We’re Hiring: Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator

SUMMARY

The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, a leading advocate for the preservation and smart evolution of New Orleans’ historic sites, is seeking an Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator to organize efforts and expand into new territory for the 44-yearold nonprofit. PRC’s Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator manages a variety of tasks aimed at maximizing the protection of historic buildings and sites and the  incentives that make preservation work possible. Working with interns and research fellows as needed, the Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator will utilize a data-driven approach to maximize effectiveness in both increasing the renovation and restoration of historic buildings and neighborhoods and in decreasing blight and unnecessary demolition throughout the city of New Orleans.

PRC’s Advocacy Coordinator has consistently been involved in following demolition applications at the city level and generating alternatives or opposition when appropriate. Additionally, this position has served to provide community resources that assist residents of historic neighborhoods in civic participation, particularly around issues that affect the built environment or quality of life (such as proliferation of whole-house short term rentals, inappropriate development and blight). We’re seeking a candidate who can manage such traditional advocacy efforts, but who simultaneously also can help PRC focus on developing proactive solutions that benefit the city.

One main way the Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator will achieve this is by working with local, state and federal elected officials to create — and help the PRC in championing — innovative policy that also can achieve the preservation goals stated above, as well as tangential goals that promote overall healthy communities by using historic preservation as a tool, such as affordable housing, climate change and sustainable tourism.

The Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator must be dynamic, versatile and organized, and represent the PRC with a spirit of respect and collaboration.

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Manage strategic approaches to multiple ongoing advocacy issues, on all levels, from individual homeowner to neighborhood, citywide, statewide and nationwide;
  • Use research to inform strategies to achieve advocacy goals;
  • Follow agendas of pertinent agencies and inform appropriate parties of preservation issues as needed and help PRC generate responses or plans;
  • Represent PRC as needed at hearings on preservation and planning issues, articulating PRC’s stance;
  • Maintain relationships with neighborhood leaders to inform policy goals through stakeholder engagement;
  • Assist PRC Executive Director and board members with outreach to elected and appointed officials and to key individuals in the private sector at local, state and federal levels;
  • Work to craft new policies that achieve goals that meet PRC’s mission and then endeavor to have the policies adopted by lawmakers;
  • Organize and staff PRC’s Advocacy committees, an advisory group that weighs in on major issues;
  • Provide materials and information as needed to PRC’s communications team for public outreach;
  • Staff and work with volunteers on advocacy campaigns;
  • Work with individuals and neighborhood groups as needed to achieve their preservation goals;
  • Manage interns and/or research fellows as needed;
  • Keep Executive Director informed of activity and issues.

 

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required
  • Experience in historic preservation, urban planning and/or real estate development, law and/or politics is preferred
  • Knowledge of historic architecture and neighborhoods
  • Experience with and knowledge of city regulatory agencies, including the City Planning Commission and the Historic District Landmarks Commission
  • Familiarity with economic, land-use and historical research tools and sources
  • Ability to work with others and to show leadership
  • Ability to collaborate well and be professional, thoughtful and respectful as a teammate and as a representative of the organization
  • Self-starter who is able to work well independently and is goal-oriented
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; Ability to set and follow a timeline
  • Sensitivity to the needs of diverse constituencies
  • Must embrace the mission of the Preservation Resource Center
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and GoogleDocs

 

WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
  • This job may require evening or weekend work.
  • This job will require work in off-­site locations including construction sites.
  • Applicants should be able to walk or stand for long periods of time and lift 25 lbs. or more.

 

This is a full-time position with paid benefits. Salary commensurate with experience

Please send resume and cover letter to Danielle Del Sol, Executive Director of the Preservation Resource Center, at ddelsol@prcno.org by Wednesday, December 5, 2018.