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Overview

Company overview:

With an annual budget of $2.3 billion and more than 6,000 employees throughout the five boroughs, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world, serving 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We’re tackling a broad range of public health issues with innovative policies and programs and getting exceptional results, but our work is never finished. The breadth of our innovative programs provides the widest range of choices for every member of our team.

Since January 2020, DOHMH has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic- activities include but are not limited to: surveillance & epidemiological investigations; lab testing; engaging and providing guidance to healthcare partners; ensuring the safety & health of responders; providing timely and accurate information to the public; promoting the emotional health of New Yorkers and coordinating citywide COVID-19 vaccine administration. With grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DOHMH is undertaking a new initiative to establish, expand, train, and sustain the public health workforce to support jurisdictional COVID-19 prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives over 2 years.

The selected candidate will be an employee of Public Health Solutions, a nonprofit organization which is the fiscal and administrative manager of the grant but will work be supervised by DOHMH.  This is a grant-funded position ending June 30, 2023.

The Health Department’s 100-plus programs protect and promote the health of the world’s most culturally and linguistically diverse city. Each of those programs relies on the Press Office to convey critical messages to the public. The Office of External Affairs operates a high-volume, 24/7 press office and serves as the main point of contact for all media — community based, citywide, national, and international.
Job description:

DOHMH has an opening for an Assistant Press Secretary.  Reporting to the Press Secretary, the Assistant Press Secretary will serve as the primary liaison to New York City’s Chinese-language media.

Duties:

  • Work closely with the Press Secretary and Deputy Press Secretaries to develop proactive press strategies for the Chinese-language press corps that align with the agency’s initiatives and announcements of major public health campaigns.
  • Serve as the agency’s on-the-record spokesperson for Chinese-language media outlets.
  • Independently prepare, edit and translate (if necessary) press materials; develop, disseminate, follow-up and track pitches for Chinese-language media outlets.
  • Draft statements and responses to inquiries based on internal research, obtaining final approval from agency representatives; maintain high quality, professional standards for all media responses; ensure responses are in agreement with agency standards for professionalism and accuracy.
  • Keep abreast of news in all local Chinese-language newspapers; Develop a targeted press outreach plan for specific and community audiences; contribute to the creation and updating of issue specific targeted media lists for press serving New York City’s Chinese community to ensure reach to target audiences.
  • Coordinate periodic briefings with Chinese-language media as well as the planning of press activities including high-profile interviews, press conferences, and events.
  • Track and maintain database of press coverage; and, as assigned produce morning and afternoon clips.
  • Work in a 24/7 media environment, after hours and on weekends.

Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Mandarin OR Cantonese.
  • An Associate or Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, plus one to two (1-2) years of full-time paid experience in public relations, journalism or advertising; or
  • A combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to “2” above.

Additional Desired Qualities:

  • Excellent judgment, editing, writing and interpersonal skills.
  • Relationships with Chinese-language reporters and deep knowledge of the media landscape.
  • Must work well independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to handle multiple deadline assignments in a fast-paced and quickly changing environment.
  • Prior government experiences a plus.
  • Must be available to work after hours, weekend and during emergencies as needed and participate.

Additional Information:

  • This is a temporary grant-funded position ending June 30, 2023.
  • Preference may be given to individuals residing in New York City (5 boroughs) or surrounding New York State counties.
  • This individual must reside in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) by their confirmed start date.
  • This individual will be expected to work non-business hours during emergencies.

NOTE:  All applicants must comply with PHS’ vaccination policy.  Effective October 1, 2021, employees will be required to provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with an FDA-authorized vaccine).

PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and veterans.

About Public Health Solutions

Health disparities among New Yorkers are large, persistent and increasing. Public Health Solutions (PHS) exists to change that trajectory and support vulnerable New York City families in achieving optimal health and building pathways to reach their potential.

As the largest public health nonprofit serving New York City, we improve health outcomes and help communities thrive by providing services directly to vulnerable low-income families, supporting community-based organizations through our long-standing public-private partnerships, and bridging the gap between healthcare and community services. We focus on a wide range of public health issues including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS. To learn more about our work, please visit healthsolutions.org.