Reports to:  Vice President of Communications
Department:  Marketing and Communications
Status:  Exempt/Full-time

This is an in-person position.

About Central Park and the Central Park Conservancy:
Central Park is one of the most famous and beloved urban public spaces in the world. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1857, the 843-acre park was the first purpose-built public park in the country and is a National Historic Landmark. The Central Park Conservancy, a private not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1980 to rescue the Park which had fallen into serious disrepair. Since that time, the Conservancy has overseen the investment of approximately $1 billion in the restoration of the Park, and now hosts over 40 million visitors a year. 
The Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and celebrate Central Park as a sanctuary from the pace and pressures of city life, enhancing the enjoyment and wellbeing of all. The City of New York has formally entrusted the care of the Park to the Conservancy which is responsible for every aspect of the Park’s care, including landscape maintenance, capital improvements, and the visitor experience. Committed to sharing the best practices in urban park management, the Conservancy also serves as a resource for other NYC parks and for public-private partnerships around the world. The Conservancy employs ~325 people and has an operating budget of $80 million.

About this Role
The Conservancy is seeking an experienced communications professional to join its growing Communications practice as an Associate Director. In this role, you will work across the practice to support on building out its media relations capabilities, enhancing internal communications best practices and providing general support across the team. This person will have a passion for parks, open space and/or urbanism issues, experience engaging with reporters and the press, and the capacity to work cross-functionally within a fast-paced team.

Summary of Essential Job Functions:
  • Lead and support projects across the department and with external stakeholders as delegated by, and in collaboration with, the Vice President of Communications; contribute to the strategic and tactical prioritization of tasks, initiatives, and executive-level projects.
  • Compose and prepare correspondence, documents and presentations; materials may include talking points and prepared remarks.
  • Support on substantive preparation for meetings, including development and distribution of materials (budgets, agendas, presentations for Board meetings, handouts, minutes, etc.) as well as coordination with other departments and/or external contacts.
  • Assist on internal communications initiatives, including newsletter and intranet updates; initiate creative ways to reach both in-office and in-park staff.
  • Assist with preparation of departmental budget creation and reconciliation.
  • Serve as primary point person for press and public inquiries; review requests on a frequent basis; flag and address any urgent matters or inquiries.
  • Research and help prepare earned media strategies to support campaign and media opportunities; conduct research, organize data and craft update reports as necessary.
  • Collaborate and support on crisis communications moments.
  • Available nights and weekends for quick and collaborative responses related to Park-based issues.

  • 8 to 10 years of experience of relevant work experience; experience working in the nonprofit sector very helpful.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience engaging with reporters and an understanding of NYC, urbanism and parks press.
  • Excellent judgment, foresight, and diplomacy; ability to maintain a strict level of confidentiality.
  • Superb business writing skills; ability to edit and proofread quickly and precisely.
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail; ability to juggle multiple tasks, prioritize and maintain poise under pressure.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment; collaborative and committed to problem-solving.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office including PowerPoint, Word and Excel; knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite strongly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Communications, Marketing or Public Relations or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Please submit a cover letter and resume using the following link:

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Salary range:  $88,700 to $108K (based on level of experience)

The Conservancy is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and recognizes that its continued success depends on hiring and retaining high-quality creative professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Safety Requirements
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways, etc.).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
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