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Posted Mar 06

Special Advisor for Government Affairs at DHS

New York City Full Time

Special Advisor for Government Affairs at DHS


Office of Communications & Marketing/Legislative Affairs
Administrative Public Information Specialist M2

The newly created DHS Outreach unit oversees the outreach strategy for community liaison activities between community boards, local residents, civic, educational, religious and governmental organizations and neighborhood community groups. This unit will focus on growing community support for New York’s homeless population and assisting the agency’s efforts to prevent, reduce and fight homelessness. The Special Advisor For Government Affairs at DHS will oversee outreach strategy for community liaison activities between community boards, local residents, civic, educational, religious and governmental organizations and neighborhood community groups. She manages the design and implementation of functions whose focus is to grow community support for New York’s homeless population and assist the agency’s efforts to prevent, reduce and fight homelessness.

Under the general direction of the Assistant Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs, the Special Advisor for Government Affairs at DHS will oversee the outreach strategy for community liaison activities between community boards, local residents, civic, educational, religious and governmental organizations and neighborhood community groups. S/he will manage the design and implementation of functions whose focus is to grow community support for New York’s homeless population and assist the agency’s efforts to prevent, reduce and fight homelessness.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversees the division’s community affairs outreach strategy and activities including: supervising team of Borough Community Relations Managers, managing proactive outreach strategy for the creation of new homeless shelters and ensuing Community Advisory Boards for these shelters, preparing talking points for Mayoral Town Halls with a focus on homelessness and other high profile community projects.
  • Assists the Assistant Commissioner of Intergovernmental Affairs with the formulation and execution of political strategy to effectively assist the agency’s efforts to provide services for homeless New Yorkers on the street and in shelters.
  • Develops and improves Agency credibility and presence with Community Boards, Community Advisory Boards, Community leaders, faith leaders, Business Improvement Districts (BIDS), local residents, elected and public officials through networking and public engagement.
  • Implements and operationalizes standard talking points/presentations related to the Agency’s mission for the purposes of highlighting the agency’s efforts to prevent, reduce and fight homelessness. Expands community affairs outreach database with community contacts, and proactively researches, identifies and executes new strategic community outreach opportunities with CBOs and other potential allies to support new and existing shelters with donation and volunteer opportunities.
  • Works closely with other divisions within the Agency and non-profit shelter providers to coordinate community outreach efforts regarding the opening of new shelters and combatting street homelessness.
  • Represents the agency at community-based meetings such as Community Advisory Boards and Community Board Meetings during the evening hours.
  • Expands community affairs outreach database with community contacts and proactively researches, identifies and executes new strategic community outreach opportunities with CBOs and other potential allies to support new and existing shelters with donation and volunteer opportunities.
  • Directs and coordinates the handling of requests for information from the general public, assuring prompt responses and follow-up.

Qualification Requirements:

1. A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college with 24 credits in English, journalism or public relations, plus five (5) years of full-time paid experience in public relations, journalism or advertising, including two (2) years in an administrative, supervisory or consultative capacity; or

2. A combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" above. Graduate study in English, journalism, or public relations may be substituted for up to one year of required experience. However, all candidates must have at least two (2) years of administrative, supervisory, or consultative experience in public relations, journalism or advertising.

Preferred Skills

  • 5+ years of full-time experience in public relations.
  • 2+ years of administrative, supervisory or consultative experience in public relations.
  • Experience in preparing and supervising staff in the preparation of public information releases.
  • Experience in establishing relationships with agency heads, key personnel within agencies and various representatives to coordinate and disseminate necessary information.

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

Salary Range: $60,435 - $95,000 (Annual)

New York City offers an excellent and comprehensive benefits package.

For consideration, please go to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov and search for Job ID #280628 to apply.

SUBMISSION OF A RESUME IS NOT A GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE AN INTERVIEW.

HRA/DSS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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