Jobs

Working at the Piedmont Park Conservancy is a great way to make an difference at your favorite park as well as work with park passionate individuals.

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Openings

POSITION TITLEChief Operations Officer (COO)                             FLSA:  Exempt

DEPARTMENT:   Administration                                

REPORTS TO:      President & CEO

DIRECT REPORTS:  Director of Operations, Director of Programs, Director of Facility Rental

 

PRINCIPAL FUNCTION:

The Chief Operations Officer reports to the President & CEO, assuming a strategic role in the overall management and operations of the Piedmont Park Conservancy (PPC), including park maintenance, facilities/operations, and security.   As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, the COO is also tasked with managing income generating departments, including Facility Rentals and its buildings as well as the Programs Department’s sports, recreational, and community offerings. The COO will also collaborate with the CEO, Executive Leadership team and Directors on long term plans for strategic growth and evaluation of the organization and individual departments.

The COO will oversee primary day-to-day functions of the organization including planning, implementing, managing and executing all operational activities of the Conservancy.  Additionally, the COO will focus on staff needs to ensure that systems and procedures are in place to support and empower staff.  He/she will plan, budget, and direct activities for the construction, renovation and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems including the organization, scheduling, and implementation of them.

PPC intends to undergo a Park Expansion & Capital Campaign at some point during the COO’s tenure. The COO will be responsible for planning, overseeing design, construction management and budgeting for these new projects.  The Expansion and Capital Campaign initiative will expand Piedmont Park with new land acquisitions, add facilities and amenities, and renovate aging infrastructure while adhering to Piedmont Park’s Master Plan and the Conservancy’s standard of quality and excellence.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Implement PPC business operations
  2. Promote policies that ensure efficient and effective operational practices, safety, fiscal responsibility, and park management best practices and promote the Conservancy’s culture and vision
  3. Work with direct reports to establish goals and metrics for success in their various departments.
  4. Develop and execute a Park Operational Plan and yearly maintenance, and preservation plans (multi-year building maintenance plan, tree care plan, equipment replacement, etc.)
  5. Support CEO and collaborate with CEO and Executive Leadership Team on long-term plans for growth and evolution
  6. Lead budgeting and resource allocation efforts alongside the other C-level Executives and Directors
  7. Ensure all program initiatives align with the Conservancy’s core values and culture
  8. Provide leadership and continuous evaluation in the development of short and long-term strategic, financial, and operational objectives
  9. Provide input and insight into policy and process development to better utilize the organization’s resources and manage organizational liability
  10. Establish and maintain strong relationships with Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors to identify their needs and seek a full range of operational and business solutions
  11. Manage the acquisition of capital assets and equipment to ensure they are properly recorded, amortized, maintained and removed from service as appropriate
  12. Hire, onboard and train new employees in the reporting departments as well as providing feedback and performance assessments to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  13. Monitor Facilities, PPC equipment and programmatic areas in the Park to identify areas needing attention
  14. During Expansion & Capital Campaign, review engineering and architectural drawings as required to ensure all regulations and specifications are met
  15. Works closely with City of Atlanta Departments on the overall wellbeing of the Park with a focus on security, the maintenance of non-programmatic areas, and coordination of PPC and City of Atlanta efforts

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CONTACTS:

Internal:  All PPC employees, Board of Directors, Volunteers and Supporters

External:  City of Atlanta, Vendors, Other Government Agencies, Contractors, Legal Counsel, Park Constituents/Guests

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 15+ years’ experience in Park and facility management, at least 10 years of construction or operations management experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Masters preferred in non-profit management, business management, construction management, architecture or related field.
  • Proven expertise and ability to bridge long-term strategy with short-term goals, including the ability to plan and see the “big picture”, ensuring that the team has the necessary direction, information, resources and support
  • Experience in the area of earned income generation and programming strategies, especially those related to public places and amenities.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in greenspace operations and management including recreational activities and park amenities.
  • Expertise in construction management processes, means and methods, and understanding of all facets of the construction process
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, evolving environment
  • Leadership and human resources management skills – A ‘lead by example’ mentality, setting the tone for the culture of the organization and building relationships based on trust, honesty and integrity. Diplomatic and professional demeanor

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Action- Oriented and Nimble Learning
  • Business Insight
  • Cultivates Process Innovation
  • Drives Vision, Purpose & Strategic Mindset
  • Managing Change & Improvement
  • Manages Conflict
  • Persuades and Negotiates
  • Situational Adaptability and Decision Quality
  • Ability to support, empower and encourage a diverse staff

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Primarily Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, but must be willing to work longer hours as projects and deadlines require.  Must be available to work as required at events or programs.  Attend Board meetings and Board Committee meetings outside of normal working hours.  Travel to off-site meetings as required.  Able to remain in a stationary position up to 50% of the time; move about inside the office to perform normal duties; move throughout a multi-facility work location.

HOW TO APPLY:

Email your application to careers@piedmontpark.org. Must include a resume and cover letter. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2021.

Internships

The Conservancy’s Marketing and Development team has internships available for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. The M&D team raises awareness about the public-private partnership between our nonprofit and the City of Atlanta. They inform the public about the necessity of this partnership as well as the need for them to get involved, whether that means becoming a member, volunteering, donating or engaging in one of our programs.

The Piedmont Park Conservancy is now accepting applications for a communications intern! The Conservancy’s Marketing and Development team raises awareness about the public-private partnership between our nonprofit and the City of Atlanta. We inform the public about the necessity of this partnership as well as the need for them to get involved, whether that means becoming a member, volunteering, donating or engaging in one of our programs. The Communications Intern will aid our team to tell the story of the Conservancy, and how we make an impact on Piedmont Park and the surrounding communities. This position reports to the Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations.

  • Key Tasks:
    • Content writing to include blogs, emails, press releases, social media posts and more
    • Content staging to include WordPress blogs, Hootsuite social media scheduling and potentially other software applications
    • Content curation through photography, videography and digital sourcing.
      • Use of simple Canva design software
      • Content will relate to Conservancy efforts, announcements or Piedmont Park topics of interest, reviewed by Director.
    • All training will be provided for software use
    • Additional tasks may occasionally include:
      • Event preparation
      • In-person solicitation and raising awareness (booths, talking to people)
    • Details:
      • Unpaid internship – 15 hours a week, over a minimum of three days. There will be occasional needs for up to 5 additional hours for events or promotions. Hours are flexible to university/college schedule and can be adjusted to meet program requirements. Depending on the relevancy of COVID-19, you may have a mix of remote and in-park work.
      • Starting January 19, 2022 and ending May 6, 2022. Exact length may be determined by university/college requirements, if applicable.
    • Requirements:
      • Four months of paid or unpaid relevant experience; can be through volunteer efforts
      • Must own a laptop that can be used for the duration of the internship
      • Must be a currently enrolled junior, senior, graduate student, or no more than one year past graduation
      • Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
      • Must be able to pass an e-verification and background check
    • Desired Qualifications:
      • Superb writing skills – prefers knowledge of AP style writing
      • Attention to detail
      • Creative mind and spirit
      • Comfort with talking to and soliciting strangers
    • To Apply:
      • Submit a 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) two writing samples to Amy Han Risher, Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations via email: arisher@piedmontpark.org

The Piedmont Park Conservancy is now accepting applications for a marketing intern! The Conservancy’s Marketing and Development team raises awareness about the public-private partnership between our nonprofit and the City of Atlanta. We inform the public about the necessity of this partnership as well as the need for them to get involved, whether that means becoming a member, volunteering, donating or engaging in one of our programs. The Marketing Intern will help our team to tell the story of the Conservancy, and how we make an impact on Piedmont Park and the surrounding communities. This position reports to the Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations and receives daily supervision by the Marketing Coordinator.

  • Key Tasks:
    • Build marketing emails in MailChimp
    • Design branded promotional materials and park signage
    • Edit content on website, including minor use of WordPress
    • Assist building reports for market data and research
    • One concentrated marketing research project per intern, per semester
    • All training will be provided for software use
    • Additional tasks may occasionally include:
      • Aid in in-park activations (raising awareness at booths/talking to people)
      • Brand assurance in existing materials within the organization
    • Details:
      • Unpaid internship – 15 hours a week, over a minimum of three days. There will be occasional needs for up to 5 additional hours for events or promotions. Hours are flexible to university/college schedule and can be adjusted to meet program requirements. Depending on the relevancy of COVID-19, you may have a mix of remote and in-park work.
      • Starting January 19, 2022 and ending May 6, 2022. Exact length may be determined by university/college requirements, if applicable.
    • Requirements:
      • Four months of paid or unpaid relevant experience; can be through volunteer efforts
      • Must own a laptop that can be used for the duration of the internship
      • Must be a currently enrolled junior, senior, graduate student, or no more than one year past graduation
      • Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
      • Must be able to pass an e-verification and background check
    • Desired Qualifications:
      • Beginner design skills
      • Attention to detail
      • Academic or professional experience in market research
      • Comfort with talking and soliciting strangers
    • To Apply:
      • Submit a 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) one marketing design (flier, marketing email, etc.) to Amy Han Risher, Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations via email: arisher@piedmontpark.org