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Deputy Director, External Affairs

Company: City of New York
Location: New York
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Position Title: Deputy Director, External Affairs Job ID Number: 33863 ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE: The Mayor's Office of Climate Resiliency (MOCR) strives to adapt New York City to the unprecedented challenges of climate change, creating a more resilient, equitable and vibrant city for the New Yorkers of today and generations to come. Through science-based analysis, policy and program development, and capacity building, MOCR leads the City's efforts to transform the city's communities, buildings, infrastructure, and waterfront to build resilience in the face of multiple climate threats, including sea level rise, storm surge, extreme heat, and intense precipitation, in the near- and long-term. We achieve our mission by focusing on four central pillars as described by OneNYC 2050: (1) mitigating physical risks, (2) empowering residents and businesses, (3) building a climate-ready government, and (4) advancing and applying climate science. MOCR is also developing a new Climate Adaptation Roadmap, which will incorporate the successes and lessons learned from the post-Sandy recovery and rebuilding period, while also planning for the next generation of climate hazards. This Roadmap will identify the greatest climate-related threats facing New York City, and recommend a prioritized sequence of climate adaptation measures for the short, medium, and long-term, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable residents and neighborhoods. Equity is central to MOCR's work. MOCR launched a cross-office Equity Core Team which is working to better understand how inequitable systems and institutions make communities more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and develop new policies to proactively address these inequities and advance climate equity in New York City. MOCR is composed of climate policy experts, urban planners, architects, scientists, engineers, and lawyers. Under the direction of the Director, MOR is organized by seven teams that are led by Deputy Directors: (1) Climate Science and Services, (2) Social Resiliency, (3) Land Use & Buildings, (4) Infrastructure and Energy, (5) Waterfront Resiliency, (6) Program Coordination and Delivery, and (7) External Affairs JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: MOCR seeks a Deputy Director for External Affairs to oversee the Office's strategic communications, legislative affairs, intergovernmental relations, and external partnerships. Working directly with the Director and in close collaboration with MOCR senior staff and key City Hall personnel, the Deputy Director will develop and execute communications and legislative strategies to advance key policy goals Page 2 of 4 and increase awareness of the City's resiliency investments and long-term planning. The Deputy Director reports to the Director of MOCR and will lead a small team. This position requires a strong and demonstrated interest in climate change adaptation as well as the ability to both work independently and as part of a fast-moving team. The ideal candidate is a flexible leader, able to successfully drive initiatives forward and manage key relationships in a collaborative, supportive, yet direct manner. Direct experience working with City agencies and local advocacy groups is highly desirable. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: --- Lead the development and implementation of a strategic communications plan, including earned media and digital strategy, to support MOCR's programs, projects, events, and initiatives; --- Lead the development and implementation of a legislative and regulatory strategy to advance MOCR's goals at the local, state and federal levels, with a special focus on legislative and intergovernmental strategies to secure new sources of funding for future resiliency projects; --- Lead MOCR's relationship development with the media, governmental partners, nonprofit groups, and community-based organizations, as well as special projects and events, and support other MOCR teams efforts to conduct stakeholder outreach as needed; --- Coordinate on behalf of MOCR with the communications, legislative, and intergovernmental affairs teams at City Hall; --- Manage relationships with City agencies' press, legislative and governmental affairs teams, including ensuring consistent messaging, soliciting feedback on legislative strategies, and managing divergent perspectives on resiliency strategies. --- Oversee the development of strategic communications products, including producing new collateral and web-based assets that clearly articulate MOCR's mission, programs, projects, and future planning; --- Support the timely and accurate communication of public information about citywide resiliency efforts, including by managing responses to press inquiries and serving as an on-the-record spokesperson as necessary; --- Provide guidance on all external-facing documents that come into and leave the Office to ensure a high quality of responsiveness and performance; --- Assist the Director of MOCR with cultivating and maintaining a strong public presence; --- Manage responses to constituent requests; --- Manage External Affairs team, including determining team priorities, providing direction to team members, and allocating resources and time. --- Provide coaching and mentorship to External Affairs team members; troubleshoot complex policy/planning issues and managerial challenges --- Monitor professional development of team members, provide regular constructive feedback to ensure ongoing growth, and create opportunities for team members to take on new responsibilities; --- Other duties, as needed. Page 3 of 4 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: --- A Bachelor's degree and/or at least seven to ten years of full-time relevant professional experience in a field related to this position; --- A demonstrated understanding of issues relating to climate change adaptation in a large urban setting, and/or the interplay of resilience, environmental policy, environmental health, environmental justice, the built environment, energy, urban planning, and economic development; --- Extensive experience in communications and/or external/intergovernmental affairs, preferably for a government or non-profit organization; --- Ability to establish and maintain strong cooperative relationships with internal and external stakeholders --- Knowledge of New York City's governmental structure and policy context and familiarity with local, state and federal politics; --- Excellent verbal, writing, and editing skills; excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated record as both a self-starter and team-player --- Knowledge of organizational/team management principles and ability to build and lead a team --- Excellent attention to detail, ability to multitask successfully and meet deadlines under pressure --- Proficiency with social media and an understanding of the role digital tools play in strategic communications --- Proven ability to work productively with a wide variety of professionals in a team-based, collaborative environment SALARY: Commensurate with experience TO APPLY: Please send a copy of your resume, a cover letter, and three (3) references to Candidate Application New York City Residency Is Required Within 90 Days of Appointment. The City of New York and the Office of the Mayor are Equal Opportunity Employers. For current job opportunities in the NYC Mayor's Office visit: Office of the Mayor Jobs If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to access job openings or apply for a job on this site as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by contacting Human Resources at HR@cityhall.nyc.gov. Page 4 of 4 As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.

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