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Director of Communications


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Job Summary:
The Director of Communications is responsible for managing a communications department under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer. Directs corporate communications strategy, enhances the public image of the organization, and clarifies the Conservancy's position on important issues. The Director of Communications serves as the main point of contact with NYC Parks and the City of New York with respect to all press and media.

Job Description:

Report to:  CFO

Department:  Administration

Status:  Full-Time, Exempt

Position number: 3844

Job Summary:

The Director of Communications is responsible for managing a communications department under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer. Directs corporate communications strategy, enhances the public image of the organization, and clarifies the Conservancy's position on important issues. 

The Director of Communications serves as the main point of contact with NYC Parks and the City of New York with respect to all press and media. 


Responsibilities:

  • Manage communications department: set team goals, monitor work, and evaluate results to ensure that departmental objectives are met and are aligned with the needs and mission of the organization
  • Manage and mentor the Associate Director of Communications, including directing the creation and maintenance of internal communications channels: intranet, electronic bulletin boards, etc.
  • Collaborate with management team to plan strategic communications that consider internal and external audiences and are always focused on improving and maintaining organizational reputation
  • Work closely with the Director of External Affairs and other department leads to ensure the quality, accuracy, and consistency of all messaging that serves the Conservancy’s strategic vision, mission, and objectives. This includes the development of all printed and branded materials.
  • Monitor industry trends: internal and external communications
  • Manage communications budget and consultant contracts
  • Develop public relations strategies
  • Respond to media inquiries
  • Monitor media coverage related to both Central Park and the Conservancy
  • Write press releases, media advisories, and talking points
  • Maintain effective working relationships with local government officials and media representatives
  • Manage press page on website
  • Oversee management of public inquiries received through the website
  • Collaborate with management team and NYC Parks for crisis communications
  • Remain available nights and weekends for quick, collaborative responses to Park-based issues

 

Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of experience managing internal communications and navigating complicated public relations issues ― with responsibility for speaking on behalf of a significant charity or institution
  • Media relations experience at the local and national levels ― with established contacts and relationships at major New York media outlets
  • Strong writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • Collaborative and committed to problem solving
  • Excellent judgment, foresight, and diplomacy
  • Creative thinker able to work in a dynamic environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Communications or Public Relations

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Safety Requirements

Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.

 

Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed