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Minnesota Project Manager

St. Paul, MN
With over thirty offices across the country, The Trust for Public Land’s vision is an America where every community can connect with nature near and far.  The Minnesota / Northwoods Land Protection team is looking for a dynamic Project Manager to join them in permanently protecting land that can be planned, managed, owned, and used by the community, for the community and deliver cleaner air and water, healthier communities, equitable and connected neighborhoods, and a more resilient and livable environment for all.

POSITION SUMMARY
The Minnesota / Northwoods Project Manager will deliver TPL’s mission of conserving land for people by 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.


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 landowners, 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.
  • Work to develop and maintain relationships with strategic partners like other nonprofit and for profit organizations, government agencies, Universities, elected officials and other entities as needed.
  • Helps generate financial support for Trust for Public Land. Builds public awareness and understanding of Trust for Public Land through outreach events, public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts and creating a public presence for Trust for Public Land in the community.
  • Supports state government grant management and partnership work associated with this grant management.
  • 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.

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
  • Excellent 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.
  • Comfortable / able to initiate fundraising efforts.

INTERACTION WITH OTHERS
  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • 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 (day trips twice / months; overnight trip once every other month) travel in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.  Occasional evening and weekend work can be expected.

OTHER INFORMATION

As a full-time, exempt employee, you will be eligible for The Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, three weeks of vacation annually plus holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with an up to 5.5% company match. The anticipated salary is $70,000-75,000 range but may vary depending on qualifications and experience.


The Trust for Public Land’s active goal is to be an inclusive and equitable place to work and build community. As the organization actively works to eliminate racial and other disparities it welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skillsets and experiences.
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