Director of Communications

Organization: Mayor's Office of Climate & Environmental Justice

Posted: July 3, 2023 | Closing: July 14, 2023

Job Description

The Director of Communications position within the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice
(MOCEJ) is a key role that plays a crucial part in advancing the organization’s mission. Reporting to the
Executive Director, the Director of Communications is responsible for developing and executing a
comprehensive communications strategy. The primary objective is to effectively convey MOCEJ’s
initiatives and mission to both internal and external stakeholders. This role demands strong leadership,
excellent communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.
The Director of Communications holds a critical position within the organization and offers a remarkable
opportunity to have a substantial impact on the mission. This exciting role requires managing multiple
initiatives concurrently and effectively communicating with diverse stakeholders. The successful
candidate will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on combating climate change through
strategic communication efforts within the MOCEJ.
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• Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan to achieve strategic and
operational objectives of MOCEJ.
• Develop and execute an effective plan to utilize various social media platforms to communicate
MOCEJ’s climate change initiatives and mission.
• Ensure consistent communication of agency initiatives and mission to all constituencies.
• Cultivate and build relationships with members of the media, serving as the primary point of
contact for all media inquiries.
• Coordinate media strategy around strategic initiatives, issues, and events.
• Develop and pitch story ideas on various agency initiatives and actions, serving as the chief
speechwriter for the Chair.
• Create talking points and statements for dissemination to staff, media, and the public, and act as
the public-facing spokesperson to the media.
• Manage two full-time direct reports and be responsible for interacting with top reporters
covering MOCEJ, as well as those supporting and coordinating with the press officers at a range
of Mayoral teams and agencies on climate-related issues.
• Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral,
including press releases, social media platforms, brochures, website, email newsletters, etc.
• Lead the generation of engaging online content that reaches a broad audience.
• Coordinate website maintenance, ensuring the regular posting of new and consistent
• Serve as the Language Access Coordinator for MOCEJ.
• Handle sensitive and controversial issues with expertise and experience.
• Manage multiple assignments in short timeframes while delivering high-quality results.
About You
• A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with 24 semester credits in
English, journalism, public relations, communications, advertising, marketing, or business
administration, plus five (5) years of full-time paid experience in public relations, journalism,
advertising, communications, or marketing, including two (2) years in a managerial,
administrative, supervisory, or consultative capacity; or
• A combination of education and/or experience equivalent to the above. Graduate study in
relevant fields may be substituted for up to one year of required experience.
• All candidates must have at least two (2) years of managerial, administrative, supervisory, or
consultative experience in public relations, journalism, advertising, communications, or
Preferred Skills:
• Master’s degree in communications or public relations
• 5 years of communications experience, ideally within a governmental entity.
• Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills.
• Ability to transform complex, technical information into clear and concise language for diverse
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• Experience developing and implementing communications strategies in a comparable operating
• Track record of successfully managing multiple initiatives concurrently.
• Collaborative working style, high energy, maturity, and leadership qualities.
• Self-starter with the ability to work independently.
• Demonstrated experience in writing press releases and engaging with the media.
• Familiarity with New York City and national media landscape.
• Enthusiasm for developing social media strategies and content.
• Expertise and experience in handling sensitive and controversial issues.
• Strong time management skills and the ability to deliver high-quality results within tight

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