The Council of State Governments
New York, NY


The public affairs manager will work with the Communications Division to provide strategic media relations, public affairs, and general communications assistance to help advance comprehensive, ongoing, organization-wide communications initiatives, including media relations, publications, and digital efforts. The public affairs manager works with a small team and will report to the public affairs director. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to advance a career in communications and/or criminal justice policy.


  • Develop and execute national, state, and project-specific communications plans to support policymakers and officials from all three branches of state government;
  • Develop project-specific communications tools (media advisories, press releases, talking points, fact sheets, etc.);
  • Help establish a standard and a consistent voice for public-facing materials;
  • Serve as a spokesperson and contact for project-specific media requests;
  • Develop relationships with journalists and proactively generate media coverage of the CSG Justice Center’s work;
  • Promote CSG Justice Center work and related developments through social media and other nontraditional communications outlets;
  • Strategize and respond to crisis-related scenarios that could impact public perception of a specific project or CSG Justice Center goal;
  • Collaborate with the division director and senior staff to develop long-range strategies to guide the CSG Justice Center’s communications initiatives;
  • Plan and participate in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts;
  • Contribute to the development of CSG Justice Center’s website to improve its functionality and content, and strategize with staff and technical consultants on ways of using the web to promote policy goals;
  • Ensure that senior staff and CSG Justice Center colleagues, consultants, or funders are aware of relevant project developments and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of CSG Justice Center goals; and
  • Participate actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings.


  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a clear, concise way;
  • Demonstrated experience with managing media inquiries, and developing and executing a strategic communications plan;
  • Ability to coordinate and communicate across multiple divisions and personalities to maintain efficiency;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, an ability to work independently and in a team setting, and a sense of humor;
  • Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment; and
  • Willingness to travel.


A minimum of four years of work experience in the fields of communications, public relations, or public affairs, ideally with some exposure to criminal justice issues and/or state government and politics. Journalism experience a plus.

A bachelor’s degree is required.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers and customers.
  • Frequently operates a computer to create policy briefs, memos, and presentations.
  • Frequently remains in a stationary position to perform desk duties.
  • Frequently works in a well-lit, tempered room.
  • Occasionally moves throughout the office to communicate to coworkers.
  • Seldom transports objects, such as files or paper boxes, with weight up to 25 pounds.

Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in PDF format) to:

  1. Cover letter specifying the location for which you are applying
  2. Résumé
  3. One or two writing samples (preferably no more than three pages)
  4. Names and contact information for references (at least three)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.
CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled)
CSG participates in E-Verify


Job Posted: March 28, 2017