Public Realm Programming & Community Engagement Manager

Location: New York City office. This position will require on-site availability. 

The Position

The Public Realm and Community Engagement Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the W 103rd Open Streets project and lead on-the-ground engagement in support of the Park to Park 103rd initiative. This position will play a key role in creating meaningful and impactful community events, with the goal of informing a permanent street redesign project. Acting as a lead strategist and coordinator of all events and outreach, while working closely with Street Plans’ designers, Project Manager, and Principal – the Public Realm and Community Engagement Manager will communicate and collaborate with all internal staff, external clients, community groups, city agencies, and volunteers to conceptualize and implement public events to ensure successful events and engagement on and around the Park to Park 103rd initiative. 

What We’re Looking For

The ideal candidate has experience developing and managing in-person public space events and conducting community outreach and engagement; has a collaborative mindset; is a strong communicator; and must be passionate about supporting public life through the programming and activation of streets and public spaces. Successful candidates must have a flexible schedule, be prepared to join meetings and conference calls earlier and later than regular business hours- including some weekends, and be willing and able to work outdoors for extended periods of time. 

Role Overview

  • Cultivate and manage relationships with clients and community groups to define and execute various community engagement and programming events on W. 103rd Street for a period of 12-months, with the opportunity to support other future Street Plans consulting projects and advocacy initiatives. 
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of events to engage the desired constituencies
  • Create and manage marketing and communication materials around each event, distribute regular communications around all Open Streets events and recurring activities
  • Engage, welcome, and motivate residents, community stakeholders, including local businesses, community members, and visitors, around the West 103rd Open Street.
  • Manage ongoing data collection of street activity, assist in analyzing findings 


  • 2-5 years of professional experience in events management and execution, community engagement/organizing, and preferably urban planning and creative placemaking
  • Extremely organized and meticulously detailed 
  • Strong time management
  • Creative self-starter with a high-level of emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well independently, seek support, and escalate when needed
  • Experience designing and working with vendors to produce event materials

Desired Skills 

  • Communication and document creation: Slack and the Google suite (Slides, Docs, Forms, Sheets, etc); Mailchimp or similar list management software
  • Website design and management experience
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, able to communicate to a variety of audiences
  • Adobe InDesign or similar graphic design proficiency (or willingness to train in software).
  • Spanish language proficiency a plus, but not required
  • Local knowledge of Upper West Side community groups, established institutions, and local politics. 
  • Ability to work outdoors and lift up to 50 pounds

Salary & Benefits

  • $50,000-$60,000 / year 
  • IRA match
  • Healthcare stipend
  • Annual bonus (amount depends on company and personal performance)
  • Paid maternity / paternity leave
  • 15 days of paid vacation
  • 12 paid holidays 
  • 6 additional paid days off for Winter Break
  • Flexible and relaxed work environment

To Apply: Email with “Community Engagement Manager” in the subject of your email. Please include your Resume, Cover Letter, and any relevant work samples you’d like to highlight for this position – and a short description of your favorite street or public space – tell us why you love it in 250 words or less.