Urban Design Forum seeks a full-time Program Manager to plan and execute our programs and publications. We’re searching for an early- to mid-career professional excited to join a small, fast-growing team.

About the Urban Design Forum
The Urban Design Forum mobilizes civic leaders to confront the defining issues facing New York City. We work with our 750 members to investigate complex challenges in the built environment, study alternative approaches from cities around the world, and advance progressive strategies to build a more dynamic and democratic city. 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, BIPOC, 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.


The Program Manager will be a sharp researcher, thoughtful convener, and talented facilitator able to mobilize our members to confront critical issues in New York City’s built environment.

  • Program Research – Researches social and political challenges for Forum programs and develops project stakeholder maps.
  • Program Design – Plans and designs annual programs, including planning events, stakeholder calls, retreats and more.
  • Program Management – Executes programs, including selecting venues, coordinating with speakers, and all day-of logistics.
  • Strategic Partnerships – Maintains relationships with program partners through ongoing facilitation and project management.
  • Publications – Edits contributions, assists with content development, and manages graphic designers to produce publications, in coordination with communications staff.


  • Deep commitment to and passion for addressing urban inequity
  • Broad curiosity on issues in the built environment, including housing, economic development, mobility, and climate
  • Familiarity with New York City politics and players.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to represent the organization to partners and members.
  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 2-5 years of relevant work experience; or a Master’s Degree with 1-3 years of relevant work experience.

Location & Schedule
This position will report to our New York City office beginning in September. We expect to return to the office Tuesday through Thursday, and work from home on Monday and Friday. We occasionally host events on nights and weekends.

Compensation & Benefits
The expected salary for this position will be $55,000 – 65,000. We offer a competitive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, vacation, professional development and retirement benefits.

How to Apply
Applications are due Friday, August 6 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse team of professionals that resembles the city we serve. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please contact submissions@urbandesignforum.org.