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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.

Communications Associate / Communications Manager

Summary of the Position

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) lifts up the voices of the people in the debates that shape New York’s built environment and leads the way toward a more livable city from sidewalk to skyline. MAS envisions a future in which all New Yorkers share in the richness of city life—where growth is balanced, character endures, and a resilient future is secured. Over more than 125 years of history, our advocacy efforts have led to the creation of the New York City Planning Commission, Public Design Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the Tribute in Light; the preservation of Grand Central Terminal, the lights of Times Square, and the Garment District; the conservation of more than 50 works of public art; and the founding of such civic organizations as the Public Art Fund, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, P.S. 1, the Historic Districts Council, the Park Avenue Armory Conservancy, and the Waterfront Alliance.

The position is designed as a learning role for an early career professional interested in developing a broad range of communications skills, with a focus on social media, printed materials, and photography/videography. Depending on experience and skill set, the position may be an associate or manager level role. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in external training opportunities relevant to the role and incorporate new skills into his/her work. There is also internal opportunity to develop skills in media outreach, fundraising, and event management depending on candidate interest.

Reports to: Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Duties and Tasks

A. Web Communications and Social Media 45%

  1. Administer MAS’s social media platforms, with an emphasis on building and engaging our existing digital audience
  2. Help brainstorm and execute targeted online advertising campaigns for MAS initiatives and development/fundraising
  3. Update and maintain website content on the newly re-launched mas.org
  4. Produce and disseminate monthly e-newsletter
  5. Help manage contacts database in partnership with development team
  6. Serve as point of contact for external vendors
  7. Monitor and analyze social media performance and provide recommendations as needed

B. Event Production Support 25%

  1. Feed content during events into social media platforms to increase engagement
  2. Work with the public programs team to manage marketing campaigns for MAS events
  3. Manage follow up communications after each event (including thank you emails, uploading videos to social platforms, and managing contacts in MailChimp)
  4. Manage photography on-site

C. Content management 15%

  1. Develop and maintain a content calendar to schedule social media posts, promotional posts, and eblasts
  2. Collaborate with various departments to develop communications calendar
  3. Assist with graphic design needs and manage external graphic design vendors

D. Branded Materials 15%

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

Required Experience:

  • 2+ years of experience in communications for associate role; 4+ years of experience for manager role
  • Superb attention to detail
  • General comfort operating/learning both desktop and mobile software
  • Experience with (or interest and aptitude in learning about) digital media and graphic design
  • Awareness of social media platforms and general digital communications trends
  • An enthusiasm for learning and growing professionally
  • An interest in urban life and promoting a more equitable and livable city for all New Yorkers

Please mention experience with any of the following as well: WordPress, DSLR photography, animated or live action video, paid or viral social media campaigns, Photoshop, InDesign.

Salary

Commensurate with experience. Strong benefits and time off package.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@mas.org, with the subject line “Communications Associate.” Only cover letters that explain a candidate’s specific interest in MAS will be considered. No phone calls please.

Applicants are encouraged to apply before May 12, 2021. This position is temporarily remote with office return expected later this year.

The Municipal Art Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Major Gifts Officer

Position Summary: The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for creating and implementing strategy to identify, cultivate and solicit potential major donors while building upon existing relationships and significantly growing annual support for the institution. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for stewardship of programs (events, communications and personal outreach) designed to inform existing donors and prospects of MAS’s work, to sustain and increase giving, and to broaden the organization’s circle of supporters.

Reports to: Vice President of Development

Duties and Tasks

Individual Giving

  • Develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and growth of individual major donors ($1,000+)
  • Oversee the Richard Morris Hunt Patrons major donor group
  • Identify individual giving opportunities across all programming and activities including the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal Gala, Celebrating the City, and Jane’s Walk

Donor Cultivation

  • Advance new cultivation opportunities; test new strategies and approaches
  • Develop, implement and coordinate individual appeals and outreach in collaboration with other MAS departments
  • Recognize individual donor engagement opportunities for funding MAS projects and programs
  • Research existing and prospective donors
  • Create and maintain materials for all individual giving and program needs

Events and Outreach

  • Support all aspects of planning, outreach and execution of MAS’s key fundraising events
  • Work with the Vice President of Development and event planning consultant on the annual Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal Gala.
  • Devise communications strategy for outreach and create appealing content
  • Collaborate with Communications Department to craft appropriate messaging and social media opportunities

Other Responsibilities

  • Support Vice President of Development in stewardship of Development Committee of Board and fundraising efforts with MAS Board of Directors
  • General support for Development Department efforts as they relate to public programs and events
  • Work with Vice President to craft a planned giving solicitation strategy

Qualifications

  • Three to five years of experience managing relationships with individual donors
  • Experience with volunteer leadership and committees
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with advocacy groups and an understanding and appreciation of public policy, city building, architecture, design and preservation that drives the work of the Municipal Art Society
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Awareness of best practices, and emerging tools and trends in individual prospect research, direct mail and use of social media
  • Ability to work both independently and also within MAS’s very collaborative team culture
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, NEON or other CRM software suites. Experience with HTML, WordPress and InDesign desired

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@mas.org with the subject line “Major Gifts Officer”. No phone calls please. The Municipal Art Society of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Planning Intern - Summer 2021

For more than 125 years, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has lifted up the voices of the people in the debates that shape New York’s built environment and led the way toward a more livable city from sidewalk to skyline. MAS envisions a future in which all New Yorkers share in the richness of city life-where growth is balanced, character endures, and a resilient future is secured.

Our work focuses on the built environment from a variety of angles. Our 2019 report, Bright Ideas, part of our ongoing Fight for Light initiative, provides an inventory of planning and policy solutions for protecting access to sunlight in the public realm. We have since called for a Director of the Public Realm and are poised to release a new report, A Development Framework for a City Built for Sunlight, that recommends increasing access to sunlight through zoning, environmental review, and design.

We are also currently working on another initiative, Technical Support for Comprehensive Planning and CEQR Reform (TASC), a land use mapping tool designed to improve the assessment methodologies for the City’s environmental review process and inform potential users with the City’s recent proposal for a citywide comprehensive planning framework in mind. We are developing recommendations with our coalition partners to strengthen CEQR and make it a more accurate, nuanced, and reliable process for anticipating future development and assessing the environmental impacts of projects and changes in our neighborhoods. Relatedly, we are reviewing the current Gowanus and SoHo/NoHo neighborhood rezonings, the Empire Station Complex proposal for Penn Station, and the 960 Franklin Avenue development in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

In addition, MAS manages the Livable Neighborhoods Program (LNP), which helps communities become stronger advocates for their neighborhoods through better understanding of the land use planning process. For our summer work, LNP will be integrated with our TASC initiative through community outreach and engagement opportunities.

Internship Description

Interns will support MAS planning staff on long- and short-term projects and day-to-day work including, but not limited to:

  • Researching, drafting, and presenting advocacy positions and testimony;
  • Contributing to studies, reports, presentations, building modeling, and mapping projects; and
  • Developing educational resources and tools.

Interns can expect to assist with meetings and events organized by MAS and/or partner organizations both during and outside of regular office hours. Interns can expect to gain experience in presenting to a variety of audiences at public hearings, including community board members, City agencies, and elected officials. The internship will provide opportunities for skill development and new applications for mapping, research, analysis, and advocacy.

Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a master’s degree program focused on city and regional planning, community development, urban studies, historic preservation, public policy, urban design, economic development, real estate development, economics, or a related field. A limited number of paid internships are available. Paid interns should plan to work full time (40 hours per week) for the duration of the summer. Unpaid positions will be considered for candidates eligible for either course credit or a stipend through their educational institution.

International students are required to have updated applicable practical training paperwork for employment through your school and a valid social security number.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience speaking publicly and making effective presentations.
  • Ability to conduct in-depth research on existing and proposed development, relevant City and State legislation, and policy initiatives.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to successfully manage multiple projects.
  • Strong urban data analysis skills.
  • Knowledge of current urban policy issues, especially New York City’s zoning, land-use, and environmental review processes (ULURP and CEQR).

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Experience and interest in one or more of the following areas: community-based planning, environmental review, open space planning, sustainability and resiliency, architecture and urban design, historic preservation, real estate and economic development, and affordable housing.
  • Experience with mapping and GIS analysis: ArcGIS and Carto.
  • Familiarity with programming languages for data analysis, mapping and online applications: SQL, Python, and HTML.
  • Experience with specialized design and building modeling software, including Adobe Creative Suite and SketchUp.
  • Facilitation of small groups, supporting community visioning or charrettes.

Application Instructions

The application deadline is May 7, 2021, or open until the position is filled.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and work sample that demonstrates relevant skills (such as a writing sample, excerpt of a research paper, or portfolio, 10 pages/5 MB maximum) to interns@mas.org, with the subject line “Planning Intern – Summer 2021.”

No phone calls please.

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

Community Partnerships Intern - Summer 2021

For more than 125 years, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has lifted up the voices of the people in the debates that shape New York’s built environment and led the way toward a more livable city from sidewalk to skyline. MAS envisions a future in which all New Yorkers share in the richness of city life–where growth is balanced, character endures, and a resilient future is secured.

Our work focuses on sound data-backed policy and community participation in the planning process to advance equitable outcomes throughout the city. MAS assists communities to participate in issues in the built environment and works to transform those systems to bring communities in as partners in the decisions that will impact our shared future.

Since 2007, the Livable Neighborhoods Program (LNP) has helped communities become stronger advocates for their neighborhoods through better understanding of the land use planning process. LNP seeks to equip local leaders with the knowledge and tools that they need to participate effectively and engage in creative, community-based design and planning.

MAS convenes and participates in several citywide coalitions and initiatives. MAS, in partnership with the Regional Plan Association and the NYU Guarini Center, is developing a new mapping tool and training to provide Technical Support for Comprehensive Planning and CEQR Reform (TASC). This work advances data, strategies for local advocacy, and supports applications from community district needs assessments to large projects like proposed rezonings in the Gowanus and SoHo/NoHo neighborhoods, the Empire Station Complex proposal for Penn Station, and the Special Flushing Waterfront District.

MAS is an active member in the Thriving Communities Coalition and the Racial Impact Study Coalition. These collective efforts balance a variety of perspectives to align grassroots organizing, advocacy, policy and technical assistance groups. Together, we work across various issue areas and neighborhoods to disrupt and reimagine city processes and procedures ensuring that communities are visible, engaged, and thriving. These coalitions address inequality, segregation, and displacement, at the citywide level to bring new accountability to government processes and give communities a real seat at the table.

Internship Description

Interns will support MAS planning staff on long- and short-term projects and day-to-day work including, but not limited to:

  • Researching, drafting, and presenting advocacy positions and testimony;
  • Coordinating and documenting feedback from community partners through conversation and use of structured exercises;
  • Contributing to studies, reports, presentations, building modeling, and mapping projects; and
  • Developing educational resources and tools.

Interns can expect to assist with meetings and events organized by MAS and/or partner organizations both during and outside of regular office hours. Interns can expect to gain experience in presenting to a variety of audiences at public hearings, including community board members, City agencies, and elected officials. The internship will provide opportunities for skill development and new applications for mapping, research, analysis, and advocacy. This internship will be remote.

Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a master’s degree program focused on city and regional planning, community development, urban studies, historic preservation, public policy, urban design, economic development, real estate development, economics, or a related field. A limited number of paid internships are available. Paid interns should plan to work full time (40 hours per week) for the duration of the summer. Unpaid positions will be considered for candidates eligible for either course credit or a stipend through their educational institution.

International students are required to have updated applicable practical training paperwork for employment through your school and a valid social security number.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience speaking publicly and making effective presentations.
  • Ability to conduct in-depth quantitative and qualitative research on existing and proposed development, relevant City and State legislation, and policy initiatives.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to successfully advance multiple projects.
  • Strong emotional intelligence skills.
  • Experience working with diverse communities and cultural competency.

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Experience and interest in one or more of the following areas: community-based planning, environmental review, open space planning, sustainability and resiliency, architecture and urban design, historic preservation, real estate and economic development, and affordable housing.
  • Knowledge of current urban policy issues, especially New York City’s zoning, land-use, and environmental review processes (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure and City Environmental Quality Review).
  • Experience with community-based mapping and digital forums for skill-building.
  • Facilitation of small groups, supporting community visioning or charrettes.

Application Instructions

The application deadline is May 7, 2021, or open until the position is filled.

To apply, please email the following to interns@mas.org, with the subject line “Community Partnerships Intern-Summer 2021”:

  1. a resume;
  2. a cover letter; and
  3. a work sample that demonstrates relevant skills (such as a writing sample, meeting or educational materials created, and/or excerpt of a research paper, or portfolio, 10 pages/5 MB maximum).

No phone calls please.

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

Technical Planning/Data Analyst Intern - Summer 2021

For more than 125 years, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has lifted up the voices of the people in the debates that shape New York’s built environment and led the way toward a more livable city from sidewalk to skyline. MAS envisions a future in which all New Yorkers share in the richness of city life-where growth is balanced, character endures, and a resilient future is secured.

Our work focuses on the built environment from a variety of angles. One of our current initiatives, Technical Support for Comprehensive Planning and CEQR Reform (TASC), includes the development of a land use interactive mapping tool designed to improve the assessment methodologies for the City’s environmental review process and inform potential users with the City’s recent proposal for a citywide comprehensive planning framework in mind. The mapping tool is based on an extensive index built using a wide range of public datasets. Together with our coalition partners, we are developing recommendations to strengthen CEQR and make it a more accurate, nuanced, and reliable process for anticipating future development and assessing the environmental impacts of projects and changes in our neighborhoods.

In addition, MAS manages the Livable Neighborhoods Program (LNP), which helps communities become stronger advocates for their neighborhoods through better understanding of the land use planning process. For our summer work, LNP will be integrated with our TASC initiative. LNP partners will play an integral role in reviewing and testing the TASC index through a specialized curriculum and a series of tailored land use review exercises.

Internship Description

The Technical Planning/Data Analyst Intern will support MAS planning staff with TASC data analysis, other long- and short-term projects, and day-to-day work including, but not limited to:

  • Maintaining and expanding the TASC data warehouse/index (GIS analysis);
  • Maintaining and building TASC web applications (GIS & programming)
  • Developing educational resources and tools for TASC+LNP community engagement;
  • Researching, drafting, and presenting advocacy positions and testimony; and
  • Contributing to studies, reports, presentations, building modeling, and mapping projects;

Interns can expect to assist with meetings and events organized by MAS and/or partner organizations both during and outside of regular office hours. Interns can expect to gain experience in presenting to a variety of audiences at public hearings, including community board members, City agencies, and elected officials. The internship will provide opportunities for skill development and new applications for mapping, research, analysis, and advocacy.

Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a master’s degree program focused on city and regional planning, geography, geographic information systems, computer science, or a related field. A limited number of paid internships are available. Paid interns should plan to work full time (40 hours per week) for the duration of the summer. Unpaid positions will be considered for candidates eligible for either course credit or a stipend through their educational institution.

International students are required to have updated applicable practical training paperwork for employment through your school and a valid social security number.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience speaking publicly and making effective presentations
  • Ability to conduct in-depth research on existing and proposed development, relevant City and State legislation, and policy initiatives.
  • Strong urban data analysis skills and experience with ArcGIS/QGIS and CARTO or other interactive web mapping applications.
  • Strong database management skills, including database planning and design.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to successfully manage multiple projects.
  • Knowledge of current urban policy issues, especially New York City’s zoning, land-use, and environmental review processes (ULURP and CEQR).

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Experience and interest in one or more of the following areas: community-based planning, environmental review, open space planning, sustainability and resiliency, architecture and urban design, historic preservation, real estate and economic development, and affordable housing.
  • Familiarity with programming languages for data analysis, mapping and online applications: SQL, Python, Java, XML, and HTML.
  • Experience with specialized design and building modeling software, including Adobe Creative Suite, and SketchUp.
  • Facilitation of small groups, supporting community visioning or charrettes.

Application Instructions

The application deadline is May 7, 2021, or open until the position is filled.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and work sample that demonstrates relevant skills (such as a writing sample, excerpt of a research paper, or portfolio, 10 pages/5 MB maximum) to interns@mas.org, with the subject line “Technical Planning/Data Analyst Intern – Summer 2021.”

No phone calls please.

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

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