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Who We Are
From Lot to Spot is a small nonprofit dedicated to creating community-designed greenspaces in low income, communities of color. We’ve been around ten years plus and love what we do. Our company culture is fun, dedicated, socially conscious and we travel off the beaten path when it comes to creating our company culture and social impact. We observe Cesar Chavez Day March 31st and Indigenous Resistance Day on October 12th. We take team field trips and sometimes we even dig in the dirt a little.
From Lot to Spot (FLTS) is seeking a full-time Project Manager (PM) to lead the development of new park, community garden and other greenspace projects in lowincome, communities of color across Los Angeles County. The PM is responsible for executing FLTS projects and ensuring our projects stay true to the community’s vision, on time and under budget. The PM works directly with the Executive Director and helps to manage staff in order to execute successful, community designed projects. The PM is the point contact for projects and needs to be able to work with a variety of groups and individuals from community groups to political offices. The position is a fast-paced, rich opportunity for any individual with knowledge and passion for social justice impact, land use/real estate development, community engagement, construction management, and non-profit governance among other issues. This position requires someone who can handle multiple-projects at once, think strategically, plan ahead and be proactive, not reactive. The following are example of key responsibilities and tasks that include but are not limited to:
Project Management & Implementation
- Lead all aspects of FLTS projects that execute our strategic plan
- Create project goals, timelines and budgets
- Responsible for planning and execution of assigned FLTS projects from strategic planning through construction; from organizing community meetings to purchasing nails for garden beds.
- Hire, coordinate with, oversee, and manage selected firms during the creation
- Responsible for working with CO, PC and other team members to plan and schedule community events for all projects to include securing locations, creating agendas, handouts and all logistics for the events
- Responsible for creating and fostering relationships with all key parties in order to move a project forward to include but not limited to developers, land owners, political offices, community groups and local businesses.
- Attend necessary meetings, and community events including night and/or weekend to promote FLTS projects, garner feedback and engage with community
- Responsible for fostering relationships with project partners and potential partners
- Prepares reports as needed for upper management and or clients regarding status of projects
- Responsible for public project presentations
- Ensure all outputs are provided in manner outlined by contracts, and are consistent with professional standards, City, County, State laws and requirements.
- Coordinate with selected consultants, contractors, City and County agencies, and other entities necessary to attain proper and legal approvals, permits, inspections, and other project-specific requirements; proactively assist with
design, permitting and other logistics when appropriate.
Project Development and Administration
- Support fundraising by providing graphics, maps, designs, project narratives, project budgets, and other information pertaining to existing and future projects.
- Assist with research to determine feasibility of potential greenspace projects.
- Represent FLTS at potential & new greenspace development meetings.
- Participate in design-related meetings, events and conferences to represent FLTS and keep the organization informed of new developments in design, city planning, park, and other related fields; represent FLTS in external settings as appropriate.
- Report regularly to the Executive Director on the status of projects, including key tasks and/or benchmarks
- Answer phones and respond to e-mails in a timely manner
- Respond to vendor, donors, and community members in a responsive timeframe.
- Maintain a clean and organized workspace and digital archive
- Submit progress reports for funders, board of directors, and executive director as needed
- Assist in garnering funds for the organization through various methods to include but not limited to fundraising, grant and proposal writing and online fundraising
We’re seeking folks who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, and have strong project management and landscape design/construction skills. You should have:
- A degree in landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, or related field with at least 3–5 years of professional experience.
- Must be able to work independently with strict deadlines and meet weekly goals, think critically, and problem-solve. Must be able to prioritize work load on a daily and weekly basis.
- Demonstrated experience and/or ability to work in low-income communities of color.
- Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Outlook.
- A track record of developing, stewarding, and executing landscape design and/or construction projects.
- Experience managing multiple projects and ability to oversee a team of consultants and vendors.
- Be able to read, interpret, comment, and translate to a “regular” audience: conceptual drawings, schematic designs, design development documents, construction documents, bid documents and technical specifications.
- Experience facilitating meetings and/or running small discussion groups.
- A California Class C Driver’s License with valid car insurance
Additionally, candidates with the following skills will be considered strongly competitive:
- Experience with contract administration, construction management, and environmental engineering.
- Be familiar with environmental justice issues such as barriers to park equity and food justice including racism, poor planning, divestment and disinvestment, and environmental injustice.
- Proficiency with Google Earth, MS Project, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and 3-D modeling.
- Proven track record of managing multiple large projects at once with deadlines and budget
Salary range is $46k - $56k and based on experience.
Benefits include, mileage reimbursement, telecommute and self-care days, monthly team-building excursions and flexible schedule.
2. Cover Letter with 3-5 references with whom you have professional experience
3. A sample and/or portfolio of design work highlighting past work where leadership, management, or strong support was exhibited
to Executive Director Viviana Franco, [email protected]