Project Manager, Northeast Land Program

Open Space Institute, Inc. Published: July 19, 2021
NYC, New York
Second Location
Albany, New York 11210, United States
Job Type
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The Open Space Institute, (OSI) protects scenic, natural and historic landscapes to ensure public enjoyment, conserve habitats, and sustain community character. OSI achieves its goals through land acquisition, conservation easements, loan and grant programs, creative partnerships, and analytical research.

Position Summary

The Project Manager for the Northeast Land Program is a seasoned real estate professional with demonstrated experience in preserving critical open space and environmentally sensitive lands utilizing nonprofit land acquisition techniques. This position develops and advances local program priorities through the successful completion of complex real estate transactions (acquisitions and dispositions) under the supervision of the Senior Director of the Northeast Land program.

The Project Manager will focus on land acquisitions and dispositions in NY State. The position works closely with the Legal Department and he/she also has stewardship responsibilities. The position will work with the Senior Director to identify and implement local strategic planning priorities and will assist with fundraising.

  • Position Title:                     Project Manager, Northeast Land Program
  • Geographic Focus:           New York State
  • Reports To:                        Senior Director, Northeast Land       
  • Department:                       Conservation
  • Location:                            New York City or Albany, New York

Responsibilities & Duties

Project management of real estate acquisitions and dispositions

  • Research, identify, prioritize, and recommend potential acquisition opportunities within existing programmatic areas;
    Manage land acquisition and disposition projects under the direction of the Senior Director, NE Land and in coordination with OSI legal personnel. This includes:

    • negotiate purchase and sale agreements, contract for and review appraisals and environmental assessments
    • manage public review processes
    • complete internal fact sheets and other approval documents/procedures, maps, and photos
  • Write or assist with competitive grant applications and budgets for project funding;
  • Ensure OSI is knowledgeable of most current land conservation techniques and land use issues by reading periodicals and other related documents, attending public forums, and identifying and participating in relevant training opportunities.

Secure Conservation Funding

  • Identify and develop sources of funding for land acquisition capital and OSI operating costs. In addition to traditional government open space funding sources, targets include:
    • Conservation Buyers
    • Landscape‐scale grant funding
    • Natural resource damages and environmental mitigation funds
  •  In partnership with VP of Development, establish, foster, and steward relationships with private donors as needed;
  • Collaborate with External Affairs Staff to raise OSI’s visibility in the region as necessary.


  • Work with OSI Stewardship staff and external partners to develop and implement management plans for acquired properties;
  • Maintain relationships with landowners and address stewardship issues as they arise;
  • Assist in annual easement monitoring as requested.

Manage regional and statewide partner relationships

  • Build and maintain relationships with local governments, regional partners, and state agencies to ensure prioritization of OSI projects and maintain awareness of regional conservation issues and opportunities.


Required Skills / Core Competencies

  • Sound understanding of real estate principles and economics;
  • Excellent working knowledge of the processes for obtaining public funding for land acquisition;
  • Ability to manage multiple properties, multiple funding sources and processes, develop programs and use resources of the organization to accomplish larger initiatives;
  • Expert knowledge of real estate due diligence process and government real property acquisition review process;
  • High‐level familiarity with public agency land acquisition departments;
  • Highly organized;
  • Ability to work well as part of a team, and individually;
  • Superior written and oral communication skills;
  • Highly proficient computer applications skills: MS Office, Internet, databases;
  • Knowledge of New York laws and Article XIV of the NY Constitution.


  • Bachelorʹs degree, advanced degree in related field preferred;
  • 5‐8 years of relevant project experience, preferably in New York;
  • Existing relationships with public agencies and government officials;
  • Existing relationships with philanthropic foundations and individual donor
  • A track record of effective relationship management, both internally and

Physical Requirements

  • Moderate to heavy travel: occasional evening and weekend work to be expected;.
  • Frequently sits for long periods of time;
  • Frequently speaks, reads, writes, and uses a computer keyboard;
  • May require occasional standing, walking, lifting, stooping, bending.

Note: This job description is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and
responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties
as assigned.


  • Competitive salary and excellent benefits, including paid time off and paid holidays.

How To Apply

  • Please click "Apply" below to email your cover letter and resume (including salary expectations) with “Project Manager Land Northeast” and where you saw the job posting in the subject line.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through August 31st, 2021.
  • No phone calls, please.
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OSI is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We recognize that our conservation mission is
best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of all genders, diverse backgrounds,
beliefs, and cultures. We encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national
or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran
status, or any other status protected by law.

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