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Under  supervision  of a supervisory official  in  a  state department,  institution, or agency, is responsible for  assigned work  programs  of  the  Office  of Public Communications;  does related work as required.

NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.


  • Serve as official spokesperson and media liaison for all media
  • Writes, edits, reviews press materials including press kits, press advisories, press releases, statements, talking points, and other relevant materials.
  • Coordinates and manages the daily exchange with members of the press, including Latino and Portuguese speaking media
  • Develops local media strategy and execution in coordination with Communications Director
  • Pitches media coverage and stories
  • Leads work involved in the preparation and distribution of news advisories/releases, feature news stories, bulletins, and other informative materials designed to acquaint the media and general public with the functions, aims, programs, regulations, policies, and procedures of the City
  • Assists in gathering informative materials concerning the current and proposed programs/initiatives of the City and the turns material into compelling news stories
  • Reviews, evaluates, and writes speeches, op-ed articles, newspaper and magazine articles on all issues relevant to Newark municipal government.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, committee hearings, and other group meetings pertinent to the work of the unit and makes full reports of the thinking and conclusions of the Office
  • Maintains  liaison with the press and public to determine reaction to municipal policies by coordinating and managing the daily exchange with local media and journalists
  • Manages press conferences and media outlets at press events
  • Reviews and approves various media requests for department and other senior members of the Administration
  • Prepare briefing documents for Mayor’s interviews, staff Mayor, and provides press advance as needed; prep directors for interviews when applicable
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 to 8 years of experience in media relations, communications, or a related field demonstrating an increasing scope of work and responsibility.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Being a strong writer, who can tell a story clearly and concisely is a must, as is attention to detail and a clear ability to synthesize complex information for general audiences.
  • Prior experience simultaneously managing multiple projects and competing priorities in an effective way.
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment, often under short and shifting deadlines and in high-pressure situations.
  • Willingness to work non-traditional hours. Team members will be required to be on-call nights, early mornings, weekends, and on holidays, as necessary.
  • Prior New Jersey/New York region press experience and/or prior government, legislative, and/or public affairs communications experience is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to effectively work with a team and independently, and capable of interacting with a broad range of individuals.
  • Proficiency in the English language.
  • Written and verbal fluency in at least one non-English language highly desired, but not required.
  • Creative thinker and ability to be flexible.


Successful completion of an Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, vocational school, or military school.

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