Colorado Parks for People Project Manager

Posted Date: January 24, 2022
Location: Denver, Colorado
At The Trust for Public Land (TPL), community is at the heart of everything we do. Our commitment to improving community, equity, health, and climate outcomes is the cornerstone of our new 5-year strategic plan. In over a decade of work, our Parks for People program in Colorado has yielded the greatest results through broad and sustained community engagement. We work in partnership with communities to design and build parks, trails, and schoolyards in neighborhoods that need them most. Our engagement strategy (Community Outreach and Resident Experts - CORE) centers community voice, whereby we co-design outdoor spaces with communities to ensure every park, trail, and schoolyard we create reflects community priorities and aspirations. Currently the team is partnering with communities across the state including work in Denver, Colorado Springs, Greeley, and Clifton.

TPL is a national leader in building shared public spaces where everyone can come together to forge stronger relationships, celebrate our country’s diverse cultures, and develop mutual understanding and wellbeing among immigrants and their neighbors. In partnership with the Center for Inclusion and Belonging and Welcoming America, TPL’s national Community Strategies team co-launched the Belonging Begins With Us campaign in December 2020. We are leveraging the full extent of TPL’s national resources for policy development, research and innovation, marketing and communications, and partnership development activities toward a comprehensive vision for more equitable, inclusive public spaces where everyone belongs.

As a vital member of the Colorado Parks for People and our national Community Strategies teams, this position will be responsible for a full range of activities associated with the implementation of The Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People Program in Colorado as well as work alongside a cohort of TPL community engagement staff led by our Community Strategies team. The position will act as a conduit between the Colorado team and national program staff by helping to create a feedback loop between our best-in-class field engagement in Colorado and TPL’s national resources and tools for community engagement led by our Community Strategies team.

At this time all Trust for Public Land employees are working remotely. You will begin your employment working remotely from your home office and will transition to the Denver office once the organization makes the determination to re-open its offices.  Even then, your schedule is likely to be a to-be-determined mix of home and office work.

This position requires travel and working ‘off-hours’ including some weekend and evening meetings and events.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 
  • 60% Project Management-Colorado Parks for People: Working with the Parks for People Managing Director and Colorado Parks for People Team, the Project Manager will develop relationships with community representatives, government agencies, city staff, non-profit partners, the arts and cultural community, neighborhood leaders, and residents to implement community-driven park, trail, and schoolyard projects. The project manager will be responsible for all aspects of outreach, planning, design, and construction of projects including coordinating community meetings and events, creating outreach materials (e-mail lists, online groups, bilingual fliers, etc.), project budgets, consultant management, invoicing, grant writing, etc.
  • 30% Community Strategies-National: Work with the Community Strategies team to inventory best practices for community engagement from across the country and Colorado in order to organize and catalog them for distribution to our peer network within The Trust for Public Land.  The project manager will also conduct on-the-ground project evaluation of the Colorado team’s community engagement work in 1-2 communities.
  • 10% Program Strategy and Advancement: Act as a conduit between and collaborate with both the Colorado Parks for People and national Community Strategies team. Help develop and implement new strategies to improve and deepen our impact. Advocate for engagement best practices and access to nature in cities and towns around the state and work with the Philanthropy team to build philanthropic support for the program. 
EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND SKILLS:
Required:
  • A passion for The Trust for Public Land’s mission and for social and environmental justice is essential.
  • A degree from an accredited university or equivalent: a Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Social Work, or Community Health or similar degree is a plus
  • 3-4 years of experience in project management, park design, community engagement, construction management or similar work
  • Experience related to design and construction, such as oversight of design and construction professionals, budgets, and project schedules
  • Experience in collaborating and negotiating with diverse groups and interests, including communities of color and historically under‐resourced communities
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Experience with best practices for urban public spaces or in park/trail development is a plus
  • Experience orchestrating collaborative visioning and/or design processes, involving community members, public agencies, and other community stakeholders is a plus
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to establish priorities and manage activities independently
  • Ability to connect local community work to national systems and problem solving
  • Ability to travel and attend meetings/events during evenings and on weekends, as needed
  • Experience working in a team environment and willingness to support all team members as needed.
Preferred:
  • Knowledge of a language other than English. Spanish and Somali language (written and oral) is a plus
This position is a unique opportunity to join a well-established field team in Colorado and work directly with our national program staff. The successful candidate will be a highly skilled, well rounded individual capable of performing a diverse set of tasks. The successful candidate will be team oriented and possess the ability to be flexible and adaptable-jumping in and completing a variety of tasks from the mundane to the complex. The Trust for Public Land is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve.  Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.  We are open to the possibility that a great candidate for this job may not precisely meet all of the above criteria; if you believe you’re the right person for this job and can persuasively make that case, we encourage you to apply.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

As a full-time exempt employee, you will be eligible for The Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, three weeks of vacation annually plus ten holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with a 5.5% company matching. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience; the range for this position is $70,000 to $75,000 annually.