Hawai'i Project Manager

Posted Date: February 25, 2020
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
The Project Manager preserves critical open space and environmentally sensitive lands utilizing nonprofit land acquisition techniques and sound business practices. This position generates revenue for TPL through donations and through the successful completion of real estate transactions. 
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. 
This position will focus on conserving land, with a focus on the Sustainable Hawai‘i Program – food, forests, and water (agricultural and ranch lands and forested watershed lands). 
  • Assumes primary responsibility for identifying, negotiating, documenting and closing real estate transactions with the assistance of legal and finance staff.
  • Explores potential projects by contacting owners, nonprofit organizations and public agency officials.
  • Assumes primary responsibility for securing interim financing and permanent public funding for land acquisitions through existing or new public and private funding sources.
  • Develops and implements strategies for acquisition of key resource properties and their conveyance to public agencies or other permanent stewards. 
  • Manages transactions, which involves researching and completing all phases of projects from initial outreach and landowner negotiation, supervision of appraisers, surveyors, and other consultants, to ultimate sale and conveyance to a public agency, or non-profit.
  • Identifies areas in which TPL's interim protection strategy is needed for the preservation of open space 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.
  • Identifies and secures project funding from multiple resources.  Good working knowledge of processes for obtaining public, private, foundation, and corporate funding. Captures contacts for TPL database and maintains landowner relationships for development purposes.  Collaborates with and defers to philanthropy staff on capital campaigns.
  • Builds public awareness and understanding of TPL through outreach events, leading meetings, public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts and creating a public presence for TPL in the community.
  • Timely manages all project deliverables, including internal TPL approvals.
  • Completes assorted administrative tasks required for a well-regulated organization.
  • Assists with the training of new project associates, field representatives, and project managers, etc.
  • Assists with legislative planning and outreach for future projects.
  • Assists with philanthropic work and reporting relating to the position.
  • May be involved in programmatic work, such as the coordination of a land acquisition program covering multi-parcel deals or Greenprints, and strategic planning
  • Other relevant duties as necessary.
  • Interacts with external professionals who are involved with the purchase and sale of land:  surveyors, lawyers, planners, appraisers, landowners, real estate agents/brokers, and elected officials.
  • 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.
  • Works independently with occasional guidance from supervisor.
  • Works with Marketing, Field Advisory Support Team, and Philanthropy depts.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum of 3-4 years project-related or equivalent land trust or non-profit or real estate experience desirable.
  • Professional experience working in Hawai‘i.
  • Familiarity with Hawai‘i landscapes, history, and politics.
  • This position requires moderate travel to the neighbor islands and occasional travel to the mainland.  Evening and weekend work can be expected.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills. Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in small and large groups.
  • Proficient in computer applications.  MSOffice Basics, Internet, Outlook,Powerpoint.
  • Demonstrated understanding of real property and tax law, land use planning techniques, EAs, titles and government land acquisition policies/procedures.  Politically sensitive.
  • Strong negotiator, able to secure complicated real estate deals. 
  • Facility with tax benefit analysis and financial forecasting tools.  Management of contracts.
  • Exposure to 1031 & tripartite exchanges, tax code and threat of condemnation techniques.
  • Facility with media independently and/or in conjunction with Public Affairs staff and State Director. 
  • 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 fundraising efforts.
  • Knowledge of Hawaiian history, land, land use, zoning, and agriculture/ranching landowners and communities.
  • Experience working for or with governmental entities, organizations, or communities on land, agricultural environmental, or natural resource issues or equivalent.
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse groups and foster respectful dialogue and mutual respect.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.