Planning and Design Coordinator

Friends of the High Line Friends of the High Line Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Tue, Dec 14 '21Posted on:


The High Line is both a nonprofit organization and a public park on the West Side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we’re devoted to reimagining public spaces to create connected, healthy neighborhoods and cities.

Built on a historic, elevated rail line, the High Line was always intended to be more than a park. You can walk through the gardens, view art, experience a performance, enjoy food or beverage, or connect with friends and neighbors—all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City.

Nearly 100% of our annual budget comes through donations. The High Line is owned by the City of New York and we operate under a license agreement with NYC Parks.

Job description

The planning and design coordinator is responsible for supporting and working in concert with project managers to assist with capital repair and retrofit projects at the High Line park and headquarters. Those projects require support in short- and long-term planning, construction oversight as needed, and coordination with internal High Line departments to ensure minimal impact to operations, programming, and public access to the High Line. In addition to internal coordination, the coordinator works with external parties and NYC Parks and other city agencies, as needed.

This is a full-time, year-round, exempt position that reports to the Senior Director of Planning, Design & Construction and works with the project managers, and collaboratively with the Operations, Advancement, and Finance departments in fulfillment of projects.


Primary responsibilities

  • Provide design and field support to project managers as needed for repair/improvement projects on the High Line, including assisting with scopes of work, reaching out to vendors and contractors, and supporting the execution of the work
  • Liaise between Planning, Design & Construction and Park Operations departments to ensure project details are coordinated between teams
  • Liaise with government affairs team within Advancement to coordinate capital funding applications on the local, state, and federal levels, including drafting and compiling materials and tracking submission processes
  • Coordinate internal and external meeting logistics, including scheduling and creating agendas in coordination with internal and external parties, as well as establishing and communicating action items after meeting completion
  • Administrative tasks such as scheduling, tracking invoices and expenses, assisting with meeting minutes and project tracking, and maintaining digital departmental archives
  • Create design presentations for internal and external parties for funding and other communication purposes
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 3+ years of administrative support experience
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, solve problems, collaborate with colleagues, and other staff at all levels
  • Attentive to detail
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced and flexible office environment
  • Excellent skills in verbal, written, and graphic communication
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite

Preferred qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in design, planning, landscape architecture or related field
  • Experience or interest in the fields of planning, landscape architecture, architecture, design, and the operations/programming of public spaces
  • Ability to read architectural/construction drawings
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD


  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather conditions, as needed
  • Some evening and weekend work required based on project needs

Newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine) and must provide proof of vaccination upon request by the organization. Requests for potential accommodation shall be considered in accordance with applicable law if and at such time as a conditional offer of employment is extended to a candidate. Applicants should not provide any medical or genetic information with their application.



  • 20 vacation days, 56 hrs of sick time, 10 paid holidays, and 2 floating holidays
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Supplemental short-term disability insurance and 100% paid life insurance and AD&D coverage
  • Paid primary and secondary caregiver leave
  • Flexible spending account
  • Commuter benefits
  • Contribution in a 403(b) retirement plan
  • Discounted Citi Bike membership
  • Employee Assistance Program

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