Job opening



  • 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.


  • 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 liaison for all media
  • Crafts press materials including press advisories, press releases, statements, talking points, and reviews and writes op-eds, and speeches
  • Coordinates and manages the daily exchange with members of the press
  • Develops local media strategy and execution in coordination with Communications Director
  • Manages press conferences and media outlets at press events
  • Pitches media coverage and stories
  • Leads work involved in the preparation and distribution of news advisories/releases, feature news stories, and other informative materials designed to acquaint the media and general public with the functions, aims, programs, and policiesof the City
  • Reviews, evaluates, and writes speeches, op-ed articles, newspaper and magazine articles on all issues relevant to Newark municipal government.
  • 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 3 to 5 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.
  • 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.

To apply, please send resume to PRESSOFFICE@CI.NEWARK.NJ.US with "Press Secretary Application - Name" in the Subject Line