Program Manager - Cool Schools Community Parks

Posted Date: October 22, 2019
Location: Dallas, Texas
The Trust for Public Land is a national non-profit organization that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Our North Texas office is on a mission to ensure that every resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan has access to a park, trail, or green space within a ten-minute walk of where they live.

In support of this mission, we are collaborating with The Texas Trees Foundation, Dallas Independent School District, and Dallas Park & Recreation Department to develop new “Cool Schools Community Parks.” Over the next three years we will establish 20 new neighborhood parks in Dallas co-located on school campuses. These new “Cool Schools Community Parks” will feature new and innovative playgrounds, enhanced tree canopy and landscaping, community art, and will be open for public use outside of school hours.

Essential to this effort will be robust engagement with students, teachers, faculty, and residents of these new parks. Through public meetings, interactive events, and design workshops, we will collaborate with each school and surrounding neighborhood to gather their input and feedback, developing a shared vision and plan for these new greenspaces.

We are seeking an exceptional candidate to join our team as a Program Manager responsible for Cool Schools Community Parks Program. Reporting to the Parks for People Program Manager, this position’s goals and responsibilities will include:
  • Overseeing The Trust for Public Land’s role in the Cool Schools Community Parks Program, including:
    • Day-to-day management of The Trust for Public Land’s role in the program
    • Building relationships with school administrations, relevant school and community groups
    • Execution of The Trust for Pubic Land’s community engagement strategy with the opportunity to tailor the strategy to this program
    • Close collaboration with The Texas Trees Foundation, other partner organizations, vendors and consultants, Dallas Park and Recreation Department, and Dallas Independent School District
    • Integrating creative solutions to integrate artistic community elements, creative placemaking, and features that make individual campuses representative of the communities they serve
  • Our community engagement framework roles and responsibilities include:
    • Organizing and leading community meetings and workshops
    • Interacting with diverse audiences, including children, adults, English as a Second Language, and non-English speakers
    • Recruiting and managing volunteers
    • Creating materials and collateral to support our community engagement strategy
Successful candidates will have the following experience and qualifications:
  • A minimum three years of community engagement experience
  • Knowledge of Dallas ISD school structures and processes
  • Knowledge creative placemaking, public art, urban planning, environmental issues, and/or landscape architecture preferred, but not required
  • Strategic thinker with ability to develop and execute complex long-range plans
  • Highly organized with previous experience coordinating and executing meetings and events
  • Strong public speaking skills with ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences
  • Strong leadership skills with previous experience organizing and motivating volunteers
  • Team player who excels at cooperating and collaborating with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders
  • Ability to solve problems independently, self-motivate, and work productively without supervision
  • Experience creating promotional and marketing materials for distribution across multiple mediums (spoken, written, email, and social media)
  • Willingness to work outside normal hours, including evening events and weekends (approximately 30%)
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Adobe Creative Suite or graphic communication experience preferred, but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred