Communications Manager

Urban Design Forum

Urban Design Forum seeks a full-time Communications Manager to lead day-to-day communications as well as strategic efforts to amplify our impact. We’re a small, energetic team that believes in a collaborative, supportive work environment. At this pivotal moment in organizational growth, we seek to sharpen our advocacy for a vibrant city and expand our reach to broader audiences. This role is an exciting opportunity for an early- to mid-career professional to shape our communications portfolio with hands-on mentorship from our leadership.

Under the guidance of the Executive Director and in coordination with program staff, you will produce all organizational communications, lead press engagement, and develop storytelling strategies to advocate for progressive change in the built environment.


The Communications Manager will be a sharp writer and strategic thinker able to amplify our work to our members and the broader public.

External Communications – Writes and edits newsletters, invitations, press releases, presentations, web and social media content, and other communications.
Media Engagement – Liaises with industry press to publicize research, events, policy recommendations, and member-authored op-eds.
Design Management – Coordinates graphic design campaigns and projects with our external consultant.
Community Outreach – Liaises with our members to gather news, events and opportunities from our network.
Communications Strategy – Develops a thoughtful communications strategy to amplify organizational impact with our program and executive staff.
Development Support – Collaborates with development staff to create and refine marketing materials, presentations, and annual reports.

Deep commitment to and passion for addressing urban inequity.
Broad curiosity on issues in the built environment, including housing, economic development, mobility, and climate.
Excellent writing skills and a sharp eye for copy editing.
Fluency with graphic design and visual communications.
Experience with email marketing and/or social media.
Effective time-management skills and the ability to manage competing priorities
Experience in storytelling for social impact is a plus.
Experience in media engagement is a plus.
Familiarity with Mailchimp, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite and/or video editing software is a plus.
Bachelor’s Degree and 2-4 years of relevant work experience; or a Master’s Degree and 1-4 years of relevant work experience.
Employment data show that women and people from underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they think they meet 100% of the criteria. If you meet many but not all the criteria and feel you may be a good fit for the role, we encourage you to apply.

Location & Schedule

This position will report to our New York City-based office. Employees are expected to work in our office three days per week, and invited to work remotely two days per week. We also offer several weeks per year when every staff member is welcome to work remotely. We host events on nights and weekends and offer flexible scheduling when staff are expected to work at those times.

Compensation & Benefits

The expected salary for this position will be $65,000. We offer a competitive benefits package, including health insurance (100% employer contribution), dental and vision insurance, generous vacation benefits (starting at 18 days), a professional development stipend, and retirement benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume/CV and cover letter via this form. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the role is filled.


We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse team of professionals that resembles the city we serve. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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About Urban Design Forum

Urban Design Forum mobilizes civic leaders to confront the defining issues facing New York City. We work with our 750 members to investigate complex challenges in the built environment, study alternative approaches from cities around the world, and advance progressive strategies to build a more dynamic and democratic city. Our programs are guided by the following values:

We believe the design and development communities must address enduring injustices in New York City, such as housing segregation, economic inequality, and environmental racism.
We believe New York should learn from international cities for pioneering and inspiring solutions to urban challenges.
We believe creating interdisciplinary cohorts of emerging leaders can empower more diverse civic leadership.
We believe government agencies should develop a long-term vision for the built environment, rather than achieve short-term wins.
We believe decision-makers must build with, and not for, traditionally disenfranchised communities–such as women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.
We believe the public should be mobilized around the value of design in achieving equity, inclusion, and sustainability in the built environment.

New York, NY
Due Date: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Posted by aao on October 31, 2022 - 11:02am