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Parks For People Program Director

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Date Posted: 07-18-2017
The Massachusetts Parks for People Program Director is responsible for oversight of all urban initiatives of The Trust for Public Land in Massachusetts, including the Boston urban agriculture initiative, the Boston-area Climate Smart Cities initiative, urban public finance campaigns, and expansion of impact into cities outside of the Boston area. The Program Director is responsible for the design and implementation of all program activities and may be responsible for staff supervision. The Director will successfully deploy various resources of The Trust for Public Land to achieve short- and long-term outcomes as outlined in state strategic plan. The Director will lead the organization’s thinking, planning, and deployment around creating “livable communities” in cities across the commonwealth.
 Leads the strategic planning, political engagement, community organizing, and site development of all urban conservation activities in Massachusetts.
 Develops clear, attainable, and effective annual work plans in support of strategic plan  Manages support staff, team colleagues, and consultants, including on-site contractors.
 Manages budgets for all urban activities, including forecasting and expense management.
 Secures operational and capital revenue to support all urban activities.
 Maintains productive and effective relationships with media and marketing outlets.  Positions The Trust for Public Land as a publicly-recognized thought leader on urban conservation issues.
 Leads research and study on key questions surrounding food, climate, and health in cities.
 Maintains and advances professional knowledge of urban planning and conservation research in cities.
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
 Demonstrated ability to meld all facets of program including situation analysis, political strategy, budget and structure.
 Demonstrated ability to get results in city political structures, including successful face-to-face negotiations with mayors over policies and funding.
 Good project management skills, especially related to real estate, design, engineering construction, and creative place-making,
 Track record of successfully engaging individual and institutional donors and generating generous philanthropic investments in program
 Ability to market The Trust for Public Land’s programs and resources to media, partners, and officials.
 Ability to negotiate contracts and manage contractors to deliver results on-time and within a budget.
 Knowledge of current issues in food, climate, and public health in urban settings
 Personal commitment to urban issues and livable communities
 Supervises support staff.
 Leads teams of Trust for Public Land colleagues within a matrix organizational structure
 Engages regularly in high-level public interactions.
 Actively involved in training other staff.
 Professional relations with other departments, personnel and outside contacts.
 Able to make sound decisions independently within a strategic framework of action.
 Bachelor's degree or equivalent required.
 Master’s degree in urban planning, non-profit management, landscape architecture, or other relevant field of study preferred
 Minimum 6 years related experience making urban environments more livable.
 Management experience preferred.
 Experience working with governmental entities and partners
 Experience securing funding from private and public sources
 Experience working with construction, including vendor management
 Experience working within a philanthropic organization is a plus
 Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
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