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Green Schoolyards Senior Program Manager - open to location

Philadelphia, PA
Trust for Public Land is a national organization committed to advancing health, climate, and equity to communities through the conservation of land and creation of parks, trails and schoolyards. Building on 25 years of experience creating impactful schoolyard programs across the country, the Community Schoolyard Initiative (CSYI) was formalized by TPL’s 2020 Strategic Plan to be a national focus area of the organization.  Community Schoolyards create high impact mission delivery at scale. By transforming all schoolyards across the country, we can connect 80 million people to a park within a 10 Minute Walk (10MW) of home, connect 50 million children to nature, improved learning and more active recreation.

Community Schoolyards will help to make our country more resilient to the devastating impacts of climate change and we can inspire the future generation with a pro-environmental attitude.  The needs for a resilient future increase every day and therefore we set the urgent goal to make Community Schoolyards the standard practice across the country by 2030.  Recognizing that we cannot create 100,000 Community Schoolyards alone, the CSYI Strategic Growth Plan includes multiple operational programs to get to scale.

Trust for Public Land is seeking a leader with demonstrated excellence in program management and a passion for creating Community Schoolyard projects. This position reports to the Schoolyard Initiative Director and all locations will be considered.

  • Works with Schoolyard Initiative Director to:
    • Advance Thought Leadership. Strengthen TPL’s leadership in Schoolyard Movement by presenting at conferences, responding to media outreach, writing public opinion pieces and promoting Community Schoolyards through earned and social media.
    • Strengthen Collaboration. Support partnership development among a host of non-profit and national networks.
    • Inform evidence-based best practices.  Working at the intersection of TPL’s Land for People Lab and the CSY to deploy evaluation tools and resources to support research efforts.
    • Synthesize and collect internal best practice resources to support program development within TPL and to share with external audiences.
    • Support private funding for the CSYI by collaborating with the philanthropy team, including writing grants, proposals and presentation materials. 
    • Support policy change by working with TPL’s Policy, Advocacy, and Government Relations (PAGR) team to grow the body of available public funding at local, state and federal levels.
    • Promote best policy practices that enable CSY development at state and local, state and federal levels.
    • Support Community of Practice Forums, both internally and externally by either leading or supporting, including: 
      • Schoolyard Initiative Working Group Meetings
      • Schoolyard Peer Learning Network Meetings
  • Advance the Tribal Community Schoolyard Program
    • Work with the Schoolyard Initiative Director to formalize agreement between the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).
    • Manage engagement and design consultants to advance ten tribal community schoolyards in schools run by the BIE and schools run by Tribal Nations.  
    • Work with BIE and Tribal Nations to write and manage grants that support Tribal Community Schoolyard Projects.
  • Works on the Field Advisory and Support Team (FAST) to:
    • Advance TPL’s Strategic Plan and to account for metrics that measure CSYI progress against our Key Performance Indexes.
    • Supports FAST and CSYI in tracking schoolyard outcomes.

Additional Functions:
  • Completes assorted administrative tasks required for a high functioning initiative.
  • Works with all functions of TPL, including PAGR and the Lab, Marketing, Philanthropy, Legal and Finance to advance health, equity, climate and community through the creation of impactful Community Schoolyard programs.  

Experience, Education and Skills:
  • Bachelor's degree required, masters preferred
  • Experience in non-profit program management required, specifically experience with management and/or leadership of schoolyard programs
  • Background in landscape architecture, architecture, planning or urban design a plus
  • Experience with community outreach, stakeholder engagement, and working collaboratively
  • Experience building and working in coalitions towards a common goal
  • Ideally 6-8 years relative experience
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent time management and project management skills 
  • Excellent budget management skills
  • Experience with successful grant writing
  • Experience with raising and stewarding private funds
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and programs at once
  • Attention to detail and deadlines
  • Experience with design management, project budgets, contracts and project schedules
  • Value diversity of perspectives and community-centered, participatory decision making
  • Value the role public space play in creating a more healthy, vibrant community
  • Value sustainable, climate forward design and program development
  • Value nature and the importance of getting people outdoors
  • This position requires travel. Air travel is estimated at a frequency of 4x per year.  Regional travel is estimated at the same frequency.  Local travel will be contingent on candidate location.

Special Knowledge and Skills:
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Knowledge of GIS, Adobe and CAD programs a plus

As a full-time, exempt employee, you will be eligible for TPL’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, three weeks of vacation annually. 10+ holidays, personal and community service days, paid winter break and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with an up to 7% company match.  The anticipated hiring range for this role is $80,000 - $90,000, and offers are commensurate with experience.
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