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Press Secretary, New York State Office of the Attorney General, Albany or New York, NY

The Executive Division of the New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is seeking a Press Secretary. As head of the OAG, the Attorney General is both the “People's Lawyer” and the State's chief legal officer. As the “People's Lawyer,” the Attorney General serves as the guardian of the legal rights of the citizens of New York, its organizations and its natural resources. In her role as the State's chief legal counsel, the Attorney General not only advises the Executive branch of State government, but also defends actions and proceedings on behalf of the State. The OAG also brings affirmative litigation and develops policy initiatives on topics including civil rights, health care, environmental protection, labor, financial regulation and enforcement, public integrity, consumer protection, housing, drug trafficking, nonprofit law and many others.

The Press Secretary will work closely with the Director of Communications and other senior staff to develop and execute effective communication strategies. The Press Secretary must develop and maintain relations with press, as well as media. Daily responsibilities of the Press Secretary will include interacting with top reporters in the political, financial, tech and criminal justice press; writing, reviewing and editing press releases, advisories and other relevant materials. This position reports to the Director of Communications and may be located in either Albany or New York City. Some travel may be required.

Applicants must have a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in media relations, communications, or a related field. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required. Press experience in New York State is a plus. Knowledge of New York government and institutions also a plus. Excellent written and verbal skills are required. Management experience is preferred.

OAG employees serve more than 19.85 million state residents through a wide variety of occupations. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The OAG is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity.

To Apply

Applications are being received online. To apply, please click on this link: EXEC _PSEC_ALB/NYC_6096; applicants will be taken to the online application page for this position.

Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:

Cover Letter (You may address to Sandra Jefferson Grannum, Esq., Bureau Chief, Legal Recruitment)

Resume

References – three (3) required with contact information and email addresses for each

Writing Sample

Please note: Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your application. If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or you need assistance with submitting your application, please contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau via email at recruitment@ag.ny.gov or phone at (212) 416-8080.

For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: www.ag.ny.gov