FOW Seeks Project Manager

News // May 12, 2016

Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is seeking a Project Manager to facilitate and ensure the successful completion of FOW-led improvements within the Wissahickon Valley Park. Current FOW park improvement projects include: completion of the Sustainable Trails Initiative, a multi-year commitment to restoring 50 miles of natural surface trails in the park; erosion gully restoration projects; invasive plant control and native plant restoration; the management of temporary and permanent signage and wayfinding systems. Upcoming project work that will fall under the Project Manager’s direction includes: development of a park-wide habitat management plan in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; infrastructure and trail repair and maintenance; developing and installing user amenities at major park entrances.


The FOW Project Manager will:

Manage field staff – one full time direct report and seasonal field crews
Manage current projects – Draft RFP/RFQ documents and administer bidding processes, perform regular field visits and oversee work in the field, report on project work to staff and city officials; communicate project updates to FOW staff and to the public.
Plan Future Projects – Develop detailed project plans & forecast project expenditures, update planning documents with information about completed projects.
Obtain Permissions and permits – obtain project permissions & permits from local, state, and federal agencies including but not limited to: DCNR, DEP, City of Philadelphia, Army Corps of Engineers
Manage and update Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the FOW map– Update and maintain FOW’s GIS database, create maps and info graphics for grant applications and to communicate project specifics.
Manage contractor relationships
Oversee Project Logistics – equipment sourcing and rental, ordering and overseeing materials deliveries, hauling and delivery coordination
Track billing and budgeting – track project expenditures and report on financial status of projects to the Executive Director, ensure contractors are paid, monitor and report on project budgets
Complete project reporting – to grant agencies (under Development Director’s direction)
Ensure quality project outcomes – review consultant proposals to make sure they are compliant with local and regional plans and that proposed designs meet the standards and expectations of FOW, state & local agencies, partnering organizations.
Facilitate community outreach and civic engagement on all project work – involving key stakeholders and volunteers in project planning as appropriate (may include large and small committee meetings, letters, emails, one on one communications)
Plan and oversee an annual public projects meeting on key FOW project work
Create a complete record for each work project in both electronic and paper formats

Reports to: Executive Director; reports to the Development Director in grant reporting matters

• Bachelors degree in Natural Resource Management, Urban Planning, Environmental Studies or a related field; Master’s Degree preferred.
• Demonstrable experience in managing projects, balancing diverse opinions, and reaching consensus
• Must be a self starter; ability to function independently and take ownership of projects and share FOW values is essential
• Analytic, anticipatory and strong problem solving skills
• Strong time management, planning and prioritization skills
• Desire & ability to work outdoors in all weathers in a beautiful urban wilderness setting. Comfort in working outdoors in an urban park system is a must
• Ability to participate in and direct work at project worksites
• Own transportation and clear driver’s license, ability to drive the FOW van
• Experience in managing budgets strongly preferred
• Basic computer packages (Word, Excel, power point, etc) required, proficiency in ArcGIS 10 or higher
• Ability to work as a team with other staff members

• CAD/GIS/mapping
• Knowledge of PA native plants & ecology
• Willingness to be trained in FOW-owned equipment operation

Above all, this role requires a self-starter with the ability to function independently and work as part of a team.