Deputy Press Secretary, Bureau of Communications

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,362
Maximum: $62,549




42-09 28th Street
Long Island City
United States


Job Description

With a staff of more than 6,000 and a budget of $1.6 billion, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is the nation's premier city health agency. Its 100-plus programs protect and promote the health of the world's most culturally and linguistically diverse city. Each of those programs relies on the Bureau of Communications to convey critical messages to the public. Communications operates a high-volume press office and serves as the main point of contact for all media -- community-based, citywide, national and international.


• Under the guidance and direction of the Press Secretary, the Deputy Press Secretary will establish collaborative working relationships with other city agencies and community based organizations within the Latino and Hispanic communities to develop proactive strategies that closely align with the agency's initiatives and announcements of major public health campaigns.

• Remain abreast of current public health issues within Spanish-speaking communities and brief senior staff who are based in the agency’s three Neighborhood Health Action Centers (Brownsville, East Harlem, East Tremont) accordingly. Provide ideas and advice to senior staff, in the event of press interviews outside the office in the five boroughs.

• Attend community meetings where press may be in attendance. This potentially includes meetings on Legionnaires’ disease, the flu, or other communicable diseases.

• Coordinate the planning of community events and press activities, including press conferences, high-profile interviews, and town-hall meetings with city hall and constituents.

• Conduct internal research on public health initiatives as needed and collaborate with community based organizations and city agencies to develop and implement media, communications, and public relations strategies based on inquiries from the Spanish-speaking community.

• Develop a targeted press outreach plan for specific and community audiences.

• Stay current with all local media outlets and newspapers, including community papers and those targeting at risk and vulnerable populations.

• Maintain high quality, professional standards for all media responses, ensure response are in agreement with agency standards for professionalism and accuracy.

• Contribute to the creation and updating of issue specific targeted media lists to ensure reach to target audiences.

•      Track and maintain database of press coverage, and, as assigned produce morning and afternoon clips.

• Work in a 24/7 media environment after hours and on weekends.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or

2. High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or

3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in "1" above.

Preferred Skills

Proficiency in languages other than English, a plus

Excellent judgment, editing, writing and interpersonal skills

Must work well independently and as a team member

Ability to handle multiple deadlines in a fast-paced and quickly changing environment

Prior government experience a plus

Must be available to work after hours, weekend and during emergencies as needed and participate

Additional Information


Please note: If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:

• A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license. 

• Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title. 

• Current Resume  

• Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)

Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment.  By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements. 

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in languages other than English, a plus

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 359191.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, ge, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.