Senior Director of the High Line Network

New York, United States · Program Division


In 2019, Friends of the High Line (FHL) will celebrate 20 years of its founding and 10 years since the first section of the High Line opened to the public. People across the country and the world have now been inspired to look at their own cities and to create innovative public spaces. FHL has been approached by over a hundred organizations, community groups, city agencies and municipal leaders that are trying to catalyze and/or sustain similar projects.

Through the High Line Network, which launched in 2015, individuals involved in these new and existing projects work and learn together in a number of key areas—project advocacy, community engagement, fundraising, design, value capture, operations, and more. In addition to facilitating this learning community, the Network develops research products and tools for the wider industrial reuse field and evaluates joint initiatives and advocacy efforts. Ultimately, the Network aims to help the field set a new standard of success: industrial reuse projects that foster equitable economic, social, and environmental benefits for their surrounding communities and cities.

The Senior Director will have the rare opportunity to impact industrial reuse projects nationally and worldwide while shaping the vision and leadership for the High Line Network in 2019 and beyond.

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, and overseeing the Manager of the High Line Network, the Senior Director of the High Line Network is a full-time, year- round position that leads this initiative. The position leverages FHL’s history and experience to create a larger field of practice along with Network participants and leaders in the industry. The Senior Director will shape the vision of the Network and how this vision becomes realized. By creating annual “convenings” that are aimed at discussing industrial reuse issues in conference forums (both for project leaders as well as other experts), the Senior Director helps to frame the ongoing vision of the Network. Creating relationships and dialogues with other project leaders will be a main component of the position, as well as crafting metrics for success for industrial reuse projects.

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Friends of the High Line raises nearly 100% of the High Line's annual budget. Owned by the City of New York, the High Line is a public park maintained, operated, and programmed by Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

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