Project Manager, Programs

May 24, 2022

For immediate hire. Van Alen seeks a highly skilled and collaborative Project Manager, Programs to lead and support development of assigned public realm projects and urbanism initiatives.

Role Description

Van Alen seeks a highly skilled and collaborative Project Manager, Programs to lead and support development of assigned public realm projects and urbanism initiatives. Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Project Manager will work closely with communities and the Van Alen ecosystem to build strong partnerships, help frame local issues, lead community engagement activities, and create public spaces that support social cohesion in New York City and the region at large. The Project Manager should be a great facilitator and a strategic problem solver with experience developing and overseeing community-focused initiatives that engage diverse stakeholders. 

Van Alen is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are committed to reflecting the communities in which we work and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented populations to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and disabled people. 

Core Duties

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Engage community-based organizations, designers, elected officials, philanthropic organizations, and other members of Van Alen’s ecosystem to identify, develop, and implement innovative projects in the public realm that address pressing issues affecting historically under-resourced communities
  • Develop and implement community engagement, user research, and/or participatory research, including data analysis and communication of related information
  • Manage diverse partners including community-based organizations, designers, elected officials, and philanthropic organizations, ensuring all are informed, aligned, and excited as projects progress
  • Oversee development of projects from initiation to completion, including development and monitoring of project scope, timeline, budgets, contracts, event management, developing agendas, run of shows, managing vendors, and supporting with outreach
  • Draft RFQs, reports, scopes of work, and other communication materials for a diverse audience
  • Collaborate with internal communications and development teams
  • Oversee information tracking for project documentation, evaluation, and reporting
  • Manage administrative and organizational tasks, such as arranging travel and accommodation, taking minutes, preparing research and documents, and maintaining records
  • Collaborate with entire Van Alen team to support development of institutional strategy and methodologies

Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum three years of experience in community engagement, user/participatory research, participatory design, strategic design, urban planning, urban design, architecture, policy, or related field 
  • Minimum three years of experience successfully developing, launching, and implementing urbanism projects
  • Experience engaging diverse groups including community members, municipalities, philanthropies, and designers
  • Collaborative and adaptive mindset; comfortability with and interest in iterative and learning-focused processes
  • Strong project management skillset with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and projects, meet deadlines, and manage budgets with multiple funding streams
  • Experience supporting and facilitating interdisciplinary design teams to develop innovative and compelling solutions 
  • Experience drafting content for a wide audience including reports, key findings, briefs, and web materials
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well with staff at all organizational levels and to interact professionally with internal and external stakeholders in person and via telephone and email communication
  • A commitment to advancing social equity and inclusive design
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce, Adobe Creative Suite, and Project Management software (i.e. Asana) preferred

How to Apply

Please send your application to with cover letter, resume, and writing sample in a single PDF with subject line “Project Manager, Programs: [Name].” 

The salary range for this position is $65,000-70,000 annually. Generous benefits are provided at no extra cost to employee. Contribution is required for dependents. Van Alen is an equal opportunity employer.