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

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Senior Project Manager, Planning

Established in 1893, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is one of the city’s longest standing not-for-profit organizations advocating for excellence in urban design, planning, historic preservation, and community engagement. From saving Grand Central Terminal from destruction and preserving the lights of Times Square, to promoting innovative land-use, zoning and historic preservation policy and legislation, MAS is at the forefront of New York’s most important campaigns to improve our city’s built environment by promoting economic vitality, cultural vibrancy, ecological sustainability, and social diversity.

Summary of Position

The MAS seeks a full-time Senior Project Manager to help advance an ambitious advocacy agenda. The successful candidate will effectively demonstrate a broad understanding of current New York City planning, land use issues, and policies combined with technical proficiency in planning-oriented software applications, as well as strong research, writing, presentation, and communication skills. This position comes at an important time for MAS and presents a unique opportunity to help define and shape our vision for the future of New York City. The ideal candidate will have a range of talents and expertise. They will be engaged, technically skilled, team oriented, passionate about our mission, adept at communicating to diverse audiences, and eager to work in a fast-paced environment.

Position Description

  • Under the guidance of the Senior Director of Land Use & Planning and in coordination with the planning team, the Senior Project Manager will:
  • Conduct research, prepare testimony, write reports, and create website presentations on a wide range of critical projects and initiatives including, but not limited to, planning, zoning, land use, environmental review, demographics, transportation, public policy, urban design, historic preservation, climate change, storm resiliency, and sustainability;
  • Manage and maintain critical planning information and presentations on the MAS website;
  • Provide assistance in organizing and promoting MAS-sponsored public events related to these issues to a diverse audience, including managing and delivering content for the MAS community education programs;
  • Track legislative and planning actions involving, but not limited to, the New York City Council, City Planning Commission (CPC), Department of City Planning (DCP), Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), Borough Presidents Offices and Community Boards;
  • Perform extensive outreach to community groups, other non-profits, City agencies, elected officials, and the media;
  • Assist with the MAS Planning and Preservation Committees;
  • Manage interns; and
  • Attend evening and weekend meetings and events on occasion.

Minimum Requirements

  • A minimum of five years of full time work experience, preferably in New York City;
  • Bachelor’s degree. Graduate degree in urban or regional planning, public policy, historic preservation, architecture or related field strongly preferred, although extensive related work experience can substitute;
  • Experience understanding and analyzing urban planning concepts and applications, New York City zoning, environmental and land use policy, including City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) and Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), and historic preservation;
  • Demonstrable proficiency in GIS software including ArcMap™, ArcScene™, ArcGIS Pro, and CARTO™;
  • Design expertise, including proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite™ (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign) and 3D modeling (preferably SketchUp™ or comparable software such as Rhinoceros™ or Autodesk™);
  • Interest in open data and spatial intelligence;
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Dedication to the ideals of a more equitable, resilient, economically and culturally vibrant New York City; and
  • Dedication to hard work in a professional and fun workplace

Salary

Commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and work sample (such as portfolio, writing samples, or research papers, 20 pages / 10MB maximum) to jobs@mas.org, with the subject line “Project Manager, Planning.” No phone calls please.

The Municipal Art Society of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce; women and individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

Administrative Assistant, Policy and Programs

Established in 1893, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is one of the city’s longest standing not-for-profit organizations advocating for excellence in urban design, planning, historic preservation, and community engagement. From saving Grand Central Terminal from destruction and preserving the lights of Times Square, to promoting innovative land-use, zoning and historic preservation policy and legislation, MAS is at the forefront of New York’s most important campaigns to improve our city’s built environment by promoting economic vitality, cultural vibrancy, ecological sustainability, and social diversity.

Summary of Position

MAS seeks a full-time Administrative Assistant to provide support in the planning and execution of the organization’s public programs, events, and education initiatives throughout the year, including signature events like the MAS Summit for New York City, Celebrating the City, Jane’s Walk, MAS Urbanist Events, and the Livable Neighborhoods Program. This position also provides administrative support, as needed, to the Office of the President, as well as the planning team.

Position Description

Under the guidance of the Vice President, Policy & Programs, and with supervision from the programs, events, and planning teams, the Administrative Assistant will:

  • Support the coordination of pre-, post-, and day-of event logistics with venues, vendors, staff, and organizational partners
  • Support event-related outreach and communications including: issuing and tracking speaker invitations, facilitating timely responses and upkeep of departmental email inboxes, drafting and designing program and event eblasts and collateral, and facilitating website updates
  • Manage and provide timely reports on event guest lists and attendance tracking
  • Coordinate, schedule, and prepare materials for meetings and calls, taking detailed notes for follow-up
  • Assist in researching prospective program partners, event venues, and vendors
  • Maintain up-to-date tracking systems and organization of event archives and support data entry into Neon (the organization’s customer relationship management software)
  • Work across departments to help strategize and develop a full calendar of programs and events that aligns with MAS’s advocacy, taking the lead on particular events as appropriate

Minimum Requirements

  • 1-2 years of full-time work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite products
  • Database, Photoshop, and WordPress experience a plus, but not required
  • Extremely detail-oriented, organized, resourceful, collaborative, eager to learn, energetic, and accountable
  • Ability to work well both independently and with a team
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends as needed
  • Ability to multi-task, meet multiple deadlines, maintain a sense of humor, and keep a calm demeanor in a fast-paced environment
  • Dedication to hard work in a professional and fun workplace
  • Dedication to the ideals of a more equitable, resilient, economically, and culturally vibrant New York City

Salary

Commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@mas.org, with the subject line “Administrative Assistant, Programs.” No phone calls please.

The Municipal Art Society of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce; women and individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

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