POSITION TITLE: MANAGER OF MUNICIPAL ASSISTANCE
REPORTS TO: Director of Community Services
BASIC FUNCTION: Manages the municipal planning efforts of the Brandywine Conservancy’s Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) and the Brandywine Creek Greenway. Represents the Conservancy before municipal officials, staff, other consultants, landowners, developers, and the public. Seeks out the support of the Director of Community Services when needed. Cultivates and secures new planning work as opportunities arise.
POSITION RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to Director of Community Services. Collaborates with the Director of Conservation and Stewardship with regard to open space and resource planning efforts for municipal clients. Supervises MAP staff, as assigned. Works in partnership with other MAP, Community Services, Land Conservation, and Land Stewardship staff to complete overlapping projects, and with other Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art (Brandywine) staff.
- Cultivates and manages MAP’s provision of planning services including, comprehensive planning, zoning ordinance, and heritage planning/interpretation development with municipal and other clients.
- Manages MAP’s provision of technical and professional assistance on environmental planning, recreational planning, resource conservation, and land use to municipalities, landowners, and others.
- Manages the Brandywine Creek Greenway (BCG) project, including direct oversight of all project tasks, staff efforts, annual and special events, and budget including awarded grants. Supervises the work of consultants and MAP staff to further the BCG. Coordinates closely with the Development Department on grant applications, administration, and reporting. Coordinates with the Marketing Department for the maintenance of the BCG website and other Greenway marketing and outreach materials. Cultivates and nurtures Greenway partners (municipalities, counties, conservation organizations, state agencies, volunteers) and maintains relationships with all greenway stakeholders.
- Leads and participates in partnerships and collaborations, as assigned, to advance the Conservancy’s mission.
- Provides supervision and professional development guidance for all levels of staff as assigned. Prepares annual performance reports for staff under their supervision.
- Performs administrative functions such as set project budgets and timelines, track budgets, engage sub-consultants, and prepare monthly invoices for active projects.
- Prepares grant applications at local, regional, state, and federal levels independently and in partnership with Development Department, to secure funding that supports Brandywine campus improvements and supports core Conservancy planning initiatives.
- Helps the Director of Community Services implement the Conservancy’s long-range strategic plan and annual operating plan with respect to assigned MAP efforts, including the preparation of progress reports.
- Assists the Director of Community Services with the preparation of the annual budget and related reports, and annual operating plan.
- Works with the Conservancy’s Budget Manager, Land Conservation and the Easement Management staff, the Conservancy Committee and other Board subcommittees to maintain on-going compliance with national land trust accreditation requirements.
- Attends meetings of the Conservancy Committee as needed, coordinates staff reporting of projects of immediate responsibility and coordinates responses to Committee, Executive Leadership, and Board of Trustees requests.
- Coordinates with the Marketing Department to prepare marketing materials for programs of responsibility and author articles for Conservancy and Brandywine publications as requested.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, environmental science, historic preservation, planning, or related field. Master’s Degree preferred. Meeting the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards in History, Architectural History, Architecture, and Historic Architecture a plus.
- A minimum of 5 years of management experience in local or regional planning or related field, including experience with land use planning and regulatory issues, innovative stormwater management, recreational and/or trails planning, and natural and cultural resource protection.
- Ability to manage a team in the conduct of multiple complex projects at a time.
- Willing to devote such time as required to perform assigned functions. Usual work hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Night meetings and some weekend work required. Frequent travel within southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, as necessary.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Positive and energetic attitude. Ability to comprehend legal documents and maps. Self-motivated.
- Must have a means of transportation to and from work and assignments.