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Posted: 01/14/2014

FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, founded in 1982, is an independent, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving the architectural legacy, livability, and sense of place of the Upper East Side. FRIENDS was created to be a source of information and encouragement for property owners, and an active participant in public decisions that affect the historic and cultural resources of the Upper East Side. FRIENDS regularly monitors, attends and testifies before the Community Board, Landmarks Preservation Commission, City Planning Commission, Public Design Commission and City Council, acting as community advocate to encourage appropriate development on the Upper East Side. FRIENDS also works hard to educate the public. We hold lectures, sponsor walking tours, and give annual awards for community service and outstanding preservation projects. Additionally, we offer educational programming for 1st through 5th graders, focusing on the appreciation of the built environment and neighborhood history. Our goal is to stimulate an interest in architecture, history, and preservation in children at a young age, while also instilling a sense of community pride and awareness. From its inception as the “Municipal Art Society Advisory Committee for the Upper East Side Historic District” to the present day, FRIENDS has been a fierce and vocal advocate for the architectural legacy, livability, and sense of place of the Upper East Side and New York City. Our archival records document this history of preservation advocacy, and it is important that our collection be cataloged and made available to the public.

Preservation Associate
Professional Opportunity
New York, NY

FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts seeks a full-time Preservation Associate to assist the Executive Director and Director of Development with advocacy issues, events, and special projects.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the main responsibility of the Preservation Associate is to plan and prepare all Preservation Committee meetings. The Preservation Committee at FRIENDS reviews every Upper East Side Certificate of Appropriateness item that goes before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, offering advisory testimony at each public hearing.

In addition, the Preservation Associate works with community groups and government agencies on preservation issues and projects, appearing before the community board and other public venues.  The Preservation Associate also plans and prepares all adult education programs and events with input from the Executive Director, including the Annual Awards Ceremony. Special projects include managing the ongoing survey of architectural resources in the neighborhood of Yorkville. The Preservation Associate, when needed, assists the Director of Development and helps with general office administration, overseeing interns, and design of in-house marketing materials.

This position requires an enthusiastic, motivated person with experience in the historic preservation advocacy field in New York City. The qualified candidate will have some experience with public speaking, event planning, managing volunteers, and graphic design. Exemplary writing skills are highly desired.

  • Masters degree in Historic Preservation preferred.
  • Outstanding organizational and communications skills are essential.
  • Must be willing and able to work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to complete projects in a collaborative, yet small work environment.
  • Must have a clear understanding and appreciation for the mission and objectives of FRIENDS.
  • Familiarity with historic preservation advocacy and the Upper East Side are highly desirable.

For more information about FRIENDS, please visit us at www.friends-ues.org.

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How to apply
Please email a letter of introduction and resume in PDF format to: Tara Kelly Executive Director FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts 966 Lexington Avenue, #3E New York, NY 10021 info@friends-ues.org

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