OPEN POSITIONS: Program Manager

The Friends of the Public Garden (the Friends) is a nonprofit organization that works with the City of Boston to care, renew and advocate for the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. We raise $3M a year to complete projects in the parks, advocate to protect them, and attract visitors through educational and outreach programs.

Under the direction of the Senior Communications & Outreach Officer, the Programs Manager has primary responsibility for outreach and engagement programs and activities that help identify new partners, increase public awareness of the three parks, and build towards a more diverse and inclusive organization. The Programs Manager will work with the Senior Communications & Outreach Officer and the Advancement & External Affairs team to develop annual programs and an outreach calendar to meet organizational goals.


I. Programs

  • Manage the coordination and execution of a portfolio of programs and events including, but not limited to:
    • Tours and educational programs
    • Making History on the Common
    • Brewer Plaza summer series
    • Skating with Friends
    • Monument & Memory programs
  • Work with Senior Communications & Outreach Officer to produce signature Duckling Day programming
  • Work with Senior Communications & Outreach Officer to identify new opportunities for FOPG programs
  • Support outside organizations looking to partner with FOPG to bring diverse programs to the three parks

II. Communications

  • Manage the design and production of marketing and promotional materials to support outreach efforts, coordinating with the Creative Manager, as needed
  • Contribute to publications, as directed
  • Provide media relations support to Senior Communications & Outreach Officer, including management of the media database
  • Establish and monitor effective benchmarks for measuring the effectiveness of current programming and new initiatives

III. Digital Marketing

  • Assist and coordinate with the Creative Manager and other staff members to generate compelling content in support of FOPG programs
  • Create emails and other digital marketing in support of programs
  • Assist with updates of the Friends’ social channels and website to engage internal and external communities, as needed

IV. Outreach

  • Research opportunities for partnerships within targeted communities, and coordinate and manage Community Partner database
  • Support community outreach for Lee Fund, Holiday Lights, and other programs

And other duties as assigned.


  • Strong organization and project management skills
  • Ability to work and solve problems independently
  • Strong verbal and written skills
  • Skill and experience in the use of various social networking tools
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications, WordPress, and HTML is required.
    • Skill with Adobe Creative Suite applications, Word Press, and CMS systems is desirable.
  • Experience working in diverse communities
  • Willingness to engage with residents and neighborhood representatives
  • An interest in nonprofits and the mission and programs of the Friends.
  • Experience working with public and private sector agencies is a plus


Salary range: $65,000 to $70,000, based on experience.

The Friends is a hybrid work environment, with staff in the office three days a week. When needed, in-person work will be required during nights, weekends, and normally remote days to fulfill this role.


Please submit a resume and cover letter to opportunities@friendsofthepublicgarden.org


The Friends of the Public Garden is an equal employment opportunity employer. We prohibit harassment and discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy or related medical conditions, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, transgendered status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.