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North Central Washington Area Project Manager
The Northwest Land Protection team is looking for a dynamic and dedicated Project Manager to join them in permanently protecting lands to improve equitable access to recreation, ensure climate resilient communities and ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and parks and open space. Through this work, TPL will help deliver cleaner air and water, healthier communities, equitable and connected neighborhoods, and a more resilient and livable environment for all.
If you are looking for the next big step in your career and a chance to make a meaningful and enduring difference in the health of land and nearby communities, consider this exciting opportunity. Come join one of the best teams in conservation.
The North Central Washington Area Manager is a key position for delivering TPL’s mission of conserving land for people by utilizing well-established nonprofit land acquisition techniques and sound business practices. TPL’s land conservation priorities in this region include at risk, climate-resilient forest lands that provide recreation, working (forest, farm) lands, water resources, wildlife corridor values and other open space and environmentally important lands. Successful completion of real estate transactions associated with land protection projects advances these goals for The Trust for Public Land. This position will be located in Wenatchee, WA and focused on communities in Central and Eastern Washington.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Creating and Advancing Productive Strategic Partnerships:
- Develops trust-based relationships with conservation partners representing a diversity of interests including local and regional land trusts, Indigenous, rural, agricultural and working forests community members, public and private funders, private property owners, and philanthropists.
- In consultation with TPL’s leadership and key partners, identifies areas in which TPL’s 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.
- Explores potential projects by utilizing state-of-the-art GIS data, contacting owners, nonprofit organizations and public agency officials.
- Maintains current awareness of land conservation techniques, opportunities and issues by reading periodicals and other related documents, attending public forums and identifying and participating in training opportunities.
Leading Land Protection Efforts:
- With team support, holds the lead responsibility for identifying, negotiating, documenting and closing real estate transactions with the assistance of legal and finance staff.
- Together with team, identifies and advances landscape-scale conservation opportunities and priorities in Central and Eastern Washington.
- With team support, takes a leadership role in securing interim financing and permanent funding for land acquisitions through existing or new public and private funding sources.
- Responsible for conducting all necessary due-diligence for transactions, which involves researching and executing all phases of projects from initial outreach and landowner negotiation through coordination with attorneys and supervision of appraisers, surveyors, and other consultants.
Public Relations and Fundraising:
- Seeks philanthropic revenue supporting TPL’s transactions and broader conservation work, and in concert with other TPL staff, supports TPL’s fundraising in the public and private sectors.
- Assists in overall public relations by presenting TPL’s work to public agencies, conservation organizations, politicians, philanthropists and the general public as opportunities arise. Responsible for ensuring TPL deals are structured to receive favorable press coverage and sustain and advance key partnerships.
- Writes or assists with competitive grant applications and budgets for project funding.
- Participates as a valued contributor in staff meetings, strategic planning sessions, budget preparation, development and fundraising efforts and project strategy discussions.
- Builds public awareness and understanding of The Trust for Public Land through outreach events, occasional public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts and creating a public presence for The Trust for Public Land in the community.
- Completes assorted administrative tasks required for a well-managed organization.
- Other relevant duties as necessary.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Able to combine sound business sense and judgment with commitment to land preservation.
- Articulate and effective listener and communicator, with both written and oral communication skills.
- Organized, innovative, positive and self-motivated.
- Computer proficiency using Windows-based software.
- Able to develop and maintain trust and effectively negotiate successful transactions.
- Able to work on multiple complex projects with moderate level of supervision on deadline.
- Able to initiate fundraising efforts.
INTERACTION WITH OTHERS
- Works well in a team environment as well as independently.
- Interacts effectively with external professionals who are involved with buying and selling land: surveyors, attorneys, consultants, appraisers, landowners and elected officials.
- Should be comfortable with public speaking and with representing TPL to the public at outreach events.
- Brings a respectful and professional approach to engagements across the political spectrum.
- Bachelor’s degree (or minimum of 4 years of directly relevant professional experience in land conservation).
- Minimum of 3-4 years additional project-related or equivalent land trust or non-profit experience desirable.
- Real estate transaction experience highly preferred.
- This position requires moderate to heavy travel. Evening and weekend work can be expected on occasion.
As a full-time exempt employee, you will be eligible for The Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, three weeks of vacation annually plus sick days, a personal day, day of service and ten holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with an up to 5.5% company match. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience; the range for this position is $80,000-100,000 annually.
The Trust for Public Land is committed to cultivating diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve. 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.
Job posted: 2022-07-11