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The Historic Districts Council (HDC) is the advocate for all of New York City’s historic neighborhoods. Our mission is to ensure the preservation of significant historic neighborhoods, buildings and public spaces in New York City, uphold the integrity of New York City’s Landmarks Law, and further the preservation ethic.
The Historic Districts Council, the citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods, is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Preservation Advocacy and Community Outreach Manager. This position will work to maintain and further develop HDC’s neighborhood-based historic preservation advocacy programs, represent HDC to both the general public and our neighborhood partners, and manage HDC’s regular review of applications affecting historic buildings at public hearings of city agencies.
Advocacy and Outreach Activities
HDC is the only city-wide preservation organization that works directly with neighborhood residents and community groups to provide organizational support and technical services to advance preservation campaigns. Associated activities include:
-Providing strategic support for community-oriented preservation campaigns such as landmark designation, historic resource surveys, rezonings, and legislation (position will work in collaboration with technical staff on specific proposals).
-Organizing both within and across communities to achieve widespread support for common goals.
-Working with community groups and other stakeholders to connect with decision-makers in order to achieve their objectives.
-Collaborating with HDC’s Six to Celebrate designated groups on their advocacy goals.
-Representing HDC and its mission to the public, press, and before government agencies in person and in writing
HDC is the only city-wide organization that reviews every public proposal for work affecting historic buildings and districts at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), and when needed, comments on them. Working closely with the HDC’s board-led Review Committee, associated activities include:
-Reviewing, with the committee, all publicly proposed applications affecting historic properties, including both individual projects and proposed land-use plans and policies.
-Writing testimony based on the staff and board review of proposals.
-Communicating and consulting with constituent groups and stakeholders about projects in their neighborhood or area of concern.
-Attending public hearings of city agencies and delivering written testimony on HDC’s behalf.
-Monitoring and reporting upon public meetings and hearings of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and other city agencies.
Qualifications & Compensation
Applicants should have the following:
-A minimum of 5 years of experience in historic preservation, architecture, history, or a related field.
-A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Public History, or related field (or comparable job experience)
-Knowledge of New York City neighborhoods, history, and architecture.
-Experience in community organizing or providing support services to community groups and/or individuals.
-General familiarity with historic preservation policies and practices.
-Strong writing and communication skills.
In addition, the following are a plus:
-Experience with New York City government agencies (such as the City Council, City Planning, and Landmarks Preservation Commission) is beneficial.
-Experience supervising entry-level staff and/or interns.
-Web or graphic skills.
The full-time position will keep regular business hours, and requires regular travel within the five boroughs, including to LPC meetings and to meet with community groups. The position includes some evening and weekend hours with compensation. The applicant must be a New York City-area resident.
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