Posted On: November 19, 2014
Media Organization: NYC Administration for Children's Services
The NYC Administration for Children Services (ACS) is the City’s agency responsible for child welfare, juvenile justice, and early care and education services dedicated to protecting, supporting and promoting the well-being of our City’s children, youth and families each and every day.
The NYC Administration for Children Services (ACS) is the City’s agency responsible for child welfare, juvenile justice, and early care and education services dedicated to protecting, supporting and promoting the well-being of our City’s children, youth and families each and every day. The Division of Communications and Community Affairs (CCA) is seeking a Deputy Press Secretary to assist in executing the agency’s public information strategy. The chosen candidate will assist in the agency’s day-to-day press operations, will manage and cultivate relationships with Spanish-language press outlets and will focus on the agency’s social media strategies.
The Office of Communications, which is within CCA, handles a high volume of inquiries from reporters, members of the public, stakeholders, and is responsible for communicating complex, confidential and nuanced issues with clarity and accuracy, under the direction of the Division’s Deputy Commissioner. Reporting to the Press Secretary, the Deputy Press Secretary’s job duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
· Conducting proactive press outreach to promote agency initiatives through media exposure;
· Assisting with the response to daily media requests;
· Drafting press releases, advisories, speeches, talking points and related presentations and information;
· Developing and maintaining media lists;
· Monitoring and contributing to the Agency's social media presence;
· Tracking agency press coverage; and
· Preparing agency officials for interviews
The preferred candidate will exhibit excellent verbal, writing, organization and editing skills as well as interpersonal skills with a demonstrated record as a self-starter and team-player. Furthermore, proven experience writing and editing press releases, speeches, and related communication materials in addition to experience in social media outreach and communications management. The preferred candidate will possess the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines. Previous experience in social or youth services and/or in government is strongly preferred. Furthermore, bilingual English/Spanish candidates are strongly preferred.
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four years of social services or related experience in organizations dealing directly with children and/or adolescents; such as (but not limited to) child welfare agencies, day-care, educational institutions, mental health groups, pediatrics, juvenile justice. At least eighteen months of the required experience must be in a supervisory, administrative, managerial or executive capacity.
2. Education and/or experience equivalent to "1" above. However, all candidates must have at least 18 months of experience in a supervisory, administrative, managerial or executive capacity. A Master's degree in Social Work may be substituted for one year of the required general experience.
Section 424-A of the New York Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-caring responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report.
To apply for this assignment, go to www.nyc.gov/careers/search, search for “Deputy Press Secretary” and click on the Admin for Children’s Services post. Applications will be accepted until December 4, 2014.