New York State Director
Summary: The New York State Director is responsible for developing and managing The Trust for Public Land’s programmatic activities for New York. The principal geographic focus will be New York City, but will also include work throughout the State of New York.
The Trust for Public Land's work in New York encompasses a broad spectrum of work, from small but important community gardens and Green Infrastructure playgrounds in New York City, to a major rail trail project, to rural land conservation, trail development and enhancement, and protection of watersheds throughout upstate New York. Beyond that, the Director will have responsibility for developing a 3- to 5-year strategic plan that identifies future opportunities, programs, and projects in New York State and City.
In all of this work, the State Director manages and mentors the operations staff and works in close collaboration with the State Director of Philanthropy to raise funding to support the office’s programs and operating costs. The State Director is also responsible for working with public/non-profit partners, major donors, the local Advisory Board, and others within the TPL organization to enhance opportunities for success of the office and its program. The individual must demonstrate a proven track record working with key individuals in the philanthropic community.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
35% Philanthropy: Funding support for the New York Office and the programs it carries out is derived primarily from private philanthropic dollars. The State Director will work in close coordination with the local and national TPL philanthropy staff to cultivate and solicit major gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations. S/he will work in partnership with philanthropy staff to create and implement a fundraising plan. Working with local philanthropy staff leadership, the State Director will manage the local Advisory Board, and serve as the primary face of TPL in the donor community.
25% Program Development and Management: The State Director will be responsible for directing staff and working with program partners, both public and private, to complete existing projects such as the Queensway and the Playgrounds Program and to develop new ones. This includes evaluating new project and program opportunities in conservation vision, conservation finance, conservation real estate, park design and development, and national programs like Climate Smart Cities, green infrastructure, and health among others. In all of this work, the development and maintenance of positive relationships with key public and non-profit partners, as well as major donors will be paramount. This position collaborates with senior leadership, finance and volunteer leaders in developing and implementing strategies that achieve mission delivery goals, and are compelling and financially viable.
15% Management/Administration: The State Director is responsible for supervising staff who report to her/him, and for creating a positive working environment for the entire office, strong staff morale and a culture of teamwork and mutual support among all staff, including philanthropy staff who do not report to the Director. The State Director is responsible for working with the finance team to develop the office budget and taking necessary actions to meet or exceed the targets and maintain a work climate which attracts, retains and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
25% External Relations: The State Director will be expected to represent The Trust for Public Land and build the organization’s visibility in the New York market. This includes establishing sound working relationships with public officials and staff civic leaders, partner non-profits, the media, the donor community and others.
CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS
Within the first year, the successful candidate will have:
- Mastered a learning curve of the Trust for Public Land to effectively assume management of the future of the New York office. This includes an understanding of our core practice areas (PLAN, FUND, PROTECT, and CREATE), as well as national programs, and embracing a role in fundraising.
- Built external relationships with our partners, especially members of the Advisory Board, civic organizations, and governmental entities
- In partnership with Director of Philanthropy, develop a top 10-20 list of major donors with a strong emphasis on individuals. The State Director will be the natural partner for these donors.
- Lead the development of a 3-5 year strategic plan
- Become proficient in organizational financial systems to ensure a sustainable model for the New York office
- Begun to identify new program and project opportunities for the New York office.
- Responsible for communicating effectively with the advisory council and volunteer leaders – providing all information necessary for the council to function properly and to inspire their active engagement and support of local and national activities.
- Responsive for maintaining and enhancing our image by being active and visible in the community.
- A Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, urban studies, landscape architecture or related fields. An advanced degree preferred
- At least 5 years’ experience in an organization focused on public urban work and/or land protection
- At least 8 years of relevant non-profit work experience or the equivalent, including at least 5 years of staff management experience. Experience serving as an Executive Director preferred.
- Experience with interfacing with and effectively engaging diverse groups (staff, volunteers, stakeholders, politicians, agency partners, etc.)
- Extensive experience working with fund raisers, raising mission support from public and private sources
- Experience with public finance techniques, government funding practices and procedures, the foundation community, fundraising, marketing practices, best management practices and budgeting practices.
- An entrepreneurial spirit, initiative, energy, the capacity to lead, mentor and inspire others, the capacity to be both a high performer and a team player, common sense and a sense of humor.
- Excellent communication skills including writing and public speaking.
- An ability and willingness to travel as required and to work flexible hours outside a 9-5 schedule.
- A passionate commitment to The Trust for Public Land’s mission of creating parks and protecting land for people.