We’re Hiring — Planning and Preservation Writer

Published in Announcements, People in Preservation.

Title: Planning and Preservation Writer
Salary: $55,000 – $62,000
Status: Full-time exempt
Apply by April 1, 2024 

Providence Preservation Society (PPS) is a nonprofit preservation, advocacy and education organization founded in 1956. PPS understands that the work of preservation is not defined by the fight to protect singular examples of architecture, as though the city were a museum, but must engage with planning and policy, place-based research, creative practice, climate justice and community engagement with the goal of shaping a livable, equitable city for all. Our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan outlines the organization’s progressive approach that prioritizes social and racial justice, and new programs and initiatives that address systemic inequities.

PPS seeks a Planning and Preservation Writer to cover developments in Providence that impact the urban fabric and the city’s diverse cultural heritage practices, and to lead the organization’s communications efforts. The successful candidate will be passionate about cities and the people who shape them, with strong research and analytical skills and the ability to distill the complexities of planning and policy into lively prose (accompanied, at times, by photos and videos) for PPS’s newsletter subscribers, website visitors and social media followers.  Issue coverage may include profiles of people who are preserving or shaping community space and cultural practices; features about historic homes, buildings or spaces that hold meaning for different communities; assessments of current or potential real estate developments with regard to issues of design and equity; or solutions-oriented analyses of policies related to planning, zoning, and adaptive reuse. The candidate should have superb relational skills that make them an asset to PPS’s community relationship building activities.

This is a new position at PPS, which comes from the belief that relevant and timely communication backed with rigorous reporting are critical to PPS’s ability to achieve its mission – especially in the current context of weaker local news ecosystems. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in the critical project of rebuilding local news and an informed public from an organization that is regarded as one of the city’s legacy institutions and a trusted source of information. The position will be part of a highly integrated office of five full-time staff and will report to PPS’s Executive Director. 



PPS fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are committed to reflecting the communities with whom we work and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented populations to apply. This position is based in Providence, and candidates should be based in the area or willing to move. Providence is a diverse city of 190,000 that is home to Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College, and other institutions of higher education, located one hour from Boston. 

Compensation and Benefits

Interested applicants should send an email to jobs@ppsri.org with “Planning and Preservation Writer” as the subject line. The email should contain the following (please send the cover letter, resume, and text-based clips as a single PDF document)

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis but will be reviewed starting April 1, 2024.


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