Chief Program Officer

New York, United States · Programming


Friends of the High Line (FHL) seeks a new leader to shape and implement an innovative and strategic cultural, public, and community engagement vision and program that advances the High Line’s mission and helps drive the organization to new levels of creativity, visibility, interaction, and impact.

The Chief Program Officer (CPO) reports to the Co-Founder and Executive Director and is a key member of the executive leadership team along with the Chief Advancement Officer and Chief Operating Officer. This is a new role for the organization and an opportunity to evolve our existing programming by making thoughtful, creative changes that refine our programmatic offerings.

As CPO, this person will advance a key pillar of the High Line’s strategic plan by developing programs that support and further our commitment to equity in public open space. With a visitorship of nearly 8 million people annually, the High Line is an essential public space for the residents of New York as well as a community asset and partner for our neighborhood.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of designing, delivering, and evaluating cohesive annual programming that reflects FHL’s vision, ethos, and brand, and be inspired by an audience reflective of the diversity of New York City. The candidate must also possess strong leadership and managerial skills as well as an ability to work cross-departmentally to conceive, integrate, and implement all programmatic offerings. Together with the executive leadership team, he or she will collaborate on envisioning and delivering an integrated programming plan for audience engagement and future development.

Reporting to the CPO are a total of 11 staff responsible for the day-to-day design and management of public, art, horticultural, youth, school, and family program development and partnerships. The CPO will also oversee (with a dotted line to the Executive Director) the Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art, who manages a team of four staff who are responsible for conceiving, curating, and producing the High Line’s exceptional public art program.

The CPO will also work closely with the Chief Advancement Officer to help gain program visibility, deliver on messaging, and actively support fundraising efforts. He or she will also lead a Board Program Committee.

Primary Responsibilities

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. Please do not apply via this applicant portal.

Friends of the High Line is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.



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