Communications Director

New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh - New York, NY4.2

Full-time

Description: Office of NY State Senator Brian Kavanagh seeks a Communications Director

Responsibilities: The Communications Director will develop, manage, and execute an ambitious communications plan that supports the Senator’s legislative agenda and district priorities in collaboration with the State Senator, staff colleagues, other elected and government officials, constituents, and advocacy organizations.

Responsibilities include:

  • serving as the primary spokesperson both on and off the record for the Senator on statewide and district issues;
  • cultivating relationships with reporters and other media professionals;
  • proactively pitching stories and responding to inquiries;
  • drafting internal and external communications, including press releases, talking points, messaging documents, op-eds, newsletters, community board reports and other communications documents;
  • planning and executing press conferences and other events;
  • managing the Senator’s social media platforms;
  • maintaining the Senator’s website; and
  • monitoring and tracking media mentions and clips.

Qualifications: College degree and/or significant communications experience in or out of government are required. Familiarity with New York government and politics strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to public service, superb oral and written communication skills, good judgement, political sensitivity, and a willingness to work long hours as necessary and some weekends in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment. Travel to Albany may be required during the January-June legislative session. The New York State Senate is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: All applications for the position will be kept strictly confidential. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No calls please.

Job Type: Full-time

Education:

  • Bachelor's (Required)

Location:

  • New York, NY (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Preferred)