The New York City Housing Authority’s Department of Communications is seeking a skilled writer, and creative editor to oversee its content development for NYCHA’s various news vehicles, including print and digital publications that reach its more than 400,000 residents and 11,000 employees. The Content Editor will work in a team environment in the Department of Communications, which reports directly to the Chair and CEO of the Authority. The Department of Communications (DOC) manages the image of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to core audiences and the public at large and is engaged in building a dialogue among residents, employees and others. The department is also responsible for the development and dissemination of information about NYCHA to residents and Section 8 program participants; employees; Authority partners as well as City, State and National stakeholders. The Department creates and conducts strategic information campaigns that promote interactive communication in support of Authority initiatives and resident activities. It works to reinforce NYCHA’s mission, and brand message, and actively engaging multiple audiences including the media and general public.
Responsibilities and duties shall include but not be limited to:
1. Report and write about people, places and issues relevant to the Authority and NYCHA residents
2. Work with the Chief Communications Officer to guide the vision and voice of news vehicles at NYCHA
3. Coordinate with other agency departments to obtain content.
4. Draft, write and edit columns for agency and government officials
5. Edit all content.
6. Provide design and layout direction for multiple media channels
7. Work with business and revenue development on printing, advertising and other production matters
8. Coordinate revisions for the bilingual edition with the Spanish translator.
9. Draft remarks, speeches and testimonies as needed for agency leaders.
10. Draft, write and edit content for the Web; letters to the editors; op-ed articles, and other material, as needed.
11. Work very closely with the Digital Communications team to transition publications to digital.
12. Interact with residents and NYCHA key stakeholders.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college with 24 credits in English, journalism or public relations, plus five (5) years of full-time paid experience in public relations, journalism or advertising, including two (2) years in an administrative, supervisory or consultative capacity; or
2. A combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" above. Graduate study in English, journalism, or public relations may be substituted for up to one year of required experience. However, all candidates must have at least two (2) years of administrative, supervisory, or consultative experience in public relations, journalism or advertising.
1. Excellent verbal, writing and editing skills; detail orientation and follow-up skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
2. Visual and design sense.
3. Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated record as a self-starter and team-player; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with associates and the public.
4. Business acumen and organizataionsl skills.
5. Ability to interact with staff (at all levels) in a fast paced environment with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.
6. News judgment and creative story development skills.
7. Strong decision making ability.
8. Candidate should demonstrate substantial experience in journalism and/or producing a periodic publication.
9. A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism or English.
10. Minimum of eight years journalism experience, including past experience with government, advocacy and/or non-profit work.
11. Knowledge of housing, community-based issues and/or government is a plus, as is familiarity working with or covering New York municipal, state, or federal government policy and legislative issue, or background in the non-profit sector.
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