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Director of Development

About the Role:

Following a conditional site designation from the City of New York, the Lowline is actively leading the research, planning, and community-driven design necessary to prepare schematic design documents for the project. It is also embarking upon a multi-million-dollar capital campaign, and is now seeking a Director of Development to provide leadership in the development and successful execution of this campaign.

The Director of Development will be responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the first phase of the Lowline’s capital campaign. This position will report to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities will include:

  • – Strategic role in shaping the development of the Lowline’s first capital campaign, as well as leadership in executing short-term and long-term fundraising strategies.
  • – Execution of all aspects of the Lowline’s capital campaign fundraising initiatives, including donor research and outreach strategy for corporate, public, foundation, and individual giving.
  • – Organization and implementation of all fundraising solicitations related to operational fundraising, including end-of-year campaign and fundraising events.
  • – Preparation and execution of public and private grant writing.
  • – Management of the Lowline’s fundraising timeline including campaigns, fundraising events, public and private grant deadlines, and donor reports.
  • – Direct solicitation of capital campaign contributions, in close collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • – Management of a database system for individual, corporate, and foundation donors, maintaining donor information and accurate recordkeeping, and managing correspondence, leading to greater insight into and strategic growth of donor base.
  • – Creation of clear, specific, and measurable goals and programs, conducting evaluation and reporting on goals and adjusting strategies when necessary.
  • – Coordination of fundraising and friend-raising events at all levels, including managing event committees, invitations, RSVPs, donations, corporate sponsorships, vendors, day-of setup, check in, optimization, troubleshooting, and reporting.
  • – Development of digital, video, and print fundraising collateral, designed for both the capital campaign and ongoing operational fundraising, including content for events, emails, social media, and the Lowline’s website.

Qualifications:

  • – Exceptionally skilled fundraising strategist with a proven record of success in engaging prospective donors and closing gifts.
  • – Minimum of 5 years’ experience in planning, implementing, and managing non-profit capital campaigns and/or development initiatives.
  • – Dynamic and engaging, possessing exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including superior and persuasive writing and research skills.
  • – Strong leadership abilities, demonstrating effectiveness in conducting meetings.
  • – Focused and highly motivated self-starter, able to work independently and as part of a team, collaborating with colleagues, solicitors, and vendors.
  • -Able to accomplish all aspects of the development function from basic administrative tasks to high-level strategy.
  • – Comfortable working for a small, nimble, ambitious start-up organization with minimal support staff.
  • – Previous development database experience required.
  • – Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google docs.
  • – Familiarity with CMS (WordPress preferred), HTML, and MailChimp preferred.
  • – Deep personal and professional commitment to developing community-centered public space; building a world-class destination; and using technology and design to improve our world.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@thelowline.org with the subject line “Director of Development”.

Director of Planning and Design

About the Role:

Following a conditional site designation from the City of New York, the Lowline is actively leading the research, planning, and community-driven design necessary to prepare schematic design documents for the project, and is seeking a Director of Planning and Design to assume a key leadership role in managing this process.

The Director of Planning and Design will serve as the lead project manager related to the ongoing advocacy, planning, research, and design of the Lowline, in its most preliminary phase of development. This position will report to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities will include:

  • – Project management over all design planning for current and subsequent phases leading to the official leasing of the Lowline site.
  • – Coordination and timely delivery of all technical research leading to schematic design, including feasibility studies, daylighting and auxiliary lighting research; horticultural program and irrigation strategy; and engineering requirements for site transformation.
  • – Development of and responsibility for adherence to all related budgets.
  • – Serve as the Lowline’s project management lead in coordinating with the Design Architect and the Architect of Record, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and Lowline staff and board on all aspects of the preparation of this schematic design.
  • – Role in ensuring that schematic design reflects articulated community needs and concerns.
  • – Core role in leading government relations and community outreach, to effectively communicate strategic priorities and ensure consistent and transparent feedback.
  • – Present design iterations to Lowline staff, Board members, representatives of City agencies, and community partners as needed, including preparations of all supporting graphic materials.

Qualifications:

  • – Exceptional project management skills required, with a demonstrated track record of managing complex planning and design projects on time and on budget.
  • – Keen technical understanding of all design, planning, architectural, and engineering requirements necessary for the Lowline to achieve official site designation and to enter subsequent design planning phases.
  • – Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience in the fields of planning, architecture, landscape architecture or real estate construction management.
  • – Dynamic and engaging, possessing exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including superior and persuasive writing, graphic design, and speaking skills.
  • – Strong leadership abilities, demonstrating effectiveness in conducting meetings.
  • – Focused and highly motivated self-starter, able to work independently and as part of a team, collaborating with colleagues, solicitors, and vendors.
  • – Comfortable working for a small, fast-paced, nimble, ambitious start-up organization with minimal support staff.
  • – Demonstrated familiarity with real estate project management, capital construction, and finance preferred.
  • – Experience in horticulture and planting installation preferred.
  • – Keen interest in and experience with innovative green technologies preferred.
  • – Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google docs, and proficiency in AutoCAD, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • – Deep personal and professional commitment to developing community-centered public space; building a world-class destination; and using technology and design to improve our world.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@thelowline.org with the subject line “Director of Planning and Design”.

Teen Internships: Lowline Young Ambassadors Program

The Lowline is actively seeking applications for 16 rising juniors in NYC-based high schools for a 6-month mentorship and professional experience, to take place between October 1, 2016 – March 1, 2017. The program will prepare promising students for career and educational paths in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) related fields. 

Students will gain experience in teaching and communicating science, and will acquire, enhance, and refine communication and leadership skills, in the context of an exciting urban design project that is both tangible and relevant to their lives.

The program includes a $1,000 scholarship; documentation of service hours and recommendations for college, employment, or other scholarship programs; and personal networking opportunities with architects, scientists, engineers, designers, and the Lowline staff.

It’s a perfect opportunity for students interested in a career in STEAM, and particularly science and urban design. 

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Fall Intern

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • – Extremely polished writer, able to convey both professionalism and emotion in a variety of channels; a brilliant communicator in person.
  • – High level of energy and enthusiasm.
  • – Social media native (fluent in all things Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond).
  • – Graphic and web design skills and experience – Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress, Mailchimp highly preferred.
  • – Independent worker willing to take on all tasks—glamorous and otherwise.
  • – Interest in parks, public space, “green” technology, New York City and its politics, urban design, and preferably the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
  • – Must be able to commit to a minimum of 3+ days per week (full-time preferred).
  • – Top-notch academic credentials and some professional experience preferred.
  • – Spanish and/or Chinese language proficiency preferred.

Responsibilities will include:

  • – Community Engagement: Support the execution, optimization, and strategic direction of the Lowline’s community outreach efforts, including Young Designers Program, community events, public talks, and small business initiatives.
  • – Event Production: Support Lowline events, such as fundraisers, community street fairs, and the Lowline Lab technology exhibit.
  • – Online Content: Help produce and curate online social media content and support digital engagement across other communication channels (i.e. email, website).
  • – Operations: Manage internal systems and day-to-day operations as appropriate.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to info@thelowline.org with the subject line “Lowline Intern”