Hawai'i Project Manager

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.  This position will focus on conserving land consistent with the Hawai‘i office’s strategic initiatives, with a focus on the Sustainable Hawaii 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, public commissions, county councils, legislative hearings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Able to initiate fundraising efforts.
  • Knowledge of Hawaiian history, land, land use, zoning, and agriculture/ranching landowners and communities. Hawaiian language a plus.
As a full-time employee, you will be eligible for Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, three weeks of vacation annually plus ten holidays, a one-week paid winter break and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with a 5.5% company match. The annual hiring range for this role is $70,000-80,000, commensurate with experience.

Join a diverse team of dedicated and passionate people working toward a mission you can believe in—creating parks and protecting land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage diversity in the workplace. We welcome people of all backgrounds and seek to foster a culture of respect, openness, learning, integrity, and fun. We strive to make our job postings accessible to all prospective applicants.