Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.

Program Manager, Public Spaces and Events

Reporting to the Officer, Public Spaces and Events, this position leads New York Cares’ efforts to enlist and direct thousands of volunteers each year in corporate service events and year-round, volunteer-led projects that facilitate the beautification and restoration of New York City’s public spaces which include but are not limited to parks, community gardens, and public schools. In addition, this position will be integral in the planning and execution of one of New York Cares annual events, either the New York Cares Coat Drive or New York Cares Day for Schools.


The Program Manager role has three key accountability streams: 

(1)   Program and Project Management and Evaluation: Develop and implement high-quality volunteer programs and projects (individual instances of programs) for individuals and groups of volunteers from corporations and other organizations to make a measurable impact on our community partners and their clients;

(2)   Relationship Management: Cultivate and maintain collaborative partnerships with partner agencies, primarily public schools, community centers, and parks and community gardens, to maximize community and partner impact; and

(3)   Volunteer Management: Support volunteer team leaders and volunteers throughout their engagement with New York Cares to ensure a meaningful experience.


The Program Manager directly manages a portfolio of roughly 35 Public Spaces’ programs. This includes soliciting partner and community needs, designing programs to address that need, ensuring successful execution of program design, and collecting and evaluating data to track performance and improve service delivery. 

Volunteer projects, trainings, and events occasionally take place during non-business hours, requiring the Program Manager to work several evenings and multiple weekend days per year. Additionally, the Coat Drive Program Manager will work off-site throughout the duration of the fifteen-week drive.

The successful candidate will:

  • Manage the design, implementation, and evaluation of a portfolio of Public Spaces’ programs
  • Oversee all aspects of project planning and execution, including community outreach, partner and volunteer team leader engagement, budgeting and expense management, capacity planning, staffing, training, site visits, project evaluation, and new project development
  • Staffing volunteer projects for corporate volunteer groups
  • Recruit, support, and train volunteer project leaders
  • Manage multiple project budgets
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key partner agencies and corporate sponsors
  • Other responsibilities as assigned
  • Conduct community outreach to identify new partner agencies for specific program areas


  • Bachelor’s degree or minimum of two years experience at a nonprofit organization;
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills;
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills, with an ability to multi-task;
  • Exceptional systems thinking and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Familiarity with the environmental stewardship and revitalization techniques, and  
  • Capable of lifting/carrying supplies and equipment weight up to 35 pounds for events 


Starting salary ranges from the mid- to high- $30ks. We provide excellent benefits including comprehensive health insurance, 403(b) employer matching contributions, life insurance, and ample paid time off.  


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to with the title of the position in the subject line. New York Cares is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Peace Corps & AmeriCorps alumni are encouraged to apply.