Partnership for Parks Seeks Catalyst Organizer (NYC)


At City Parks Foundation (CPF), we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming New York City parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts,community building, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across New York City — reach 425,000 people each year.

● CityParks Shows brings hundreds of live music, dance and theater performances to communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The SummerStage festival presents over 100 free performances and benefit concerts each year in 16 parks throughout the city, ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoken word and theater. The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, home to one of the last public marionette companies in the US, presents modern takes on classic fairy tales, and the traveling PuppetMobile presents family-friendly puppet shows and workshops outdoors around the city, free of charge.
● Partnership for Parks is a unique public-private partnership between CPF and NYC Parks that supports and champions neighborhood volunteers by giving them the tools they need to advocate and care for their neighborhood parks and green spaces.
● CityParks Learn environmental education programs help students experience the fun of science, while learning about their relationship to the natural world and the ways in which they can protect our natural environment. We provide environmental science programs for elementary, middle and high school students throughout New York City, serving nearly 3,000 kids through school-day, afterschool and summer programming, as well as credit-bearing training and paid internships for teenagers.
● CityParks Play activates New York’s neighborhood parks with free sports programs for kids, including tennis, soccer, golf, track & field, and multi sport instruction, as well as fitness classes for seniors. We help New Yorkers stay active and healthy, discover new sports, and make new friends. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks mean thriving communities.


Catalyst, a program of Partnerships for Parks, harnesses the resources of City Parks Foundation, NYC Parks, and local partners to improve high needs parks and build community in historically underserved neighborhoods. The Catalyst Organizer will connect local residents, groups, and community-based organizations with local open spaces; foster community-building activities among local residents and groups; and promote parks as a community resource for civic engagement, activation, programming, and environmental stewardship. The Catalyst Organizer will lead engagement in 3 – 5 sites at any given time, which shift every 1 – 2 years.

The Catalyst Organizer will be expected to work as part of a team and reports to the Director of Catalyst.