Job Postings – August 2021

Director of Advocacy & Community Outreach

Director of Preservation & Research


Director of Advocacy & Community Outreach

The Historic Districts Council, the citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods, is  seeking a qualified individual for the position of Director of Advocacy & Community Outreach.  This position will work to maintain and further develop HDC’s neighborhood-based historic  preservation advocacy programs and to represent HDC to both the general public and our  neighborhood constituency through frequent communications.  

Responsibilities 

Advocacy 

HDC is the only city-wide preservation organization which works directly with neighborhood  residents and community groups to provide organizational support and technical services to  forward preservation campaigns. Associated activities include: 

      • 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; 
      • 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); 
      • Representing HDC and its mission to the public, press, and before government agencies  in person and through writing.  

Six to Celebrate

Position will oversee HDC’s Six to Celebrate program. This competitive program is New York’s  only city-wide list of preservation priorities. It provides strategic resources to neighborhood  groups at a critical moment to reach their preservation goals. Selected groups receive HDC’s  hands-on help on all aspects of their efforts throughout the year and beyond until they meet their  goals. Associated activities include:  

      • Maintain contact with community groups across the five boroughs and assist as needed; Strategize with HDC staff and board to help community groups achieve their stated  goals; 
      • Attend meetings and manage correspondence with each group; 
      • Coordinate, promote and attend a variety of events and programs related to the Six to  Celebrate, including walking tours, lectures and community meetings. 
      • Research, compose and edit self-guided walking tour brochures of each of the  neighborhoods and coordinate layout, graphic design and printing with outside  consultants.

The position will work closely with and support HDC’s other core activities, especially with  regard to our ongoing permit review work at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  

Qualifications & Compensation 

Applicants must have strong writing skills, organizational abilities, communication skills and  knowledge of New York City neighborhoods, history and architecture. Applicant should have  experience in community organizing and providing support services to community groups and  individuals. Knowledge of New York City architecture and history preferred; familiarity with  

historic preservation policies and practices strongly recommended. Experience with New York  City government agencies (such as the City Council, City Planning and Landmarks Preservation  Commission) is beneficial. 

A Bachelors Degree or higher in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Public History or related  field is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have a background in advocacy, public  engagement and/or non-profit administration. Web or graphic skills are a plus.  

The full-time position will keep regular business hours. The position includes some evening and  weekend hours with compensation. Applicant must be a New York City-area resident. 

This is a paid position with annual budgeted salary of $60,000. Benefits include full health insurance  (including dental) and access to retirement accounts.  

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit a single PDF document containing a cover letter, resume and three  references to Simeon Bankoff at sbankoff (at) hdc.org. Please include your full name on every page  and in the file name of the PDF. Please also include daytime contact information for all  references. 

This is a competitive position, and only qualified applicants with complete applications will be  selected for further consideration. Please do not submit applications by U.S. Mail or FAX. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy 

The Historic Districts Council is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be  afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed,  color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic  characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.


Director of Preservation & Research

The Historic Districts Council, the citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods, seeks a qualified individual for the full-time position of Director of Preservation & Research.  This position will be representing HDC’s views concerning applications affecting historic  buildings at public hearings of city agencies, will provide support for research projects and help  HDC with its educational programing.  

Responsibilities 

Preservation Activities 

HDC is the only city-wide organization that regularly reviews every public proposal at the NYC  Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for work affecting historic buildings and districts,  and when needed, comments on them. Associated activities include: 

      • Reviewing 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 behalf of  HDC;  
      • Monitoring and reporting upon public meetings and hearings of the Landmarks  Preservation Commission. 

Research 

      • Work to support internal and external research projects and surveys of historic  neighborhoods and buildings; 
      • Work with staff on writing and editing copy for HDC’s public resources, including but  not limited to our website. Creating new content about New York City neighborhoods,  New York City history, as appropriate;  
      • Work with programming staff to manage and support educational events, including the  Annual Conference and Preservation School. 

Qualifications & Compensation 

Applicants must have strong writing skills, organizational abilities, communication skills and  knowledge of New York City neighborhoods, history and architecture. A Bachelors Degree or  higher in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Public History or related field is strongly preferred. 

The ideal candidate will have a background in advocacy, public engagement and/or non-profit  administration. Web or graphic skills are a plus.  

The full-time position will keep regular business hours. The position includes some evening and  weekend hours with compensation. Applicant must be a New York City-area resident. 

This is a paid position with annual budgeted salary of $60,000. Benefits include full health  insurance (including dental) and access to retirement accounts.  

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit a single PDF document containing a cover letter, resume and three  references to Simeon Bankoff at sbankoff (at) hdc.org. Please include your full name on every page  and in the file name of the PDF. Please also include daytime contact information for all  references. 

This is a competitive position, and only qualified applicants with complete applications will be  selected for further consideration. Please do not submit applications by U.S. Mail or FAX. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy 

The Historic Districts Council is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be  afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed,  color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.