Colorado Community Trails Program Director

Posted Date: January 30, 2018
Location: Denver, Colorado
Position Summary: 

Building on more than 35 years of conservation and park leadership in Colorado, The Trust for Public Land seeks a Colorado Community Trails Program director to design and lead the new Colorado Community Trails Program. The program will secure and expand trail corridors, creating and improving trails that connect communities and provide local residents and visitors with access to nature and the great outdoors. Through this new statewide trails program, the director will work to enhance connectivity and recreational access, improving health, wellness, and economic opportunities throughout Colorado.
 
To implement this vision, the director will partner with rural and urban communities, special districts, the State of Colorado, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), federal agencies and non-profit partners to identify, catalyze and accelerate the design, development and construction of priority trails.
 
The Colorado Community Trails Program director will draw upon The Trust for Public Land’s national leadership and longstanding Colorado partnerships, applying best practices from top trail planners and builders, as well as from creative placemaking, real estate, and other professional experts.
 
The director will hold primary responsibility for directing and managing the Colorado Community Trails Program to meet the organization’s goals for enhancing connectivity and equitable access to trails, parks and other public lands.
 
Essential Functions: 
  • Execute a statewide discovery process to identify the best opportunities to leverage the organization’s reputation and resources to set trail project priorities and accelerate trail funding, planning, and construction.
  • Build and strengthen organizational collaborations and partnerships with federal, state, county and local government and non-profit partners with an interest in connectivity, pedestrian and bicycle mobility and trail design, development and construction.
  • In partnership with the Colorado state director and director of philanthropy, manage a Colorado Community Trails Committee, a committee of the Trust for Public Land Colorado Advisory Board, designed to provide strategic guidance, advice, connections and philanthropic resources to advance program goals and projects.
  • Serve as a statewide trail advocate, evangelizing about the important role trails play in linking communities, enhancing local economies, reducing carbon emissions, and connecting people to nature and the outdoors.  
  • Act as a spokesperson for the program and The Trust for Public Land in the media, at public meetings and events and with current and prospective donors and other supporters.
  • Collaborate with The Trust for Public Land’s PROTECT, CREATE, PLAN and FUND teams, as well as other core organizational functions, to advance priority trails projects and program goals.
  • Manage on-the-ground projects and oversee partnerships to deliver tangible, lasting and measurable results.
  • Track budgets, contracts and other program commitments.
 Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred, in planning, natural resources, sustainability, outdoor recreation or a related field.
  • 8+ years’ experience working in conservation, outdoor recreation, local government and/or land use planning.
  • Knowledge of and experience with public funding sources for conservation and recreation, including the grant process and experience using public and private grants to fund work.
  • Experience working with local jurisdictions (town, city, county, special districts, state and federal), and experience building multi-stakeholder partnerships and facilitating positive working relationships and collaborations.
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel around Colorado, with occasional out-of-state trips, up to 30% of the time. 
 Special Knowledge and Skills: 
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and oral.
  • A passion for active community engagement and outreach.
  • Knowledge of park, trails and open space issues, growth management, urban and rural planning and development, or a related field, preferably with a statewide perspective.
  • Knowledge of conservation, recreation and land use policy and funding issues, preferably specific to trails, park and open space issues.
  • Experience with fundraising and donor engagement, cultivation and solicitation.
  • Proven ability to organize and manage multiple projects with diverse and numerous public and private partners.