Public Affairs Manager

New York
Nov 20, 2013
Dec 20, 2013
Julie Schneider
Full Time
The Public Affairs Manager will work with the Communications Division to provide strategic media relations, public affairs and general communications assistance to help advance comprehensive, ongoing, organization-wide communications initiatives, including media relations, publications, and digital efforts. The Public Affairs Manager works with a small team and will report to the Communications Division Director. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to advance a career in communications and criminal justice policy.

•Develop and execute national and project-specific communications plans to support policymakers and officials from all three branches of state government;
•Develop project-specific communications tools (media advisories, press releases, talking points, fact sheets, etc.);
•Serve as a spokesperson and contact for project-specific media requests;
•Develop relationships with reporters and proactively generate media coverage of the CSG Justice Center’s work;
•Collaborate with the division director and senior staff to develop long-range strategies to guide the Justice Center’s communications initiatives;
•Plan and participate in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts;
•Contribute to the development of CSG Justice Center’s website to improve the functionality and content, and strategize with staff and technical consultants on ways of using the web to promote policy goals;
•Ensure that senior staff and CSG Justice Center colleagues, consultants, or funders are aware of relevant project developments and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of CSG Justice Center goals;
•Participate actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings.

•Excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
•Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a clear, concise way;
•Demonstrated experience with managing media inquiries, and developing and executing a strategic communications plan;
•Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, an ability to work independently and in a team setting, and a sense of humor;
•Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines;
•Willingness to travel on occasion.

At least four years of work experience, ideally in the fields of communications, public relations, or public affairs, with some exposure to criminal justice issues and/or policy analysis.

A college degree (required).

Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in pdf format) with their application:

1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. One or two writing samples (preferably no more than three pages)
4. Names and contact information for references (at least three)