Project Manager: Design and Placemaking

Full Time · Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Department Full Time
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation 40,000

Grounded Strategies Project Manager

Design and Placemaking


Grounded Strategies is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization working with communities to restore vacant and neglected land. We are seeking a Project Manager to support neighborhood-scale program initiatives and projects related to Grounded’s landscape design and community placemaking work, including:

  • Applying antiracist landscape architecture, community planning, and urban design best practices to neighborhood scale vacant land projects;
  • Executing and refining Grounded’s people+places focused community co-design process across programming areas, including fee-for-service work;
  • Refining Grounded’s graphic design aesthetic and providing illustration support across projects and organizational initiatives;
  • Providing technical support to community-led vacant lot projects, including scaled drawings, landscape plans, site stewardship plans; 
  • Strategic partner engagement and client management; and
  • Report writing, advocacy, and public education activities.

The Project Manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of particular projects while understanding how they fit into overall program objectives. This role will directly oversee the implementation of the Design to Do, Resilience Generation, and cross-programmatic landscape design processes. The Project Manager leads projects through conceptualization, implementation, and evaluation of outcomes. This position reports to the Sr. Project Manager.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage assigned programs and projects through the stages of conceptualization, planning, budgeting, execution, and reporting.
  • Monitor program budgets and oversee grant and contract compliances
  • Prepare slides for assigned programs/projects to present at Quarterlies, meetings that occur that take an aerial view project statuses
  • Participate in development activities as assigned including writing proposals, and building program budgets.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships between project/program partners
  • Oversee, coordinate and lead on-site engagements with volunteer and partner groups. 
  • Manage and work with a range of Grounded staff members across leadership levels as part of any one of your assigned project teams.
  • Continue to staff projects as a Project Manager or project resource across programs

General Responsibilities

  • Discover ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of procedures and people
  • Apply change, risk, and resource management principles when needed
  • Read and edit reports prepared by fellow staff
  • Ensure program/project operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies
  • Attend and plan professional development seminars as requested
  • Chair and/or participate in Grounded internal committees
  • Represent Grounded at working groups and committees that are advancing systems-level change to vacant properties 


  • Must have a Bachelor degree (BA, BS, etc.) and/or at least 2 years of working experience in a similar role  
  • Must have reliable transportation and be able to drive a car and have appropriate auto insurance coverage, and a valid PA Driver’s license.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite required, including inDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • Ability to produce detailed and to-scale landscape design plans
  • Understanding of project/program management techniques and methods
  • Excellent communication, organization and leadership skills
  • An analytical mindset with great problem-solving abilities
  • Work well with people in various communities, institutional and governmental organizations  
  • Commitment to Grounded’s anti-racism pledge and framework 
  • Works in a team environment with minimal supervision  
  • Some experience in meeting facilitation, and/or community relations   
  • Proficient computer skills, especially using Microsoft Suite and Google Suite
  • Some experience with data analysis, reporting, and budgeting
  • Some experience leading public presentations, training and speaking engagements  

The ideal candidate will be familiar with Pittsburgh’s open space and land recycling initiatives, including the Adopt-A-Lot program, PGH Land Bank, and soil remediation programs. 

Personal Qualifications:

  • Personal values align with the vision and values of Grounded Strategies.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:

  • Must be able to drive a motor vehicle. 
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds. 
  • Must be flexible working in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. 

Salary & Schedule

$40,000 annually. Commensurate with experience and based on the organization’s financial health. Exempt position. The position is expected to work at least 40 hours weekly. Candidate must be open to working a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance: 85% Coverage for employees /pay (this is subject to change as health plans change in the future)
  • 10 Holidays, plus your birthday, in addition to the week between Christmas and New Year’s when the Grounded office is closed
  • 19 days of personal time off (includes all vacation, sick leave, and other personal days off)
  • Eligibility for Life Insurance, Short - and Long - term disability, and our SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with up to 3% match from Grounded. 

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  • Location
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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    Full Time
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