The Municipal Art Society, founded 1893, is New York’s leading organization dedicated to creating a more livable city.

Our staff includes planners, design experts, historians, civic leaders, community builders and advocates who love New York City. We hope you or someone you know can join us in our work!

The Municipal Art Society of New York is an equal opportunity employer. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Director of Advocacy

For 125 years, the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has worked to educate and inspire New Yorkers to engage in the betterment of our city. As a non-profit advocacy organization, MAS mobilizes diverse allies to focus on issues that affect our city from sidewalk to skyline. Through three core campaign areas, MAS protects New York’s legacy spaces, encourages thoughtful planning and urban design, and fosters inclusive neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

Summary of Position

The MAS seeks a full-time Director of Advocacy to help advance an ambitious urban agenda. The Director will lead efforts to translate MAS’s vision for New York City into concrete policy initiatives and strategies that leverage coalition building and communications to achieve change. The position provides key staff support to the organization in the areas of public policy development, planning, legislative and regulatory advocacy, partner engagement and training. S/he will also work with external stakeholders, such as legislators and political leadership throughout New York City, including experts and researchers.

The successful candidate will effectively demonstrate a broad understanding of current New York City planning, land use issues, and policies combined with strong writing, presentation, and communication skills. The ideal candidate will have a range of talents and expertise. They will be passionate, strategic, engaged, team-oriented, adept at communicating to diverse audiences, and eager to work in a fast-paced environment.

Position Description

Under the guidance of the Vice President of Policy & Programs and in coordination with the planning team, the Director of Advocacy will:

  • Develop and carry out strategies to support the MAS policy agenda;
  • Advocate for the adoption or passage of critical legislation, city ordinances, and government regulations, promoting land use decisions that benefit NYC communities;
  • Organize targeted community engagement events relaying these issues to a diverse audience, including managing and delivering content for the MAS Livable Neighborhoods Program;
  • Build and maintain extensive outreach to community groups, other non-profits, City agencies, and elected officials, developing relationships and identifying opportunities for partnership;
  • Serve as a liaison with other coalitions and campaigns to identify needs that support external cross-program initiatives;
  • Analyze legislative and policy proposals to determine their impact;
  • Work with communications staff to present advocacy issues to media and public audiences, including through press releases and the MAS website, newsletter, and social media; and
  • Attend evening and weekend meetings and events on occasion.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree. Graduate degree in public policy, public administration, political affairs, urban planning, historic preservation, or related field strongly preferred, although extensive related work experience can substitute;
  • A minimum of five years designing and implementing issue-based advocacy campaigns;
  • Excellent strategic judgment and the energy and drive to develop and effectuate challenging campaigns;
  • Exceptional coalition building and interpersonal communication, networking, and social skills; ability to connect authentically with diverse groups of people, including constituencies that may be seen as opposition;
  • Ability to facilitate effective meetings and build excellent working relationships with colleagues, community groups and policymakers;
  • Strong external communication skills, including experience giving media interviews, public speaking, and preparing/supporting others to do so;
  • Working knowledge writing and analyzing complex legislation and other policies;
  • Must be a collaborative team player, strong supervisor, direct and open communicator; be extremely organized, accurate, responsible, flexible, diplomatic; and able to able to handle multiple simultaneous priorities and work well under pressure in a fast paced environment;
  • Strong organizational ability, including the capacity to juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines, while maintaining a high attention to accuracy and detail;
  • Commitment to hard work in a professional and fun workplace;
  • Dedication to the MAS mission and ideals of a more equitable, resilient, economically and culturally vibrant New York City; and
  • Proficiency in a second language is desirable.


Commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and work sample (such as portfolio, writing samples, or research papers, no more than 20 pages or 20MB) to, with the subject line “Director of Advocacy.” No phone calls please.

The Municipal Art Society of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Communications Manager

Summary of the Position

The Communications Manager is responsible for creating and managing MAS’s digital and print communications programs. This includes managing our social media presence, e-newsletters, and printed collateral of the organization. S/he is responsible for overall strategy and continual assessment of the effectiveness of all digital outreach strategies and initiatives. The position includes opportunity to learn about media outreach, fundraising strategy, and event management depending on candidate interest.

Reports to: Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Duties and Tasks

A. Web Communications and Social Media 65%

  1. Lead MAS’s presence and participation on social media, with an emphasis on strategic audience engagement and growth, as well as brand building
  2. Devise and execute targeted online advertising campaigns for MAS initiatives and development/fundraising
  3. Regularly update and maintain website content on the newly re-launched
  4. Produce monthly e-newsletter and online news content
  5. Help manage contacts database in partnership with development team
  6. Manage external vendor relationships related to digital communications

B. Branded Materials 30%

  1. Manage production of all electronic and print outreach materials (including annual reports, membership collateral, branding & logos, membership cards, and event materials)
  2. Oversee MAS photography and video assets, and coordinate vendors as needed for special events

C. Event Production Support 5%

  1. Design and execute on-site social media presence
  2. Design marketing campaigns to drive attendance at MAS events
  3. Manage photography on-site
  4. Assist with graphic design needs and manage external graphic design vendors

Required Experience:

  • 3-7 years of experience in communications, including at least two years of digital communications experience
  • Fluent in social media norms, standards, and metrics. Main presence currently includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr
  • Familiarity with WordPress, HTML, and CSS
  • Familiarity with online CRM software, such as Convio/Luminate, Salsa, NationBuilder, eTapestry, NetCommunity, Blue State Digital, Salesforce, CiviCRM, etc. MAS currently uses Neon as its CRM solution.
  • Experiencing managing a large newsletter database, including segmentation, and CAN-SPAM requirements
  • Basic design skills, including Photoshop and InDesign
  • Ability to manage vendors
  • An interest in urbanism and promoting a more livable city

Preferred Experience

  • Familiarity with DSLR photography
  • Familiarity with event production
  • Experience working with members of the media
  • Experience managing media campaigns (paid, social, or viral)
  • Basic GIS: ArcGIS, CartoDB, etc.


Commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to the attention of Meaghan Baron, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, at, with the subject line “Communications Manager.” No phone calls please.

The Municipal Art Society of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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