Associate Director of Communications
City Harvest, Inc. of New York - New York, NY

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Now serving New York City for more than 30 years, City Harvest is the world's first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city's hungry men, women, and children.

This year, City Harvest will collect more than 38 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to nearly 600 community food programs throughout New York City using a fleet of trucks and bikes. City Harvest helps feed more than one million New Yorkers that face hunger each year.

While meeting the immediate need for food in the five boroughs, City Harvest ensures hungry New Yorkers have the food they need on an ongoing basis, identifying communities with high rates of poverty and diet-related diseases for additional support. Healthy Neighborhoods targets supplemental deliveries of free fresh produce to these areas in combination with a unique mix of nutrition education and other programs to increase supply and demand for affordable, nutritious food. In partnership with local residents and organizations, City Harvest is working towards the vision of healthy, food secure neighborhoods.

City Harvest is seeking an experienced Associate Director of Communications who will be responsible for creating the “voice” of City Harvest in writing major organizational collateral and other materials used in fundraising, newsletters, remarks for special events and promotional opportunities. In addition, the Associate Director of Communications is responsible for public relations management in partnership with PR consultants.

The Associate Director of Communications will report directly to the Vice President of External Relations, will have supervisory responsibility for one direct report and several PR consultants.

This position is located at our offices in Midtown, Manhattan.

Responsibilities:
Responsible for development of overall organizational messaging and the adaptation of key points for specific audiences.

Write major organizational collateral and other materials used in fundraising, newsletters, and written and oral communications for special events.

Manage City Harvest’s public relations in partnership with PR consultants, including establishing clear expectations, specific measurable goals.

Edit, proofread or write presentations, remarks and letters in partnership with other departments.

Effectively develop relationships with reporters that result in positive stories about City Harvest’s mission and initiatives.

Together with Vice President of External Relations and outside PR firms, manage crisis communications. Create talking points for media interviews and liaise with all staff performing them.

Track and report public relations deliverables, including communicating press stories with staff and ensure that parties involved, both internally and externally, are thanked.

Coach Executive Director and other staff members on key interviews and presentations as necessary.

Monitor news to spot opportunities for City Harvest, and creatively brainstorm story angles with outside PR firms and staff.

Stay current on organizationally applicable studies/Ensure information is factual, current, consistent and compelling.

Serve as spokesperson for City Harvest as necessary.

Serve as the “record” of City Harvest – a place to find out or check historical and factual information.to ensure consistency of information and statistics across the organization.

Key Requirements:
BA College degree in English, Journalism, Creative Writing or related field.

5-7 years of experience in a leadership role in Communications and Public Relations.

Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Stay current on a broad range of topics with the ability to adapt information as appropriate for pitches and story opportunities. .

Strong attention to detail and depth of understanding ensuring information is current, accurate and compelling.

Creative thinker with the proven ability to tell a story in a compelling and clever way.

Excellence in managing complex projects in a cross-functional environment.

Strong editing skills, ensuring that City Harvest is consistently presented in a professional manner that reflects the “voice” of City Harvest.

Highly responsive, timely, accurate and error-free in follow-through.

Strong research skills.

Thoughtful and active listener.

Experience in management of public relations consultants.

Supervisory management experience.

Outstanding computer skills: Microsoft Office.

Strong capacity to build strong relationships and diplomatically manage interactions with individuals at all levels both inside and outside of the organization.

A commitment to the nonprofit world and a desire to learn about how programs benefit the communities they serve, though nonprofit experience is not required.

There are many fantastic benefits to a career at City Harvest. In addition to working to effect positive change in the lives of thousands of hungry New Yorkers, City Harvest offers its employees a business casual work and learning environment with generous benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, 403(b) and generous paid time off. There are also great perks including TransitChek, discounted health club memberships and movie tickets, and access to free checking accounts when electing direct deposit. Aside from a competitive salary and excellent benefits, you will enjoy a team-oriented and community based atmosphere while you work.

At City Harvest, we enjoy working in a team-based environment and value the benefits of a diversified workplace. Women, people of color, and other underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. City Harvest is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, citizenship, color, creed, physical or mental disability, ethnicity, family responsibilities, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion, veteran status or other unlawful factors with respect to employment. City Harvest is committed to the maintenance of a drug-free workplace and ensuring compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

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