Project Manager, Planning and Preservation

Organization: The Municipal Art Society of New York

Posted: February 11, 2017 | Closing: April 14, 2017

Job Description

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 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 Project Manager to help advance an ambitious advocacy agenda. The successful candidate will effectively demonstrate a broad familiarity with current planning issues in New York City combined with strong research, writing, presentation, and communication skills. This position presents a unique opportunity to define and shape an agenda for the future of our City. The ideal candidate will be technically skilled, adept at communicating to a wide range of audiences, team oriented, passionate about our mission, and eager to work in fast paced environment.

Position Description

Under the guidance of the Senior Director of Land Use & Planning, the Project Manager will:

  • Conduct research and write on a number of critical projects and initiatives, including, but not limited to, planning, demographics, land use, historic preservation, transportation, policy, and urban design;
  • Provide assistance in organizing and promoting MAS-sponsored public events related to these issues to a wide and diverse audience, including managing and delivering content for the MAS Community Education programs;
  • Perform extensive outreach to community groups, other non-profits, city agencies, elected officials, and the media;
  • Manage interns; and
  • Attend evening and weekend meetings and events on occasion.


  • Minimum three years 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 work experience can substitute
  • Experience in analyzing urban planning concepts and applications, historic preservation, and environmental policy, including CEQR and ULURP procedures and zoning strongly desired
  • Experience with GIS software such as ArcMap™, ArcScene™ and CARTO™, familiarity with 3D scenario planning software such as CityEngine™ strongly desired
  • Design experience a plus. Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop™, Illustrator™, and InDesign™ as well as SketchUp™ or similar visualization software strongly desired
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills
  • Substantial project management experience
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team context
  • Detail oriented, organized, resourceful, collaborative, and energetic
  • Experience working on complex planning, design, and infrastructure issues. Ability to conduct extensive research on the built environment utilizing a variety of resources is a plus
  • Familiarity with historic preservation advocacy in New York City highly desirable
  • Dedication to the ideals of a more equitable, resilient, economically and culturally vibrant New York City
  • Dedication to hard work in a professional and fun workplace


Commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

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

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