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Urban Park Executive Leadership Program


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The Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks and the City University of New York School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) are pleased to announce the Urban Park Executive Leadership Program.

The program will be held in New York City, close to Central Park, from Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23, 2018. The one-time, introductory program registration fee for this pilot session is $1750, per person, excluding travel and lodging. Upon acceptance, you will receive information about suggested hotel accommodations and optional evening activities.

Drawing on its expertise in urban park management, the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, in partnership with CUNY SPS, has developed a five-day program that will provide participants with skills and information that enhance their ability to successfully manage an urban park as part of a public-private park partnership.

The program is currently anticipated to consist of four days of classroom activity plus a one-day practicum, during which the participants can interact with and learn directly from Conservancy staff.

For more detailed information about the program, please view our informational webinar.

Completed applications are due by Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST.

More about the program:

Upon completing the Urban Park Executive Leadership Program, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with fundamental concepts related to urban parks and the public-private partnerships supporting them.
  • Describe the common issues facing urban parks, and their implications.
  • Describe the major activities required to manage an urban park.
  • Describe the major responsibilities of the private partner in a public-private park partnership.
  • Within the framework of a case situation, perform selected tasks central to the leadership of a public-private park partnership.
  • Apply principles learned during the program to address issues from the participants’ own organizations.

Who Should Apply:

Executive and mid-level or senior managers who are:

  • Affiliated with a newly formed (less than 5 years) private (i.e. nonprofit) partner of an urban public-private park partnership.
  • New to a position with an established private partner of an urban public-private park partnership.
  • Affiliated with the public partner of an existing or future urban public-private park partnership.
  • Trustees of existing public-private park partnerships, friends or volunteer groups, and/or administrators, or senior-level staff members at public agencies interested in learning about the public-private partnership model.

Please contact the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks with questions about the Urban Park Executive Leadership Program or the application process at institute@centralparknyc.org.

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