Public Information Officer

Posted On: April 15, 2019

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: Roosevelt Island Operating Corp.

Company Description

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) was created in 1984 by the State of New York as a public benefit corporation with a mission to plan, design, develop, operate, and maintain Roosevelt Island. With a focus on innovative and environmentally friendly solutions, RIOC is committed to providing services that enhance the island's residential community. RIOC manages the two-mile long island's roads, parks, buildings, a sports facility, and public transportation, including the iconic aerial tramway. Additionally, RIOC operates a Public Safety Department that helps maintain a safe and secure environment for residents, employees, business owners, and visitors.

Job Description

Under the direction of the President/CEO, and with the assistance of administrative support staff, the Public Information Officer serves as a link between the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, the media, and other government entities. The PIO supports the President, the Corporation’s management team and staff in formulating internal and external communications.

Specifically, the PIO will:

  • Serve as the public information officer, providing in-house expertise in the fields of public information and communications;
  • Develop, implement, and manage the Corporation’s strategic communications program to enhance two-way communication between RIOC and the public through printed publications as well as local news media and website; write, design and produce a variety of public information materials in print, electronic, audio and video formats; develop and implement policies and procedures regarding public information programs on issues affecting the organization;
  • Assist RIOC staff and the Executive team to facilitate timely dissemination of information about programs, services, and activities;
  • Coordinate press coverage for all major functions of the Island and assist with the production of RIOC publications for staff and the public in both print and web formats including newsletters, brochures, posters, flyers, power point presentations and video programs.


  • Serve as the public information officer for RIOC.
  • Prepare and deliver oral press briefings and written press releases to the media on RIOC issues; represent the Island as RIOC’s contact on media inquiries.
  • Prepare external newsletters.
  • Develop, maintain and oversee positive media relations including regular dissemination of news on the Island’s many positive programs, projects and services; answer media and related inquiries.
  • Produce brochures, leaflets, flyers, posters, ads and other literature.
  • Research, develop, write, and edit news releases, articles, feature stories, speeches, pamphlets, brochures, and scripts for print and electronic media; assist with design of printed materials.
  • Prepare and distribute informal internal/external "Info Memo" to employees, media, and Board members as appropriate.
  • Assist with the innovative development of internet and intranet web services for access by the public and staff, including updating material on a timely and regular basis; assist in the oversight of RIOC’s website, and social media.
  • Assist any person requiring ADA accommodation for telecommunications relay service, for Public meetings.
  • Prepare for conferences and other special events; promote special events; provide media and public relations counsel to President and staff; create and maintain a repository of media coverage/information about the Island, Executive staff, and or projects in a format that is usable and accessible by staff and public.
  • Establish productive working relationships with other government entities, and local organizations to increase public awareness of programs and services.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Write, edit, design, produce and disseminate communications materials using a variety of formats, including print, electronic, audio, video, website and public access television.
  • Proficiently use computer spreadsheets, word processing, publishing, database, and internet and other office software.
  • Gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with clarity and accuracy.
  • Develop and maintain positive and productive working relationships with staff, media, other government or agency representatives and the public.
  • Understand, analyze and discuss complex issues with individuals at all levels of the Public and government.
  • Collaborate and build coalitions with professional groups and organizations.
  • Develop and implement programs.
  • Handle multiple priorities and meet established deadlines.


Any combination equivalent to: Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Public Administration, Political Science, or related field and four years progressive responsibility in public relations work, with an emphasis on managing external communications and public information programs. Must have the ability to work outside traditional office hours.

RIOC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RIOC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

We offer a highly competitive benefits package, including; Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, Pension and Flexible Spending Account options.  We also offer a generous PTO policy and an exciting work environment.

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to: Shane Doughty (