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Connecticut Program Manager

Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Date Posted: 06-13-2017
Position Summary: The Program Manager is responsible for managing the design and construction of parks in Connecticut. S/he will organize community-led participatory design sessions and manage outside consultants and contractors throughout the design and construction process.  S/he 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 community engagement process with a particular focus on involving local stakeholders in both site design and stewardship as well as effective, active oversight of design and construction contracts.   
  • 60%  Manage all aspects of the park development process including oversight of environmental engineers, design consultants, and construction contractors.  The Program Manager will take primary responsibility for project schedules, project budgets, and day-to-day project oversight.
  • 20% Support the State Program Director and other local staff in the implementation of stewardship plans to increase public agency and community capacity for park maintenance and operations.  Working with the State Program Director, the Program Manager will develop relationships with community representatives, create agency, staff and community collaborations to implement stewardship tasks, and engage community volunteers in park cleanup and other programs/events.
  • 10%   Support the State Program Director in the development of plans for the growth of the program.
  • 5%     Work with staff in other TPL offices to advance urban park projects.
  • 5%     Other tasks as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and/or certification in construction management.  A Master’s degree preferred.
  • Three or more years experience in park development or public urban spaces is required
  • Experience in design and construction management, including oversight of design and construction professionals, budgets, and project schedules.
  • Experience in overseeing environmental assessment and remediation, as part of overall site development projects is preferred.
  • Experience orchestrating a collaborative design process, involving community members, public agencies and other community stakeholders.
  • Prior work experience with diverse stakeholder groups is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills necessary.
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