The Project Director manages the development – design, planning, and construction – of parks and trails on the Riverfront North Greenway. This opening is a great opportunity for a highly collaborative and organized individual as Riverfront North Partnership (RNP) expands its care for a unique urban landscape.
Using the 2020 Riverfront North Greenway Master Plan and a new Riverfront North Strategic Plan for guidance, the Project Director advances a portfolio of grant-funded planning, design and capital projects associated with public access, ecological restoration, and park and trail improvements. The Project Director helps to set strategic priorities for a three-person stewardship team, and reports to the Executive Director. It is mostly an office-based position with regular field site visits.
Advancing the Riverfront North Greenway Master Plan
· Develop draft scopes and budgets for capital and ecological restoration projects to be used for grant applications.
· Forecast maintenance scopes and budgets, to be used by the Executive Director to build capacity and resources for this work, with a focus on workforce development partnerships.
· Coordinate with the City of Philadelphia for project development, approvals, and deliverables.
Capital Projects and Key Relationships
· Manage capital project development from concept to schematic design to construction documentation and bidding to ongoing maintenance needs.
· Coordinate and supervise consultants and contractors, bidding and contract documents, schedules, deliverables, inspection, and project completion.
· Present progress to key stakeholders with the Executive Director.
· Set annual priorities with Stewardship Manager, two Field Coordinators, and seasonal park staff that include installation, maintenance, and stewardship of restoration projects.
· Participate in weekly stewardship meetings to discuss strategic goals, maintenance priorities, time management, and ever-changing field conditions.
· Model high standards of ecological practice, professional conduct, collaboration, and communication for all team members.
Background and Skills:
Successful candidates will demonstrate the following in their application:
· Degree, experience, or certification in landscape architecture, urban planning, construction management, or environmental studies with a record of project delivery.
· Ability to read construction drawings and specifications, create Requests for Proposals for design and planning projects, and manage consultants.
· Knowledge of urban ecology, urban parks and trail building, environmental planning, landscape management, horticulture, and/or stormwater management principles that contribute to building and maintaining an urban greenway.
· Experience with agency review and permitting, environmental compliance during construction, and future reporting requirements.
· Working with people through strong speaking and listening skills and a commitment to proactive and positive communication, including government, philanthropic, and community stakeholders.
· Cultural competency to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests, including youth who have experienced challenges.
· Project management to develop work scopes and share among partners, and to solve problems in the field if conditions change.
· Professional qualities: the candidate will have the ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and take action.
· Skills: the candidate will be proficient with technology, including the Microsoft Suite, online databases, basic photo editing, etc. Proficiency in ARC GIS, Adobe, CAD not required but preferred.
Due to the scale of the greenway and the lack of public transportation near it, a candidate with a car is strongly preferred. Candidates must have and maintain a valid driver’s license in good standing. They must be willing to use personal equipment such as a cell phone if working remotely.
RNP is a nonprofit organization that works with the City of Philadelphia to build and activate the North Delaware River Greenway, a series of eight parks and 11 miles of trail in Northeast Philadelphia, with the belief that every Philadelphian should have access to their rivers. The greenway is 75% completed and expected to be fully connected by 2028, with a new park in active construction. We are gaining momentum as a neighborhood asset and regional destination, with the understanding that, as the greenway nears completion, our future depends on an engaged community and the highest standards of stewardship.
RNP is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.
Salary and Schedule:
· $80,000 – $85,000 range annually, commensurate with experience. Exempt with health benefits.
· 10 paid vacation days
· 10 holidays, including the days between Christmas and New Year’s.
· Flex time PTO to accommodate for the occasional weekend and evening events that are part of the work.
· Position is 40 hours per week on a flexible schedule. Ability to work from home when not in the field, although office meetings and on-site events will be necessary at times.
Interested candidates should submit resume to Stephanie Phillips, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or apply through LinkedIn here.