Position Summary: The New York City Department of Education is a fast-moving, reform-minded organization, striving to lift educational attainment in the country's largest public school system. As the main point of contact between the Department of Education and the outside world, the Office of Communications is responsible for presenting and explaining the Mayor’s and School Chancellor’s cutting-edge education reforms to the public.
The Senior Writer serves as the key advisor within the Communications Department on internal and external communications and is responsible for completing a variety of writing and research assignments in a high-pressure, time-deadline environment.
Performs related work.
Reports to: Director of Communications
Direct Reports: N/A
Key Relationships: Maintain contacts across the Department to stay abreast of developments and data. May represent the Director on public relations and communication matters involving contact with the public-at-large and the school community, encompassing a wide range of related activities, media communications, special events and projects and information.
Assist in writing, reviewing and editing a wide variety of materials including: speeches, testimony, presentations, web site information, letters, articles and other assignments, as needed.
Advise Chancellor and Deputy Chancellors on internal/external communications strategies.
Write and research speeches, PowerPoint presentations, legislative testimony, and media messages/talking points for Department staff in an effort to effectively communicate with key constituencies, e.g., parents, students, elected officials/government agencies, non-governmental/community organizations, and the general public.
Work with Mayor's speechwriters to draft and finalize speeches for the Mayor to deliver on Education initiatives, goals and outcomes.
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
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 (1) 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.
Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal skills, including the ability to make technical/programmatic information easy for journalists and the public to understand.
Sound judgment and equanimity in high-pressure situations.
Ability to handle multiple deadline assignments in a quickly changing environment.
Understanding of education issues a plus.
Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies at all levels.
Salary: $70,000 +
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)
Applications will be accepted through June 5, 2012 .
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 923, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at http://schools.nyc.gov/OEO
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