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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.

Planning Intern – Spring 2022

For more than 125 years, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has lifted 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. 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. 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 2018 report, A Tale of Two Rezonings, examined the Long Island City and Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood rezonings from an environmental planning perspective. 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 released a report, A Development Framework for a City Built for Sunlight, that recommends increasing access to sunlight through zoning, environmental review, and design.

We are currently working on a project called Technical Support for Comprehensive Planning and CEQR Reform (TASC) which is a land use mapping tool designed to improve the City’s environmental review process and assessment methodologies. Building on our recently released report, Up to the TASC, we are working with our coalition partners to strengthen CEQR and make it a more accurate, nuanced, and reliable process. Next year we are also seeking to undertake a deeper study of the relationship between the built environment and the public realm in defined pilot areas as part of Fight for Light. We also continue to engage in major rezoning and development projects throughout the city through detailed research, analysis, and public comments and testimony. Over the next few months, we will be developing an advocacy framework for climate change and resiliency.

Internship Description

Interns will support MAS planning staff on short- and long-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 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. This is a paid internship, though unpaid positions will be considered for candidates eligible for either course credit or a stipend through their educational institution. Interns should plan to work a minimum of 16 hours per week for the duration of the spring semester, with the potential for up to 25 hours per week. The internship will be remote to start, with the potential for a hybrid schedule later on. Proof of COVID vaccination is required.

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

Required Skills & Experience

  • Ability to conduct in-depth research on existing and proposed development, relevant City and State legislation, and policy initiatives
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience speaking publicly and making effective presentations
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to successfully manage multiple projects
  • Experience with GIS analysis programs such as ArcGIS and Carto
  • Experience with specialized design and building modeling software, including Adobe Creative Suite and SketchUp
  • 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
  • Familiarity with programming languages for data analysis, mapping and online applications, such as SQL, Python, and HTML

Application Instructions

The application deadline is December 17, 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 – Spring 2022”. No phone calls please.

Manager of Individual Giving

Position Summary: The Manager of Individual Giving 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 Manager of Individual Giving 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 donors ($1,000+)
  • Oversee the Richard Morris Hunt Patrons 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

Qualifications

  • Two to three 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
  • Proof of COVID vaccination is required.

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

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.
  • Proof of COVID vaccination is required.

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
  • Proof of COVID vaccination is required.

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.

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