Director of Community Services
Manages the Brandywine Creek Greenway and municipal planning efforts of the Brandywine Conservancy’s Municipal Assistance Program (MAP). 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.
Reports to Director of Community Services. Collaborates with the Director of Conservation and Stewardship with regard to open space and trail stewardship efforts for municipal clients, HOAs, and others. 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 staff.
- Manages the Brandywine Creek Greenway Project, including direct oversight of all project tasks, staff efforts, annual and special events, and awarded grants. Supervises the work of consultants and MAP staff. Coordinates closely with the Development Department and with 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. Updates the Director of Community Services on Greenway activities, new partners, and funding opportunities.
- Cultivates and manages MAP’s provision of stormwater management, green infrastructure, historic preservation, trails planning and open space stewardship services to municipal and other clients. Collaborates with the Director of Conservation and Stewardship and associated staff as needed.
- Manages MAP’s provision of innovative building and site design guidance, conservation design, and other technical and professional assistance on environmental planning, recreational planning, resource conservation, and land use to municipalities, landowners, developers, and others requesting it. Assigns and oversees the efforts of MAP staff in the analysis of land development plans and guiding regulations, site inventory and analysis, delivery of written reports, oral testimony and attendance at municipal meetings or meetings with developers. Coordinates as needed with the Director of Community Services.
- 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 BC&MA 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 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 BC&MA publications as requested.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, environmental science, regional or recreational planning, or related field. Advanced degree preferred.
- 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. Extensive night meetings and some weekend work required. Frequent travel within Pennsylvania and Delaware and to other places, 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.
Salary range: $65,000–69,000
To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Connie Scholz at [email protected].
We are an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff.