City Parks Alliance is the only independent, nationwide membership organization solely dedicated to urban parks. The mission of the City Parks Alliance is to educate and elevate a diverse constituency to leverage the power of parks in shaping equitable, resilient, and thriving cities.
Our vision is that everyone in urban America will have access to high quality parks and green spaces that are clean, safe, and vibrant.
City Parks Alliance believes that parks and recreation services play a critical role in advancing racial equity. Equity is about fairness: Full and equal access to opportunities, power, and resources so all people may thrive and prosper regardless of demographics. Equity is embedded in all of City Parks Alliance’s work, from our approach to curating our conferences and selection of speakers and community-based stories to our research focus on creating more equitable city-wide systems, to our advocacy efforts to increase investment in urban parks and recreation in neighborhoods of greatest need. We continue to learn and grow as an organization to broaden cultural, racial, and ethnic perspectives on our board and staff. See our organizational values on equity and justice for more about our commitment to advancing these principles.
City Parks Alliance seeks a Program Manager to manage development of program content, primarily the biennial Greater & Greenerinternational urban parks conference and park study tours. The Program Manager is also responsible for managing the ParkXchange online resource library, and supports virtual programs including webinars, peer conversations and skill-building workshops, and other in-person learning opportunities. The position offers an opportunity to join a growing and dynamic organization of urban park leaders in North America.
Greater & Greener is the leading international conference for urban park leaders, city planning and design professionals, public officials, advocates, funders, and local change-makers to explore the role of parks and recreation in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing 21st century cities. The highly curated and interactive program offers indoor and outdoor sessions, workshops, and tours that facilitate an honest dialogue around community-based solutions, opportunities for cross-sector and peer networking, and tools for building successful park partnerships. The next conference will take place in Seattle in June 2024.
CPA’s Park Study Tours are usually offered every other year. The three-day tour, limited to 35 people, highlights public private partnership models, cross-sector management of parks and public spaces, and community based innovation. Past tours have taken place in St. Louis, Austin, Cleveland, Toronto, Los Angeles, Denver, and Chicago. The next tour will take place in 2025; a second tour may also be offered that year. These tours offer a unique approach to learning, highlighting local stories and leadership as well as the economic, social, and environmental contexts for creating stronger, more equitable urban infrastructure systems.
CPA also offers a portfolio of programs that includes a ladder of engagement, from online tools to intensive place-based workshops, meant to foster stronger cross-sector partnerships that use parks and recreation to address pressing urban issues, from resilience to workforce development.
This position reports directly to the Program Director.
Greater & Greener Conference (60%)
Manage conference content curation process, including the selection of tracks and themes, proposal solicitation, session review, communications with proposers, and developing the program with advice and guidance from the conference committee and review teams to ensure diverse voices and perspectives are included
Write session descriptions to market on the conference website
Manage speaker and session preparation process
Manage speaker communications and logistics before, during, and after the conference
Manage CEU application and approval processes
Collaborate with communications team and provide content to support conference promotion
Work closely with the conference coordinator to plan and support logistics
Assist with developing and implementing diversity for the conference through topics, reviewers, speakers, attendee recruitment, and possible follow-on programming for peer learning networks
Liaise and advise scholarship recipients to help them get the most out of their conference experience and solicit feedback post-conference
Assist in staffing board Conference & Research Committee
Park Study Tours (25%)
Manage the local host committee to collaboratively plan and develop program content for educationally rich three-day tour program that includes local stories and leadership
Plan and implement tour logistics in partnership with local host team
Assist in development of tour marketing materials
Track and communicate with tour registrants to prepare them for the event
Create multimedia content to capture some of the tour experience for others
Assist with city selection process for future tours
Manage and improve ParkXchange online resource library, including identifying needs and gaps, soliciting materials from members, speakers and others, and uploading and tagging material
Support other CPA programs, such as workshops, webinars, and peer conversations through program facilitation and providing technical and logistical assistance
Support membership recruitment and renewal efforts
Support funding applications and any needed grant reporting
Qualifications and Skills:
Large event/conference planning experience (1,000+ attendees), especially on speaker coordination
Excellent planning and process management skills
Excellent project management skills to meet tight deadlines; strong attention to detail
Subject matter expertise and/or professional experience working with communities on urban parks and recreation, urban design/planning, community development, environmental justice, or in the urban environmental field
Excellent writing and communications skills
Excellent interpersonal skills; flexibility; team player with ability to work independently (including exercising critical judgment and creating and improving processes) at times with minimal supervision in a remote setting with a small team
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Dropbox, SalesForce, and WordPress and comfort learning new software
Experience with event and project management software such as CVENT; knowledge of online learning platforms a plus
Ability to travel (approximately 5-10% time, depending on conference year)
Minimum of 5 years’ professional experience
City Parks Alliance is committed to building a diverse staff and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer.
Annual Salary: $65,000 - $75,000
15 days per year vacation (first three years with increases thereafter)
12 days per year sick leave
10 paid holidays + 1 floating holiday per year
Short term disability
Employer contribution to tax-deferred annuity plan after 2 years of employment
City Parks Alliance is located at 1777 Church Street, NW, Washington, DC, but offers options for fully remote work, or combined remote and in-person work for those in the DC area. If remote, preference for Eastern time zone.
To apply for this position, send the following materials as PDF files via email with the subject line “Senior Program Manager” to firstname.lastname@example.org
writing sample that demonstrates communications skills relating to events
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The preferred start date for this position is early-November.
City Parks Alliance is the only independent, nationwide membership organization solely dedicated to urban parks. The mission of the City Parks Alliance is to engage, educate and nurture a broad-based constituency to support the creation, revitalization and sustainability of parks and green spaces that contribute to more vibrant and equitable cities.
City Parks Alliance leads and serves the community of diverse organizations that encompass the parks and recreation world, from neighborhood groups to government agencies, championing high quality urban parks throughout the nation. City Parks Alliance is vital to sound public policy and citizen engagement that recognizes city parks as an integral part of forming strong, vibrant, equitable cities that nurture their communities and local economies. Our vision is that everyone in urban America will have access to the benefits of parks, recreational opportunities, and green spaces.
City Parks Alliance believes that parks and recreation services play a critical role in advancing racial equity. Equity is about fairness: Full and equal access to opportunities, power and resources so all people may thrive and prosper regardless of demogr...aphics. Equity is embedded in all of CPA’s work, from our approach to curating our conferences and selection of speakers and community-based stories, to our research focus on creating more equitable city-wide systems, to our advocacy efforts to increase investment in urban parks and recreation in neighborhoods of greatest need.