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Posted: 03/03/2015

Central Park Conservancy
Institute for Urban Parks

Central Park Conservancy is a private not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public. It raises 75% of Central Park's annual Parkwide expense budget and is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and operations that keep the Park beautiful and vibrant. The Conservancy has overseen the investment of nearly $750 million in Central Park since its inception in 1980, is recognized as the world's leader in urban park management, and sets the standard for excellence in park care. To sustain the Conservancy’s work, the Institute for Urban Parks was established in 2013. As the educational arm of the Conservancy, the Institute for Urban Parks is taking steps to develop responsibility and respect for these open spaces by training and teaching urban park managers and public stewards, both locally and globally. With establishment of the Institute for Urban Parks, the Conservancy aspires to facilitate discovery of the Park and transfer learning of our world-class urban park management and stewardship practices. Documents and images related to the history of Central Park are housed (either physically or digitally) by multiple institutions, including Central Park Conservancy, the Library of Congress, the New York City Municipal Archives, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Archives, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Within the Conservancy, multiple departments retain and organize materials most relevant to their efforts. Working closely with a cross-departmental team, the archivist would be responsible for developing and implementing a digital library of resources including contemporary and historic videos, maps, photographs, reports, memos, and other documents in order to better share our story and solidify our leadership position to a wide public audience by becoming known as the clearinghouse on Central Park information resources.

Professional Opportunity
New York, NY

Summary of Essential Job Functions:

Specifically, the Archivist will consolidate and improve access to associated primary and secondary resources by:

       Standardizing finding aids to collections with related holdings

       Developing a digital library that is easily searchable by Conservancy staff and volunteers

       Coordinating the digitization of the Conservancy's current collections

       Create a plan for ongoing maintenance of the library

       Performs other duties as required


Minimum Requirements:

       Bachelors degree required; advanced degree preferred

       Strong understanding of and experience with collections and cataloguing of digital resources

       Experience with project management

       Flexible, attentive to detail, organized

       Able to work independently and on teams to meet deadlines

       Understanding of the importance of urban parks to healthy and vibrant cities and interest in furthering this notion

       The candidate should feel comfortable with and have a strong understanding of cataloguing practices, with studies in library science, history, preservation, design, or planning

       Excellent administrative, analytical, research and writing skills

       Excellent oral and written communications


Safety Requirements

Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways, etc.).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.




The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please complete an online application, attaching a resume and cover letter.
Melanie Macchio

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