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The Office of New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh is hiring a Director of Community Affairs

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With Democrats holding large majorities in both houses of the legislature for the first time in decades, Senator Kavanagh and his colleagues are advancing sweeping progressive change through legislation, policy advocacy, and effective representation of our diverse communities.

Senator Kavanagh chairs the Senate Housing Committee and looks to advance an ambitious housing and homelessness agenda in 2020, building on the nation-leading tenant protection laws already enacted in 2019. Additional priorities include gun violence prevention, environmental protection and climate change, election and campaign finance reform, economic and social justice, and consumer rights -- as well as the many community issues we tackle on behalf of residents of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn in Senate District 26.

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We seek a Director of Community Affairs to lead our team and drive our engagement with community groups, advocates, and residents of Senate District 26, comprising Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Director of Community Affairs will oversee a team of Community Liaisons, and will also be responsible for addressing community and individual constituent issues and service needs.  

The Director of Community Affairs will be based in New York City, and must be able to work evenings and some weekends as necessary.  

Spanish language fluency is strongly preferred.

This position is dynamic and fast-paced, given both the leadership responsibilities of the Senator and our representation of 330,000 New Yorkers, and requires a strong commitment to working in a collaborative environment to serve the public.

 Responsibilities

  • Manage team of Community Liaisons responsible for addressing issues affecting the district and individual constituent cases, including developing staffing plans, implementing processes, and advising on district issues and constituent cases.
  • Build strong relationships with constituents, community leaders, other elected and government offices, and advocacy organizations.
  • Gain and maintain a thorough understanding of issues facing district residents and community organizations, and recommend and implement strategies for addressing them.
  • Represent our office and staff Senator Kavanagh at community and intergovernmental meetings.
  • Draft and edit internal and external communications, including correspondence, briefings, presentations, talking points, newsletters, and community reports.
  • Plan, organize, and lead community events.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience building and guiding teams, and creating and refining workflows and processes.
  • Experience developing and maintaining relationships with diverse communities.
  • Ability to multitask and manage projects from inception to conclusion. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Good judgement and political sensitivity.
  • Ability to set, meet, and hold others accountable for internal and external deadlines.  
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced government office, both independently and within a team. 
  • Ability to work long hours and some weekends as necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the neighborhoods comprising Senate District 26 (Lower Manhattan & Brooklyn).
  • Familiarity with New York government and politics, especially the role of elected officials’ offices.
  • Experience representing others in a public setting.  
  • Spanish language fluency strongly preferred. Other language skills, including Cantonese, Mandarin, or Yiddish, a plus.

Salary

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The position comes with an excellent benefits package including health, dental, optical, transit, and retirement benefits.

Location

Manhattan and Brooklyn.  

The Office of New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh is hiring a Director of Community Affairs

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With Democrats holding large majorities in both houses of the legislature for the first time in decades, Senator Kavanagh and his colleagues are…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample -- as a single PDF -- to resumes.26sd@gmail.com, with the words “Director of Community Affairs” in the subject line. Do not submit an application through this website.  

All applications for the position will be kept confidential. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The New York State Senate is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. No calls please.

Please email a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample -- as a single PDF -- to resumes.26sd@gmail.com, with the words “Director of Community Affairs” in the subject line. Do not submit…

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New York, NY

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