The New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) plays a unique, central role in encouraging participation in City elections. The CFB administers the City’s small-dollar public matching funds program which provides an $8-to-$1 match for contributions from city residents to qualifying candidates. The CFB is mandated by the City Charter to increase voter registration and voter participation in City elections, particularly among underrepresented populations. The CFB’s voter engagement initiative, NYC Votes, reaches over five million New York City voters to inform and engage them around elections and civic participation.
The CFB seeks a Press Secretary to execute the agency’s media relations efforts and to serve as the CFB’s lead spokesperson. Reporting to the Director of Public Relations, the Press Secretary will secure earned media coverage for the agency and its programs, including the city’s Debate program and the NYC Votes campaign. The ideal candidate will be skilled at building relationships, possess a keen understanding of media and what makes a good story. The ideal candidate will demonstrate sound judgment, sharp political instincts, and connection to the mission and daily work of the CFB.
- Manages all aspects of media relations including drafting press releases, talking points, press conferences, and media appearances
- Develops strong relationships with reporters and secures coverage to ensure voters are well informed about the agency’s work and programs
- Primary on-record spokesperson for the agency responding to all media inquiries
- Develops comprehensive knowledge of the campaign finance program and ensures that media coverage of the agency is fair and accurate
- Prepares Board members and senior staff for public appearances and media interviews
- Represents the Board at public meetings, conferences, and other events
- Demonstrated ability to write compelling, clean copy for press releases, pitches, and opinion pieces, including strong headlines
- Able to think creatively about media relations and how to tell the agency’s stories
- Demonstrated relationships with NYC reporters, particularly reporters on the City Hall or politics beats, either in a public relations capacity or as a journalist
- High interest in and keen understanding of NYC politics, voter engagement, and democratic reform issues
- A minimum of 3 years professional experience in journalism or public relations at a political, governmental, or non-profit organization
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, or the equivalent combination of education, experience, or certifications
- New York City residency must be obtained within 90 days of starting the position.
- Knowledge of campaign finance issues and NYC’s matching funds program
- Experience working as on-record spokesperson
- Experience pitching and placing stories in news publications
- Experience writing remarks and talking points for public events
- Experience with public speaking and presentation
- Experience hiring and managing staff
- Fluency in speaking and writing Spanish
The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.
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Hard copy applications may be sent to
Director of Human Resources NYC Campaign Finance Board 100 Church Street, 12th Floor New York, NY 10007