Chief Operating Officer

New York, United States · Leadership


The current strategic direction at the High Line is to re-imagine the idea of public space; continue to maintain the High Line at the highest level; and, to welcome and serve the diversity of New York City. Friends of the High Line (FHL) provides virtually all of the park's operating budget and philanthropy accounts for approximately $13 million of a current annual operating budget of $17 million.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment for our visitors and staff. Our staff is dedicated, enthusiastic and hardworking and we encourage like minded candidates who also have a love for what we do to apply. Friends of the High Line hires without regard to any attribute not related to exceptional experience and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason.

We are seeking an experienced, proactive, strategic Chief Operating Officer (COO).


Reporting to the Executive Director, the COO will be a contributing member of our Senior Leadership team, partnering with our Chief Advancement Officer and Chief Program Officer to thoughtfully manage our organization through a complex period of growth and change.

The COO plays a critical leadership role supporting FHL’s Mission, Vision, Values and Objectives by fostering collaboration and cohesion amongst multiple departments, both in operations and with large initiatives—both future and existing.

As COO, he or she will lead development of processes and procedures to strengthen our internal capacity and advance our commitment to building an equitable and inclusive organization.

Through exceptional leadership, he or she will act as mentor to a talented, high performing team, creating an environment that encourages critical thinking, accountability, communication and efficient project management.

The COO will also have direct oversight of our Administrative, Finance, Human Resources, Park Operations, Earned Revenue (Retail and Concessions) and Planning and Design Teams, including four direct reports and over 50 indirect reports with departmental budgets totalling approximately $10 million.

As COO, he or she will be responsible for the continued relationship with our partners at the NYC Parks Department, including ensuring compliance with our operating and concessions licensing agreements, including participating in any litigation support and general contract approval and management.

This is a big opportunity for an experienced, mission-focused, compelling leader to create proactive and positive change in a growing, results oriented organization.



Recruitment for this position is being conducted by an external recruiting firm. Please do not apply via this applicant portal.

For confidential consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to the search firm Machlowitz Consultants, Inc. at No phone calls, please. Those whose candidacy is-being considered will be contacted.


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