Director of TrailNation Projects

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Washington, DC
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Community Engagement
Economic Development
Real Estate Development
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people, is seeking a Director of TrailNation Projects. This is a new position that will support the Vice Present of Trail Development in managing and implementing RTC’s TrailNation projects. The position is located in our national headquarters office in Washington, DC, though we may consider split time with our Baltimore office.

This is an excellent opportunity for a strategic, creative and results-oriented professional with exceptional people management, trail/active transportation planning and project implementation skills to join a successful organization in a leadership position.

Duties: Manage multiple TrailNation projects (two to three) at the strategic and operational levels to develop, lead and implement strategies that advance the TrailNation projects through all phases of development. Collaborate with and manage trail development staff who are charged with project-managing TrailNation projects.  Guide and troubleshoot hurdles and opportunities related to: diverse coalition building and partner engagement; active transportation and trail network planning; political will; GIS mapping; public engagement; public finance and funding; and external project communications.

Qualifications: Five to ten years of progressively responsible experience managing complex and multidisciplinary projects in active transportation, public policy or economic development. Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance. Expertise in one or more of the following: trail development, active transportation planning, economic development, public finance, public health, or social equity. Strong oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills. Spark imagination and creativity. Willingness to travel (20-30 percent); and bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in urban/transportation planning, conservation planning, public administration, public health, real estate or a related field.

To view a detailed job announcement, please visit our website at, and then click on careers at the bottom of the page.

How to Apply: please use one form of transmitting your resume. No phone calls please. Recruiters, please do not contact our offices. Mail, fax or email cover letter, résumé, and three professional references  to: Human Resources Manager, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, The Duke Ellington Building, 2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20037; Email:, Fax: 202.223.9257.

RTC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin. Women and diverse applicants are encouraged to apply. EOE

Published on:
January 7, 2019 - 1:07pm
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