Project Manager, Programs

Van Alen Institute

Van Alen seeks a highly skilled and collaborative Project Manager, Programs to lead assigned public realm
projects and urbanism initiatives. Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Project Manager will work
closely with communities and the Van Alen ecosystem to build strong partnerships, help frame local issues,
lead community engagement activities, and create public spaces that support social cohesion in New York
City and the region at large. The Project Manager should be a great facilitator and a strategic problem solver
with experience developing and overseeing community-focused initiatives that engage diverse stakeholders.
Van Alen is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are committed to reflecting the
communities in which we work and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented populations to
apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and disabled people.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:
• Identify, develop, and implement innovative projects in the public realm that address pressing issues
affecting historically under-resourced communities
• Develop and implement community engagement, user research, and/or participatory research,
including data analysis and communication of related information
• Engage and manage diverse partners — including community based organizations, designers, elected
officials, and philanthropic organizations — ensuring all are informed, aligned, and excited as projects
• Oversee development of projects from initiation to completion, including development and monitoring
of project scope, timeline, budgets, contracts, event management, developing agendas, run of shows,
managing vendors, and supporting with outreach
• Draft RFQs, reports, scopes of work, and other communication materials for a diverse audience
• Collaborate with internal communications and development teams
• Oversee information tracking for project documentation, evaluation, and reporting
• Manage administrative and organizational tasks for each project such as arranging travel and
accommodation, taking minutes, preparing research and documents, and maintaining records

• Minimum three years’ experience in community engagement, user/participatory research, participatory
design, strategic design, urban planning, urban design, architecture, policy, or related field
• Minimum three years’ experience successfully developing, launching, and implementing urbanism projects
• Experience engaging diverse groups including community members, municipalities, philanthropies,
and designers
• Collaborative and adaptive mindset; comfortability with and interest in iterative and learning-focused
• Strong project management skillset with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and
projects, meet deadlines, and manage budgets with multiple funding streams
• Experience supporting and facilitating interdisciplinary design teams to develop innovative and
compelling solutions
• Experience drafting content for a wide audience including reports, key findings, briefs, and web materials
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well with staff at all organizational levels
and to interact professionally with internal and external stakeholders in person and via telephone and
email communication
• A commitment to advancing social equity and inclusive design
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce, Adobe Creative Suite, and Project Management
software (i.e. Asana) preferred

Please send your application to with cover letter, resume, and writing sample in a single
PDF with subject line “Project Manager, Programs: [Name].”

The salary range for this position is $60,000-70,000 annually. Generous benefits are provided at no extra
cost to employee. Contribution is required for dependents.

New York, NY
Due Date: 
Friday, July 16, 2021
Posted by Mary.Fichtner on May 27, 2021 - 11:49am