First Deputy Press Secretary
Position Title: First Deputy Press Secretary
Job ID Number: 35402
About the Role:
The Office of New York City Mayor Eric Adams is seeking a First Deputy Press Secretary to serve in the Mayor’s Press Office. The First Deputy Press Secretary will serve second to the Press Secretary and will help manage the Deputy Press Secretaries and numerous city agencies to develop and execute effective communication strategies. The First Deputy Press Secretary must develop and maintain relationships with the press and other media and have previous managerial experience. Daily responsibilities of the First Deputy Press Secretary will include:
- Interacting with top reporters covering City Hall, as well as those covering a range of other agencies, and serving as a spokesperson for City Hall;
- Overseeing media relations for agencies within the First Deputy Press Secretary’s portfolio;
- Helping to manage the Deputy Press Secretaries on the Mayor’s Press Team;
- Writing, reviewing, and editing press releases, media advisories, briefing papers, and other relevant materials;
- Putting together press events for Mayor Adams and various city agencies;
- Working to arrange interviews with senior administration officials, including Mayor Adams, and staffing those interviews;
- Performing other duties as necessary.
- Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 to 12 years of experience in media relations, communications, or a related field demonstrating an increasing scope of work and responsibility. Prior supervisory experience and fluency in other languages are desirable, but not required.
- Willingness to work non-traditional hours. The Mayor’s Press Office does not work 9-5 hours and requires team members to be on-call nights, early mornings, weekends, and on holidays.
- Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment, often under short and shifting deadlines and in high-pressure situations. The right individual must also be able to juggle multiple priority assignments effectively.
- Previous on-the-record experience is required, as is the ability to shape stories off-the-record and on background.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Being a strong writer, who can tell a story clearly and concisely is a must, as is a clear understanding of all AP-style rules.
- Ability to work well independently and as a productive member of the Mayor’s Press Office and wider team.
- Prior New York City press experience and/or prior government, political, and/or campaign communications experience is strongly preferred.
The annual salary is competitive for New York City and will be determined after a complete evaluation of the selected candidate’s qualifications. We offer a comprehensive New York City benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision, and retirement benefits.
The ability to work full-time, in-person at City Hall is a condition of employment for this position.
Please send a copy of your resume, a cover letter, and three (3) references to Candidate Application
New York City Residency Is Required Within 90 Days of Appointment
The Office of the Mayor and the City of New York are equal employment opportunity employers.
The Adams Administration values diversity — in backgrounds and in experiences that is reflective of the city it serves. Applicants of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged and welcomed to apply.
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