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Project Manager - Chatthoochee River Program

Atlanta, GA

Trust for Public Land’s Chattahoochee River Program seeks to unite the metro Atlanta region with its greatest ecological resource, the Chattahoochee River. The Chattahoochee River Program aspires to activate and conserve the Chattahoochee River and its valley from Helen to Columbus, GA. In the past 30 years, TPL has successfully leveraged public and philanthropic funds to protect 18,000 acres along this 285 mile stretch of the River. Recently, TPL has focused on the 100-mile stretch of the River through 19 metro Atlanta cities and 7 counties. Specifically the organization has collaborated with regional partners and the general public to develop a bold vision for a series of greenway trails, ‘tributary trails’, a blueway trail, and the destinations they will inevitably inspire. This vision is called the Chattahoochee RiverLands (www.ChattahoocheeRiverLands.com). 

As a vital member of the Chattahoochee River Program, the Project Manager will be responsible for a full range of activities associated with the delivery of Trust for Public Land’s mission through ongoing planning and capital projects, as the organization seeks to champion the implementation of this regional initiative.

This work includes managing trail, 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 Chattahoochee Program Director and other Trust for Public Land staff including but not limited to Philanthropy and Government Affairs, Legal, Finance, Marketing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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 Trust for Public Land’s Chattahoochee River Program, we are working to ensure that everyone has equitable access to the River and its valley. We seek to unlock the potential promised within the Chattahoochee RiverLands vision. With a focus on equity, we collaborate closely with residents, community groups, non-profit organizations, public partners, and others to ensure that the implementation of the Chattahoochee RiverLands vision lives up to the high aspirations reflected in the overarching guidelines:

  1. A safe, connective corridor
  2. A common ground for all
  3. An ecological refuge for the region
  4. A living legacy for future generations.

Project Management: 85%
  • Manage the planning, community engagement, design and construction of new and existing public trails, parks, and other open spaces in multiple jurisdictions across the 100-mile corridor
  • 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
  • Provide design direction, guidance, and critical reviews during course of 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, renderings, flyers, etc.
  • Develop concept plan level site plans and renderings to communicate design intent to stakeholders and contracted design professionals.

Program Advancement: 15%
  • Advocate for region-wide implementation of the Chattahoochee RiverLands vision in keeping with the overarching guidelines
  • Work with the Chattahoochee River 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 Atlanta office, the Chattahoochee River Project Manager will engage in field work at and meetings at various project at various sites all along the 100-mile corridor and beyond.  Access to reliable transportation is required.

  • A passion for 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, Architecture, Urban Planning or similar fields
  • 5 to 8 years of experience managing projects with deep commitment to community engagement
  • Experience in hiring and managing design professionals and construction contractors 
  • A working knowledge of National Park Service, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other state or federal organizations is desirable
  • Experience navigating challenging partner, consultant, or contractor interactions
  • Experience with community engagement in diverse communities with varying personalities and priorities
  • 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, graphic communication, and interpersonal skills

As a full-time exempt employee, you will be eligible for Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, three weeks of vacation annually plus sick days, a personal day, day of service, and ten holidays. A 403(b) retirement plan, currently with an up to 5.5% company match is also offered. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience; the range for this position is $68,000-75,000 annually.

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. We are open to the possibility that a great candidate for this job may not precisely meet all of the above criteria; if you believe you are the right person for this job and can persuasively make that case, we encourage you to apply.

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