Research & Planning Analyst

Organization: New Yorkers for Parks

Posted: April 20, 2017 | Closing: May 20, 2017

Job Description

Work at a nimble nonprofit making change for NYC’s public open spaces

 New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P) is is NYC’s independent voice for quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods. NY4P has been working towards this goal for more than 100 years, focusing on creating equitable parks and park services that are efficient and effective. By partnering with other nonprofits, academic institutions, community-based organizations, and everyday New Yorkers, NY4P creates a more equitable park system, working with NYC Parks, and pushing it (and the City) to do more.

NY4P is best known for two things: our outreach/advocacy work, including the Daffodil Project,  and our rigorously-researched reports. Our on-the-ground research directly informs our policy positions (what we support) and advocacy campaigns (what we fight for). The Research & Planning Analyst will work with the Director of Research & Planning to implement and support a research agenda for NY4P that examines parks/open spaces as vital city infrastructure, funding for parks/open spaces, zoning as it relates to parks/open spaces, and the role of parks/open spaces in public health, community development, and environmental sustainability.


  • A Master’s degree in urban planning, public policy, or a related field
  • Two years of related experience
  • Or an equivalent combination of advanced education and related experience

This position requires a demonstrated ability to develop and carry out high-quality research and produce polished report products and presentations. Candidates should have an interest in urban planning, public policy, community and economic development, advocacy, and New York City.

NY4P seeks a self-starting individual with strong research and people skills, outstanding writing ability, and excellent computer skills. Candidates must have the ability to initiate and complete long-term projects as well as the flexibility to work as part of a collaborative office environment. Candidates must be able to train and supervise graduate student interns as well as teams of seasonal field survey interns. Qualified candidates will be able to communicate complex processes, policy arguments, and analytical findings to multiple audiences using multiple media.

Candidates will have proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite programs, Adobe Creative Suite programs, and ESRI’s ArcGIS 10. This position requires a valid Driver’s License and willingness to drive or take public transportation throughout the city. Fluency in a language other than English commonly spoken by NYC residents is a plus.


  • Coordinate NY4P’s independent field-research-driven projects, including the Open Space Index and the Report Card. This includes:
    • hiring, training, and supervising graduate interns and field surveyors
    • conducting results analyses
    • writing final reports
    • hiring and supervising a graphic designer for publication design
    • collaborating with NY4P outreach staff to identify local stakeholders
    • communicating findings to NY4P staff and board
    • strategizing impacts on NY4P advocacy
    • working with NY4P communications staff to craft a press plan
    • disseminating assessment results to relevant stakeholders
  • Create research, writing, mapping, and presentations on various other projects in coordination with the Director of Research & Planning. Past examples of these kinds of projects have included tracking public protests in open spaces, the City Council District Profiles, and policy papers on issues such as alternative funding sources for parks.
  • Support capacity-building exercises & projects at NY4P, such as a business planning exercise and a year-long “Green Ribbon” Panel of industry experts on planning & open space.
  • Hire, train, and supervise academic-semester graduate student interns to support the work of Research & Planning.
  • Monitor parks-related issues in New York City and farther afield. Evaluate potential effects on open spaces, and advise the senior staff in formulating NY4P’s positions on these projects. Develop strategies to advocate for improvements. Attend public hearings, prepare and deliver testimony, and coordinate release of relevant information to the public. Represent NY4P at meetings, and act as a liasion to public officials’ offices. These issues include:
  • local zoning and planning actions
  • park-related legislation and initiatives at the City, State, and Federal levels
  • real estate development plans
  • community initatives
  • Build and maintain good working relationships with partner groups and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to NY4P’s communications in collaboration with the Director of Communications.
  • Present to NY4P’s Board of Directors and Policy Committee on relevant issues and work projects/products as required.
  • Work with NY4P Development and Finance staff on fundraising efforts, funding report-backs, and fiscal matters when needed.
  • Participate in activities including staff meetings, strategic planning, and other administrative tasks.

Salary: We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, mapping sample, and contacts for 2-3 professional references as a single PDF to Lucy Robson at

Submit Your Application By: Candidates will be accepted on a rolling basis, with applications accepted until May 20th, 2017.

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