Public Programs Coordinator

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Title: Public Programs Coordinator
Job Type: Full-Time; Year-Round; 40 hours per week; weekends and evenings when required; Exempt
Pay Range: $52,000-$58,000
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package following 60 day introductory period (health insurance, paid time off, etc.)
Work Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035

Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc. (RIPA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works with the City of New York and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, public programs, cultural events, and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall’s Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops, and programs the Park to support the wellbeing of all New Yorkers. RIPA has an annual operating budget of $10 million (pre-COVID 19), approximately half of which is raised through fundraising.

The Public Programs Coordinator will implement the various community and family-based programs on Randall’s Island. The Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the successful implementation of RIPA’s public programs throughout the year in close coordination with various departments, stakeholders, and partners. The Coordinator will directly facilitate and lead programs in the field, represent RIPA’s programs to the public, and ensure all components of programming in collaboration with colleagues, are well-organized and successfully executed. The Public Programs Coordinator will report to the Public Programs Manager.


  • Develop and maintain a deep understanding of RIPA’s programmatic offerings and implement day to day operations of the department.
  • Handle program logistics, including coordination with outside specialists and across departments under supervision of the Public Programs Manager.
  • Plan and facilitate programs, tours, classes, special events, exploration days, art programs, festivals, movie nights, volunteer activities, etc.
  • Assist with the day-to-day operations of the Public Programming team, events, and activities.
  • Help to oversee seasonal staff members and interns.
  • Work closely with the Urban Farm and Natural Areas teams to develop and implement hands-on children’s exploration days on the farm and the island’s other environmental resources.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community-based organizations, schools, and individuals to increase awareness and public participation in programs on Randall’s Island.
  • Implement events in the field including set-up, hosting during the event, break-down, and keeping material inventory for the department.
  • Maintain detailed records of program visits, facility usage, event attendance, waivers, contact information and all related data.
  • Represent RIPA and conduct outreach in the park, interacting with park patrons in a professional manner on a regular basis to offer assistance and inform them of all programs and park amenities.
  • Represent and promote RIPA programming and facilities at workshops, schools and community events.
  • Implement strategies for collecting meaningful feedback from program participants and volunteers.
  • Organize and update programming calendar.
  • Support the Communications department by gathering content for social media posts about RIPA’s programs and give input on outreach materials such as field guides, brochures and flyers, when needed.
  • Support park-wide initiatives, programs, and events.
  • Support the Public Programs Manager in other activities as needed.

This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.


  • B.A. from an accredited college and two years’ experience in administration, scheduling or the duties as described above; OR a high school diploma (or equivalent) and four years of experience in administration, scheduling or the duties as described above.
  • Strong event planning, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to monitor, analyze, consult, and report on programs.
  • Advanced planning and organizational skills, as well as strong attention to detail.
  • Highly motivated, able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Proficiency with computer applications, including Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent customer service skills, follow-through and persistence when corresponding with individuals, teachers, and volunteers.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organization, and time-management skills.
  • Motivated and punctual, able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Valid Driver License.
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.


  • Familiar with environmental education, ecology, health/wellness, recreation, or a related field.
  • Experience with coordinating outdoor/environmental programming, public events, and volunteer projects.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, time-management, and leadership skills.
  • Fluent in Spanish.
  • First Aid and CPR Certification.

The Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes in a diverse and an inclusive workspace and environment. RIPA maintains confidentiality of all applications and therefore will never contact a present employer without prior consent from the applicant.

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Randall's Island Park Alliance
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