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Vice President, Operations

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Riverside Park Conservancy is the non-profit conservancy that supports the New York City Parks Department in the care and restoration of Riverside Park, one of New York’s flagship parks and a registered Scenic Landmark that runs from 59th Street to 156th Street. Riverside Park Conservancy contributes a horticulture layer to Riverside Park through its zone gardener and large volunteer program.  

Summary/Objective

The Vice President, Operations is an accomplished leader who demonstrates a keen understanding of, and passion for, RPC’s unique mission. The VP, Ops, along with the President & CEO, staff, and Board assists the Conservancy in pursuing its strategic goals through knowledge of and experience with principles, practices and methods of strategic leadership, urban park management, community engagement, conservation, park planning, horticulture, forestry, and facility management.

The VP, Ops is an expert in strategic urban park management grounded in conservation/environmental principles combined with a sophisticated management approach. They are responsible for budget planning, program administration and project oversight.

The VP Ops is also responsible for maintaining a productive and positive organizational culture with all stakeholders (i.e., staff, volunteers, partners, members, boards and commissions, officials, and Park users). A keen focus on visitor experience, visitor and employee safety, and a genuine and authentic connection to nature and the outdoors is a top focus.

Essential functions:

  • Budget management – Propose operational budget. Monitor project spending, allocate resources and staff time to various project budgets, and spend down funds in a manageable way.
  • Oversight of our programming - Sports Camp & Summer on the Hudson
  • Oversight of the volunteer and zone gardener programs
  • Coordination with the Development team - Project initiation, monitoring, budget proposals and reporting
  • Park Administration – Program direction, Park Improvements, Elm Inoculations, outside contractors, irrigation, GIS management, and projects initiated through development
  • Coordinating work assignments with Parks Department – Foster excellent relationship with Parks Department partners. Establish management plan for daily and longer-term priorities (including emergency work).
  • Forecasting anticipated salary allocations based on category - Eg volunteer, park ops, restricted projects and reporting on actual numbers on a monthly basis
  • Secondary approval – Serving as secondary for large payments and bi-weekly salary. Oversee organizational purchasing.
  • Supplemental support- Work alongside and support HR, insurance, and budget. Periodically review and recommend changes to organizational policy.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

Competencies:

  • Communication Skills - Must have a professional demeanor and work well with the public. Strong communication, research and organizational skills; persistence and excellent follow-through to get the job done. Strong interpersonal, written and verbal skills.
  • Collaboration - Ability to work as part of a team and willingness to be very hands-on in the performance of a variety of assigned tasks. Must have a can do attitude. A nimble disposition & an ability to change course when managing the relationships, policies and outcomes necessary for the smooth operation of a public/private partnership is essential.
  • Administrative Skills - Highly organized and detail oriented with a strong work ethic.
  • Computer Systems – Command of Microsoft Office programs. Arc GIS Online and ArcGIS pro experience.

Supervisory responsibilities:

  • Manage an outstanding team of managers to help them meet goals and maximize their programs. Oversee all park facing operations to find organizational efficiencies. Manage interdepartmental collaboration. Represent field needs to development team, board, and donors.

Work environment:

  • Ability to work in a small growing organization. Work outdoors, maneuver outdoors (in all weather conditions) on the 400- acre facility’s hills, grass, and pathways. Ability to travel locally for meetings and special events. Flexibility to work during weekends and evenings as needed for special events and meetings. Must have a valid New York State driver’s license. Must be able to lift 30 pounds.

Required education and experience:

  • Management experience of 5-7 years in the fields of conservation, environment, and/or parks is required. 
  • 4 or more years of management experience in similar field with demonstrated leadership and project management experience.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in related field is required. 
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.


EEO statement:

RPC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Other duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to jobs@riversideparknyc.org with ‘VP, Operations” in the subject line.

Riverside Park Conservancy provides a competitive benefits package, including 401(k), health care and paid time off. Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Riverside Park Conservancy is the non-profit conservancy that supports the New York City Parks Department in the care and restoration of Riverside Park, one of New York’s flagship parks and a registered Scenic Landmark that runs from 59th…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

Salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits

Riverside Park Conservancy provides a competitive benefits package, including 401(k), health care, dental/vision, flexible spending account, commuter benefits and paid time off.

Riverside Park Conservancy provides a competitive benefits package, including 401(k), health care, dental/vision, flexible spending account, commuter benefits and paid time off.

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in Spanish a plus.

Proficiency in Spanish a plus.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
475 Riverside Dr Suite #455, New York, NY 10115, USA
Suite 455

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to jobs@riversideparknyc.org with ‘VP, Operations” in the subject line. 

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to jobs@riversideparknyc.org with ‘VP, Operations” in the subject line. 

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