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Bay Area Parks for People Project Manager

San Francisco, CA
The Trust for Public Land’s Bay Area Program works with communities, local agencies and non-profit partners to design and build parks and green schoolyards in the San Francisco Bay Area with a commitment to equity. As a vital member of the Bay Area Parks for People Program Team, the Project Manager will be responsible for a full range of activities associated with the delivery of The Trust for Public Land’s mission in the Bay Area. This work includes managing park and other open space projects from start to finish including project selection, partnership building, community engagement, design and construction. This position will work closely with the Bay Area team and other Trust for Public Land staff including but not limited to Philanthropy and Government affairs, Legal, Finance, Marketing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

The Project Manager will be based in the San Francisco office.

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 that everyone deserves access to the health and environmental benefits that parks and nature bring to people and communities. Through The Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People program, we are working to ensure that everyone 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.


Project Management: 85%
  • Manage the planning, community engagement, design and construction of new and existing public parks and other open spaces.
  • Conduct site selection and evaluation for new projects
  • Select, hire and manage landscape architects, architects, engineers, contractors and other consultants needed to deliver the projects
  • Develop and manage project schedules, budgets and contracts
  • Conduct community outreach 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.
  • Scope potential funding and develop grant applications
  • Develop graphics needed for the project including presentation boards, flyers, etc.

Program Advancement: 15%
  • Advocate for parks and open space in cities in the Bay Area
  • Work with the Program Director and Philanthropy team to build philanthropic support for program 
  • Build and manage external partnerships in collaboration with the Program Director
  • Help 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
This position requires occasional ‘off-hours’ work including weekend and evening meetings and events as well. Though the position is based out of our San Francisco office, the Project Manager will engage in field work at various project sites (San Francisco, Richmond, Oakland and Hayward). Access to reliable transportation is required.

  • A passion for The Trust for Public Land’s mission and a passion for social and environmental justice are essential.
  • A degree from an accredited university in Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning or similar fields.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience managing projects with deep community engagement
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of environmental justice issues in low-income, urban communities.
  • Experience in hiring and managing design professionals and construction contractors 
  • Experience with community engagement including working with community based organizations and public agencies
  • Ability to manage complex projects from start to finish with a low level of supervision
  • Ability to work as part of a team and support the framework of a national organization.
  • Ability to collaborate and negotiate with diverse groups and interests
  • Ability to multi-task, meet schedules, and achieve long term goals
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented.
  • High degree of creativity, vision, flexibility and resourcefulness
  • Excellent oral, written and graphic communication skills
  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages besides English is a plus.
  • Basic graphic design skills: Adobe Creative Suits, PowerPoint.
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, and LGBTQIA candidates, Bay Area native/local are strongly encouraged to apply.
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