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Community Initiatives Coordinator, New York Restoration Project (New York, NY)

By Conni Kunzler | January 14, 2016

Deadline: Open until filled.

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit founded by Bette Midler, dedicated to restoring parks, gardens and open space in underserved communities throughout New York City. The Community Initiatives Coordinator will synthesize data about resident use of public space in East Brooklyn, South Jamaica, and Far Rockaway regions to inform future programming and fundraising opportunities.

Duties will include, but not be limited to, data collection, developing community partnerships, identifying assets, organizing garden group structure, and related outreach efforts.

NYRP owns and manages a land trust of 52 community gardens citywide. The Coordinator will be the point of contact for correspondence with 25 NYRP garden groups in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Lower East Side.

Engagement staff work with multiple departments internally to achieve our strategic goals for public access and local volunteer stewardship. To be successful in this role, a candidate must have strong communication skills and the ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekend and some evening events.

Principal Duties

  • Coordinate data collection and reporting for NYRP gardens in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island
  • Recruit and manage relevant partnerships in East Brooklyn, South Jamaica, and Far Rockaway
  • Develop reliable group structure and communication to maximize garden open hours
  • Identify regional opportunities for NYRP programs and services
  • Participate in community based events as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate Degree;
  • 2-3 years related experience, including urban planning, statistics, and/or community engagement;
  • Spanish speaking preferred;
  • Previous community work experience in multi-cultural neighborhoods;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects while working under deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience taking responsibility for projects from beginning to end while maintaining open communication with stakeholders, internal and external;
  • Enthusiasm for physically demanding, outdoor, all season work;
  • Strong writing and presentation skills;
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint proficient;
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License preferred.


Interested individuals are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume by email to or standard mail to 254 W. 31st Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Learn more and apply.

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