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23 Jul 2021

Marketing and Communications Assistant press secretary for the United Federation of Teachers

United Federation of Teachers
 New York, New York County, New York, United States

Job Description

Assistant press secretary for the United Federation of Teachers

The ideal candidate will be a strong writer/editor with a policy background and the ability to convert political and policy goals into words and images for both the public and a harried New York City press corps.

The Job

The assistant press secretary is part of a four-person external press team for the United Federation of Teachers, a 200,000-strong union with a history of advocacy on behalf of  New York City public school educators and their students.

As part of this team, the assistant press secretary will:

· Identify and craft pitch materials and press releases for reporters.

· Write and place opinion pieces in New York City media.

· Develop press/social media campaigns to advocate for UFT policies, positions, and legislation.

· Leverage social media platforms, video, and UFT podcasts to drive coverage.

· Accompany/assist senior union officials at news conferences and public events.

General Qualifications

· Proven writing ability.

· Successful history of dealing with reporters, both in-person and virtual.

· Policy interest and awareness (ideally but not necessarily in education).

· Political/governmental / media/ PR experience.

· Experience in accompanying/handling senior officials.

· Proven ability in using social media to drive coverage.

· Experience in creating video content to share with the press, public, and policy influencers.

Required Skills/Experience

· 4-6 years as a reporter in New York City, preferably covering education and or government and politics.


· 4-6 years in PR/media relations working in the New York City media market.

Salary & Benefits

The salary range is $70,000 to $80,000 with health coverage and benefits. The candidate will be expected to report in person five days a week starting in September. The position is not eligible for fully remote work.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


How to Apply

  Please send resume and 3-5 succinct sentences about why you are a good fit for this job to:

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Marketing and Communications. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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