National Director for Parks, Trails, and Schoolyards Development

The National Director for Parks, Trails and Schoolyards Development at Trust for Public Land (TPL) guides and supports the organization’s parks, trails and schoolyards project development work, including: managing and leading exchange and use of best practices; overseeing risk management and corporate approval processes; aligning and coordinating project portfolio with national strategic objectives, leaders and initiatives across TPL; and providing guidance and resources to project development teams.

The position location is flexible.
  • Work with professionals within and outside of Trust for Public Land to gather, develop and disseminate best practices.
  • Manage commitment review and approval processes.
  • Design and manage guidelines for sustainable designs and standard procedures.
  • Maintain and manage database of projects and practices for internal and external information sharing purposes.
  • Identify training needs and sources for training.
  • Plan staff & partner retreats and conferences.
  • Manage information: develop data base for information to share, function as a resource for questions from staff on initiatives, stay abreast of developments external to TPL and share information accordingly.
  • Develop systems and protocols, including career tracks for staff.
  • Represent Trust for Public Land in public presentations and other gatherings of partners, funders or peers.
  • Support philanthropy and national partnerships to develop new sources of program funding.
  • Coordinate measurement and monitoring efforts and methodology across TPL’s project portfolio in partnership with Land and People Lab.

  • Professional degree in urban design, landscape architecture, planning or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years’ experience working in an organization with a related mission.
  • Knowledge of and experience with funding, including public and private grants.
  • Experience building partnerships and facilitating positive working relationships with governments, foundations, nonprofits, community groups and other related entities.
  • Experience in developing and leading training, especially focused on design and development.
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% domestically.

       As a full-time exempt employee, you will be eligible for Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation days, sick days, a personal day, a day of service and 10+ holidays. We offer a 403(b)retirement plan, currently with company match of up to 7%.  We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience; the anticipated hiring range for this position is $130,000-150,000 annually.

Trust for Public Land’s active goal is to be an inclusive and equitable place to work and build community. Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged. We are open to the possibility that a great candidate for this job may not precisely meet all of the above criteria; if you believe you are the right person for this job and can persuasively make that case, we encourage you to apply.