COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER/PRESS SECRETARY POSITION
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.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
- 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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