Chief Advancement Officer

New York, United States


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.

The chief advancement officer (CAO) is a member of the senior leadership team, reporting to the Co-Founder/Executive Director and working closely with the Board of Directors.

The CAO will lead a development department of 19 people, who are engaged in individual giving, major gifts, membership, corporate sponsorship, special events, and foundation and government support; and a communications department of seven people.

Job description

The CAO will oversee a strategic, integrated, and comprehensive fundraising, communications, and marketing plan that advances the High Line’s mission and helps drive the organization to new levels of success and impact.

In this highly visible role, the CAO will explore critical issues, tap into new opportunities, and employ strategies that will shape the future of the High Line at a pivotal point in its history. The ideal candidate is an innovative advancement executive with a track record of success in propelling organizational change to achieve philanthropic revenue growth and mission awareness to our donors and communities.

With a current annual operating budget of $18.4 million, the High Line provides virtually all of the park’s operating budget. Philanthropy accounts for $11 –12 million; special events, membership, earned income from facility rentals, corporate partnership promotions, and restaurant operations account for the balance of revenue.

Primary responsibilities

Thought Leadership/Strategy


Marketing/Communications/Community Relations

Board relations




Preferred qualifications



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