The Project Manager preserves critical open space and environmentally sensitive lands utilizing nonprofit land acquisition techniques and sound business practices. This position generates revenue for The Trust for Public Land through donations and through the successful completion of real estate transactions.
The Northern Rockies region (Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) contains some of the most iconic and ecologically important lands in the Lower 48 states. The Trust for Public Land has been successful over the past twenty years in conserving over 800,000 acres in the region. We have recently developed a GIS-based decision tool that is helping to accelerate that conservation work by targeting the most critical private lands in the region and identifying those lands best able to secure public funding for conserving them. This position will play a leading role in that accelerated and important conservation effort.
- Assumes primary responsibility for identifying, negotiating, documenting and closing real estate transactions with the assistance of legal and finance staff.
- Explores potential projects by contacting owners, nonprofit organizations and public agency officials.
- Assumes primary responsibility for securing interim financing and permanent public funding for land acquisitions through existing or new public and private funding sources.
- Develops and implements strategies for acquisition of key resource properties and their conveyance to public agencies or other permanent stewards.
- Manages transactions, which involves researching and completing all phases of projects from initial outreach and landowner negotiation, supervision of appraisers, surveyors, and other consultants, to ultimate sale and conveyance to a public agency.
- Identifies areas in which TPL's interim 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.
- Generates revenues for TPL through transactions and/or fundraising in the private sector.
- Identifies and secures project funding from multiple resources. Good working knowledge of processes for obtaining public, private, foundation, and corporate funding. Captures contacts for TPL database and maintains landowner relationships for development purposes. Collaborates with and defers to philanthropy staff on capital campaigns.
- Builds public awareness and understanding of TPL through outreach events, leading meetings, public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts and creating a public presence for TPL in the community.
- Completes assorted administrative tasks required for a well-regulated organization.
- Assists with the training of new project associates, field representatives, and project managers, etc.
- Assists with legislative planning and outreach for future projects.
- May be involved in programmatic work, such as the coordination of a land acquisition program covering multi-parcel deals.
- Other relevant duties as necessary.
INTERACTION WITH OTHERS
- Interacts with external professionals who are involved with the purchase and sale of land: surveyors, lawyers, planners, appraisers, landowners and elected officials.
- Should be comfortable with public speaking and with representing TPL to the public at outreach events.
- Must be able to train and mentor other project staff.
- Works independently with occasional guidance from supervisor.
- Works with Marketing, Philanthropy and Conservation Transactions departments.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Minimum of 3-4 years project-related or equivalent land trust or non-profit experience desirable.
- This position requires moderate to heavy travel. Evening and weekend work can be expected.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Superior written and oral communication skills.
- Proficient in computer applications. MSOffice
- Demonstrated understanding of real property and tax law, land use planning techniques, EAs, titles and government land acquisition policies/procedures. Politically sensitive.
- Strong negotiator, able to secure complicated real estate deals.
- Facility with tax benefit analysis and financial forecasting tools. Management of contracts.
- Exposure to 1031 & tripartite exchanges, tax code and threat of condemnation techniques.
- Facility with media independently and/or in conjunction with Public Affairs staff.
- Able to work on complex projects with moderate level of supervision.
- Able to initiate fundraising efforts.
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