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Manager or Senior Manager of Communications

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Summary of the Position
The Manager / Senior Manager of Communications will lead the NYIC’s robust communications efforts including media relations; traditional, social, and digital media; and other communications strategies and initiatives, including maintaining the organization’s online presence. They will craft messaging; design and implement proactive strategies to advance our advocacy campaigns; identify timely opportunities to promote immigrant rights and integration; and lead rapid response efforts as necessary. The position will maintain relationships with journalists in mainstream, local, and ethnic media as well as with NYIC members and other allies. NYIC reserves the right to fill this position at the level of Manager or Senior Manager, depending on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead development and implementation of communications strategies for ongoing priorities, as well as rapid response. Ongoing priorities include implementation of strategic plan, support of statewide regional team, and support of numerous advocacy campaigns at the city, state, and federal levels
  • Work closely with team of staff, interns and fellows to implement these communication strategies to maximize positive impact for organization, to properly educate communities and to ensure consistent messaging across all programs and initiatives
  • Lead writing and editing of press releases, media advisories, op-eds, letters to the editor, e-blasts, talking points, and other media materials
  • Field media inquiries and maintain relationships with reporters, editorial staff, columnists, bookers, producers, hosts and bloggers. Develop and pitch stories, manage press calls, and track media coverage and find opportunities to advance the interests of NYIC and our members through diverse media
  • Develop strategy for and maintain social media presence on various platforms, create digital content, and track reach/engagement
  • Lead organization of press conferences and media events
  • Ensure proper documentation of organizational campaigns, events, rallies, and actions. Track news clips and mentions of NYIC
  • At times, support NYIC member groups in media outreach and communications to increase their visibility and achieve their goals
  • Lead communications pushes for key organizational initiatives, including strategy for NYIC’s annual Gala and other events
  • Provide training and assistance for NYIC staff and members on being media spokespeople; lead occasional trainings for NYIC members and staff on social media, messaging, and other communications topics
  • Supervise and lead communications staff, fellows, and volunteers to successfully meet NYIC’s communications goals
  • Work with consultants and other vendors to advance communications-related projects, including video production, well-designed public materials, annual report, and newsletters 

Qualities Sought

  • At least 3-5 years of relevant communications experience, particularly media relations or digital and social media, preferably in a nonprofit advocacy context
  • Experience working with diverse team of other media professionals, fellows and/or interns
  • Knowledge of immigration policy and / or issues facing immigrant communities
  • Excellent oral, public speaking, and written communications skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Tech savvy and comfort with new digital media and website management. Expertise in graphic design, photo editing, and video production is an advantage
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple tasks
  • Knowledge of Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, or another language other than English is a strong advantage

To Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, 3 professional references, and 3 short writing samples to hr@nyic.org by Monday, April 10. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we are looking for someone to begin as soon as possible.

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