State Director - Pennsylvania

  • Trust for Public Land
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Mar 17, 2017
Full time Administrative/Executive Advocacy Business Development Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Protection Management Natural Resources

Job Description

The Pennsylvania State Director is responsible for developing and managing The Trust for Public Land’s programmatic activities in Pennsylvania.  The principal geographic focus of the position is Philadelphia, but the Director will also build strategic partnerships throughout the state. 
The Trust for Public Land's work in Pennsylvania employs each of the organization’s conservation strategies, from creating urban parks in Philadelphia and protecting land in the Poconos to helping establish new sources of public funding for conservation at the state and local level.  The state office’s most significant investment is its Parks for People Philadelphia program, which works in partnership with public agencies to design and develop green parks, playgrounds and schoolyards in underserved neighborhoods throughout the city. The Director will have responsibility for developing a 3- to 5-year strategic plan that identifies growth opportunities in Philadelphia and new program opportunities elsewhere in the state.
To advance 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 organization to enhance opportunities for success of the office and its programs. The individual must demonstrate a proven track record working with high level public officials, non-profit leaders, and the philanthropic community.
35%    Philanthropy:  Funding support for the Pennsylvania Office and the programs it carries out is derived primarily from private philanthropic dollars.  The State Director will work in close coordination with 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 growth and development of a 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 playground and schoolyard development projects and manage the sustainable growth of the Philadelphia program.  This includes evaluating new projects and identifying opportunities to utilize TPL’s expertise in conservation vision, conservation finance, conservation real estate, park design and development, and national programs such as Climate Smart Cities.  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, division-level staff and volunteer leaders to develop and implement 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 work 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 financial 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 Pennsylvania market.  This includes establishing sound working relationships with public officials and staff, civic leaders, partner non-profits, the media, the donor community and others. 
Within the first year, the successful candidate will have:

  • Mastered a learning curve of the Trust for Public Land to effectively assume management of the growth of the Pennsylvania office.  This includes an understanding of our core practice areas (PLAN, FUND, PROTECT, and CREATE), as well as national programs, and embracing a role in fundraising.
  • Built external relationships with our partners, especially members of the Advisory Board, civic organizations, and governmental entities.
  • Developed, in partnership with Director of Philanthropy, a list of 10-20 major donors with a strong emphasis on individuals.  The State Director will be the natural partner for these donors.
  • Led the development of a 3-5 year strategic plan.
  • Become proficient in organizational financial systems to ensure a sustainable model for the Pennsylvania office.
  • Begun to identify new program and project opportunities for the Philadelphia office.
  • Collaborated with philanthropy staff to recruit new members of the advisory board and volunteer leaders – providing them with all information necessary to function properly and to inspire their active engagement and support of local and national activities.
  • Succeeded in maintaining and enhancing our image by being active and visible in the community.


  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in urban planning, urban studies, public administration or related field. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in an organization focused on public urban work and/or land protection.
  • At least 8 years of relevant non-profit work experience or the equivalent, including at least 5 years of staff management experience.  Experience serving as an Executive Director preferred.
  • Experience interfacing with and effectively engaging diverse groups (staff, volunteers, stakeholders, politicians, agency partners, etc.)
  • Extensive experience working with fund raisers, raising mission support from public and private sources.
  • Experience with public finance techniques, government funding practices and procedures, the foundation community, fundraising, marketing practices, best management practices and budgeting practices.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, initiative, energy, the capacity to lead, mentor and inspire others, the capacity to be both a high performer and a team player, common sense and a sense of humor.
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking.
  • An ability and willingness to travel as required and to work flexible hours outside a 9-5 schedule.
  • A passionate commitment to The Trust for Public Land’s mission of creating parks and protecting land for people.

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Job Level

Senior-level, Executive-level


Nonprofit- NGO