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MWA Program Manager- NYC

Organization: Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Position Title: MWA Program Manager, Waterfront Design Guidelines

Location: 241 Water Street, 3rd Fl., New York, NY, 10038, US

Hours and Compensation: not given

Application Deadline: November 1, 2013

Start Date: November 15, 2013


Organization Overview

MWA works to transform the New York and New Jersey Harbor and waterways to make them cleaner and more accessible, a vibrant place to play, learn and work with great parks, great jobs and great transportation for all.

This is a moment of vital importance for our waterfront. Superstorm Sandy reminded all in the region that we are a coastal city and we must learn to respect and live with the water that surrounds us. Critical land use, regulatory, and environmental decisions made now will determine how the New York metropolitan area looks and functions and how future generations are able to access the water and enjoy this great resource that is at our doorsteps.

MWA uniquely brings together different interests around a variety of waterfront issues. We are an alliance of over 740 civic groups and businesses dedicated to creating a great and shared waterfront by overcoming challenges, advocating for a better waterfront, building waterfront infrastructure, providing informational and technical resources to the public and larger waterfront community, encouraging neighborhood participation, and influencing policy decisions that will affect every person in the New York metropolitan region.


MWA’s Program Manager serves MWA’s programs under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer.

Major responsibilities include serving as program coordinator and manager for MWA’s waterfront design guidelines and design the edge programs, assisting in the execution of MWA events such as task force meetings and conferences, and executing MWA’s public outreach programs.

MWA’s Waterfront Design Guidelines Project

MWA is leading a process to develop waterfront design guidelines for the water’s edge for new and retrofitted waterfront development. The waterfront design guidelines will be a critical tool in creating a waterfront that is accessible, vibrant, and ecologically friendly, doing so in a way that is regulatory permissible and affordable. The guidelines will direct communities, developers, architects, landscape architects, community boards and others to design the waterfront edge in ways that meet existing regulations but also surpass what is minimally required by existing rules and regulations. Over time, when coupled with an incentive program, design guidelines can influence waterfront edge design in many projects, helping to transform the New York City waterfront and waterfronts throughout the region.

MWA will bring together a team of waterfront stakeholders, civic partners, regulators, representatives from MWA’s Task Forces, the real estate and development community, the recreational community, and leading ecologists and engineers in the region who will work with MWA to develop content and complete the design guidelines. MWA will then work to disseminate the design guidelines to waterfront owners, communities, and stakeholders and incentivize the design features through an incentive system loosely based on using the US Green Building Council’s LEED program which has successfully encouraged energy efficient building design.


Serve as coordinator and program manager for MWA’s waterfront design guidelines project including managing project timeline, scheduling and executing stakeholder outreach tasks, conducting technical research, interpreting technical information, scheduling and coordinating steering committee meetings, executing workshops, developing agendas, drafting reports, managing consultants, maintaining project calendar, as well as taking a primary role in the completion of project deliverables. Requires working directly with and coordinating senior government officials and business executives.

– Gather input from and communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders and communities in order to develop guidelines content. Once completed, work with stakeholders and communities to ensure dissemination of the guidelines and its incentive program.

– Coordinate closely with other MWA staff, relying on them for input and execution of project deliverables.

– Work with senior MWA staff to grow MWA’s overall waterfront design guidelines project and design the edge program to position MWA as the leading voice for sound, comprehensive, and holistic waterfront design in the region.

– Assist in executing major portions of MWA’s task force meetings and conferences.

– Assist in grant writing and development tasks as necessary related to MWA’s waterfront design guidelines program and others.

– Maintain vision for Program Manager’s work and areas of influence within the organization, providing ideas and solutions that can be used for improving projects and for strategic planning.

– Prioritize workload on a weekly basis and communicate often and constructively with supervisor and all MWA staff.

– Make suggestions for Waterwire articles.

– Update MWA’s website (hosted by Drupal) and identify ways to improve the website to further MWA programs and political outreach.

– Assist in hiring interns and volunteers.

– Maintain accurate records and budgets, produce timely and well written reports of high quality.


Three to five years of professional experience is required. A graduate degree in a related field is preferred. Background in coastal resources management, environmental engineering, urban planning, landscape architecture, ecology, public outreach, LEED, and/or maritime issues desirable.

– Demonstrated ability to manage and lead projects, work well with people, and foster and facilitate collaboration.

– Ability to work with both technical issues and a wide range of project partners and stakeholders. Excellent people skills along with excellent oral and written skills is required.

– A self-starter with excellent organizational skills, a high level of attention to detail and the ability to see projects through to completion. Must have ability to handle multiple tasks under pressure.

– Experience with Salesforce a plus.

– Sensitivity in working with confidential materials.

-Ability to work independently and with a team, to prioritize competing activities, troubleshoot and offer solutions to problems and challenges. Intelligence, sophistication, organizational skills, flexibility, attention to detail and ability to serve as a representative of MWA to Alliance Partners and others are required along with enthusiasm, sense of humor and a positive attitude.

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