Northwest Parks for People Program Director

Posted Date: August 3, 2021
Location: Seattle, Washington
Quality parks and green spaces are a fundamental requirement for sustaining healthy, equitable, resilient communities. That’s why TPL works alongside communities to create, protect, and advance the nature-rich places that are vital to human well-being. 

The Northwest Parks for People Program Director will oversee the strategy, design, and implementation of new and existing Parks for People programs to deliver on our mission of creating parks and protecting land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

Building off of TPL’s goal to ensure everyone lives within a 10 minute walk of a quality park, the Program Director will lead the Parks for People team in deploying our transformational engagement process that helps communities create and transform parks and schoolyards that reflect local interests, cultures, heritage, and aspirations. 

The position will be based in Seattle and work with communities throughout Washington including our current programs in Tacoma and South King County.
  • Responsible for strategic planning and visioning, program development, budgeting, overall strategy and ensuring the program emphasizes equity and serving historically marginalized communities.
  • Identify and work with TPL national programs and partners to secure multiple sources of public funds for mission delivery and implementation of the program.
  • Identify and work to secure multiple sources of private funds for mission delivery and implementation of the program.  In close cooperation with the NW Director and the NW Director of Philanthropy, assist in the development of fundraising materials and proposals for foundations, corporations, and individual donors and participate in meetings with potential funders to provide information about the program and its plans.
  • Identify, develop and cultivate high-level partnerships and key relationships with political, corporate, public agency, non-governmental organizations, civic leaders, funders and other partners around parks, schoolyards, green infrastructure, and impacts of our work to affordable housing, climate and walkability. 
  • Represent the parks program internally and externally and help brand our work.
  • Responsible for aligning the parks program with the national strategic plan and serve as an effective collaborator within the matrix structure of the organization to bring national expertise and resources to the NW program including Climate-Smart Cities and Community Health.
  • Leverage the national expertise in Park / Conservation Finance to identify, build support for and, if applicable, serve as local liaison for park funding measures. 
  • Leverage the national resources of Research & Innovation to bring data and GIS analysis capabilities to meet information needs.
  • Design and implement community engagement processes that ensure equity in participation and that all voices are heard and input is integrated into plans, designs, construction and stewardship. 
  • Primary responsibility for developing strategy, either directly or by supervision of staff and/or consultants, for local governmental, community and public relations; and in conjunction with the NW Director and Marketing, for local media relations related to the parks program.
  • Proven ability to both manage complex projects, programs, staff, and budgets and to create a strategic and coherent vision for long-term leadership in building and/or renovating parks, trails, schoolyards, playgrounds and public spaces.
  • Familiarity with urban planning, particularly park planning, landscape architecture and capital improvements and an understanding of urban environmental quality of life issues including parks and trails, environmental justice, brownfields, walkability, climate change, community development, and housing.
  • Familiarity with advocacy and government relations needed to impact policy and funding. 
  • Excellent leadership, meeting facilitation, collaboration, public speaking and communication skills.
  • Experience in working with community leaders, agency staff, elected officials and local media to promote and implement successful projects.
  • Experience in collaborating and negotiating with diverse groups and interests, including communities of color and historically marginalized communities.
  • Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit, initiative, energy, the capacity to lead, mentor and inspire others, and the capacity to be a high performer and a team player, with common sense and resiliency.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, including course work in urban planning, landscape architecture, and land use management. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 8 years related experience.
  • Willingness to travel and attend evening meetings.
  • Computer Proficiency: Microsoft Office, Excel and familiarity with geographic information systems (GIS) and sophisticated spatial and data analysis.