Communications Manager, Corporate Communications - Albany Office (#466)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking a highly motivated individual to participate in developing and implementing a comprehensive, strategic and proactive corporate communications program that will build public awareness of NYSERDA’s objectives and accomplishments.  The Communications Manager will assist integrating and coordinating program activities, events and announcements for internal and external audiences.

This position requires a broad range of skills including speech writing, public relations, media relations, and internal communications.  Must be able to prioritize multiple projects while working in a fast-paced environment, foster strong collaborations and maintain an awareness and understanding of complex issues affecting NYSERDA and the energy industry.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ascertain newsworthy announcements and potential events that can build awareness of the Authority’s mission and the advancement of Reforming the Energy Vision
  • Develop in-depth understanding of a variety of program areas and draft press releases and other materials
  • Serve as lead contact for specific areas of expertise
  • Provide recommendations and guidance on public relations efforts with the goal of achieving positive feedback among external and internal constituencies
  • Draft briefing documents, speeches and messaging for executive management team
  • Work closely with social media colleagues to develop and execute NYSERDA messaging across social media platforms
  • Ensure all items meet the highest professional standards of accuracy, clarity and style
  • For significant and sensitive issues, work in consultation with the Director of Communications and Corporate Marketing and other executives as needed
  • Assist Director of Communications in dealings with counterparts in Governor’s Press Office and at other state agencies to promote cooperative relationships, coordinate positions and obtain approvals or concurrences as required
  • Build networks within NYSERDA, and at NY Green Bank, other energy agencies, and the Governor's office
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of related experience working in a communications or public relations department
  • The ability to assess potential effects of NYSERDA decisions on public attitudes, effectively apprise senior management of such factors and make recommendations on how to publicly respond
  • Excellent journalistic, presentation and interpersonal skills that resonate with audiences of different backgrounds; the ability to communicate persuasively, concisely and unambiguously in speech and in writing
  • The ability to express complex technical and organizational concepts in terms understandable to the news media and the public
  • Demonstrated creative and proactive ability to think “outside the box” in providing direction for news stories with the media
  • Unparalleled work ethic with ability to work well under pressure and a respect for the deadlines and requirements of the news media
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in journalism, communications, public relations, or related field

Salary

Candidates will be considered based on qualifications and experience.  An excellent benefits package is also offered.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and two writing samples that demonstrate your ability to effectively communicate a sensitive or complicated issue to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov

When applying, please include Communications Manager and position number 466 in the Subject Line.

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