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Communications Director

Council Member Ritchie Torres


Description
Council Member Ritchie Torres is seeking a Communications Director to oversee the strategic communications of his office.

A lifelong son of the Bronx and the first openly gay candidate elected to public office in the borough, Council Member Torres is committed to advancing aggressive and forward-thinking policy initiatives while providing the highest quality of services to his constituents.

The Communications Director will oversee messaging, press and public outreach, and social media promotion of the Council Member's legislative and district-based work.

Responsibilities:
Reporting directly to the Chief of Staff, the Communications Director will:

Formulate strategic plans to guide all communications initiatives based on expanding reach and impact

Initiate contact with and respond to inquiries from print, radio, and television journalists

Pitch story ideas and provide information to generate positive media coverage

Oversee the writing and development of all press materials including press releases, press advisories, and op-eds

Manage all aspects of the Council Member's social media presence and online content

Plan and execute special events and initiatives

Qualifications:
A bachelor's degree, preferably in communications or a relevant field

Excellent editorial command, including strong written and oral skills

Ability to work independently, handle multiple priority projects and meet deadlines

Prior experience working for labor, political or issue-advocacy organization or campaign

Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice

How TO APPLY:
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and two press related writing samples to smcdonald@council.nyc.gov no later than March 15. No phone calls, please.


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