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Continuing Education & Research Coordinator

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Job Summary:
The Institute is gearing up to make long-term investments in primary research and adult education programming that will surface, interpret, develop, share, and refine wise practices in the management of urban parks around the globe. We are looking for a coordinator that is eager to learn and grow alongside the Institute, developing new skills and conceptual knowledge in qualitative research methods, curriculum design, and facilitation. We need a coordinator skilled in logistics, customer service, and project management capable of serving on the “front lines” of our research and continuing education initiatives.

Job Description:

Who We Are

“Helping Other Parks” is a core value of the Central Park Conservancy and is a part of our organizational mission. As a leader in the field of urban park management and public-private park partnerships, the Conservancy’s success has paved the way for countless other urban parks and the partnerships that support them.

The Institute for Urban Parks, founded in 2013, provides professional education, capacity building, peer-to-peer exchange, and thought leadership to strengthen the field of urban park management so that all park professionals have the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to create and support successful and sustainable parks

Administrative Responsibilities

Coordinating logistics for in-person and virtual continuing education programming, including:

      Scheduling, venue booking, purchasing, and vendor contracting;

      Catering, hospitality, and visitor services;

      Payment processing, student admissions, and registration;

      Managing communications with students and other constituents; and

      Coordinating production of educational materials from drafts to print production and assembly.


Managing continuing education archives and records, including:

      Maintaining databases of student contacts and participant records;

      Maintaining digital file archives; and

      Maintaining physical file archives and libraries.

Programmatic Responsibilities

Assisting the Manager of Continuing Education with ongoing urban park research initiatives, including:

      Conducting scholarly and “gray” literature searches;

      Compiling literature reviews and identifying research gaps;

      Developing new primary research initiatives; and

      Developing in-house expertise in a range of topics in the field of urban park management.

Supporting the Manager of Continuing Education with ongoing teaching and training initiatives, including:

      Facilitating trainings, workshops, and other interactive learning experiences;

      Instructing and assessing web-based trainings, workshops, and other programs;

      Identifying new opportunities for developing curricular initiatives in the field of urban park management


What We Expect

The Institute is comprised of a small multi-disciplinary team that expects collaboration, curiosity, and resourcefulness from all of its team members. As a coordinator, you will often find yourself creatively developing solutions to new puzzles and challenges side-by-side with individuals at Central Park Conservancy and at partnering organizations.  A successful coordinator will have a “no task too big or small” attitude and will appreciate the importance of every facet of their job to advancing the Institute’s mission.

Minimum Requirements:

      An orientation toward learning and professional development;

      Clear, cogent, and crisp writing and communication style;

      Flexibility and ability to adapt in a fast-paced and emergent work environment;

      Resourcefulness and an orientation toward creative problem-solving;

      Project management and coordination experience with a focus on building and maintaining logistical systems;

      An appreciative orientation toward customer service.


This is a regular, full-time position (exempt). Some weekend and evening work required as per program schedules.

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CPC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.

Safety Requirements
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed