Press Secretary

Office TitlePRESS SECRETARY

Salary: $60,000-$70,000 (Annual)

The Bronx Borough President’s Office is seeking a highly motivated Press Secretary. The primary role of the Press Secretary is to help execute the agency’s day-to-day press operations, fielding and responding to incoming reporter inquiries, coordinating and staffing the Bronx Borough President at media/external events. The press secretary will develop and execute media strategies, ensuring all press communications align with the voice and priorities of the Borough President and Deputy Borough President. The Press Secretary will report to the Director of Communications and work collaboratively with the communications team to ensure proper amplification of messages. Must be flexible to work nights and weekends and will perform a wide range of tasks including, but not limited to:

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Fielding and responding to incoming reporter inquiries, developing talking points, tracking news trends, and planning activity against that appropriately.
  • Developing and executing media strategies that align with and fulfill overarching communications priorities recommended by the Director of Communications.
  • Establishing and managing relationships with community-based, city-wide, and key national reporters, and media outlets to ensure maximum reach of publicity.
  • Monitoring breaking news and responding appropriately to the relevant borough or city-wide news.
  • Attending Ask the BP on a rotating basis and collaborating on the briefing.
  • Composing citations and proclamations for community residents/organizations/events.
  • Drafting all written press communications coming from the Office of the Bronx Borough President including press releases, media advisories, quotes on behalf of spokespeople, and op-eds.
  • Coordinating events on behalf of the Bronx Borough President’s Office such as location, coordinating audio/visuals, liaising with IGA and community affairs on the participation of elected officials and other community members/representation, coordinating media attendance through media advisories, preparing run-of-show, conducting appropriate follow-up post-event.
  • Preparing talking points and scripts for the Bronx Borough President and Deputy Borough President prior to media interviews and public appearances.
  • Responsible for drafting all written press communications for press releases, media advisories, quotes on behalf of spokespeople, and op-eds.
  • Staffing the Bronx Borough President and/or Deputy Borough President at press events and overseeing and managing media interactions.
  • Prepare ongoing metrics reports of media relations, including providing media clips featuring the Borough President and the Deputy Borough President.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the areas of communications, public relations, digital communications, public affairs, political science, or another relevant field, plus 2-5 years of experience in public relations or public affairs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Successful track record of working with a diverse pool of NYC-based media contacts.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to analyze the administration’s communications strategy and identify strategic weaknesses and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Ability to analyze the administration’s communications strategy and identify strategic weaknesses and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Ability to exhibit a professional demeanor in the fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.
  • A deep knowledge of New York City government; and a strong commitment to the values and vision articulated by the Bronx Borough President.

To Apply:

Submit a resume, cover letter and the contact information for three professional references to [email protected] with the subject line “Press Secretary”. Your cover letter should be concise and describe, with specificity, why you are an excellent candidate for the position.

Submission of an application package is not a guarantee that you will receive an interview. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The Office of the Bronx Borough President is committed to a diverse workforce, and we seek diversity among applicants for this position. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment. However, City employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for two (2) continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County.

The City of New York is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Resume Submission Deadline: May 1, 2022

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