Fort Greene Park Conservancy Program and Development Associate
Reporting to the Program and Development Manager and working closely with the Board of Directors as well as NYC Parks staff, the Program and Development Associate (the “Associate”) will (1) support critical programs and fundraising activities, (2) administer relevant systems and databases, and (3) support the vision of Fort Greene Park Conservancy (“FGPC”) of a thriving Fort Greene Park (“Park”). S/he should be a thoughtful, curious multi-tasker eager to contribute to the growth of a nonprofit nationally-recognized for its excellence serving a vibrant community. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
• oversight, promotion, and fulfillment of FGPC’s Membership Program;
• researching, writing, and administering grants from both current and prospective public and private sources;
• supporting public programs, leading both volunteer restoration/horticulture projects and special events;
• creating content for communications, including the FGPC e-newsletter, website, and social media platforms; and
• supporting special projects and other public programs where necessary, including fundraising events, board
activities, and occasional public art installations.
The Associate must have the temperament and interpersonal skills to interact with a wide range of Park and organizational stakeholders from diverse backgrounds (including City agency officials, FGPC board members, donors, press, Park visitors and neighbors, volunteers) with maturity, discretion, and empathy.
Time commitment is full-time (minimum 40 hours per week), Monday through Friday, with flexible hours as well as occasional nights and frequent weekends, especially during the summer months. Following a successful first year, the Associate will be considered for a managerial role and pay raise. Individuals from historically underserved
communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
· Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
· Excellent written and spoken communication skills (writing sample requested below)
· Required computer skills: Microsoft Office/Mac (Word, Excel), G-Suite Apps (Docs, Sheets, Forms);
· Experience with Adobe Creative Suite/computer-based GIS mapping systems a plus
· Ability to participate and thrive in a collaborative, fast-paced team environment
· Creativity and willingness to take initiative
· Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, and gender
· Possess strong attention to detail, project management skills, and be highly organized
· Flexibility and willingness to work in variety of work environments, both indoor and in the Park
· Ability to take on physical, outdoor work, including occasional heavy lifting (30+ lbs.)
· 1-2 years’ experience in nonprofit/environmental/government sectors preferred, but not required
· Experience in philanthropy/grant writing/event fundraising helpful, but not required
Commensurate with experience.
· Four weeks paid vacation + comp time.
· Employer health insurance coverage, up to $500 monthly.
· Ability to lead oneself with significant room to design processes and operations.
· Regularly being paid to hang out in one of New York’s most incredible parks.
Cover letters should explain: (1) Your relevant qualifications and past experience; (2) Your reasons for seeking work at a small community-based nonprofit; and (3) Why public space is important to you. Application materials, including cover letters, resumes, and writing sample should be emailed in a single (one) PDF file addressed to:
Program and Development Manager
Fort Greene Park Conservancy
85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
About Fort Greene Park Conservancy (www.fortgreenepark.org)
The Fort Greene Park Conservancy (FGPC), in partnership with the City of New York and the community, enhances Fort Greene Park’s function as one of Brooklyn’s primary green spaces and strengthens the culturally diverse Fort Greene community through programming and park conservation. FGPC’s free summer programming attracts over 20,000 attendees per year with a diverse portfolio of events including music festivals, kids’ concerts, historic walking tours, horticultural volunteer events, and other community programming.
Brooklyn’s first official park, Fort Greene Park is a 30-acre public park owned and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. It was first championed by the borough’s most famous poet, Walt Whitman, and designed by the landscape architectural team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The park’s McKim, Mead, and White–designed Prison Ship Martyrs Monument commemorates the sacrifice of more than 11,500 prisoners of war who died in captivity during the Revolutionary War, whose collected remains are interred in the park. Today, the park finds itself at the center of one of Brooklyn’s most diverse, vibrant neighborhoods. Entering its third year as a staffed organization, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy is uniquely positioned to serve as a cultural and civic leader in the rapidly-growing Borough.
The Fort Greene Park Conservancy provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic
information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and national service alumni encouraged to apply.