Director of Community Health

Posted Date: June 18, 2019
Location: Multiple Locations, New York
The Trust for Public Land’s Community Health strategy will engage staff, multidisciplinary partners, and communities across the country to build support for parks and open space as community health solutions. The strategy will identify, implement and disseminate best practices in health-promoting parks and open space siting and design to help cities identify where parks, greenways, and other outdoor spaces can fill access and quality gaps.
Position Summary:
The Director of Community Health will lead every aspect of the strategy, including program design and delivery and other managerial functions. The Director will play a leadership role in finalizing program design and developing an initial strategic plan to guide the program’s establishment, growth, and evaluation.
The Director will be responsible for leading internal collaboration among national staff from The Trust for Public Land’s strategic commitments and local field staff to advance the strategy’s objectives. Key roles include development of nationally consistent approaches through documenting best practices and identifying opportunities for integration to help field offices in each city to align park design and development for greater health impact.
The Director is also responsible for external thought leadership for the strategy. This includes advocating for park and open space as part of overall community health strategies with a diverse range of partners and fields, as well as development of national-level tools and resources to help build this field of practice. The Director will represent the organization at conferences and other events, establish a presence within traditional and social media, foster partnerships, and other related activities.
Essential Functions:
  • Lead the structuring and advancement of the Community Health strategy within the organization, including development of a program design and strategic plan for the organization to leverage parks for better public health.
  • Build multi-sector partnerships with the public health sector, public sector partners at various levels, academic researchers, park and greenspace experts, and community organizations.
  • Lead program management, oversee program budgets, and other related management activities.
  • Collaborate with Trust for Public Land staff to develop partnerships with city governments and other stakeholders to deliver parks and open space as community health solutions and integrate health understanding into other organizational priorities such as climate and equity.
  • Lead development of national-level tools, research, and other resources to disseminate best practices to public and private sector organizations working on parks and public health.
  • Evaluate the Community Health strategy on an annual basis to ensure that goals are being met and that measurement tools provide accurate and useful information to senior leadership at The Trust for Public Land.
  • Build and provide technical assistance to a peer-to-peer knowledge transfer program to ensure that a productive exchange of information and insights are happening across the organization.
  • Develop tools such as webinars, case studies, and implementation training toolkits for outside audiences, and project evaluation for professional development in parks and public health.
  • Work closely with staff in Federal Affairs and Philanthropy to secure public and private funding for the program.
  • Work with Marketing to promote community health projects and practice through timely, accurate, and authoritative material via conferences, website, blog, and social media. Develop communications materials for external audiences.
  • In collaboration with TPL colleagues, cultivate and strengthen partnerships with national, regional, and local public health and community-based organizations to enhance public health outcomes across our work.
  • Minimum 5-10 years professional experience in public/community health, including significant leadership experience
  • Degree(s) or equivalent professional experience in public health, urban planning, landscape architecture, public policy, community development, or related fields preferred
  • Extensive experience in strategic planning and management, building programs and/or leading teams in program development and promotion
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including effective public speaking
  • Demonstrated ability to work confidently with a wide range of internal and external audiences
  • Strong research and organizational skills
  • Experience in securing philanthropic support of program work
  • Available for significant travel (up to 40%)
Location: Flexible, but preferably New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston or San Francisco