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Save Harlem Now! - Executive Director

About Save Harlem Now!

Save Harlem Now! (SHN!), founded in 2015, is an independent nonprofit advocacy organization

dedicated to protecting, preserving, and celebrating Harlem’s irreplaceable built heritage, livability, and

sense of place.

Position Summary: The Executive Director will be responsible for creating and implementing strategy

that will safeguard Harlem’s existing historic districts and individual landmarks; be an advocate for

greatly expanded landmarks protection through additional designations and contextual zoning; and be

an educated voice for sound preservation policies in Harlem and New York City.

Reports to: President of Save Harlem Now!

Duties and Tasks

A. Preservation Activities

a. Review all publicly proposed applications affecting historic properties in Harlem,

including both individual projects and proposed land-use plans and polices

b. Write testimony based on Board review of proposals

c. Communicate and consult with constituent groups and stakeholders about projects in

Harlem or areas of interest and concern

d. Regularly attend and speak before the Community Boards 9, 10, and 11

e. Attend public hearings of city agencies and deliver testimony on behalf of SHN!

f. Monitor and report on public meetings and hearings of the New York City Landmarks

Preservation Commission

B. Advocacy

a. Provide strategic support for Harlem preservation campaigns such as landmark

designations, historic resource surveys, re-zonings, and legislation

b. Educate the community about the importance of historic preservation and the

neighborhood’s built environment

c. Work with Harlem community to connect with decision-makers to achieve SHN!’s goals

d. Organize within the Harlem community and with other New York City preservation

community groups to achieve widespread support for common goals

C. Fundraising, Events and Outreach

a. Develop, implement, and coordinate regular fundraising appeals and advance individual

cultivation opportunities

b. Support all aspects of planning, outreach, and execution of SHN!’s public programs such

as walking tours, written materials, candidate forums, and special events

c. Devise communications strategy for outreach and create appealing content

d. Collaborate with Board of Directors to craft appropriate messaging and social media



• One to three years of experience working for a nonprofit preservation organization, or in a

related field

• Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail

• Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills

• Experience with advocacy groups and an understanding and appreciation of the public policy,

city building, architecture, design, and preservation that drives the work of SHN!

• An entrepreneurial spirit

• Knowledge of New York City architecture and history; familiarity with historic preservation

policies, best practices, emerging tools, and trends strongly recommended

• Experience with New York City government agencies such as City Council, City Planning and

Landmarks Preservation Commission is beneficial

• Ability to work both independently and with SHN!’s President and Board

• Experience in fundraising and knowledge of the ad