Youth Programs Manager (Horticulture and Food Justice) Posted Feb 09
Friends of the High Line , New York, NY
Friends of the High Line (FHL) is the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation’s not-for-profit partner working to ensure the High Line is maintained as a great public space for all New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing the fundraising, maintenance, and operations of the High Line, FHL offers a robust calendar of public art and programming.

High Line Youth Programs started with a paid, two-week pilot program for teens in 2012. Six years later, we provide jobs and meaningful programming experiences for 30 teens and over 100 alumni. Our work currently encompasses four program areas: 1) urban gardening & food justice, 2) cultural production & social justice, 3) civic participation and 4) alumni network cultivation. High Line Teen programs were developed in response to our community engagement initiatives, with the goal of providing meaningful work experience for teens, with a focus on the local neighborhood.

Role Overview

The Youth Programs Manager will work alongside the Manager of Youth Cultural Organizing and the Associate Director of Education & Cultural Organizing to ensure the growth and success of the High Line’s Youth Programs.

This position will be the program manager, lead facilitator, and curriculum developer for Green Council, a group of 14 local teens who learn about horticulture, agriculture, and food justice, work on the High Line, and support various community gardens. This person will also be the primary representative for FHL in the Youth Food Justice Network, a citywide group who builds shared learning space for youth organizations involved in the food movement.


Program Administration

Oversee the overall management and administration of FHL’s Green Council program
Ensure compliance with funding requirements as related to Green Council through grant reporting methods, as needed
Ensure effective systems to measure program success and outcomes that can be effectively communicated to the Associate Director of Education & Cultural Organizing
Develop and utilize evaluation metrics to drive program growth and improvement
Manage outreach, recruitment, and supervision of Green Council teen staff

Youth Development

Design, develop, and facilitate high-quality horticulture and food justice curriculum for Green Council, built on best practices in the field, research, and innovation
Create a safe and empowering space for Green Council teen staff, including: providing emotional and practical support, ensuring that all needed snacks and supplies are available, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and participatory space
Provide Green Council teen staff with support, skill building, and resources related to their career, academic, and personal needs

Departmental Advancement

Foster the cultivation and development of a Youth Alumni Network through alumni events, newsletters, etc.
Lead teen staff mentoring days and manage all alumni events
Collaborate with Youth Programs staff to support Participatory Budgeting efforts
Create content for High Line Youth social media channels, e-blasts, and blog posts

Partnerships & Collaboration

Be the face of Friends of the High Line at the citywide Youth Food Justice Network as the organization’s primary representative
Develop and cultivate connection and collaboration with community organizations, educational institutions, and community leaders to generate opportunities for program participants
Maintain and strengthen the High Line’s connection to local teens and the greater NYC youth development community



4+ years’ experience working with teens in a social justice education and/or youth development capacity
Practical and/or educational experience in horticulture and food justice
Experience and comfort working with people of diverse backgrounds
Strong interpersonal skills with positive demeanor
Attention to detail and the ability to prioritize multiple time-sensitive projects in a fast-paced environment are essential
Ability to take initiative, work autonomously, and be enthusiastic about the High Line, youth development, food justice, and horticulture
Ability to hire teen staff in accordance to youth labor law guidelines
Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed


3+ years’ supervisory experience
Prior program/case management experience
Experience working in a park, community garden, botanical garden, community garden or other green space and/or non-traditional setting
Experience in facilitating discussions with youth around issues of power and identity
Some experience in communications utilizing social media channels

Paid vacation, sick time and holidays
Paid parental leave
Medical, dental and vision insurance
Commuter benefits
Flexible spending accounts
Contribution in a 403(b) retirement plan
Citi Bike membership
Discount on High Line merchandise

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