Camden Special Services District – Placemaking and Public Space Manager

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Position Summary  

The Camden Special Services District (CSSD), the District Management Corporation for the  Camden Business Improvement District, is seeking a creative, collaborative person to support and  manage programs that enhance downtown Camden’s physical environment and daily experience,  as well as help tell the story of the organization and the redevelopment of the District. The  Placemaking and Public Space Manager will have the opportunity to flex their creative and  pragmatic skills and will be rewarded with visible results from their efforts.  

Job Type: Full Time, Monday – Friday and occasional nights and weekends  Reports To: Executive Director, Camden Special Services District  

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities  

 Manage CSSD’s work in downtown Camden’s public realm to create clean, beautiful,  and compelling public spaces that appeal to a variety of users, including installing  outdoor furnishings, enhanced landscaping, banners, lighting, and seasonal displays.  

 Establish and nurture excellent relationships and serve as on-the-street liaison with  property owners, businesses, and neighborhood committees.  

 Manage organizational website, social media accounts, email newsletter, and general  marketing/communications efforts.  

 Manage and oversee contracts to develop and disseminate marketing materials and  collateral such as maps, promotional flyers, press releases, press advisories, etc.   Assist with contract management and process check payment and invoice requests.   Represent CSSD at related community meetings and focus groups.  

 Develop and manage financial and operational partnerships to support the organization.   Stay abreast of best practices and new trends in the field of place-based management.   Take photos of CSSD activities and catalogue for easy reference. Manage photo library.   Assist in writing grants and related copy.  

 Prepare reports, graphs, maps, flyers, etc.  

Qualifications & Required Skills  

Bachelor’s degree in a related field (marketing, communications, urban planning, urban  design, architecture, graphic design, public policy, etc.). Master’s degree in related  discipline preferred. 

Two (2) to five (5) years professional experience in place-based management, marketing,  strategic communications, community development, planning, landscape architecture,  architecture, landscape management, non-profit management, or a similar field.  

Demonstrated graphic design experience preferred. Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite,  basic web design, and social media platforms and Excel.  

Self-motivated, empathetic, creative, forward thinker open to creating new strategies  that provide a sense of place and a lively downtown experience.  

Strong written and verbal communication skills.  

Highly organized and detail oriented  

Able to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with little  supervision.  

Willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. CSSD staff support major events.  

Physical Requirements and Work Environment  

Activities include working in an office setting and out in the community and at all project locations.  Night and weekend attendance at meetings and events is expected. CSSD offices are located in  Downtown Camden, NJ. Flexible and partial work-from-home arrangements available.  


Anticipated annual salary ranges from $70,000 – $80,000, depending on qualifications and  experience. CSSD offers excellent benefits, paid time off and industry-specific professional  development opportunities.  

Anticipated Start Date  

July 2022  

To Apply  

Send cover letter, resume and three (3) references to the attention of Nate Echeverria,  necheverria@camdenssd.com with the Subject Line: CSSD Placemaking & Public Space Manager,  and your first and last name. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, June 3rd, 2022.  

Equal Opportunity  

CSSD is committed to creating an equitable, inclusive, and diverse environment and is proud to  be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration based on  their abilities, attitude, and character without regard to race, creed, national origin, ancestry,  religion, age, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, disability, marital status, status as a veteran,  or on any other basis prohibited by state or federal law. If you do not meet all the requirements  but think you would be a great candidate for this position, you are encouraged to apply.  


The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employee  in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as a comprehensive  inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees  assigned to this job. 

Camden Special Services District (CSSD)  

The CSSD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, working to present the city’s best face to its business  community, residents, students, and visitors. With more than 15 years working in the City of  Camden, the CSSD maintains and improves the physical appearance of the city’s streets and public  spaces through its highly regarded Clean and Safe Program.  

CSSD collaborates with key institutions, businesses, corporations, community stakeholders and  neighborhood groups in various capacities for a common purpose: to make Camden a beautiful  vibrant city and a better place to live, work, visit and do business.  

CSSD serves as the District Management Corporation for the newly implemented Camden  Business Improvement District (CBID), representing an area of approximately 150+ blocks. In  addition to cleaning the business corridors, CBID cleaning activities now extend into  neighborhoods within the district boundaries. Opportunities to improve the district are limited  only by our imaginations as the CBID has a broad scope, in addition to cleaning, focus is on  landscape enhancements, placemaking and marketing to support our business community. The  CBID is funded through a city tax assessment and, as such, activities are subject to OPRA and  OPMA requirements as well as city purchasing guidelines and budgeting requirements. 

To apply for this job email your details to necheverria@camdenssd.com

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