Hawai`i Aloha ‘Āina Project Manager

Posted Date: December 12, 2018
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

The Hawai‘i Aloha ‘Āina  Project Manager develops, plans, and implements the goals and objectives of one of the Hawaiian Islands Program strategic plan’s core initiatives – the Aloha ‘Āina program, which conserves land important to Hawaiian communities and promotes Hawaiian land stewardship. The goal of this program is that Native Hawaiians and all people of Hawai‘i have meaningful and responsible opportunities to connect with and appreciate culturally significant Hawaiian land and waters.  The position is based in The Trust for Public Land’s Honolulu, Hawai‘i office.  The Hawai‘i office has three major land protection initiatives – Aloha ‘Āina – Hawaiian Land Stewardship, Sustainable Hawai‘i – Food, Forests, & Water, and Connected Communities – Parks and Trails.  The Aloha ‘Āina Project Manager conserves land that is historically and culturally significant, promotes Hawaiian ‘āina based education, and reconnects Native Hawaiians to land, utilizing nonprofit land acquisition techniques and sound business practices.
  • Assumes primary responsibility for identifying, negotiating, documenting and closing appropriate real estate transactions with the assistance of the state director, and legal, finance, and field support staff.
  • Explores potential projects by contacting landowners, community organizations, nonprofit organizations and agency officials.
  • Assumes primary responsibility for securing interim financing and permanent funding for land acquisitions through public and private funding sources.
  • Develops and implements strategies for the acquisition of key resource properties and their conveyance to public agencies, nonprofit organizations, or other permanent stewards. 
  • Conducts due-diligence for transactions, which involves researching and executing all phases of projects from initial outreach and landowner negotiation through coordination with attorneys and supervision of appraisers, surveyors, and other consultants.
  • Identifies areas in which TPL's land protection strategy is needed for the preservation of lands of critical local, regional, or national importance; develops and maintains portfolio of potential projects; responds to inquiries by individuals groups, etc.
  • Generates revenues for TPL through transactions and/or fundraising in the private sector.
  • Builds public awareness and understanding of TPL through outreach events, public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts and creating a public presence for TPL in the community.
  • Maintains, develops, and cultivates strong relationships with Hawaiian organizations and governmental entities, partner organizations, public agencies, funding organizations, donors, government officials, community-based groups and others to meet the goals and objectives of the program.  Where needed, help to build capacity of non-profit and community partners to steward land.
  • Assists TPL staff with completing projects by serving as a liaison to Hawaiian organizations, entities and individuals, and facilitating communication and identifying opportunities.
  • Assists with the training of new project associates, field representatives, and project managers, etc.
  • Assists with legislative planning and outreach for projects.
  • Completes assorted administrative tasks required for a well-regulated organization. 
  • May be involved in programmatic work, such as the coordination of a land acquisition program covering multi-parcel deals.
  • Assists philanthropy and state director in program related fundraising.
  • Other relevant duties as necessary. 
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.  Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in small and large groups.
  • Demonstrated experience working with grassroots, disadvantaged, and/or culturally diverse communities in Hawai‘i.
  • Experience working for or with Hawaiian governmental entities, organizations, or communities on land, environmental, or natural resource issues or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated understanding of real property and tax law, land use planning techniques, and government land acquisition policies/procedures.
  • Able to negotiate successful transactions.
  • Able to work on complex projects with moderate level of supervision, resolve problems/conflicts, and develop recommendations using a high level of analysis, judgment, tact, and initiative.
  • Able to initiate and support fundraising efforts.
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse groups and foster respectful dialogue and mutual respect.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. 
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Interacts with external professionals who are involved with buying and selling land:  surveyors, lawyers, planners, appraisers, landowners and elected officials, Native Hawaiian organizations and communities.
  • Should be comfortable with public speaking and with representing TPL to the public at outreach events.
  • Must be able to train and mentor other project staff. 
  • Minimum of 3-4 years project-related or equivalent land trust or non-profit experience desirable.
  • Professional experience working in Hawai‘i.
  • Broad knowledge of Native Hawaiian governance, protocols, culture, and history related to land.
  • Familiarity with Hawai‘i landscapes, history, and politics.
  • ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language) and Hawaiian cultural practice a plus.
  • This position requires moderate to heavy travel.  Evening and weekend work can be expected sometimes.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
The Trust for Public Land offers a great work environment and excellent benefits and actively seeks a diverse workforce.  This position will remain open until filled.