Bay Area Parks for People Project Manager

Posted Date: January 25, 2021
Location: San Francisco, California
As a vital member of the Bay Area Parks for People Program Team, the Project Manager will be responsible for a full range of activities associated with the delivery of The Trust for Public Land’s mission in the Bay Area. As a Project Manager, this person will lead and manage a portfolio of park and other open space projects. This work will include everything from project selection, community outreach and organizing, coalition building, to design, construction and ribbon cutting. This position will work closely with other Parks for People staff and other core teams including but not limited to Philanthropy, Conservation Finance, Legal, Finance, Marketing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
The Project Manager will be based in the San Francisco office.
The 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 in the power of parks and public spaces for healthy people and healthy communities. Studies show that the built environment has significant and positive physical, psychological, and emotional benefits for people. In addition, parks provide a host of environmental benefits, spur economic development, and strengthen community ties. Yet today, nearly 35% of people living in cities and towns across the country lack access to quality parks and open space. Through The Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People program, we are working to ensure that everyone in America lives within a 10-minute walk of a 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.
Project Management: 85% 
  • Manage the planning, community engagement, design and construction of new and existing public parks and other open spaces such as schoolyards and trails.
  • Conduct site selection and evaluation for new projects
  • Select and manage landscape architects, architects, engineers, contractors and other consultants needed to deliver the projects
  • Develop and manage project budgets
  • Conduct community outreach and organizing 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.
 Program Advancement: 15%
  • Work with the Program Director and Philanthropy team to build philanthropic support for program 
  • Advocate for parks and open space in cities in the Bay Area
  • Build and manage external partnerships in collaboration with the Program Director and local staff
  • 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
  • A degree from an accredited university; a Landscape Architectural, Urban Planning or similar degree is a plus.
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in project management, urban community park design, community engagement, construction management or similar work
  • A passion for The Trust for Public Land’s mission and a passion for social and environmental justice are essential.
  • Excellent oral, written and graphic communication skills
  • Experience in hiring and managing design professionals and construction contractors  
  • Experience working for or with community based organizations and public agencies
  • Ability to manage complex projects from start to finish with a low level of supervision
  • Ability to collaborate and function well as a team member
  • Self-starter, determined, and independent worker
  • Ability to multi-task, meet schedules, and achieve long term goals
  • High degree of creativity, vision, flexibility and resourcefulness
  • Project budgeting experience
  • Experience in working with underserved communities and an interest in park equity
  • Experience working with community members, collaborating and negotiating with diverse groups and interests
  • Basic graphic and AutoCAD skills
  • Spanish skills strongly preferred, other foreign language skills a plus
  • Fundraising and marketing skills and experience are a plus
  • Non-profit experience is desirable
  • Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply