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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 work collaboratively across departments and with a wide variety of partners from across the boroughs. 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. Proof of COVID vaccination is required.

Advocacy Associate

The Advocacy Associate helps implement MAS’s advocacy, planning, and preservation initiatives under the direction of the Director of Advocacy. The Associate helps implement lobbying and community-building activities, supports MAS-led initiatives such as Fight for Light, Enduring Culture, and the Livable Neighborhoods Program, and advances MAS’s positions through participation in externally led coalitions such as Thriving Communities Coalition, Housing Data Coalition, and other thematic collaborations. The Advocacy Associate will report to the Director of Advocacy and have strong working relationships with the Planning and Policy Team and the Menapace Fellow in Urban Land Use Law.

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.

With 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.

New York City is at a key moment of transition as the pandemic continues, 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.

Core Responsibilities

  • Prepare and present testimony before various bodies of New York City and State government including, Community Boards, City Council, City Planning Commission, and the and Landmark Preservation Commission
  • Assist with MAS’ Preservation Committee, including coordinating meetings, presentation topics, communication, and follow-up items including formation of position letters, additional research, and engagement with relevant community stakeholders
  • Advance MAS’ new Enduring Culture Initiative through targeted research, stakeholder outreach and discussion, policy and platform development, storytelling, and lobbying efforts, MAS’ Enduring Culture Initiative builds upon our legacy of historic preservation advocacy to recognize aspects of place beyond buildings and places as well as develop new tools to assist communities hold onto the qualities and culture that make them special.
  • Convene and steward existing and new coalitions, including cultivating new community partners, identifying shared objectives and policy platforms, and facilitate meetings (scheduling, agenda creation, moderate discussion)
  • Conduct qualitative research and analysis on policy approaches and community perspectives on a variety of planning and preservation topics. Special attention will be given to convening conversations, holding space for difficult topics, and finding agreement between opposing points of view.
  • Support the Livable Neighborhoods Program through cohort management, curriculum implementation, and alumni engagement
  • Contribute to written, visual, audio, and other presentation materials for MAS campaigns, special projects, actions, and advocacy campaigns (including action alerts, web copy, and community resource guides)
  • Track evolution of relevant city and State legislation and community engagement and/or planning processes as assigned, including attendance at meetings, documenting community priorities, and significant conflicts and areas of agreement
  • Maintain positive relationships with key constituencies, staff, and external partners
  • Represent MAS in coalitions, events, and panels where needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Preservation, Community Development, Planning, or related field and three (3) years of related experience required in advocacy, organizing, or preservation.

Master’s Degree may substitute for two (2) years of experience.

Successful candidates will also show the following characteristics and skill sets:

  • Working knowledge of relevant city and state agencies and processes involved with the built environment
  • Emotional intelligence and cultural competency
  • Political Savvy and experience with campaigns, coalitions, and/or community-driven advocacy
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to distill complex information toa diverse audience
  • Activation strategies to increase public buy-in on initiatives
  • 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
  • A commitment to expanding the capacity for community-based planning
  • An ability to lift up underrepresented voices within critical conversations

How to Apply

Applicants should apply to jobs@mas.org. Please include “Advocacy Associate” 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: Advocacy Associate

Salary – $58,500

Salaries at the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) are set based on job-related duties, responsibilities and required knowledge, skills and abilities, not on the personal characteristics of any employees. Each job is evaluated and classified based on a combination of (1) its relative internal positioning as systematically compared to other jobs, and (2) the applicable competitive labor market range. The resulting classification for each job guides all base pay decisions in a way that results in competitive, equitable, cost-effective, legally compliant, and motivational salaries for all MAS employees.

Senior Director of Individual Giving

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) seeks a Senior Director of Individual Giving. The Senior Director position will be responsible for building and enhancing MAS’s individual donor program. The position will have primary responsibility for leading the organization’s annual giving efforts, setting strategy, and executing fundraising plans for sustaining and substantially growing the number of $1K – $50,000 annual donors. The Director will also support major giving efforts of the Vice President of Development, the President, and the Board of Directors. This position reports to the Vice President of Development.

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.

With nearly 130 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 Tribute in Light, as well as the preservation of Grand Central Terminal, Radio City Music Hall and the lights of Times Square.

New York City is at a key moment of transition as the pandemic ebbs, leaving a city facing enormous health, social, and economic strains. The city has also experienced 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 has an annual budget of approximately $4,000,000. Our staff of 20+ includes planners, design experts, historians, civic leaders, community builders and advocates who love New York City. We work collaboratively across departments and with a wide variety of partners from across the boroughs.

Duties and Tasks

A. Individual Giving

  1. Develop strategies for prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and significant growth of individual donors to MAS
  2. Oversee the Richard Morris Hunt Patrons program ($1,000+)
  3. Create 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
  4. Identify individual giving opportunities across all programming and activities including the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal Gala, MASterworks, and Jane’s Walk

B. Donor Cultivation

  1. Advance new cultivation opportunities; test new strategies and approaches
  2. Develop, implement and coordinate individual appeals and outreach in collaboration with other program areas
  3. Collaborate with the Vice President of Development in stewardship of the Development Committee of the Board and to support the strategic fundraising work of the Board
  4. Stay informed and knowledgeable about programmatic activities to be able to converse with donors about MAS’s work
  5. Recognize individual donor engagement opportunities for funding MAS projects and programs
  6. Research existing and prospective donors
  7. Create and maintain materials for all individual giving and program needs

C. Events and Outreach

  1. Support all aspects of planning, outreach and execution of MAS’s key fundraising events
  2. Work with the Vice President of Development and event planning consultant on the annual Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal Gala
  3. Devise communications strategy for outreach and create appealing content
  4. Partner with Marketing & Communications to plan and design strategic cultivation and stewardship events and fundraising appeals

D. Other Responsibilities

  1. Work with the Vice President of Development to craft a planned giving solicitation strategy
  2. General support for Development Department efforts as they relate to public programs and events

Qualifications

  • Three to five years of experience managing relationships with high net-worth individual donors
  • Experience with volunteer leadership and committees
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to engage and build relationships with people from a diversity of backgrounds
  • Excellent writing, editing, organizational 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

Employment Goals

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.

Salary- $120,615

Salaries at the Municipal Arts Society of New York (MAS) are set based on job-related duties, responsibilities and required knowledge, skills and abilities, not on the personal characteristics of any employees. Each job is evaluated and classified based on a combination of (1) its relative internal positioning as systematically compared to other jobs, and (2) the applicable competitive labor market range. The resulting classification for each job guides all base pay decisions in a way that results in competitive, equitable, cost-effective, legally compliant, and motivational salaries for all MAS employees.

Applicants should apply to jobs@mas.org. Please include “Senior Director of Individual Giving” in the subject line of your email message. Submission information must include a resume, and a letter describing qualifications, interests, and potential impact in the role. 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.
  • 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

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