Project Manager, Sunnyside Yard - Development (Temporary Assignment)

Development New York, New York

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking an urban planner and/or community development professional to join an interdisciplinary team to support the creation of the Sunnyside Yard Master Plan. We are looking for someone with at least two years of work experience to join a dynamic team within the Development Department at NYCEDC focused on collaboratively designing the future of Sunnyside Yard in Western Queens.

NYCEDC’s Vision: To make New York City the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by the City’s diverse people and businesses. 

NYCEDC’s Mission: To create shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs.

NYCEDC’s Development Department spearheads NYCEDC and interagency efforts on complex planning and development projects which advance the City’s competitiveness, enhancing New York City as a place to live, work and visit through promoting a diverse economic base; fostering vibrant, livable and accessible neighborhoods; executing keystone economic development projects; leveraging diverse waterfront assets for economic, recreational and resiliency uses; and supporting and expanding the City’s freight, maritime, aviation and transportation networks. Specifically, Development works to identify strategic locations for public involvement and/or investment; develop and facilitate appropriate planning and community outreach processes; and shape land use and development.

The Sunnyside Yard Master Planning Process is a collaborative effort to develop a vision and planning framework that will guide the incremental steps of a phased, long-term overbuild project at Sunnyside Yard. The 180-acre Sunnyside Yard is a one of the busiest rail yards in the country and a key train storage yard and maintenance hub for Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, New Jersey Transit and MTA Long Island Railroad. The process of developing a master plan involves a combination of technical analysis by a world-renowned consultant team, guidance from the Sunnyside Yard Steering Committee, input from local community, City and regional stakeholders, and close coordination with Amtrak, MTA and other rail operators. The Sunnyside Yard Master Planning Process launched in the summer of 2018 and is anticipated to take approximately 18 months.

Over the next 20 years, New York City is expected to add more than half a million people—including over 80,000 in Queens alone. Sunnyside Yard presents a significant opportunity to alleviate existing pressures while creating space for sustainable, long-term growth that supports existing communities. Amtrak and MTA are undertaking critical capital investments in its infrastructure at this 180-acre railyard that only happens roughly once in a century, offering a unique moment for coordination on long-term planning for the future of the yard.

Your Role: Project Manager, Sunnyside Yard


  • Work with an interdisciplinary internal and external team to support the creation of the Sunnyside Yard Master Plan.
  • Play an integral role on the strategy, development, coordination and implementation of a multi-faceted public outreach and communications process, with a focus on the Sunnyside Yard Steering Committee and other local, city and regional stakeholders.
  • Develop a wide variety of high-quality materials, including presentations, talking points, briefing materials, communications/press strategies, web content, narratives and other needed materials.
  • Build strategies for coalition-building and momentum-building around new visions for Sunnyside Yard the future of NYC coming out of the master planning process.
  • Develop and implement creative interventions, approaches and partnerships for meaningful and inclusive engagement with a wide range of audiences.
  • Identify opportunities to participate in and/or organize special events in cooperation with local partners including but not limited to institutions, businesses and arts organizations such as conferences, tours, panel discussions, pop-up events, etc.


  • Passion for New York City.
  • A baccalaureate and/or master’s degree from an accredited college/university; plus a minimum of two (2) years of full-time professional work experience.
  • Ability to work within limited resources and a true entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Highly organized, creative and self-motivated individual, capable of prioritizing competing interests in a fast-paced, constantly evolving environment and adapting to a dynamic project.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with public outreach processes with a demonstrated history of building partnerships and coalitions.
  • Knowledge of planning, architecture, transportation, public health, and real estate is preferred.
  • Ability to apply strategic and critical thinking and problem-solving skills to complex and dynamic situations is required.
  • Experience working in New York City government a plus.
  • Spanish, Arabic, or Greek fluency and/or literacy is preferred but not required.