Urban Programs Coordinator

Western Reserve Land Conservancy has an immediate opening for an Urban Programs Coordinator. This full-time position will be based at the organization’s Thriving Communities office, which is located in Ohio City at 2012 W. 25th Street, Suite 504, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.



Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides the people of northeast Ohio with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. Headquartered in Moreland Hills, Ohio, we are the largest land conservancy in Ohio, employing over 40 people in offices throughout northern and eastern portions of the state. Our land protection team has now conserved more than 56,000 acres of natural area and working farms in 23 Ohio counties. Thriving Communities, our urban revitalization program, is nationally recognized for thought leadership on removing blight; creating land banks to find productive uses for vacant properties; and revitalizing communities through greening strategies. Our mission is funded through a combination of program revenue, government grants, and philanthropic gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.



The Urban Programs Coordinator (UPC) is responsible for providing coordination and support for the various program areas of Thriving Communities. These include establishment and support of county land banks in Ohio, Reforest Our City projects, property inventory initiatives and vacant land redevelopment. This position will also provide administrative support to the Thriving Communities office staff and perform other such duties as requested. This role will require an individual to be able to work effectively in both field locations and in an office environment. The amount of time spent in field versus office settings will vary during the year based on program needs.

Specific responsibilities in each of these areas include:

Land Bank Network

  • Collaborate with the Land Bank Program Director (LBPD) in coordination of annual Land Bank Conference, to include:
    • Scheduling speakers
    • Communicating with conference sponsors and exhibitors
    • Creating a conference program
    • Booking meeting rooms and conference attendee rooms as needed
    • Marketing the conference and other activities
  • Assist the LBPD in administering the activities of the Ohio Land Bank Association (OLBA) to include:
    • Scheduling and supporting quarterly network meetings
    • Tracking OLBA membership and assisting in communication among members
    • Responding to simple questions, whenever possible, from individual land banks
    • Gathering information for articles to be published in “Landline” and other Land Conservancy publications

Reforest Our City

  • Provide technical support to community development corporations (CDC’s) and community groups to assist with tree planting and tree care initiatives
  • Assist with coordination and management of tree planting projects
  • Utilize technology and research to quantify the value of tree planting projects and projected benefits
  • Assist with implementation of educational outreach efforts
  • Assist staff with ensuring updated maps and data on all projects are readily available
  • Research and help implement a GIS-based project management tool/platform
  • Review, edit and update training curriculum in collaboration with Land Conservancy staff and program counterparts
  • Research and help formalize a Phase 2 of the Tree Steward program
  • Assist Land Conservancy staff in developing a series of branded informational brochures, including proper planting and maintenance techniques and cited tree benefits

Property Inventory Initiatives

  • Assist in coordinating pre-project tasks including preparing hardware, scheduling site locations and reviewing surveyor applications
  • Work with the project team on data collection and quality assurance
  • Review final data sets and help with GIS-based mapping and analysis

Office Administrative Support

  • Order office supplies and supplies for off-site meetings and training sessions
  • Ensure office copier and other equipment remains in good working order
  • Take minutes during staff meetings as well as special meetings when needed
  • Schedule internal and external meetings for Thriving Communities staff
  • Process staff expense reimbursement requests when needed
  • Ensure invoices are timely submitted for payment
  • Collaborate with other staff when needed in assembling materials for training sessions or other off-site meetings
  • Assist with preparation of PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets and documents as requested



This person must have at least one year of direct and/or internship work experience in a non-profit organization and/or office environment. The candidate must be highly energetic with a track record of implementing plans, managing competing deadlines, and achieving goals. This person must demonstrate strong organizational skills coupled with an attention to detail, the ability to work independently, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. This person must also demonstrate analytical, interpersonal, and teamwork skills. A Bachelor’s degree with a focus on environmental studies and/or urban studies is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to the Land Conservancy’s mission is essential.



Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter to Bob Kissling, Director of Human Resources, at 

Western Reserve Land Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to hiring staff members who represent the rich diversity of our community. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment and not be discriminated against based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran’s status, or other legally protected classification in the State of Ohio. 

To apply for this job email your details to rkissling@wrlandconservancy.org