Los Angeles Project Manager
The Project Manager preserves critical open space and environmentally sensitive lands utilizing nonprofit land acquisition techniques and sound business practices. This position generates revenue for The Trust for Public Land through the successful completion of real estate transactions associated with our land protection projects.
- 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 owners, 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 TPL'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.
- Generates revenue through transactions and/or fundraising in the private sector.
- Builds public awareness and understanding of the organization through outreach events, public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts and creating a public presence in the community.
- 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
- Superior 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.
- 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 the organization to the public at outreach events.
- Must be able to train and mentor junior project staff.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Minimum of 3-4 years project-related or equivalent land trust or non-profit experience desirable.
- This position requires moderate to heavy travel and flexibility with periodic nighttime and weekend meetings.
Please submit resume and cover letter online.