Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) seeks a dynamic leader with a
demonstrated record of success in building strategic initiatives
and organizational capacity to evolve the organization through its
next phase of growth. With an energetic and growing Board,
greater-than-ever political will, public support for greenways as a
vital component of NYC’s future, and generational investments being
made in green and social infrastructure, BGI is uniquely positioned
and primed to expand its scope of work and impact in New York
Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an annual
operating budget of $1 million and a staff of ten committed to the
development, establishment, and long-term stewardship of the
Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway – a 26-mile protected and landscaped
multiuse trail for people of all ages and abilities. Since its
founding in 2004, BGI has channeled more than $220 million in
public and private investment toward implementation of the Brooklyn
Waterfront Greenway. Approximately 20 miles of completed Greenway
are actively used by more than a million people annually. BGI also
leveraged $2.38 million in public and private investment toward the
creation of the Naval Cemetery Landscape (NCL) as a new publicly
accessible park-like memorial meadow adjacent to the Greenway
within the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Over the last three years BGI has taken multiple strategic steps
toward greater community impact and realizing the full potential of
the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, and greenways citywide. A
first-of-its-kind Greenway User Study is collecting qualitative and
quantitative data on use trends and user demographics to better
inform outreach, planning, implementation, and stewardship moving
forward. In 2021, BGI convened greenway-aligned groups from across
NYC’s five Boroughs to form the NYC Greenways Coalition, which
continues to advocate for comprehensive planning and interagency
collaboration toward implementation of a 400-mile citywide greenway
Leadership & Management
With the Board of Directors, develop
operational plan to fulfill the organization’s strategic vision for
expanded impact; obtain the necessary resources, partnerships, and
funding to support its implementation.
Supervise and manage all aspects of
present and future organizational personnel; provide clear and
concise goals and expectations of staff, consultants, and
Be responsible for and manage all
aspects of organizational administration, including financial
processes and accounts, annual audit and tax filings, insurance
policies, payroll, and human resources.
Arrange and attend monthly Executive
Committee and quarterly Board meetings; provide timely
communications to the Board; support the work of Board committees;
and prepare/oversee annual budget for Board approval.
Identify and recruit valued prospects
to diversify and expand the Board.
Fundraising & Communications
Develop a long-term funding plan;
expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support
existing program operations and future expanded impact.
Strengthen and diversify fundraising
sources, including cultivation of unrestricted funding.
Deepen and refine all aspects of
communications from online presence to external relations with the
goal of expanding BGI’s network of support and influence.
Elevate the organization’s profile to
external stakeholders, including public awareness of BGI’s
Program Development & Operations
Represent and advocate the value of
the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway and citywide greenways network
with elected officials, business leaders, the public, and the
Work with City agencies and other
public and private partners as needed to ensure the completion and
continual enhancement of the Greenway including project planning,
dynamic design, timely construction, and stewardship.
Cultivate and maintain relationships
with community, business, and government interests, including
liaising with projects adjacent to the Greenway.
Manage BGI’s open spaces and
maintenance obligations and grow the organization’s stewardship
capacity in keeping with the Greenway’s expansion.
Develop strategic direction and
related slate of programs and events to advance BGI’s mission,
goals, and the greenway typology.
Successful candidates will demonstrate capacity and enthusiasm
for non-profit management and fundraising, advocacy and
coalition building, strategic partnerships with the public sector,
and open space administration and programming.
Demonstrated record of leadership and
success in strategic planning, organizational and strategic program
development, partnerships, and problem solving.
Knowledge of Federal, NY State, and
NYC governments and experience in developing relationships with key
government agencies and elected officials.
Experience with navigating government
processes and operating within a complex multi-stakeholder
Ten years of senior-level experience
in management, including staff supervision and team leadership,
finance, project / program management, and fundraising.
Advanced degree preferred, in field
related to nonprofit management, urban planning, public policy,
architecture and design, real estate, finance, or law.
Schedule and Compensation
The Executive Director is a full-time exempt (salaried)
position. Compensation includes $135,000 - $150,000 annual salary,
paid holiday and PTO time, and option to enroll in BGI group
Interested candidates, please submit your cover letter, resume,
and references to email@example.com
with “Executive Director” in the subject line. In your cover
letter, please explain your vision for the Greenway and how your
skills and experience will achieve that vision. We will contact
only those individuals whose applications are being
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is firmly committed to
welcoming and investing in a workforce that reflects the
communities we serve, including all races and ethnicities, genders
and sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, and
abilities that represent the diversity of Brooklyn. Women, people
of color, members of the LGBT community, individuals with
disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All
qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment
without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age,
disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or
any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local