Development & Events Associate

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Start Date: 1/3/2021  Compensation: Salary range is based on experience.

Reports to Events Manager and Development Manager
Madison Square Park, a seven-acre urban oasis, is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron District at East 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Madison Square Park Conservancy raises 100% of the funds that support a program of commissioned contemporary public art, lush horticulture, Park maintenance, Park security, and other free cultural programs.

Position summary
The Conservancy seeks a full-time Development & Events Associate to support the events and fundraising teams. The Associate will report to both the Development Manager and Events Manager and work in close partnership with the entire Development team as well as the Executive Director, gaining valuable experience in fundraising and event operations. The Associate will be responsible for assisting with processes and systems for the Development department, various administrative tasks supporting the department, and the planning of 2-3 major fundraising events per year in addition to smaller ad-hoc events.


Key areas of focus with Development:

  • Assist the Development Manager with various departmental needs, including but not limited to:
  • Mad. Friends membership program
  • grant writing and management
  • donor database management
  • gift processing
  • overall strategy developing and meeting revenue goals.
  • Support Executive Director on Board relations and meetings, including correspondence, scheduling, minutes, and follow-up.
  • Support the Director of Marketing and Communications on Associate Board prospect management, meetings and events, and strategic goals.
  • Track and manage Board and Associate Board engagement and contributions.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Department as needed.
  • Additional administrative, event, and project management responsibilities as required.

Key areas of focus with Events:

  • Supporting the Events Manager with the Conservancy’s 2-3 major fundraising events and additional cultivation and smaller ad-hoc events throughout the year, including, but not limited to:
  • operation plans for park staff
  • planning timelines
  • run of shows
  • gift and rsvp tracking
  • auction management
  • check-in, set-up and break-down of events.
  • Research potential in-kind donors and event sponsors.
  • Collaborate with the Sustainability Department to work toward a goal of “zero waste” events.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree or in place of a degree, considerations are made with relevant field experience, certificate programs, experience with knowledge of Development and Events management
  • 1-3 years of development or event management experience.
  • Excellent written and oral skills.
  • Superior organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to interact with trustees, all levels of staff, and the public in a professional manner.
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple projects and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments and a willingness to be hands-on with the performance of a variety of assigned tasks.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and new opportunities.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft suite, Google Suite, Adobe Suite, Zoom.

Additional Information

Compensation and Schedule

  • Salary range is based on experience.
  • Benefits include: Paid Employee Health plan, Dental & Vision Plan, Vacation/Sick Days, Personal day, Floating Holidays, Discretionary End of Year Bonus, 401K Plan
  • Flexible Weekday schedule and flexible evening and weekend work required.

  • Application instructions To apply, please email the following as one attachment in one document to with the subject line “Development & Events Associate:”

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted and interviews will be held in-person and on Zoom. We encourage applications from people with BIPOC identities.

Cover letter
Resume including names and complete contact information for references

Please be aware that Madison Square Park Conservancy has required Covid 19 vaccination for all employees. The organization will consider accommodations for a disability and religious-based reasons.

Madison Square Park Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws. The Conservancy prohibits discrimination against applicants for employment because of the individual’s race or color, religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, domestic partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record or any other characteristic protected by law.

Contact Information

Madison Square Park Conservancy