The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. The Center for City Park Excellence is a research and education program within our organization’s City Park Development team and leads our organization’s research on parks and works to create, improve, and promote urban parks. Research at the center explores what makes city parks successful—and how those parks provide economic, ecological, health, and social value to their users and to the cities overall. CCPE maintains an authoritative database on U.S. park systems and assists state and local leaders in quantifying the benefits these systems provide—helping to advocate for parks as a vital community investment.
The Trust for Public Land is seeking a director to oversee the Center’s work, guiding research priorities and advising on work across the organization.. The position involves conducting and overseeing studies on a wide variety of urban park topics for both internal and external audiences. A major responsibility is overseeing the annual collection of information from the park departments of the nation’s 100 most populous cities as well as publicizing the results through the City Park Facts booklet and the annual ParkScore® rankings. A full job description is available at www.tpl.org.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WITH:
10 or more years of experience in fact-based, non-profit or academic, issue-oriented research and/or advocacy. We desire a candidate with formal research-based training in urban planning, environmental studies, landscape architecture, or economics, who is proficient and comfortable with research protocols and who is an exceptional writer. The position requires excellent speaking skills, management and record-keeping ability, and a knowledge of and interest in both parks and urbanism.