Project Manager II - Land Protection - New York

Posted Date: January 5, 2018
Location: New York, New York
Department: Land Protection
Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) has connected land and people by protecting and creating parks, trails, and public spaces that are important infrastructure and a first-order solution to the multi-faceted problems facing cities, towns, villages, and rural communities. In New York State since 1978, TPL has worked with 500 communities, protected over 125,000 acres of land, completed 194 playgrounds, protected over 100 community gardens, and brought nearly 5 million people within a 10-minute walk of a trail, garden, park or playground, giving all New Yorkers the opportunity to enjoy nature and get outdoors. TPL carries out its work through national programs and 24 field offices that offer four services:  protection of land (PROTECT), planning and GIS analysis (PLAN), park and trail design and construction (CREATE), and public financing (FUND). 

KEY ROLE OF THE PROTECT PROJECT MANAGER
The PROTECT Project Manager has a key role on our dynamic and creative team by conserving critical open space and environmentally sensitive lands.  Specifically, the PROTECT Project Manager :
  • Identifies when and where land conservation is needed to meet TPL’s mission to connect land and people, and to meet the goals of the five-year strategic plan for New York State, which are to protect places people love, provide recreational access to natural areas, link towns and the surrounding countryside, adapt to sea level rise, and enhance water quality protections.
  • Builds public awareness and understanding of TPL’s mission and work through outreach events, public meetings, speaking engagements, representation to partners and in the media, fundraising efforts and other methods that creates a public presence for TPL in the community.
  • Develops and maintains portfolio of potential projects that advance TPL’s mission and goals by proactively contacting owners, nonprofit organizations and public agency officials, and also by responding to inquiries and leads.
  • Develops and implements strategies for the acquisition of key resource properties and their conveyance to public agencies or other permanent stewards. 
  • Manages transactions, including research, outreach, landowner negotiation, supervision of appraisers, surveyors, and other consultants, and ultimate sale and conveyance to a public agency.
  • Has primary responsibility for negotiating, documenting and closing real estate transactions with the assistance of legal and finance staff.
  • Engages with county and town land use and other boards, and assembles community and governmental support and funding.
  • Has primary responsibility for identifying and securing interim financing and permanent public funding for land acquisitions through existing or new public funding sources.
  • Generates revenues for TPL through transactions.
  • Supports our philanthropy team in identifying and securing private funding sources.
  • Supports related programmatic work, such as the coordination of multi-parcel deals, park and trail planning, and potential park enhancements and/or remediation.
  • Supports legislative planning and outreach for future projects.
  • Other relevant duties as necessary.
  • This position requires moderate travel, generally day trips, but occasional overnight trips.

QUALIFICATIONS SOUGHT
TPL values its employees and seeks to hire people who are inspired by our mission, are ready to work with our team and with communities, have the basic skills to succeed, and are willing to learn and grow in the job.  Land conservation experience is a plus but is not required.  Rather, we seek individuals with:
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with occasional guidance from supervisor, even on complex projects.
  • Experience developing business and generating a project pipeline.
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with external parties and professionals who are involved with the purchase and sale of land:  surveyors, lawyers, planners, appraisers, landowners and elected officials.
  • Comfort with public speaking and with representing TPL to the public and ability to discuss projects as part of TPL’s larger mission and programs
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to secure complicated real estate deals with private owners/sellers and public buyers. 
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with or ability to understand land use planning, environmental review, and government land acquisition policies and procedures.
  • Experience with managing contracts and other details.
  • Outlook that is strategic, patient and flexible.
  • Team skills and ability to develop a good working relationship with program, philanthropy, and support staff.
  • Working knowledge of public, private, foundation, and corporate funding, as well as ability to understand tax benefit analysis and financial forecasting tools.
  • Ability to learn as well as to train and mentor.
The minimum qualifications include:
  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred with at least 5 years of project management experience.
  • Driver’s license (or are willing to get one, as this is needed for job-related travel to places that are often not served by public transportation).
  • Proficiency in the MSOffice Suite (Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Outlook) and internet research.  Ability to use GIS tools and generate basic maps is a plus, as is a good eye for design and presentation.