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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/30/23

Applications Due12/07/23

Vacancy ID145115

AgencyHealth, Department of

TitleDirector Public Information - 00113

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $120187 to $151674 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 30%


Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address PAG/BMCC

Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower

City Albany


Zip Code12237

Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree and four years of relevant experience.*

*Substitutions: four years of relevant experience or associate’s degree and two years of relevant experience may substitute for bachelor’s degree; J.D. or master’s degree may substitute for one year of relevant experience; Ph.D. may substitute for two years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications: • Degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Public Administration, Political Science or a related field.
• Ten or more years of public relations experience in various communications media, with five years at the supervisory level.
• Five or more years of experience working with NYS government entities and an understanding of NYS government processes and the inner workings of a political environment.
• Five or more years of experience managing a communications team and crisis management.
• Ability to work independently as needed in a high pressure, fast- moving environment.
• Ability to successfully interact and manage relationships with various levels within the Governor’s press office, NYS agencies and authorities, local government and the media.
• Strong analytical, writing, interpersonal, problem solving and presentations skills
• Adaptive, strategic problem solver able to work well under stress and meet short deadlines of multiple high-priority events and projects.
• Comprehensive knowledge of contemporary oral, written, and social media communications tools.

Duties Description The Director of Communications is the Department’s Press Secretary, reports directly to the Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs. This position is critical to establishing communication policies and procedures to align with agency communication practices. The Director duties include, but are not limited to, providing expertise for events involving media coverage; performing research utilizing internal and external resources including conducting interviews, preparing outlines and initial drafts of external communications materials; coordinating media interviews, special briefings, and conference calls. The Director will also accompany the Commissioner on press interviews and at press events and perform necessary follow-up after presentations are complete; They will work with the Deputy Director of Communications, who reports directly to them, to coordinate responses to press queries; research, write, and/or review position papers, press items, executive proclamations, newsletter articles and legislative hearing statement; maintain responsibility for scheduling and arranging the logistics of the Department’s news conferences and interviews; coordinate the development and preparation of speeches and other public presentations for delivery by the Commissioner; review the Department’s responses regarding briefings for the Governor and Commissioner’s, agency reports to the Legislature, speech drafts and department publications to ensure that formal Department communications are consistent with Department policies; establish and maintain viable internal channels of communication to ensure uniform comprehension of policies, procedures and protocols; monitor staff assignments/projects to ensure assignments/projects are accurate, complete, and timely and publications, news releases, reports and presentations are accurate, well-written and informative; and supervise a team of public information and multimedia staff.

Additional Comments We offer a work-life balance and a generous benefits package, worth 65% of salary, including:

• Holiday & Paid Time Off
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
• Pension from New York State Employees’ Retirement System
• Shift & Geographic pay differentials
• Affordable Health Care options
• Family dental and vision benefits at no additional cost
• NYS Deferred Compensation plan
• Access to NY 529 and NY ABLE College Savings Programs, and U.S. Savings Bonds
• And many more...

For new State employees appointed to graded positions, the annual salary is the hiring rate (beginning of the Salary Range) of the position. Promotion salaries are calculated by the NYS Office of the State Comptroller in accordance with NYS Civil Service Law, OSC Payroll rules and regulations and negotiated union contracts.

The NYS Department of Health is committed to making New York a safer, healthier, and more equitable place to live. Understanding health equity, social determinants of health and health disparities is critical to accomplish our goal of eliminating health disparities. For more information on the NYS Department of Health’s Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Plan, please visit:

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Name Human Resources Management Group, ML/DPI/113

Telephone 518-486-1812

Fax 518-473-3395

Email Address


Street Room 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12237


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit your resume and cover letter as one (1) document, preferably in PDF format, by email to, with Reference ML/DPI/113 included in the subject line or by mail to Human Resources Management Group, ML/DPI/113, Rm 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237-0012, or by fax to (518) 473-3395. Failure to include the required information may result in your resume not being considered for this position.

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