Director of Communications, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York City

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) promotes the well-being of immigrant communities by

recommending policies and programs that facilitate successful integration of immigrant New Yorkers into the civic,

economic, and cultural life of the City. MOIA is one of the lead agencies for IDNYC, New York City’s successful

municipal ID program, and is spearheading a number of initiatives to expand access to justice for immigrant

communities, including efforts on citizenship and executive action. The work of the Office cuts across a broad range

of issues citywide—for example, workers’ rights, health equity, and language access—and MOIA works closely

with sister cities around the country to promote immigrant integration. The Director of Communications will join a

robust team of outreach and policy staff in a fast-paced work environment with significant opportunity for initiative

and innovation.

The Director of Communications will have a broad scope of responsibilities including but not limited to:

 Developing and implementing MOIA’s communications strategy, in coordination with the Mayor’s Press

Office, including earned, social and community/ethnic media;

 Drafting MOIA press releases, statements, and other communications materials (e.g. brochures, talking

points, grant proposals) and managing stakeholder engagement and approvals for all external


 Staffing and supporting the MOIA Commissioner for media appearances and major public speaking


 Overseeing MOIA’s website redevelopment, newsletter re-launch and other agency communications with


 Serving as a point of contact for community and ethnic media partners, and driving forward the Mayor’s

Office strategy for work with community and ethnic media in close collaboration with the Executive

Director for Language Access Initiatives, the Mayor’s Press Office and other key stakeholders;

 Building and maintaining MOIA’s press and communications infrastructure;

 Training and advising MOIA staff on interactions with the press and external communications, as well as

developing project-specific communications strategies as needed with staff;

 Recruiting and supervising communications-related interns or junior staff, as appropriate, as well as the

MOIA digital team;

 Coordinating creative process and vendor relationships for paid marketing campaigns lead by MOIA for key

initiatives; and

 Assisting with special projects, as needed.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:

The preferred candidate must have excellent analytical, writing and interpersonal skills, along with strong

communication and organizational skills, and a track record of effectively handling multiple priorities. The ability

to deal with a diverse constituency and work productively under pressure, both as an individual and part of a team.

Communications, legislative and/or advocacy experience, preferably in a not-for-profit and government context, is

important. Having general knowledge of City government is an asset.

The Director of Communications will report to the MOIA Chief of Staff. Skills required include:

 Master’s degree in related area – public administration or public affairs or Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year

college with equivalent job experience;

 Keen ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments;

 Ability to work with all levels of staff, inside and outside the agency;

 Ability to work independently and exercise high degree of initiative to accomplish tasks and solve problems;

 Ability to prioritize and follow up while meeting deadlines; and

 Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills.

Salary commensurate with experience. The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, submit

cover letter, resume and three references to Marie-Fatima Hyacinthe ( with the

subject line: “Application for Director of Communications – MOIA.”