The Ohio State Director is responsible for developing and managing The Trust for Public Land’s programmatic activities for Ohio. The Trust for Public Land's work in Ohio encompasses a broad spectrum of work, from green infrastructure work to project work in Akron and elsewhere in the state. Beyond that, the Director will have responsibility for developing a 3- to 5-year strategic plan that identifies future opportunities, programs, and projects.
In all of this work, the State Director manages and mentors the operations staff and works in close collaboration with the State Director of Philanthropy to raise funding to support the office’s programs and operating costs. The State Director is also responsible for working with public/non-profit partners, major donors, the local Advisory Board, and others within the TPL organization to enhance opportunities for success of the office and its program. The individual must demonstrate a proven track record working with key individuals in the philanthropic community.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
35% Philanthropy: Funding support for the Ohio Office and the programs it carries out is derived primarily from private philanthropic dollars. The State Director will work in close coordination with the local and national TPL philanthropy staff to cultivate and solicit major gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations. S/he will work in partnership with philanthropy staff to create and implement a fundraising plan. Working with local philanthropy staff leadership, the State Director will manage the local Advisory Board, and serve as the primary face of TPL in the donor community.
25% Program Development and Management: The State Director will be responsible for directing staff and working with program partners, both public and private, to complete existing green infrastructure projects and to develop new ones. This includes evaluating new project and program opportunities in conservation vision, conservation finance, conservation real estate, park design and development, and national programs like Climate Smart Cities, green infrastructure, and health among others. In all of this work, the development and maintenance of positive relationships with key public and non-profit partners, as well as major donors will be paramount. This position collaborates with senior leadership, finance and volunteer leaders in developing and implementing strategies that achieve mission delivery goals, and are compelling and financially viable.
15% Management/Administration: The State Director is responsible for supervising staff who report to her/him, and for creating a positive working environment for the entire office, strong staff morale and a culture of teamwork and mutual support among all staff, including philanthropy staff who do not report to the Director. The State Director is responsible for working with the finance team to develop the office budget and taking necessary actions to meet or exceed the targets and maintain a work climate which attracts, retains and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
25% External Relations: The State Director will be expected to represent The Trust for Public Land and build the organization’s visibility in the Ohio market. This includes establishing sound working relationships with public officials and staff civic leaders, partner non-profits, the media, the donor community and others.
CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS
Within the first year, the successful candidate will have:
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