Neighborhood Plaza Partnership:  Project Manager

Posting Period:   November 11 – December 30, 2013

KeywordsPublic space operations, community relations, project management, nonprofit management, capacity-building.

Neighborhood Plaza Partnership (NPP), a program of The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort), is pioneering a new model of public space management in low and middle-income neighborhoods, combining workforce development with organizational capacity-building to nurture and sustain a robust network of neighborhood plazas across the five boroughs of New York City.  Using workforce teams from The Hort and Association of Community Employment (ACE), NPP’s plaza maintenance service provides year-round daily cleaning and plant care services.  The service is offered on a sliding-scale fee basis to low-capacity public plaza managers, i.e., – non-profit organizations, small BIDs, merchant associations, or all-volunteer groups.

NPP seeks an energetic, community-oriented self-starter to serve as the liaison between the community-based organizations and NPP, to manage its maintenance contracts. The Project Manager is a full-time position, reporting to NPP’s Executive Director.


  • Design maintenance contracts and solicit targeted non-profit plaza managers for the service.
  • Execute and manage maintenance contracts.
  • Manage day-to-day relations with the community-based non-profit clients, The Hort and ACE staff.
  • Monitor on-site conditions at public plazas in the NPP program throughout the five boroughs via regular site visits. (Occasional weekend and/or evening hours will be required.)
  • Manage client billing and monitor expenditures for each plaza.
  • Work with NPP staff to develop organizational capacity-building initiatives to support the community-based non-profit clients in the program.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college.
  • At least two years’ experience working in economic development, nonprofit management and/or capacity building, urban planning, government affairs, grant administration, or a related field.
  • Experience managing a program budget and/or contracts.
  • Experience working with diverse communities, and ability to interact with a wide range of constituencies and personalities.
  • Understanding of non-profit operations, fundraising, and mission-driven work.
  • Track record of success working independently, and ability to document the work via internal reports and presentations.
  • Knowledge of New York City geography, neighborhood character, and local politics is a plus.

In your cover letter, tell us how you have expressed these values in your professional life.

  • You enjoy the entrepreneurial spirit of a start-up operation, are a resourceful trouble-shooter, and are comfortable shifting gears.
  • You care about equity and are committed to making NYC neighborhoods more livable.

Salary range:  $40,000 – $50,000 + benefits. The NPP Program Manager will be an employee of The Horticultural Society of New York.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to:
subject line should include your name and “NPP Project Manager position”
No phone calls or walk-ins, please.


The Horticultural Society of New York is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.  We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local law.

For more information about job, internship, and volunteer opportunities
contact Laura Hansen at or 212-757-0915 x102

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