Director of Community Engagement
Friends of the High Line
Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)
Function: Strategic Planning
Primary domain: Arts, Culture and Humanities
City: New York
Postal code: 10014
State: New York
Country: United States
Our mission is to reimagine the role public spaces have in creating connected, healthy, neighborhoods, and cities. We do this through:
We began as an unlikely idea by a group of New Yorkers.
We think big and enact bold ideas.
The High Line was once an abandoned elevated railway reclaimed by nature.
Our core business is to maintain and evolve the public park you enjoy today.
We started as an advocacy group that saved and rebuilt a historical structure.
We collaborate with our supporters, community, and staff to improve our neighborhood and city.
The High Line is more than a traditional park. We provide extraordinary experiences every day that come from the convergence of nature, art, design, programs, and people.
The High Line is both a nonprofit organization and a public park on the West Side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we’re devoted to reimagining public spaces to create connected, healthy neighborhoods and cities.
Built on a historic, elevated rail line, the High Line was always intended to be more than a park. You can walk through the gardens, view art, experience a performance, enjoy food or beverage, or connect with friends and neighbors—all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City.
Nearly 100% of our annual budget comes through donations. The High Line is owned by the City of New York and we operate under a license agreement with NYC Parks.
The director of community engagement will lead the development and execution of a comprehensive community engagement strategy that furthers the High Line’s vision to be an active and responsive civic connector. The director of community engagement will build and maintain long-term relationships with a wide range of community stakeholders, including but not limited to local residents, community-based organizations, and businesses, and help link them to the social, environmental, cultural and economic resources on and off the High Line.
This position will report to the chief program and engagement officer, work closely with the associate director of government affairs, and work across and support multiple High Line departments, including but not limited to art, education, planning and design, communications, visitor services, and horticulture.
The director of community engagement is a full-time, year-round non-exempt employee.
Develop and lead the creation of comprehensive community engagement strategy to raise awareness about the organization and to develop engagement and partnership pathways for community stakeholders that align with our mission and vision
Develop and maintain relationships with community stakeholders, including local residents, community-based organizations, tenant and neighborhood associations, block clubs, faith-based institutions, schools, cultural organizations, business improvement districts (BIDs), and small and large businesses
Maintain an active registry of key cultural and social service organizations and their program offerings
Develop, implement, and lead a Neighborhood Council made up of local residents and other community stakeholders
Share information with and elicit input from community stakeholders, including residents and local elected officials, on High Line priorities, programs, operations, and engagement opportunities
Establish ongoing community feedback mechanisms to increase responsiveness to community stakeholder needs and to build trust
Attend and convene other community stakeholder meetings and participate in relevant commissions, advisory groups, and networks
Work collaboratively across departments to align engagement and communications strategies with organizational priorities and opportunities for engagement
Lead the development of assessment tools and systems to track the impact of community engagement activities
Help plan and execute High Line convenings, conferences, webinars, and other related events, including but not limited to facilitating training sessions, drafting content, and securing speakers
Support the development of volunteer and partnership opportunities for local residents and other community stakeholders in coordination with other High Line departments
Support special projects where necessary, including but not limited to events, board activities, etc.
5-7 years’ work experience in nonprofit and/or public sector
Experience in community engagement, community organizing, and/or participatory design
Experience applying a range of community engagement and facilitation techniques
Experience with data assessment tools and systems to track the impact of community engagement activities and assessing data
Understanding of social media and other digital tools that support and enhance community engagement
Experience utilizing social media and other digital that support and enhance community engagement
Experience supervising and motivating staff
Proficient in verbal and written Spanish
Familiarity with neighborhoods on the west side of Manhattan
Excellent organizational skills with a high-level of attention to detail and ability to support and manage multiple stakeholders and projects
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
Strong public speaking and training skills
Politically and culturally savvy
Self-starter, able to work independently, team player and creative thinker
Ability to work collaboratively, but know when/how to step in and lead
Sense of humor and ability to work in fast-paced environment
Willingness and ability to work weekends and weeknights, as needed
Willingness and ability to travel locally and, as needed, nationally
- 20 vacation days, 6 sick days, and 9 paid holidays
- Paid primary and secondary caregiver leave
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance
- Supplemental short-term disability insurance and paid life insurance
- Commuter benefits
- Flexible spending accounts
- Contribution in a 403(b) retirement plan
- Discounted Citi Bike membership
- Discount on High Line merchandise
- Employee Assistance Program
Commensurate with Experience
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Application Link: https://apply.workable.com/thehighline/j/B0946FB5A5/
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