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The Commission on Human Rights (the Commission) is the agency charged with enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) – one of the most expansive civil rights laws in the nation. Through its Law Enforcement Bureau (LEB), the Commission accepts claims filed by the public, and has the power to initiate its own investigations to affirmatively root out discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other violations of the NYCHRL. The Commission’s Community Relations Bureau (CRB) is empowered to take action against prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, discrimination and bias-related violence or harassment through education, trainings, outreach efforts, and other mechanisms aimed at creating partnerships and relationships with stakeholders in the community. Both bureaus collaborate closely to work towards the shared goal of fostering mutual understanding and respect among all New Yorkers and encouraging equality of treatment throughout the City.
The New York City Commission on Human Rights is seeking a Deputy Press Secretary to assist in executing the agency’s day-to-day and long-term communications strategy. The Deputy Press Secretary will help manage The Commission’s day-to-day press operations, including but are not limited to: responding to daily media requests; composing press releases, press advisories, statements, remarks, Q&As, fact sheets, talking points, developing and maintaining media lists; promoting agency initiatives through pitching, supporting and attending media events and other creative strategies; developing and distributing other information to the news media; preparing Commission officials for press interviews and round tables; tracking relevant press coverage and assisting the Press Secretary and Deputy Commissioner of Communications and Marketing with agency’s long term communications strategy.
The Deputy Press Secretary will be a part of the Commission’s Communications and Marketing team and will report to the Press Secretary.
Job responsibilities include:
Assisting Press Secretary in developing, coordinating, and tracking press outreach strategies for agency initiatives, including casework, outreach programs, and public information campaigns.
Assist Press Secretary and Deputy Commissioner for Communications and Marketing in managing daily media inquiries. This includes:
Independently draft, edit and finalize press materials (press advisories and releases, op-eds, statements, letters to the editor, and other external communications), ensuring that they are clear, engaging, timely and newsworthy.
Responding to incoming news media requests on deadline, including drafting statements, researching background information, and coordinating messaging with senior staff.
Develop proactive press pitches and refine news hooks to promote Commission’s work.
Research and cultivate relationships with reporters and editors for pitches and maintain press database and ensures contacts are accurate and up-to-date.
Create daily news roundup that summarizes and highlights the news relevant to the Commission.
Maintain a monthly press calendar, including relevant news trends, holidays, events and storylines to use as news hooks.
Attend and represent Commission/Communications Office at events, including preparing talking points, prepping speakers and arranging press logistics.
Research and develop relationships with local and national TV and radio reporters working in community, ethnic and online news sites.
Track media coverage daily.
Perform all duties as needed to advance the work of Communications and Marketing department.
Other duties as needed.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
For City employees: Go to Employee Self-Service (ESS) - www.nyc.gov/ess and search for Job ID #: 337393
For all other applicants: Go to www.nyc.gov/careers and search for Job ID #: 337393
NOTE: ONLY THOSE CANDIDATES UNDER CONSIDERATION WILL BE CONTACTED, SUBMISSION OF A RESUME IS NOT A GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE AN INTERVIEW.
**NO PHONE CALLS, FAXES OR PERSONAL INQUIRIES PERMITTED. **
New York City Residency is Required Within 90 Days of Appointment.
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
To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.