Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Trails don't just happen. They take the passion and energy of many dedicated people to become a reality.

Our employees come from diverse backgrounds but with a common purpose—to enrich the lives of millions of Americans by creating a nationwide network of trails, which supports active transportation, health and wellness, environmental sustainability and economic vitality in communities across America.

Being part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) team is a rewarding experience. Working together, and bound by common objectives and mutual respect, there is no goal that we cannot accomplish.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Washington D.C., DC, USA
Mar 16, 2019
Full time
Job Description The Director of   TrailNation™ Projects   is a new position that will support the Vice President of Trail Development in managing RTC’s Trail Development Team and implementing RTC’s growing TrailNation project portfolio. TrailNation is RTC’s innovative program to catalyze the rapid development of regional trail and active transportation networks, from concept to implementation, across eight cities and regions. We take a systematic approach, applying RTC’s depth of expertise and collaborative strategies to reflect local realities and new opportunities. This is an excellent opportunity for a strategic, creative and results-oriented professional with exceptional skill at managing  and supervising   internal teams, trail/active-transportation planning and project implementation to join a successful organization in a leadership position. Responsibilities include the following: Project Leadership Manage multiple TrailNation projects (two to three) at the strategic and operational levels to develop, lead and implement strategies that advance the TrailNation projects through all phases of development Collaborate with and manage trail development staff charged with the management of TrailNation projects Guide and collaborate with  internal teams  on complex project opportunities, and troubleshoot hurdles, related to: diverse coalition building and partner engagement; active transportation and trail network planning;  building   political will; GIS mapping; public engagement; public finance and funding; and external project communications Provide content expertise to staff in one or more of the following topics: trail development, active transportation planning, economic development, public finance, public health, real estate and/or social equity Support the VP of Trail Development in implementing department-wide, ongoing work, which may include: - Codifying and standardizing RTC’s evolving methods and approaches to its TrailNation projects - Developing training modules that can be delivered in person and remotely - Extracting TrailNation lessons learned into resources and materials that can be applied to and shared with other internal and external projects - Developing and tracking metrics to evaluate project success Work hand in glove with other internal teams to achieve the following goals: - Development Department to support the creation of successful fundraising proposals to support TrailNation projects - Communications Department to increase project visibility and utilize communication channels to advance TrailNation project goals - Policy Department to activate advocacy channels and increase public funding available for the buildout of TrailNation projects - Operations Department to develop and manage complex TrailNation project budgets Supervisory Responsibilities Supervise and manage two to five direct-reporting staff, as well as indirect staff on the trail development team , which includes but is not limited to: - Collaborate with  and supervise  staff in implementing and project-managing their respective TrailNation projects,  e.g. reviewing and providing detailed feedback on work products;   identifying and managing strategic partnerships and opportunities. - Oversee and monitor staff’s project workplans and budgets, which are often dynamic and changing - Mentor staff in meeting their workplan goals and career development - Conduct performance reviews and provide feedback for staff ​Manage and supervise external consultants, both directly and indirectly Qualifications Five to ten years of progressively responsible experience managing internal staff teams, as well as complex and multidisciplinary projects in active transportation, planning, public policy or economic development Content expertise in one or more of the following topics: trail development, active transportation planning, economic development, public finance, public health, real estate and/or social equity Highly skilled in relationship management with the  ability to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders, both internally and externally, and build diverse   external  coalitions with the goal of creating support for project  goals Advanced project management skills and experience, including the ability to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with program priorities and available resources Outstanding oral and written communication, and strong interpersonal skills Consensus-building skills, with the ability to read an audience and be decisive Experience developing and managing foundation grants, including proposal development, management of deliverables and budget reporting Ability/will to operate with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to defend and debate ideas Spark, imagination and creativity Politically savvy Experience using Microsoft Excel to create and monitor budgets Willingness and ability to travel (approximately 20–30 percent) Valid driver’s license required The following qualifications are preferred  but not required : Experience using ESRI products (ArcMap, ArcGIS Online) for GIS mapping Experience working with or for local government A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in urban/transportation planning, conservation planning, public administration, economic development, public health, real estate or a related field Work Environment Normal office setting with low-to-moderate noise level. Travel required, including some evenings and weekends. Employer's Rights RTC reserves the right to revise, change or reclassify this job description at any time in accordance with RTC’s business needs. This job description is by no means an implied contract. How to Apply Please use one form of transmitting your résumé. No phone calls please, unless contacted for an in-person interview.   Recruiters, please do not contact our offices. Mail, fax or email cover letter, résumé and three professional references to: Human Resources Manager Rails-to-Trails Conservancy The Duke Ellington Building 2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor Washington, D.C. 20037 Email:   elton@railstotrails.org Fax: 202.223.9257 Commitment to Diversity RTC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin. Women and diverse applicants are encouraged to apply. 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