Communications Director/ Press Secretary

Posted On: April 16, 2013

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: New York City Council, Margaret S. Chin

Company Description

The New York City Council is the lawmaking body of the City of New York. It comprises 51 members from 51 council districts throughout the five boroughs. The Council serves as balance of power against the mayor in a "strong" mayor-council government model. The council monitors performance of city agencies and makes land use decisions as well as legislating on a variety of other issues. The City Council also has sole responsibility for approving the city budget.

Job Description

Desired Skills and Experience:

2-3 + years' experience working for a New York City media outlet preferred; or in government field.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Strong contacts with New York City-based reporters and media outlets.

Knowledge of New York City and State politics.

Familiarity with the neighborhoods in lower Manhattan.

Degree in Journalism; preferred.

Chinese and/or Spanish language proficiency preferred, but NOT required.

Job Responsibilities:

Coordinate and respond to press and media inquiries for Council Member Margaret Chin.

Draft press releases, quotes, and statements with input from the Council Member.

Draft talking points and prep the Council Member for interviews and press conferences.

Maintain contact with reporters and pitch stories.

Develop press strategy to gain visibility for important initiatives and legislation.

Organize and staff special events, town halls, and community forums.

Write monthly and bi-annual newsletters.

Monitor news and compile clips for the office.

Night and weekend availability required.

Additional Responsibilities:

Maintain the Council Member's social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Maintain the Council Member's official website.

Provide constituent services.

Represent the Council Member at community meetings and functions, as need.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample and/or clips to Kelly Magee, Director of Communications, at