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Job Ref:  98018
Employer:  The Trust for Public Land.
City:  Chicago
State/Province:  IL
Country:  United States
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Other
Industries:  Other/Not Classified
Required Education:  Bachelors Degree
Job Description: 

The Trust for Public Land is seeking applications and nominations for its next Chicago Area Director.

“At the Trust for Public Land, we don't just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks.”

The mission of the Trust for Public Land is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space created is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play. The Trust for Public Land has been connecting communities to the outdoors and to each other since 1972. Today, millions of Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural area created by the organization, and countless more visit every year. For more information about the Trust for Public Land, visit https://www.tpl.org/.

The Opportunity:

The Chicago Area Director is responsible for developing and managing The Trust for Public Land's programmatic activities in this region. The principal geographic focus will be the city of Chicago, but will also include surrounding counties and towns that comprise the Chicago metropolitan region.

The Trust for Public Land's work in Chicago has been associated with The 606, a signature project for the Trust for Public Land, both locally and nationally. A primary responsibility for the new Director will be to complete the development and fundraising associated with this project. Beyond this, the Director will be responsible for developing a vision and 5- to 7-year strategic plan that identifies future programs and projects for The Trust for Public Land in Chicago.

In all of this work, the Chicago Area Director manages and mentors the operations staff and works in close collaboration with the Area Deputy Director and Director of Philanthropy to raise funding to support the office's programs and operating costs. The Chicago Area Director is also responsible for working with public/non-profit partners, major donors, the local Advisory Board, and others within the Trust for Public Land 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.

Key Responsibilities and Roles

  • Philanthropy (35%)
  • Program Development and Management (25%)
  • Management/Administration (15%)
  • External Relations (25%)

Factors Critical for Success

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 future of the Chicago office. This includes an understanding of Trust for Public Land's core practice areas (PLAN, FUND, PROTECT, and CREATE), as well as national programs, and embracing a role in fundraising.
  • In partnership with Director of Philanthropy, develop a top 10-20 list of major donors with a strong emphasis on individuals. The State Director will be the natural partner for these donors.
  • Become proficient in organizational financial systems to ensure a sustainable model for the Chicago office.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the advisory council and volunteer leaders – providing all information necessary for the council to function properly, inspire their active engagement, and to support of local and national activities.

Core Competencies

The Trust for Public Land is seeking a dynamic, experienced leader to lead the Trust for Public Land programming throughout the state. This individual will have at least 5 years' experience in an organization focused on public urban work and/or land protection, and at least 8 years of relevant non-profit work experience, including at least 5 years of staff management. A capable executive, s/he will have experience with public finance techniques, government funding practices and procedures, the foundation community, fundraising, marketing practices, best management practices and budgeting practices. It is desirable that candidates have a Bachelor's degree in urban planning, urban studies, landscape architecture or related fields, with an advanced degree preferred.

In addition, successful candidates will have the following core competencies:

  • Strategic Leadership & Planning
  • Operations Management & Oversight
  • External Relations and Communications
  • Fundraising Expertise
  • Collaboration, Relationship-building and Board Relations
  • Passion for the Mission

Contact:

The Trust for Public Land has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Liz Lombard and Michelle Bonoan. Please submit a resume here or email Michelle and Liz at the following:

Liz Lombard
Vice President, Executive Search
llombard@koyapartners.com

Michelle R.S. Bonoan
Managing Director
mbonoan@koyapartners.com

The Trust for Public Land does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or other characteristic covered by law with regard to employment opportunities.



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Company Name:  The Trust for Public Land
11/15/2016

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