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Press Secretary

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)

New York, New York

Date Posted: 11/07/2022

Business Title: Press Secretary
Civil Service Title: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC INFORMATION
Division/Work Unit: Division of External Affairs
Proposed Salary Range: $ 90,000.00 – $ 120,000.00 (Annual)

Job Description

The Division of External Affairs serves as the public interface for ACS with the general public, stakeholders, elected officials, other City agencies and the media. The Office of Communications, which is within the division, is responsible for handling all inquiries from the press, as well as overseeing all internal communications for nearly 7,000 staff. The Office handles a high volume of inquiries from reporters, members of the public, stakeholders, etc. and is responsible for communicating complex, confidential and nuanced issues with clarity and accuracy, under the direction of the Commissioner.

The Press Secretary’s job duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as the lead contact for NYC Administration for Children’s Services in responding to calls from the press
  • Expeditiously draft responses to press inquiries and work with ACS Communications Team, Deputy Commissioners, ACS Commissioner and City Hall to finalize communications, sometimes on nights and weekends
  • Draft agency press releases, media statements, Op-eds, letters to the editor, and other external communications.
  • Build relationships with members of the press
  • Pitch proactive stories to the press highlighting the programs and initiatives of the agency
  • Arrange interviews with the press and prepare the Commissioner and other senior staff for all media interaction
  • Assist the Assistant Commissioner of Communications with strategizing proactive and reactive media approaches
  • Plan and implement press conferences and announcements, including drafting the Commissioner’s remarks for media events
  • Manage the Deputy Press Secretaries and ensure all daily and local newspapers are reviewed on a daily basis to identify direct stories relating to the Agency and relevant policy areas, as well as stories that generate new ideas and creativity; share relevant coverage with appropriate agency teams
  • Manage the collection of information in a timely manner from senior ACS managers
  • Assist with development of content for social media
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing to internal and external parties

Preferred Skills

The preferred candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Prior NYC government experience or experience with social or youth services strongly preferred.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in journalism, media relations, communications or public relations, handling calls from the press.
  • Capable of multi-tasking and handling high-stress situations Ability to thrive in a high-volume, deadline driven environment Self-directed with the proven ability to take initiative as a problem-solver
  • Ability to understand and communicate information about sensitive child welfare issues
  • Ability to collaborate under varying degrees of supervision

Experience, Skills & Education

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college (Master’s degree is preferred), plus 8 (eight) years of experience of substantive legislative advocacy experience in an area related to the duties described above; or
  2.  A combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” above.
  3. Graduate study in Government, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Health, or law may be substituted for up to one year of required experience.
  4. The preferred candidate will exhibit excellent understanding of intergovernmental relations as well as interpersonal skills with a demonstrated record doing high-level legislative strategy.
  5. The preferred candidate will possess the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines.

How to Apply:

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY USING ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW:

For current city employees, go to Employee Self Service (ESS), Recruiting Activities, Careers and search for Job ID# 545959

For all other applicants go to http://www.nyc.gov/careers and search for Job ID# 545959. Click on the “Apply” button.

If you do not have access to a computer, most public libraries have computers available for use.

NOTE: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

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.

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