Director of Equity - Location Flexible

Posted Date: August 8, 2020
Location: Washington DC, District of Columbia
The Trust for Public Land envisions a country where everyone has access to the outdoors. Throughout our history, The Trust for Public Land has prioritized working in low-income communities and communities of color who have been underserved by their park systems, by building new parks and improving existing ones, protecting significant open spaces and increasing access to the outdoors for all. Our Strategic Plan, The Power of Land for People 2020-2025, states “Everyone deserves access to the benefits of nature. Working hand in hand with communities, we support the efforts of historically marginalized groups to create access to the outdoors by delivering park and green space solutions that energize their efforts and address wide-ranging challenges.”

Our work encompasses creating parks and other open spaces that are welcoming and create a sense of belonging, especially to those who have been historically left out of outdoor experiences. Park equity goes beyond equal access to a process that intentionally builds power, resources and decision-making in disadvantaged communities.

Position Summary:
The Director of Equity will lead every aspect of the organization’s Equity strategy, focused on the equity-based outcomes of our mission delivery work. The Director will play a leadership role in finalizing program design and operationalizing the Strategic Plan to guide the program’s development, growth, and evaluation. The strategy will identify, implement and disseminate best practices for equity-promoting parks and open space siting and design to help cities identify how parks, greenways, and other outdoor spaces can fill equity gaps.

The Director is responsible for external thought leadership for the strategy. This includes advocating for park and open space as part of overall community-building 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, establishing a presence by writing position papers, policy documents and articles for publication in traditional and social media, fostering partnerships, and performing other related activities.

The Equity Director will lead our Equity strategy by engaging staff, multidisciplinary partners, and communities across the country to build support for parks and open space as community equity solutions. The Director will be responsible for internal collaboration among national staff from The Trust for Public Land’s other strategic commitments of Community, Climate and Health, TPL’s national research, government affairs and public funding teams 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 align the development of parks, schoolyards, trails, and lands for greater equity impact.

Location: Flexible, but preferably New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, or San Francisco

Essential Functions:

 Program Leadership
  • Lead the structuring and advancement of the Equity strategy within the organization, including development of a program design and operations plan for the organization to leverage parks in delivering equitable outcomes for communities.
  • Lead program management, oversee program budgets, and other related management activities.
  • Collaborate with philanthropy staff on fundraising strategy, donor cultivation, and outreach.
  • Establish equity outcomes and measures in collaboration across organization.
  • Evaluate the equity 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.
  • Consult with key staff throughout the organization to review and advise  policy positions, research questions, thought leadership and best practices.
Resource Creation & Support
  • Collaborate with and provide technical assistance to program staff to maximize equitable community outcomes through project selection, partnership development, community relationships, project development and long-term operations and activation.
  • Collaborate with national programs, marketing, government affairs, research and philanthropy to support the integrate park equity best practices throughout TPL’s mission delivery.
  • Support peer-to-peer knowledge transfer to ensure that productive exchanges of information and insights are happening across the organization.
  • Support equity-focused program staff training and professional development.
  • Lead development of national-level tools such as webinars, case studies, and implement training, research, and other resources to disseminate best practices to public and private sector organizations working on parks and equity.
  • Cultivate and strengthen external partnerships with public sector partners, academic researchers, park and greenspace experts, and community organizations to promote equitable outcomes through park development and land protection fields.
  • Work with Marketing to promote TPL projects and practice through timely, accurate, and authoritative material via conferences, website, blog, and social media. Develop communications materials for external audiences.
  • Minimum 5-10 years of relevant experience, including significant leadership experience
  • 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 travel
  • Location: Flexible, but preferably New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, or San Francisco