Communications Director - New York


: $153,723.33 - $127,870.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Executive Management

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The Office of New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh is hiring a Communications Director

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With Democrats holding large majorities in both houses of the legislature for the first time in decades, Senator Kavanagh and his colleagues are advancing sweeping progressive change through legislation, policy advocacy, and effective representation of our diverse communities.

Senator Kavanagh chairs the Senate Housing Committee and looks to advance an ambitious housing and homelessness agenda in 2020, building on the nation-leading tenant protection laws already enacted in 2019. Additional priorities include gun violence prevention, environmental protection and climate change, election and campaign finance reform, economic and social justice, and consumer rights--as well the many community issues we tackle on behalf of residents of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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We seek a Communications Director to develop, manage, and execute an ambitious communications plan that supports our legislative, budget, and policy agenda and district priorities in collaboration with the Senator, staff colleagues, other elected and government officials, constituents, and advocacy organizations. These positions are based in New York City, with some travel to Albany required, especially during the January-June legislative session.

The ideal Communications Directoris an experienced communications professional, with experience interacting with reporters and editors, exceptional writing ability, superior organizational and management skills, and a desire to work in a collaborative, fast-paced atmosphere. They also have familiarity with New York government, politics, and media.

The position is dynamic and fast-paced, given both the leadership responsibilities of the Senator and our representation of 330,000 New Yorkers, and requires a strong commitment to working in a collaborative environment to serve the public.

Responsibilities of the Communications Director

  • 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 media inquiries.
  • Drafting internal and external communications, including press releases, talking points, messaging documents, op-eds, newsletters, and community reports.
  • Planning and executing press conferences and other events.
  • Managing social media strategy for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, incorporating analytics and metrics in planning and evaluating these activities.
  • Maintaining and updating websites.
  • Monitoring and tracking media mentions and clips.

Required Qualifications for the Communications Director

  • Experience with one or more of the following: press relations, news and opinion writing and editing, speechwriting, social media, and websites.
  • Superb oral and written communication skills across a variety of media.
  • Ability to multitask and manage projects from inception to conclusion.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Good judgement and political sensitivity.
  • Ability to set and meet internal and external deadlines, work in a fast-paced government office, and work both independently and within a team.
  • A willingness to work long hours as necessary and some weekends, including travel.

Preferred Qualifications for the Communications Director

  • Familiarity with New York government, politics, and media.
  • Language skills, particularly in Spanish, Mandarin and/or Cantonese.

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Salary for all positions is competitive and commensurate with experience. The position comes with an excellent benefits package including health, dental, optical, life, transit, and retirement benefits.

How To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample, as a single PDF document, to, with the words Communications Director in the subject line. *Despite the note below, do not submit an application through this website.*

All applications for the position will be kept confidential. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The New York State Senate is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. No calls please.


New York, NY

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