Trust for the Public Land

Program Director

Chattanooga, TN

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.  Since 1972, TPL has completed more than 4,250 park and conservation projects in communities nationwide, protecting more than 3 million acres. 

The Role

The Program Director helps develop the capacity of urban communities to sustain parks, gardens and open space conservation. S/he will provide technical assistance to non-profit and community based groups interested in urban land conservation. The position assists in raising funds and coordinating project staff on specific transactions and geographic and programmatic focus areas. The Program Director's primary objective is to increase the demand, capacity and opportunity for TPL's Park Design Development Program as well as transactional assistance. 


  • Provide technical assistance to urban communities in park design development, land conservation, and help communities address long term park and land stewardship issues.  
  • Initiate and maintain contact with community, trade and environmental organizations, and appropriate public agencies.  
  • Provide ongoing information about projects and activities while serving as spokesperson at appropriate conferences, meetings and public engagements.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with community based organizations to build their capacity by assessing needs, formulating and implementing support strategies.
  • Provide assistance in organizational development and strategies for ongoing resource stewardship.  
  • Play lead role in identifying and initiating new urban projects and assessing need for community capacity building, park design development and conservation services necessary to accomplish park projects /transactions.
  • Provide assistance in the development and implementation of a parks for people program and urban land conservation strategies.  
  • Assist communities in accessing or creating funds for land conservation projects.  
  • Develop presentations, articles, and training materials to market TPL's park design development and land saving services
  • Develop fundraising strategy
  • Cultivate relationships with urban funders to provide program support.  Assists in facilitating marketing and outreach programs
  • Works with other programs and staff to create strong urban projects and programs.

Experience and Background

  • Bachelor's degree required in landscape architecture, planning, or related fields
  • 4+ years of experience in community based organizations, especially those focused on urban space creation
  • Previous work with government and other partners in developing parks and public spaces
  • Experience in managing the design function and marketing materials
  • Experience with the grant process; a proven track record of fund raising a plus
  • Ability to work on complex problems where in-depth analysis and judgement is needed to select methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • Project management experience.
  • Requires high degree of creativity, visualization, and resourcefulness.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; public speaking skills


  • Competitive salary 
  • Full Health benefits including Life, Dental, Vision
  • Generous leave policies
Trust for the Public Land

Ann Riley

Sr. Regional HR Manager
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