Now Hiring: Program Director (Full-time)

Deadline: September 6, 2022

Open House New York seeks an experienced, curious, and highly organized professional to serve as Program Director. This position will play a central role conceptualizing and overseeing all OHNY programs, including the annual OHNY Weekend festival, the themed Urban Systems series, and other year-round activities.

This position requires 7+ years of senior experience in public programming and community engagement across a range of activities, including workshops, tours, symposia, exhibitions, publications, or other formats. The successful candidate will also bring a skill set and know how to co-create and collaborate with partners on virtual and in-person activities. The Program Director will play an integral leadership and project management role for a small but growing and ambitious team. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director will be supported by a Program Manager and other staff. This position will best suit a detail-oriented self-starter who is able to problem-solve and effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously. A sense of humor and optimism alongside ideas about New York’s future will also be important for this role.

The position is an ideal platform to define new models and modes for engagement on themes and issues pertinent to the civic, physical, social, cultural, economic, and environmental future of cities in general and New York in particular. This is a unique opportunity to demonstrate leadership at a fast-paced civic non-profit committed to catalyzing access, transparency, and equity across the five boroughs.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conceptualizing and managing a robust and varied annual program plan to ensure public programs support OHNY’s mission.
  • Developing and implementing a dynamic cross-section of programs for various OHNY audiences, including members, the general public, OHNY’s Open Council, and stakeholders for disparate Urban Systems series.
  • Cultivating and stewarding program partnerships with a range of individuals and organizations across the community, cultural, civic, educational, private and public spheres.
  • Defining a system, along with the appropriate metrics and indicators, for program evaluation and course correction.
  • Significantly expanding and diversifying audiences, with emphasis on engaging youth and the next generation of New Yorkers.
  • Leading the annual OHNY Weekend festival held each October.

Experience and Qualifications

  • 7+ years of senior experience in project management and public programming strategies.
  • Track record of successful public programming for a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated track record diversifying audiences.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to initiate and maintain relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders including: Board members, program partners, policymakers, members, volunteers, and donors.
  • Must be both a strategic thinker and detail oriented.
  • Deep understanding of the drivers of growth and neighborhood change across New York City.
  • Ability to attend events in the evening and some weekends.
  • Must bring a commitment to racial equity and the principles of diversity, openness, and access.


Salary is commensurate with experience, in the range of $80,000—$85,000.

Full benefits provided, including health insurance and retirement contribution.

Our team currently works out of an architecture office in SoHo; with the option to work remotely one-two days per week.


Please email a cover letter and resume as a single PDF to; please include Program Director + “Your Name” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Deadline: September 6, 2022.

Open House New York encourages candidates from any and all backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities, gender identities, and lived experiences to apply. We are an organization that is committed to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in all aspects of our work, most importantly our team.

About Open House New York

Open House New York promotes broad, unparalleled access to the city—to the places, people, projects, systems, and ideas that define New York and its future. Through our year-round programming, including the annual OHNY Weekend, OHNY offers a citywide platform for education, exploration, and engagement about the connections between quality of place and quality of life for all New Yorkers.

As OHNY turns 20, we are introducing new programs that unlock the places and stories behind the New York experience and expanding our ongoing investigation of the city’s infrastructure and systems, both natural and constructed, to address aspects of equity, race, ethnicity, and the climate crisis.

The aim of our work is to ensure every New Yorker can enjoy full access to the greatest city in the world. Since its founding in the wake of 9/11, when much of the city was closed off due to increased security, OHNY has advocated for openness as a defining principle of civic life. Offering an insider’s look at the forces that shape the city, OHNY promotes a deeper understanding of how the city functions and whom it serves. The theory of change guiding our work is that an informed public fosters greater civic participation, which in turn catalyzes an open city.