Administrative Public Information Specialist

Posted On: May 31, 2017

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: New York City Department of Correction

Company Description

The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) provides for the care, custody, and control of persons accused of crimes or convicted and sentenced to one year or less of jail time.

The Department manages 12 inmate facilities, 9 of which are located on Rikers Island. In addition, the Department operates two hospital Prison Wards (Bellevue and Elmhurst hospitals) and court holding facilities in each borough.

During Fiscal Year 2016, the Department handled over 63,000 admissions and managed an average daily inmate population of approximately 9,790 individuals.
Our dedicated workforce of both uniformed and non-uniformed staff members represent the city’s BOLDEST.

Job Description

NYC Department of Correction (DOC) is seeking an experienced communications officer and speechwriter to join its high-volume press operation and be part of the department’s communications team. The Office of Public Information plays a key role in articulating DOC’s overall reform policy agenda and media strategy, including supporting all units on internal and external communications and managing interactions with the media. The office also responds to journalists’ requests for information, disseminates news about major initiatives, and communicates with the public through traditional and digital media.
This is a fast-paced, demanding post that requires strategic planning, flexible work hours and the ability to work with a sense of urgency to meet the non-stop demands of a 24-hour news cycle. This is an ideal opportunity for an accomplished self-starter who can work quickly and write well under time constraints, think strategically and handle a myriad of challenging responsibilities on a wide range of media-relations areas.
Under the direction of the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information the incumbent will be part of a team who will help manage daily press inquiries, pitch positive news stories, write press materials, prepare public statements, and assist with planning press events and managing responses on tight deadline while working closely with staff throughout the department to ensure accuracy; actively pitch positive news stories to reporters from local and citywide publications and websites. He/she will also compose press releases, advisories, speeches, talking points, related presentations, and information; maintain and expand an extensive list of media contacts, build relationships with reporters and media outlet to ensure accurate coverage of DOC initiatives; help to plan and manage frequent events for staff and stakeholders; participating in on-call weekly rotation on nights and weekends responding to press inquiries. Candidate will also assist in writing and editing content for in-house communication tools including websites, social media platforms, publications and newsletters; performing other related functions and duties as required.

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