Position: Programs Manager
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Assistant Director of Programs/Director of Programs and Community Engagement
The Greenway Conservancy, the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway, is seeking a highly motivated and reliable individual to join our team as the Assistant Director of Programs. The Programs Manager will assist in organizing, permitting and executing the Conservancy’s robust programming calendar and is instrumental in building and growing partnerships with event organizers.
The Greenway Conservancy is committed to providing a park environment that is welcoming to racially, culturally, and economically diverse residents and visitors. You can read more about our mission, vision, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on our website.
Millions visit The Greenway each year for community events, local markets, unique food truck meals, and engaging art. The Conservancy’s programming approach is to host partner events, allowing us to work with a wide range of community groups and small businesses to bring hundreds of relevant and authentic events to the public. The Programs Department works very closely with all Conservancy team members to assure an outstanding visitor experience. Pre-pandemic, The Greenway hosted 400+ events and programs, including Chinatown Main Street Festival, Boston GreenFest, Films at the Gate, Boston Local Food Festival, and over 100 free fitness classes. Daily visitors enjoy the Greenway Carousel, distinctive food vendors, outdoor beer gardens, and free Wi-Fi.
- Act as the main point of communication for several large events and programmatic series, including planning, implementation, oversight, and close partner and community collaboration. Areas of responsibility will be determined based on candidate experience and in collaboration with the team and may include fitness, play programming, Greenway Carousel guest services, and events in specific neighborhoods.
- Provide and direct on-site support for Conservancy-produced events and third-party produced events, including set-up and tear-down on-site. Work outdoors, handle physical tasks, and conduct work with the utmost professionalism and concern for everyone encountered.
- Organize Conservancy-wide effort to produce annual fundraising events, especially our Greenway Gala and Glow in the Park young professionals event, in close collaboration with our Development Department and contracted event planners. Track responsibilities, lead planning meetings, and ensure successful set-up and execution.
- Learn and enforce the Park Use Guidelines and Park Rules, both in event planning processes and in the park, balancing park needs with event needs. Ensure program operations and activities adhere to guidelines and internal policies.
- Ensure inter-departmental collaboration, including leading short-term operational meetings, collecting programmatic data for stakeholders, and providing support for our marketing initiatives.
- Assist Departmental leadership with scheduling, vetting incoming event inquiries, intern hiring and management, and optimizing processes.
Other duties as assigned related to the Conservancy’s mission or to support partners or stakeholders.
Skills and Qualifications
- At least three years’ experience in related fields including nonprofit programming, event management, or a related field.
- Proven track record of
- Working with a diverse range of audiences and organizations;
- Meeting/surpassing goals;
- Succeeding in a fast-paced and innovative environment.
- Superior demonstrated skill in:
- Prioritizing tasks and meeting organizational deadlines;
- Building and maintaining successful partnerships;
- Creative problem-solving, can-do attitude, and staying calm under pressure.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including budget scenario building and problem-solving. Bilingual skills a plus, especially in Chinese languages given our programs in the Chinatown neighborhood.
- Computer proficiency, especially in Google for Work (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail) and Microsoft (Excel, PowerPoint, Word).
- Ability to work outside in all types of weather, to kneel or stand for periods of time, and to lift 50 pounds, which are all needed for event oversight.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to drive Conservancy vehicles in downtown Boston to move event supplies.
- Work hours are generally Monday through Friday, but a significant amount of weekend and evening work is needed between April and October to be present at events and programs. Comparable time off within the pay week is often possible.
- Work will generally take place indoors in the office, but the position will require a significant amount of time in the parks, especially between April and October, in all weather conditions.
- Please email one-page cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: firstname.lastname@example.org with job title in the subject line. Each file name should begin with applicant’s last name.
- No phone calls, please.
About The Greenway and the Conservancy
The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Greenway welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore. The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway. The majority of the public park’s annual budget is generously provided by private sources.
To learn more about The Greenway and the Conservancy, please visit our website and blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Greenway Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression (including transgender) or any other characteristic protected by law.