Government Affairs Manager

Industry: Non‐Profit – Environmental
Department: Administration and Development
Reports to: Chief Advancement Officer
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Start date: January 2019
Classification: Exempt

NYRP improves, maintains, and programs open spaces in communities lacking adequate resources. Working on public and private land citywide, NYRP’s flexible approach to land management serves as a model for non-profit municipal engagement. Together with partners in city agencies, non-profit organizations, and local communities, NYRP demonstrates the social and environmental value of building ownership over open spaces. We are seeking a Government Affairs Manager that will cultivate an ambitious portfolio of external relationships and act as a strategic thought leader who works across different departments to develop long-term institutional goals.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum two years’ professional experience in government relations and project management, ideally related to urban issues and/or public health.
  • Bachelor’s degree as a minimum; Master’s degree in urban planning, public affairs, or similar field preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with a high EQ.
  • Excellent written skills with ability to distill complex messages into clear and cogent communications.
  • Commitment to creative problem solving and collaboration.
  • Confidence managing a diverse portfolio of projects that expand the strategic reach of the organization.
  • Working proficiency of Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, GIS, and Raiser’s Edge preferred.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Strengthen organizational relationships with elected officials at the city, state, and federal level to secure funding and exposure for NYRP.
  • Identify funding opportunities from elected officials and government agencies, and work closely with other development staff to submit highly competitive proposals.
  • Extend invitations to local elected officials for NYRP public and private events, and keep elected officials apprised of programs and projects in their districts.
  • Serve as the main point of contact with NYRP’s lobbyist, working with them to develop funding strategies, outreach plans, and schedule meetings.
  • Initiate opportunities for the Executive Director, Board of Trustees, and senior staff to interact with elected officials, and create compelling presentation materials for meetings.
  • Maintain a rigorous schedule of contacts with government representatives.
  • Author external communications materials to drive awareness of NYRP’s work and forge new partnerships.
  • Oversee the implementation of the Haven Project, with the long-term goal of transforming open space at the neighborhood-scale with community support and tracking population impact over time.
  • Work with external research partners to evaluate projects and communicate findings.
  • Manage project budgets, develop contracts, license agreements, and MOUs.
  • Organize community meetings and maintain a system for updating stakeholders on progress.


Interested individuals are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or standard mail to 254 W. 31st Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.