Connecticut Program Manager

Posted Date: January 18, 2020
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Join the Connecticut Program of The Trust for Public Land, where we are re-imagining the power of land for people to create stronger communities that make Connecticut a great place to live, work, and play. Whether we’re creating a green-way along an urban shoreline or newly establishing one of Connecticut’s largest state parks, we're always working to ensure healthy, livable communities for generations to come.
 
As the community organizer for the program in Bridgeport, you will build coalitions of residents, partners, and stakeholders to inform park-related decision-making in Connecticut communities. You will organize community-led participatory design sessions and manage outside consultants and contractors throughout the design and construction process. You will also participate in the development and implementation of public/private stewardship models to optimize the maintenance, programming, and use of completed sites.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
 
  • Community Organizing and Engagement: Working with the State Director, the Program 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-based design, stewardship tasks, park cleanups, pop-up installations, creative placemaking, and other activation programs/events. The Program Manager will coordinate community meetings and events, and create and distribute outreach materials (e-mail lists, online groups, bilingual fliers, etc.).
 
  • Project Management: Manage all aspects of the park development process including oversight of environmental engineers, design consultants, and construction contractors. The Program Manager will take primary responsibility for project schedules, project budgets, and day-to-day project oversight. 
 
  • Program Strategy: Support the State Director in developing plans to grow the program. Collaborate with and support the State Director and other local staff in developing and implementing strategy to increase public agency and community capacity for park maintenance and operations of completed parks, as well as long-term planning and design of future parks. 
 
  • Fundraising: Collaborate on private and public fundraising efforts, drafting and assisting with grant proposals and reports.
 
  • Organizational Collaboration: Partner with staff in other TPL offices to advance the land-for people mission.
 
  • Other: Other tasks as assigned.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
Required:
  • Experience with best practices for urban public spaces or in park development
  • Experience orchestrating collaborative visioning and/or design processes, involving community members, public agencies, and other community stakeholders
  • Experience in collaborating and negotiating with diverse groups and interests, including communities of color and historically under‐resourced communities
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to establish priorities and manage activities independently
  • Ability to attend meetings/events during evenings and on weekends, as needed
Preferred:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Spanish language (written and oral)
  • Experience related to design and construction management, such as oversight of design and construction professionals, budgets, and project schedules
  • Experience related to land revitalization, such as overseeing environmental assessment and remediation, as part of overall site development projects