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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns. During the month of October, Oval lawn and Farragut lawn are open daily for public use starting at 10 AM through 5 PM, weather permitting. Learn more about park hours and rules by visiting our FAQ page.

Development and Events Associate

Development and Events Associate

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.

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 Responsibilities

Key Areas of focus with Development

  • Assist the Development Manager with the management of 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.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts degree or commensurate experience.
  • 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.


Weekday schedule with flexible evening and weekend work required.


Salary is based on experience. Excellent benefits package.


Paid Employee Health plan, Dental & Vision Plan, Vacation/Sick Days, Personal day, Floating Holidays, Discretionary End of Year Bonus, 401K Plan

To Apply

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume with the position in the subject line to Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed. No calls, please.

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.

Please be aware that Madison Square Park Conservancy has required COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by October 1, 2021. The organization will consider accommodations for medical 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.


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