach events.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum of 3-4 years project-related or equivalent land trust or non-profit experience desirable.
  • Real estate transaction experience required.
  • This position requires moderate to heavy travel.  Evening and weekend work can be expected sometimes.
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