This is a new position at The Conservation Fund that is supported by major foundation grant awards. The position will focus on work in developing new or enhanced parks, greenways or similar multi-function conserved green infrastructure in disadvantaged neighborhoods, initially in selected cities in America’s mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
The Urban Parks with Purpose Associate will coordinate the Fund’s work with local non-profit partner organizations, community stakeholders, and other local partners; assist in developing effective community-based networks in each urban location; prepare grant and public project reports; coordinate internal and external communications; and help represent the Fund in a variety of settings. The range of projects being planned and implemented by the Fund’s Urban Parks with Purpose Program include storm water green infrastructure such as rain gardens, swales and green street features, urban parks from neighborhood to larger scales, trails and greenways, wetlands and riparian corridors, and similar projects. Each project is designed to integrate economic and social dimensions, such as workforce training, job creation, school- and non-school based education, public safety, and equitable community development. The position will require coordinating with Fund colleagues in multiple departments and office locations.
The Urban Parks with Purpose Associate will learn the Fund’s approach to community engagement and involvement in planning, developing and programming urban parks and greenway projects. In addition to collaborating with Fund staff, the successful candidate will meet and learn from urban water sustainability and parks experts, community organizers and other local leaders, workforce training experts, and others in the initial project cities. The successful candidate will interact with Fund staff experts on various topics, including equity and community development, fundraising and development, marketing and communications, and strategic conservation planning.
This position is funded for an initial period of two years. Continuation is expected but will be contingent upon securing additional grant or other funding support. The incumbent will have the opportunity to develop a professional network with partners in local government, business and professional entities, philanthropic institutions, federal and state government, and other non-profit environmental and social purpose organizations and help the Fund deliver on its mission that combines environmental and economic and social outcomes.
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