Reports to: NYC Program Manager
Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks
“Helping Other Parks” is a core value of the Central Park Conservancy and is a part of our organizational mission. Since its earliest days, the Conservancy has provided critical assistance and support to parks throughout New York City and across the globe.
The Institute for Urban Parks, founded in 2013, builds on the Conservancy’s expertise as a leader in the field of urban park management and public-private park partnerships to provide professional education, capacity building, peer-to-peer exchange, and thought leadership to strengthen the field of urban park management so that all park professionals have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to create and support successful and sustainable parks.
The Institute is preparing to significantly expand its work over the next seven years. This will include a more ambitious research agenda, building and supporting a national network of urban park management peers, growing our capacity building efforts, creating publications and other media to support thought leadership, and a more structured group services program. We are looking for a NYC Program Coordinator to support our NYC program portfolio to sustain and improve our local programs.
The NYC Program Coordinator will help oversee the management of NYC-based Institute programs and events, and will assist the NYC Program Manager undertake special projects for the President’s Office as necessary at the discretion of the Executive Director of the Institute and the President of the Conservancy. Leveraging the Conservancy’s knowledge and history, in conjunction with broader industry trends, the NYC Program Coordinator will help implement programs that provide assistance, resources, support, and education to address identified needs in NYC-based park and public space organizations. The NYC Program Coordinator will also help develop and implement events such as convenings, site visits, and panel discussions to share information gleaned from the Institute’s efforts or further the exploration of relevant topics.
The NYC Program Coordinator will be knowledgeable about the nonprofit sector, will have a familiarity with the creation and management of urban parks and public spaces in NYC, and will be passionate about maximizing sustained social impact. S/he will have a demonstrated track record of successful relationship management and exceptional project management skills, and can analyze complex organizational problems and present information succinctly to promote decision-making and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Capacity Building Program
- Assist the NYC Program Manager in developing and implementing the Institute’s capacity building program for park and public space organizations in New York City, ensuring alignment with the organization’s overall strategic plan and goals.
- Working with the NYC Program Manager, help develop criteria and parameters for qualifying organizations and solicit participation.
- Provide strategic planning support to partner organizations and help guide customized approaches to improve and strengthen capacity as necessary.
- Support the NYC Program Manager in creating strategic workplans for park and public space organizations. Help conduct needs assessments to determine specific scope of work for participating organizations including by conducting and analyzing interviews.
- Help organize training, technical assistance, and capacity building as needed with other internal staff or external consultants and leverage other team members or Conservancy staff as necessary to develop content for programs.
- Help design an evaluation rubric and process for evaluating and measuring impact and satisfaction.
- Visit parks and public spaces in all five boroughs and liaise with stakeholders and third-party consultants as needed to ensure program goals are met.
Public Communication, Partnership Building, and Events
- Leveraging data, content, resources, and expertise from the capacity building program and other Institute and Conservancy-led initiatives, support the development, promotion, and implementation of public programs and events such as panel discussions and roundtables.
- Working with the Communications department, develop and implement communications and promotion strategies for Institute initiatives in the New York City region.
- Represent the Institute and Conservancy’s work and initiatives via local press and media and at advocacy and community meetings, industry conferences and symposia; provide regular updates as necessary to Institute and Conservancy leadership.
- Build and maintain relationships with relevant city agencies including NYC Parks, as well as park and public space organizations and specialists, to create a local community of practice and pipeline for future engagement.
- Maintain an active registry of key park, public space, and advocacy organizations and their program offerings.
- Strategize and manage the execution of special projects for the Conservancy as necessary including drafting and distributing RFP’s, developing project schedules, and coordinating internal and external stakeholders to discuss findings, recommendations, and strategies. Create or oversee the creation of various deliverables including meeting agendas, meeting reports, presentations, budgets, facilitation of stakeholder meetings, donor reports, summary reports and findings.
- Ensure members of the Institute team and Conservancy staff are kept informed of important issues and deadlines and that program stakeholders are regularly updated.
- 2+ years’ experience in a related field
- Experience working with diverse communities; demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders including community volunteers, agency representatives, elected officials, and funders.
- Strong project management skills, with a demonstrated record of managing complex projects, with multiple stakeholders, and bringing them to successful completion.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills utilized in an accessible and relatable way.
- Comfort with and enthusiasm for collaborative approach to work and a desire to learn from one’s colleagues.
- Comfort and facility with Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Ability to flex a work schedule around programs and events as needed.
- Ability to think through, communicate, document, organize and execute on project goals and to keep other team members on schedule.
- Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team.
- Ability to work and deliver projects independently, proactively and under pressure.
- High attention to detail.
This is a regular, full-time position (exempt). Some weekend and evening work required as per program schedules.