School and Family Programs Manager
Owned by the City of New York, the High Line is programmed, maintained, and operated by Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. We raise nearly 100% of the High Line’s annual budget.
Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, and to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line’s construction and create an endowment for its future operations.
This position will report to the director of education. It is a full time, exempt position. Reporting to the director of education, the school and family programs manager will assist with the expansion of school and family programs on and around the High Line. The manager will assist in the development of a roster of traditional and non-traditional educational programming that welcomes the diverse New York City children to the park, leverages institutional resources to serve local teachers, students, and families, and facilitates the use of the High Line as a unique educational and cultural resource for children and educators across the city.
- Work with the director to hire and onboard Teaching Artists and Educators who work in socially engaged practice, visual art, horticulture, engineering and design, architecture, and structural reuse, to create a cross-disciplinary program exemplifying the many ways the High Line engages with the public.
- Manage Artist in Residence program in schools, merging various modalities of pedagogy, and sharing the effects of multidisciplinary practice with students who have multiple modalities of learning.
- Identify partner schools based on demonstrated need, and oversee direct outreach.
- Oversee in-school and after school programs to ensure content is mission-driven and enhances student and school-wide impact through visibility.
- Work with Educators to develop school curricula, and family programs rooted in civic engagement through art, horticulture, history, infrastructure reuse and urban planning.
- Work with Educators and Director to design Family Festivals in the summer season.
- Spearhead evaluation of all school and family programs, including Self-Guide usage through generating a variety of metrics, both quantitative and qualitative.
- Manage values-based, mission centric professional development for Educators on a quarterly basis.
- Consider the various ways to High Line acts as a civic connector with regard to the department and ensure that intention is included in all partnerships.
- Maintain statistics, records, and documentation of programs.
- 5 + years experience working with school-aged children in a non-traditional educational setting (e.g., a museum or park)
- 5 + experience in inquiry-based, mission-driven program and curriculum development
- Sensitivity to the needs and interests of families of different ages, abilities, and experiences, and comfort working with people of diverse backgrounds
- Knowledge of Common Core Learning Standards and Social Emotional Learning
- Significant experience creating and implementing hands-on, drop-in family activities
- Knowledge of urban ecology, art, and/or history as well as enthusiasm for the High Line
- Ability to articulate pedagogical framework and rational in design and approach
- Ability to work cross-departmentally to achieve the highest standards in public engagement initiatives
- BA in education, arts education, museum education, museum studies or related field required
- Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Mandarin skills a plus
- Masters preferred
- Ability to take initiative, work autonomously, and make decisions on the fly
- Ability to stand for long periods of time, and work outdoors in all weather conditions, as well as the ability to perform physical labor (able to lift 40 pounds) is required
- Able to work occasional weekends and evenings
- 20 vacation days, 6 sick days, and 9 paid holidays
- Paid primary and secondary caregiver leave
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance
- Supplemental short-term disability insurance and paid life insurance
- Commuter benefits
- Flexible spending accounts
- Contribution in a 403(b) retirement plan
- Discounted Citi Bike membership
- Discount on High Line merchandise
- Employee Assistance Program