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28 Aug 2012

Full-Time Public Relations & Events Specialist – UJA

UJA – Posted by Jewish Jobs New York, New York, United States

Job Description

About the Organization:UJA-Federation of New York cares for those in need, rescues those in harm’s way, and renews and strengthens the Jewish people in New York, in Israel, and around the world. We reach out to the poor, the elderly, and people in need, providing social and humanitarian services in New York and around the world. We connect communities worldwide by aiding Jews in distress and by strengthening and sustaining Jewish communities from Belarus to Buenos Aires. We support programs to make Jewish education more meaningful, to deepen Jewish identity, and to recruit and train dynamic professionals to serve the community. As the largest local Jewish federation in the world, UJA-Federation has been a critical actor in the historic work of North American Jewry in Israel over the past 60 years. For more information, visit UJA-Federation’s website at


Responsible for conducting public relations initiatives on behalf of UJA-Federation. This candidate should have strong writing skills, the necessary background in media relations, and experience in dealing with all kinds of press — print, electronic, and new media. Duties include frequent staff interaction, strategic positioning and management of organizational communications initiatives, developing public relations strategies, writing and distributing press releases, pitching stories to the media, and managing press at UJA-Federation events.

The Public Relations & Events Specialist reports to the Director of Public Relations.

Primary Responsibilities:

Assists the Director of Public Relations with a variety of internal and external communications.

Works collaboratively with the media, including writing and pitching the press, and covering events to accommodate press in attendance.

Assists at events and commission conferences and accommodates press in attendance.

Develops strategic communications materials to enhance organizations initiatives.

Conducts research and interviews appropriate staff for writing assignments.

Serves as a liaison between the communications and marketing teams and other staff.

Project manages and oversees the writing, copy editing, and production of newsletters, brochures, and major publications.

Writes and develops numerous communications pieces, including but not limited to features, brochures, ads, and letters — all under tight deadlines.

Specific Tasks Include:

Writes obituaries and other communications materials as assigned.

Writes, distributes, and follows up on press releases. Edits and/or proofreads own written work and that of others. Makes contacts, appointments, etc., with staff throughout the organization. Creates and maintains media lists, status reports, press release files, and clipping reports. Establishes relationships with press contacts to help obtain media coverage.



o College degree.

o 2 – 4 years’ experience writing and editing a wide range of printed materials.

o Ability to write clear, persuasive, informative copy targeted to a variety of audiences.

o Media relations experience, including ability to convey specific and various messages.

o Proven experience in conducting interviews, doing research, etc., for writing projects.

o Demonstrated ability to meet strict writing deadlines with excellent quality work.

o Excellent computer literacy and familiarity with media contact databases, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite, or ability to learn computer programs easily and quickly.

o Excellent multitasking skills, including the ability to publicize many events at the same time and simultaneously work on different type of projects.

o Excellent organization skills.

o Excellent people skills

o Flexible



130 East 59 Street, New York, New York, 10022, United States

Education requirements 4-year degree, Bachelor’s Degree




How to Apply

applicants will be contacted. Please email your cover letter and resume to with the subject “PR & Events Specialist”

Job Categories: Non-Profit. Job Types: Full-Time.


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