If your passion is public spaces and you would like to support placemaking with your writing, planning, or design skills, you are welcome to send us your resume and writing samples or portfolio to info@pps.org.

PPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We hire equally, regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.


Project Reporter and Communications Associate

Are you an experienced writer with a passion for public space and advocacy? Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is seeking a talented individual to join our communications team and help us share the stories of our current and past project work with communities. Applicant should be a self-starter with the ability to consistently write engaging material that reflects PPS’s mission and vision.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Develop and write content highlighting PPS’s current and past project work in communities throughout the country. Produce copy for a variety of PPS materials and publications, including articles, blog posts, and marketing materials (in general, one 750–1,000-word piece per week).
  • Conduct interviews with PPS staff, clients, partners and experts to develop interesting captivating and concrete narratives that express the transformative impact of placemaking on a diverse set of issues, from health to sustainability to economic development.
  • Travel to project sites as necessary to interview key players and do live promotion and documentation of placemaking work.


  • At least 2-3 years of professional writing experience; Experience in journalism, marketing, and/or nonprofits preferred
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to structure and write clear, articulate, and persuasive content
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail; openness to feedback
  • Proven ability to learn quickly, work independently, meet multiple deadlines, and perform under pressure
  • Familiarity with placemaking, public space, and related topics

To apply:

Please send cover letter and resume, along with 2-3 writing samples, to Annah MacKenzie (amackenzie@pps.org) before the application deadline of May 15, 2017.


Chief Operating Officer

Position Summary:

Project for Public Spaces is seeking to fill a new COO position to assume a broad leadership role and implement a new strategic plan. A new COO will streamline and improve the effectiveness of PPS operations, including project prioritization, finance and accounting, communications, and development.

A successful COO will potentially be in a position to assume a CEO position in the organization in the future, as current senior leadership will transition to new roles over the next 2-3 years.


In mid-2016 PPS began updating its strategic plan. The goal of the strategic plan is to continue to expand PPS’s role as the central player in the now rapidly growing, global placemaking movement. The plan builds on our project work, which includes extensive technical assistance on a fee-for-service basis to local communities; programs in transportation, public markets, healthy places, and others (partly funded by foundations and donors); training and conferences; and ongoing advocacy of key placemaking agendas that provide a framework for transformative community change. Through its new strategic plan, PPS seeks to expand its impact through strategic partnerships with national and international organizations and to more effectively support, cultivate and connect Placemaking organizations, practitioners, and allies – creating networks at city, state, national, and international levels.

Location: PPS offices, New York City.  Some travel will be required.

Key Relationships:

  • Reports to  President, with frequent interaction with other members of the senior leadership team.
  • Oversees staff project/program teams and team leaders, including working groups tasked with advancing different components of the strategic plan

Roles and objectives:

  • Oversee the four main strategic areas, and convene leadership of strategic plan working groups
  • Provide direction for principal activities, including project prioritization and resource deployment
  • Bridge major program areas within PPS to increase synergy and work to deploy PPS staff effectively and efficiently
  • Oversee and improve PPS operating functions and departments, including finance and accounting, development/fundraising, communications, human resources and facilities
  • Set annual programmatic goals as well as a budget that includes revenue and cost targets, with the goal of imrpoving revenue management
  • Assist the President and Founder with board discussions and presentations; managing external relationships; and interfacing with key partnerships

Critical competencies and attributes:

  • Aptitude for operating in a nonprofit environment, including financial and operational management, and staff and stakeholder management
  • Ability to adapt experiences to new environments and challenges; strong, high-level analytical and conceptual thinker
  • Acts as a player/coach, someone who can get “in the trenches” and do detailed work but who can also develop and lead a team
  • Ability to forge strong interpersonal relationships and interact with PPS colleagues, partners, and stakeholders in a way that inspires confidence
  • Collaborative – inclined to reach out and understand first, then take action
  • Enthusiastic and energetic

Ideal qualifications:

  • 15+ years of experience in nonprofit management; private sector or corporate backgrounds are also welcomed and will be considered
  • Relevant academic credentials preferred
  • Background or strong interest/passion for community-driven, placed-based strategies for urban planning and community revitalization
  • Demonstrated track record in leading and inspiring project or program based teams
  • Excellent written, oral, and facilitative communication skills
  • Ability to manage or support a fundraising capability

A downloadable version of this description is available here.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:  Nicolas Shearman, Administration Associate, nshearman@pps.org.




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