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Parks for People Project Manager - Washington State

Location: Seattle, WA
Date Posted: 06-20-2017
As a vital member of the Northwest Team, the Project Manager will be responsible for a full range of activities associated with the implementation of The Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People Program in Washington State. As a Project Manager, this person will lead and manage a portfolio of park and/or trail projects. This work will include everything from site identification, to community outreach and organizing, from coalition building, to design, construction and ribbon cutting. This position will work closely with other Parks for People staff and other core teams including Philanthropy, Conservation Finance, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
 
The Project Manager will be based in the Seattle office and requires significant travel around the state.
 
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The Trust for Public Land’s mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. We believe in the power of parks and public spaces for healthy people and healthy communities. Studies show that the built environment has significant and positive physical, psychological, and emotional benefits for people. In addition, parks provide a host of environmental benefits, spur economic development, and strengthen community ties. Yet today, nearly 35% of people living in cities and towns across the country lack access to quality parks and open space. Through The Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People program, we are working to ensure that everyone in America lives within a 10-minute walk of a quality park, trail, garden, or natural area. With a focus on equity, we collaborate closely with residents, community groups, non-profits, public partners, and others to ensure that parks provide multiple benefits to those who need them most.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
Project Management: 85%
  • Manage the planning, community engagement, design and construction of new and existing public parks and urban trails
  • Conduct site selection and evaluation for new parks and activations
  • Select and manage landscape architects, architects, engineers, park amenity vendors, and general contractors
  • Develop and manage project budgets
  • Conduct community outreach and organizing and stakeholder engagement
  • Work with partner organizations, public agencies, diverse communities and public and private funders
  • Track project progress and deliverables, organize meetings and define agendas.  

Program Advancement: 15%
  • Advocate for parks and trails in cities and towns around the state
  • Work with the Philanthropy team to build philanthropic support for program 
  • Build and manage external partnerships in collaboration with the state director and local staff
  • Identify new projects and partnership opportunities
  • Coordinate with team members to strategize on program development and organizational goals
  • Work with team members to develop tools and best practices for our program 
EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND SKILLS:
  • A degree from an accredited university; a Landscape Architectural, Urban Planning or similar degree is a plus.
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in project management, urban community park design, community engagement, construction management or similar work
  • A passion for The Trust for Public Land’s mission and a passion for social and environmental justice are essential.
  • Excellent oral, written and graphic communication skills
  • Experience in hiring and managing design professionals and construction contractors  
  • Experience working for or with community based organizations and public agencies
  • Ability to manage complex projects from start to finish with a low level of supervision
  • Ability to collaborate and function well as a team member
  • Self-starter, determined, and independent worker
  • Ability to multi-task, meet schedules, and achieve long term goals
  • High degree of creativity, vision, flexibility and resourcefulness
  • Project budgeting experience
  • Frequent independent travel is required
  • Experience in working with underserved communities and an interest in park equity
  • Experience working with community members, collaborating and negotiating with diverse groups and interests  
 
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
  • Spanish skills strongly preferred, other foreign language skills a plus
  • Fundraising and marketing skills and experience are a plus
  • Non-profit experience is desirable
  • Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply
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