Director of Communications, Downstate (Ref#ID022)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $118,000
Maximum: $118,000
Details: salary up to specified amount



Start Date


Application Deadline



New York
New York
United States


Basic Function: Communications strategist and assist in all aspects of the Public Affairs operations downstate.

Work Performed:

  • Coordinate downstate communications strategy.
  • Write and disseminate press releases and media advisories on ESD-related news.
  • Write speeches, testimony, talking points, and material for public presentations for staff.
  • Serve as agency spokesperson proactively “pitching” stories and responding to media inquiries.
  • Organize press conferences and public events on behalf of ESD and the Administration.
  • Coordinate with the Governor’s press office.
  • Accompany ESD Leadership/Staff on speaking engagements.
  • Coordinate crisis management related to breaking news.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with city and state media.
  • Assist in updating ESD websites.
  • Assist in the drafting and dissemination of various internal communications.
  • Coordinate press among government agencies, elected officials, and other outside entities.
  • Assist in developing community outreach related to ESD projects.
  • Coordinate and assist in the media operations for Regional Economic Development Councils.
  • Other related assignments or projects as assigned by management.


Education Level required: Bachelor’s degree with a major or concentration in related subject.

Relevant experience required: 5+ years in public relations or related field. The candidate should exhibit a proven track record of working with media; - New York City and/or State expertise required.

Knowledge required: Strong writing skills; ability to multi-task, ability to work well with colleagues; understanding of basic economic, business and governmental issues; understanding of media dynamic; detail oriented; self-starter; ability to work irregular hours.


Comprehensive benefits package

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Submit resume to email address provided, indicating job title and reference # in the subject line

*We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity*