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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

Monday, October 19, 2020 10:26 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

Research Coordinator 

(October 19, 2020)

Position Type - Part-time, Term

Benefits - No

Hourly wage range - $25 - $30

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is the largest municipal preservation agency in the nation. It is responsible for protecting New York City's architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status and regulating them after designation. The agency is comprised of a panel of 11 commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor and supported by a staff of approximately 80 preservationists, researchers, architects, historians, attorneys, archaeologists, and administrative employees. There are more than 37,000 designated buildings and sites in New York City, most of which are located in 149 historic districts and in all five boroughs.

Working at the Landmarks Preservation Commission provides a great opportunity to cultivate intellectual inspiration and professional development.

The Position

LPC seeks a Research Coordinator to support a special project to coordinate a multi-phased grant-funded project to inventory, digitize, and publish an online database of photographs of LPC-designated properties. Beyond improving LPC records access and creating a system by which the archive can be more easily shared within the agency, LPC will offer the materials within a public-facing image database. Reporting to the Director of Special Projects and Strategic Planning, this position will also work closely with staff from multiple departments, including the Research Department, towards this goal.

Please note that initial work on the project will be conducted remotely. A schedule for transition to on-site work will be determined at a later date.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate previous standard operating procedure (SOP) research notes and recommendations into final document to unify multiple catalogs and filing systems, describing how images will be identified, organized, and prepared for digitization;
  • Coordinate and assist with training, trouble-shooting, and technical support for LPC staff to ensure consistent internal application of SOP;
  • Prepare all existing digital images based on SOP; and following completion existing digital images, prepare and digitize of all other LPC image media for use within the web-based archive;
  • Finalize first phase of project for all existing digital images in the agency’s photographic collection;
  • Coordinate related development of other digital media projects using the archive, including the NYC Discover Landmarks Map.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or

2. High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or

3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in "1" above.

Preferred Skills


The ideal candidate will have experience in the following:

  • One year of full-time experience in library sciences, or a related field; or
  • Strong skills in Access and experience using other relational database systems, such as SQL and Oracle;
  • Demonstrable experience with data management; including developing and managing web-based digital media collections software, such as Luna, Canto Cumulus, or Collection Space.
  • Knowledge of New York City architectural history and styles;
  • Familiarity with archival resources in New York City;
  • Experience with project management and presentations;
  • Strong customer service approach;
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently;
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;
  • Strong skills in Adobe Creative Cloud Suite;
  • Experience with the full Esri desktop suite (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcGIS Pro) is desirable;
  • Experience in or familiarity with land use, preservation, and planning issues in New York City is desirable;
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently;
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities, and meet deadlines;
  • Self-starter, ability to work independently;
  • Detail oriented.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission will only respond to qualified candidates.

To Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter to:

NYC Careers at https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov

Or find posting by searching for “landmarks” on the NYC Jobs page.

Current City Employees should apply through ESS.

While we appreciate every applicant's interest, only those under consideration will be contacted.

If you were educated in a foreign school, you must be able to submit an evaluation of your foreign education from an approved organization.

Final appointment is subject to approval by the Office of Management and Budget.

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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