Communications Associate

Website NYC Office of the Mayor

New York, NY


The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) advises the Mayor and First Deputy Mayor on criminal justice policy and is the Mayor’s representative to the courts, district attorneys, defenders, and state criminal justice agencies, among others. The office designs, deploys, and evaluates citywide strategies to drive down crime, reduce unnecessary arrests and incarceration, and improve the system’s fairness. For our website, visit our website for more information about the MOCJ strategic plan,

Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2019-2021


The Communications Associate’s primary responsibility will be providing support for the Communications team.

Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Associate will be responsible for assisting in advancing key administrative needs inside MOCJ, while helping to maintain and grow outward-facing communication initiatives.

The ideal candidate for this position is a communications professional with a passion for justice system reform.

They are a creative storyteller with a strong interest in elevating community voices. They have strong project management and organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple projects at once, meet deadlines, and produce accurate and complete work products in a fast-paced environment. They are a self-starter who can take appropriate initiative and work independently, as well as follow instructions and work as a member of a team.

They develop and maintain effective relationships with others, including people from different backgrounds and with diverse perspectives. They demonstrate the ability to exercise good judgment and maintain a sense of humor under pressure. They are flexible and willing to learn, grow, and take on new tasks as the responsibilities of the position evolve.

The Associate’s job duties and responsibilities will include:

Assisting with writing and editing press materials, website, email newsletter, social media content, and other public-facing materials;

 Assisting with directing and tracking media requests;

 Tracking media coverage of MOCJ initiatives and preparing a daily memo updating Leadership on news coverage;

 Preparing monthly analytics reports on website and social media engagement;

 Working with program teams to identify storytelling opportunities;

 Working with the communications team to pitch journalists and place stories;

 Developing and maintaining press lists and email newsletter distribution lists;

 Conducting inventory of and managing program team content and publications;

 Scheduling meetings and other internal communications and compiling meeting readouts;

 Assisting the Communications Director and other Communications team members with administrative tasks, writing, research and special projects;

 Other duties as assigned.


 Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, public relations, communications, marketing, social justice advocacy or a related field;

 At least one year of experience in a communications setting (Graduate study in English, journalism, public relations, communications, marketing, social justice advocacy or a related field may be substituted for one year of required experience.);

 Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as research skills;

 Interest in the justice system in New York City;

 Attention to detail and accuracy;

 Technologically savvy, well-versed in Microsoft Office Suite programs and Outlook or similar software;

 Experience with social media, HTML, website maintenance, WordPress, PowerPoint, InDesign.


Commensurate with experience.


Submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to Candidate Application

New York City Residency Is Required Within 90 Days of Appointment.

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