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Academic Coordinator - Historic Preservation

Post Date:

November 26, 2018


Pratt Institute


Brooklyn, NY


Academic Coordinator - Historic Preservation
Pratt Institute


The School of Architecture at Pratt Institute invites nominations and applications for the position of Academic Coordinator (Head of Program) for the graduate program in Historic Preservation. Historic Preservation is one of eleven graduate and undergraduate programs in the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, a 4500-student college in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The School of Architecture educates future leaders in design, planning, and management disciplines by offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the professional fields of architecture, urban design, city and regional planning, construction and facilities management, environmental management, urban placemaking, historic preservation, and real estate. 

Drawing on Pratt's interdisciplinary strengths, the Graduate Historic Preservation program prepares students for leadership within a continuously evolving professional context.

Historic Preservation is one of four interrelated programs within the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, along with City and Regional Planning, Sustainable Environmental Systems, and Urban Placemaking and Management. The mission of the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) is to provide a professionally-oriented education to a student body with diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. Using a multidisciplinary approach, GCPE teaches participatory practice as the best way to support and advocate for just, equitable communities. Students graduate equipped with the knowledge of theory, technical capacity, collaborative skills, and radical critical thinking abilities necessary to plan for ethical, healthy, resilient and inclusive communities.

The MS degree in Historic Preservation at Pratt, a 47-credit, four-semester program, uniquely addresses both the physical aspects of preservation and the role this discipline plays within a larger context of architecture, design, community revitalization, redevelopment and adaptive reuse, and sustainability. The curriculum builds on the energy of New York City as an important epicenter of historic preservation in the United States, and the program is located in Brooklyn—a longtime bastion of civic engagement and innovation around preservation issues. Classes take place on Pratt's historic Brooklyn campus and are concentrated in structure to meet two days per week to make internships and employment easier.

Founded in 2004, the Historic Preservation program offers innovative and exciting opportunities that prepare the next generation of preservationists to address the current challenges affecting historically and culturally significant structures, sites, landscapes and communities at all scales. Pratt seeks a dynamic, innovative, motivated leader to guide the program as it evolves and matures, one who can help faculty and students develop frameworks and curriculum to understand how preservation fits into a world with changing cultural norms, broad re-examination of historical narratives, and changes related to global climate conditions that threaten tangible and intangible heritage around the world. The Academic Coordinator should work collaboratively and inclusively with faculty, students, and staff to build equity through education and practice. Pratt Institute has new leadership at the head of the college (President) and within GCPE (Chairperson)—changes that provide a supportive context and opportunities for thriving academic programs and growth.


  • Provide academic and administrative leadership to the program.
  • Recruit students and faculty.
  • Make admission and scholarship decisions.
  • Advise and mentor students.
  • Develop student enrichment programming, including internship programs, extra-curricular activities, career advisement sessions, etc.
  • Develop grants and fundraising initiatives to support new and ongoing initiatives.
  • Lead faculty committees in developing and improving the curriculum.
  • Work collaboratively with leaders in the GCPE to strengthen the department and uncover new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Participate in program accreditation.
  • Represent the department within the Institute and the profession.
  • Teach one course each semester.
  • Manage student graduate assistants, interns, and administrative assistants.
  • Assist the GCPE chair and other staff with activities relating to marketing, recruitment, enrollment, program enrichment, and programming.
  • Perform all other related activities as required.

SALARY is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Education: Master's degree, either in Historic Preservation (preferably), Urban Planning, History, or a related field.

Experience: Administrative experience in higher education. Five years of college level teaching experience, including some graduate-level teaching experience as a lead instructor.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead faculty and student committees.
  • Familiarity with academic institutions' operating systems and budgeting procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex organizational environments.
  • Recognized standing in the field of historic preservation and allied fields.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Ph.D. in a complementary discipline, such as Historic Preservation, Urban Planning, History, or a related field.
  • Three or more years administrative experience in higher education.
  • Experience as a practitioner in the field of historic preservation.
  • Experience with New York City rules and regulations governing land use and historic designation.
  • Commitment to values-based preservation, and an inclusive approach to cultural heritage conservation.
  • Understanding of preservation's relationship to public engagement, social equity, and community agency.
  • Interest in and/or experience with working with communities and across disciplines, using participatory and collaborative approaches.
  • Appreciation of the interrelationship among the built environment, environmental sustainability, and heritage conservation.
  • Experience in conducting and/or promoting research and publication.

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