Reports To: Director of Special Events
Department: Special Events
Status: Full-time, Exempt
About Central Park and the Central Park
Central Park is one of the most famous and beloved urban public
spaces in the world. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert
Vaux in 1857, the 843-acre park was the first purpose-built public
park in the country and is a National Historic Landmark. The
Central Park Conservancy, a private not-for-profit organization,
was founded in 1980 to rescue the Park which had fallen into
serious disrepair. Since that time, the Conservancy has overseen
the investment of approximately $1 billion in the restoration of
the Park, and now hosts over 40 million visitors a year.
The Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and celebrate Central
Park as a sanctuary from urban life. The City of New York has
formally entrusted the care of the Park to the Conservancy which is
responsible for every aspect of its care, including landscape
maintenance, capital improvements, and the visitor experience.
Committed to sharing the best practices in urban park management,
the Conservancy also serves as a resource for other NYC parks and
for public-private partnerships around the world. The Conservancy
employs roughly 400 people and has an operating budget of $80
The Conservancy recently completed a seven-year plan, Central
Park Conservancy, A Plan for the Stewardship of Central Park:
2020-2027, which focuses on the ongoing capital investment of the
last four decade’s investment of more than $1 billion into Central
The Production Manager, Special Events plays a key role on the
Special Events team and is responsible for assisting in the
logistical planning, and execution of annual fundraising and
stewardship events as well as public programming and
organization-wide events, hosted by the Central Park Conservancy
Summary of Essential Job Functions
Meet objectives in various stages of
planning, implementing, and executing Central Park Conservancy
events to include, but not limited to, Taste of Summer, Starlight
Dinners, Annual Gala, CPC Film Festival, key Women’s Committee
events such as the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, Women’s
Committee Fall Luncheon, Play for the Park Tennis Tournament, and
Playground Partners Annual Family Party, as well as a robust
calendar of other Major donor/Member receptions, cultivation,
staff, and volunteer events.
Coordinate site visits and vendor
meetings to review in park logistics of events.
Support Director of Special Events
with onsite logistics to include vendor supervision and management
of load in, set up, execution and breakdown.
Prepare Emergency binders to include
all information needed for pre-event onsite DOB and FDNY
Assist in preparation of comprehensive
event documents to include event physicals, production schedules,
vendor contact lists, day of event timelines and event supply bring
Manage onsite volunteers and staff as
needed at events.
Help manage compliance with vendor
insurance requirements to include health and safety
Process vendor contracts and purchase
orders for special events, including all Women’s Committee event
contracts, using internal platforms such as SpringCM and
Oversee ordering of office supplies
and field materials needed for events and manage event related
Contribute to overarching
organizational goals by participating in philanthropy team
Work collaboratively with other
departments such as operations, communications, finance, IT,
Visitor Experience, capital projects, and the Conservancy
President’s office as needed in order to effectively meet event
Complete work and delegated tasks
within tight deadlines.
- Support special projects for other departments as needed.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
combination of education and experience.
5+ years’ experience in special events
production or in related field.
Strong knowledge of NYC events
industry and vendor contacts.
Familiarity with aspects of event
fundraising, solicitation, and volunteer management.
Ability to work both independently and
collaboratively, as a team.
Demonstrates organizational skills and
can prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced work environment.
Strong written and communication
Possess maturity, tact, and have
common sense and the ability to think creatively.
Must be flexible and able to work some
nights / weekends.
Valid US driver’s license
required and must be comfortable driving in NYC
Ability to work outside in all weather
Proficiency in Microsoft Office
(Excel, Word, etc.)
Salary range: $70K to $81K (based on level of
Note: This is an on-site position.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
The Central Park Conservancy’s work is guided by the belief that
Central Park, and all public parks, must be managed and actively
protected as an inclusive and democratic space for all.
Working closely with our New York City partners, we will always
strive towards creating and sustaining a sense of belonging for all
visitors and advocating for equitable and accessible public use of
In service of this belief, we are committed to fostering a
workforce and organizational culture that is as diverse as Central
Park itself and the dynamic city it serves.
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the
shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every
level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe
environment and follow federal, state, and local safety
regulations. Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to
exercise caution in all their work activities. Accordingly,
employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an
injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways, etc.). If
an employee discovers a potentially dangerous condition, he/she
should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature
and level of work being performed by people assigned to this
classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list
of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel
so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties
outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as