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The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for 30 years to ensure the creation, adequate funding, proper maintenance, public support and citizen enjoyment of Brooklyn Bridge Park through partnership with the public sector, development of programming, and active promotion of the needs of the park and its constituents. Since 2000, over 1.7 million visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Program Director

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked more than 30 years to ensure the creation, adequate funding, proper maintenance, public support and citizen enjoyment of Brooklyn Bridge Park through partnership with the public sector, development of programming, and active promotion of the needs of the park and its constituents. Since 2000, over 1.7 million visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Conservancy seeks a Director of Programs to oversee the development, management, and facilitation of a wide range of public recreational, cultural, and educational programming in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Director works with private, nonprofit, state, city and local partners to activate this public space. The Director will supervise all full-time, seasonal and per diem production staff needed to execute the programs. The duties and responsibilities listed below are illustrative only and are not meant to be a full and exhaustive listing of all of the duties and responsibilities of the Director.

Primary responsibilities include:

• Support the Conservancy’s mission to enliven the park by developing free and low-cost programming that attracts a wide variety of visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park

• Identify appropriate partners for cultural, educational, and recreational programs and maintain communication with all parties, providing regular updates with detailed reports and presentations

• Administer programs from start to completion by establishing deadlines, milestones and processes and make decisions in accordance with established rules and regulations, policies and procedures and guidelines; participate in the development of department rules, policies and procedures, goals and objectives, and priorities

• Work with various government agencies to acquire proper permits, insurance and documentation needed for events

• Work directly with development staff on outreach and corporate sponsorship pertaining to public programs

• Work with Communications Manager and graphic designers on broad and cost-effective marketing strategies, marketing materials and signage pertaining to public programs

• Assist in the preparation of the overall department budget; prepare and submit budgets for individual program areas; monitor budget expenditures; prepare cost estimates for maintenance, repairs, and program activities

• Evaluate equipment for purchase and assist in the development of specifications; order materials and supplies; approve orders of materials and supplies by other program staff

• Liaise with artists and managers with regard to artist fees, contracts, production riders, schedules and all other talent related details

• Devise evaluation and data collection strategies to monitor performance, recognize need for improvements and determine community needs

• Supervise staffing for all Conservancy programmatic initiatives, including full time staff, seasonal staff, interns and per diem production staff Communicate and work directly with Park Operations and Management staff

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree from 4-year accredited college or university and 10+ years experience

• Valid NYS Driver’s License

• Proven experience with athletic, cultural, educational, environmental, and volunteer programming

• Proven ability to supervise, orient, and train a large group of professional and seasonal employees leading activities in the Park

• Ability to work a flexible schedule including some nights and weekends

• Ability to evaluate program quality and effectiveness and recommend modifications when appropriate

• Ability to manage budgets and make sound financial recommendations

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, community groups and the general public

• Strong written and oral communication skills

• Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities, willingness to work cooperatively across the organization and strong problem-solving skills

• Proficiency in MS Office, Google Apps, Adobe Acrobat

• Ability to perform outdoor physical labor (lift 40 lbs) in all weather conditions

• Previous experience working within NYC parks preferred

Interested applicants should e-mail a résumé and cover letter to Beth Newborn at programdirector@brooklynbridgepark.org

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