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Senior Program Manager - LA Parks for People Program

Pasadena, CA
As a vital member of the Los Angeles Parks for People Program Team, the Senior Program Manager will be responsible for a full range of activities associated with the delivery of Trust for Public Land’s mission in the Southern California. The Los Angeles Parks for People Team creates high quality, community driven, recreational spaces in Los Angeles neighborhoods that have suffered from historic disinvestment and environmental injustice. This work includes managing park, trail, green alley, green schoolyards and other open space projects from start to finish, including project selection, partnership building, community engagement, design, and construction administration.

The Senior Program Manager will be based in the Los Angeles office. A hybrid in-person/remote office model will be in place for the foreseeable future.

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 high-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.


Program Management: 85%
  • Oversee two project managers of the five person Parks for People team ensuring progress toward project goals, offering support and trouble shooting for project related issues, and conducting weekly check-ins and annual evaluations.
  • 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 Southern California.
  • Work with the Program Director and Philanthropy team to build philanthropic support for the 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 the program.
  • Collaborate with TPL’s national staff to advance the organization’s initiatives and share information internally.
  • Seek professional development opportunities to advance individual skills and program mission.

This position requires occasional ‘off-hours’ work including weekend and evening meetings and events. The Los Angeles Parks for People Team is based out of our Pasadena office, and the Senior Program Manager will engage in field work at various project sites (Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County, Orange County and Ventura County). 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 or similar fields.
  • +/-5 years of experience managing projects with deep community engagement.
  • +/3 years managing staff leading complex development projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with people of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and communities, and understanding of environmental justice issues in low-income, urban communities.
  • Experience in proposal writing, and hiring and managing design professionals and construction contractors.
  • Experience with community engagement including working with community-based organizations and public agencies.
  • Experience with project approval processes with Los Angeles government 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.
  • Basic graphic design skills: Adobe Creative Suits, PowerPoint.
  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages besides English is a plus.

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, vacation, holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan with a 7% company matching. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience; the anticipated hiring range the range for this position is $80,000-95,000 annually.

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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