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🔗Director of Preservation

  • Full Time
  • New York, NY, USA
  • $50,000 - $60,000 USD / Year
  • Job Summary: LW! seeks a dynamic leader with a mix of advocacy, research, community organizing, and urban policy skills and experience. The Preservation Director reports directly to the Executive Director.
  • Job Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s degree preferred) in historic preservation or a related field and demonstrated interest in New York City and nonprofit work.

    • Computer literate in Microsoft Office, Constant Contact, Word Press, Social Media.  Willingness to learn new programs.  Adobe Creative Suite a plus

    • Flexibility to work in a fast-paced, unpredictable work environment, where some evening and weekend hours are required.

    • Excellent organizational, collaborative, and communications skills (written and oral).

    Writing samples will be requested for those receiving interviews.

  • How to Apply:

    Interested applicants are encouraged to email executive director Sean Khorsandi

  • Job benefits: Full Medical, Full Dental, 10 Holidays, 3 Weeks Paid Vacation, access to 403(b), all after 3 months.
  • Contact Name: Sean Khorsandi
  • Application Email:
  • Application Address: 45 West 67th Street Front 1 New York, NY 10023


LW! is a highly effective, grassroots organization working to preserve the architectural heritage and neighborhood character of Manhattan's Upper West Side from 59th to 110th Street, Riverside Park to Central Park. Since 1985, our efforts have focused on a broad program of advocacy, educational outreach and community engagement, keeping LW! a recognized leader in New York's nonprofit community.

The Preservation Director will focus on key areas of the LW! mission including:

·         Research, to document and prepare building and social histories of the Upper West Side.  This scope includes maintenance of our Landmarks Wish List, additions to our online Building Database and sundry research priorities, as well as contributions to our blog.

·         Advocacy campaigns and public awareness to protect historic sites on the Upper West Side from demolition and insensitive change;

·         Leadership, in collaboration with preservation organizations throughout New York City, to address citywide preservation, land use and policy issues affecting historic resources;

·         The Certificate of Appropriateness (C of A) Committee which meets regularly to review applications submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for permits to alter Upper West Side landmarks;

·         Digital outreach tools, i.e. our database of Upper West Side landmarks, & social media.

The ideal candidate recognizes and is committed to historic preservation as integral to New York City’s success; can demonstrate knowledge and skills related to preservation, land-use planning, architecture, and real-estate development; understands the political process; is able to build strong relationships and coalitions across disciplines; and communicates with conviction, both in speaking and writing, to diverse audiences.  They must demonstrate professionalism and the capacity to multi-task.


• Development and implementation of LW’s strategic, broad-based advocacy campaigns;

• Identification of policy issues and opportunities to effect change;

• Representation of LW! at public hearings, community meetings and other forums;

• Cultivation of  relationships with colleague organizations, key policymakers and their staff;

• Management and support of the C of A Committee to track applications and develop

testimony for work on Upper West Side landmarks;

• Collaboration with the Programs Director to implement a robust public program agenda and

communications strategy tied directly to advocacy priorities;

• Collaboration with the Education Director to translate our work to a school-aged audience

as well as pursue grant funding for future projects;

• Supervision of interns and volunteers on research and advocacy projects;

• Assistance to the executive director as requested.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program or recently graduated (within the past 12 months) and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $15.00 or $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

    The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

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