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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 and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. MAS is committed to cultivating a staff with diverse backgrounds and life experiences that is representative of the communities in which we live and work. 

Note that MAS is currently operating in a remote work environment but in-office work will resume in the future.

Programs Assistant / Associate

Established in 1893, the Municipal Art Society of New York lifts up the voices of the people in the debates that shape New York’s built environment, leading 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, as well as the preservation of Grand Central Terminal, the lights of Times Square, and the Garment District. Our website provides a full picture of our current and future work.

Summary of Position

MAS seeks a full-time Programs Assistant (or Associate, depending on level of experience) to provide support in the planning, ideation, and execution of the organization’s public programs, events, and education initiatives throughout the year. These programs include but are not limited to: Jane’s Walk (an annual festival of free, volunteer-led neighborhood walks across the five boroughs); the MASterworks Awards (for excellence in architecture and design); the Brendan Gill Prize (for art and activism); the Livable Neighborhood Program (supports community-based planning through capacity building for participating in City processes); MAS Urbanist membership events; and other symposia and activities that serve to amplify MAS’s policy perspective and engage, inform, and grow our constituency.

Position Description

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Programs and Events and with guidance the Planning and Advocacy Departments, the Programs Assistant / Associate is an integral part of a small but ambitious team. This position will:

  • Support conceptualizing and implementing MAS’s full calendar of in-person and virtual public programs that align with MAS’s advocacy and audience engagement goals, taking the lead on particular events as appropriate and assigned (including developing program content and selecting program participants, partners, venues, and vendors). For the Livable Neighborhoods Program, under the guidance of the Director of Advocacy and in coordination with the Planning Dept., assist with program implementation including: coordinating the selection of program partners, engaging with program partners in the scheduling and implementation phase, and supporting the on- and off-site formatting, structure, and logistics
  • Support the coordination and production of pre-, post-, and day-of event operations and logistics (both in-person and virtual) with venues, virtual platforms, vendors, staff, speakers, talent, and organizational and community partners
  • Support event-related outreach and communications strategies, such as: author/co-author speaker invitations and other event participant, partner, and attendee correspondence, and (in coordination with the Communications Department) draft and review language for program and event collateral, including print, eblasts, social media copy, and website updates
  • Manage and provide timely reports on event guest lists and attendance tracking
  • Update and develop tracking systems for event management (check lists, timelines, etc.)
  • Coordinate, schedule, and prepare materials (agendas, presentations, etc.) for events, meetings, and calls; provide detailed notes for meetings as appropriate
  • Maintain the events calendar and manage calendar invitations
  • Facilitate timely responses and upkeep of departmental email inboxes
  • Maintain up-to-date tracking systems and reporting on events (submission forms, surveys, metrics, etc.) for planning, debriefs, funders, etc., and organize materials for event archives
  • Support data entry into Neon (the organization’s customer relationship management software)

Minimum Requirements

  • 1-2+ years of full-time work experience, preferably in a cultural institution or advocacy setting. Successful track record in public programming, community engagement, events, urban advocacy, or related field a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in urban studies or related field a plus or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office (particularly Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Google Suite, and Zoom and/or other virtual meeting and event platforms; proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience working with project management software such as Asana, database systems, form builders like Typeform, and CMS platforms like WordPress a plus; experience in video editing or design software also a plus but not required
  • Strong writing, editing, and verbal skills; ability to address public with poise and interact on a professional level with guest speakers, scholars, community members, elected officials, and others
  • A self-starter who is extremely detail-oriented, organized, resourceful, collaborative, and accountable; Ability to problem-solve, multi-task, meet multiple deadlines, maintain a sense of humor and optimism, and keep a calm demeanor in a fast-paced environment; works well independently and with a team
  • Must bring a commitment to racial equity and the principles of diversity, inclusion, and access and a deep respect for the pluralities of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, nationality, age, and gender identities.
  • Dedication to the ideals of a more equitable, resilient, economically, and culturally vibrant New York City
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends as needed

Salary

Commensurate with experience

Application Instructions

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

Vice President of Planning and Policy

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is seeking a strong leader, advocate, and consummate manager to direct its advocacy, planning, and legal team. New York City is at a key moment of transition as the pandemic subsides, leaving a city facing enormous health, social, and economic strains. The city also faces one of the most significant changes in governmental leadership in recent decades. MAS recognizes this moment as one of great importance as the city repositions itself for a more equitable future. MAS is seeking a Vice President who can envision the needs of all New Yorkers across the five boroughs, and advocate for the creation of an ever more livability city.

Overview: The Municipal Art Society of New York

The Municipal Art Society of New York 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, as well as the preservation of Grand Central Terminal, the lights of Times Square, and the Garment District.

MAS’s current initiatives include reform of the New York City Environmental Quality Review process (CEQR), the Fight for Light campaign (introducing access to sunlight as a critical element of planning for the public realm), and the Livable Neighborhoods Program. Upcoming advocacy, preservation, and policy efforts will focus on New York City’s resilience with a special focus on the equity of the built environment and the protection of key aspects of New York City’s character. Our website provides a full picture of our current and future work.

Position Overview: Vice President of Planning and Policy

Reporting to the President, the Vice President of Planning and Policy serves as a member of the senior leadership team and participates actively in strategic and operational planning for the organization as a whole. In partnership with the President, this position is responsible for all advocacy, policy, planning, and preservation initiatives and legal interventions. Managing seven professionals with expertise in advocacy, planning, law, analytics, preservation, and data visualization, the Vice President of Planning and Policy will build on solid foundation of success in policy development, advocacy positions, and providing new analytic tools and reports on the evolution of the built environment in all five boroughs.

The VP will also work closely with the Board of Directors and the Society’s Planning, Preservation, and Law Committees, activating and supporting them as key advisors and members of MAS.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working with specialized staff, direct the organization’s key initiatives in the following areas:
    • Planning: Research, Data Analysis, and Policy Development
      • Land Use & Zoning
      • Environmental Review
      • Historic Preservation
      • Urban design
    • Advocacy: Campaign Development, Coalition Building, and Livable Neighborhoods Program
      • Legislation and Policy Implementation
      • Partnerships & Initiatives
      • Community Capacity Building
    • Legal: Key Citywide Issue Identification and Implementation
      • Recruitment and management of outside counsel
      • Independent legal research and reporting
      • Support of other community legal initiatives
  • Play a lead role in advocating for and communicating the organization’s policy initiatives with elected officials, City agencies, partners, stakeholders, and community groups.
  • Oversee the organization’s relationships with government representatives at the City, State and federal levels.
  • Align initiatives across development, programming, policy, legal, and advocacy.
  • Collaborate with the President on the implementation of the organization’s strategic direction.
  • Supervise, coach, and recruit the planning, preservation, advocacy, and legal team.
  • Build and maintain relationships with partner organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Support the Society’s Planning, Preservation, and Law Committees.
  • Advance the organization’s commitment to equity and service to all New Yorkers.
  • Develop and manage the department budget.
  • Assist in the cultivation of key funders.

Qualifications and Special Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in planning, preservation, architecture, government, law, or associated field preferred.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in a leadership and management role.
  • Demonstrated success in policy development (whether external or internal to government) and/or advocacy campaigns.
  • Deep knowledge of urban planning, preservation, and legal issues, preferably in New York City.
  • Proven ability to present complex ideas clearly and accessibly to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Strategic capacity to construct, articulate, and implement annual and multi-year plans.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to prioritize activities of the team, maximize skillsets, and coach individual staff members to a level of high performance.
  • Experience working closely and collaboratively with Board members, commissions, public bodies, and senior staff.
  • Experience managing coalitions and engagement efforts.
  • Strong communication, emotional intelligence, and organizational skills.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the willingness and ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • High energy and passion for the MAS mission is essential; knowledge and understanding of the urban environment preferred.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply to jobs@mas.org. Please include “VP Planning & Policy” in the subject line of your email message. Submission information should include a resume, and a letter describing their qualifications, interests, and potential impact in the role.

Address all correspondence to: Search Committee
ATTN: VP Planning & Policy

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.

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. 

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