About the Urban Design Forum

We are an independent membership organization that advances creative solutions to urban challenges. Our programs are guided by the following values:

  1. We believe the design and development communities must address enduring injustices in New York City, such as housing segregation, economic inequality, and environmental racism.
  2. We believe New York should learn from international cities for pioneering and inspiring solutions to urban challenges.
  3. We believe creating interdisciplinary cohorts of emerging leaders can empower more diverse civic leadership.
  4. We believe government agencies should develop a long-term vision for the built environment, rather than achieve short-term wins.
  5. We believe decision-makers must build with, and not for, traditionally disenfranchised communities–such as women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.
  6. We believe the public should be mobilized around the value of design in achieving equity, inclusion, and sustainability in the built environment.


  • Program Research – Conduct research for future member programming while consulting with Executive Director and Program Director.
  • Program Design – Provide support for the Forum’s executive staff to plan and design yearlong inquiries and events.
  • Program Management – Support in the production of the Next New York series and special partnerships, including researching venues, identifying and coordinating with speakers, drafting invitations, and overseeing all day-of logistics.
  • Strategic Partnerships – Manages related programming with program partners for existing and future projects.
  • Publications – Edits contributions and assists with content development related to project publications across all programs. Manages graphic designers, in coordination with Executive Staff and Communications, to produce publications.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Architecture, Real Estate, or a related field and 1-3 years of relevant work experience; or a Master’s Degree with 0-1 years of relevant work experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Experience managing and presenting in front of large groups of people.
  • Experience in event production and program management is a plus.
  • Experience in community and stakeholder engagement is a plus.
  • Familiarity in Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.
  • Deep interest in urban planning and policy, architecture, landscape architecture, real estate development, or related fields.

Salary & Benefits

We offer a salary range of $45,000 – $55,000 for this position based on experience. We also offer a competitive employer paid benefits package (health, dental and vision) and generous leave policies.

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Applications are due by Friday, August 28 at 5:00pm.

The Forum is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse team of professionals committed to building a more equitable city. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.