The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) is a public benefit corporation and politic arm of New York State, whose mission is to develop, maintain, and operate the infrastructure of Roosevelt Island. As part of this mandate, RIOC operates and maintains several facilities including the Cultural Center, Sportspark, and the Motorgate Garage: as well as other outdoor spaces such as Firefighter’s Field, Southpoint Park, and Lighthouse Park, among other facilities and locations. Infrastructure operations also includes the Aerial Tramway, and a free Red Bus Service that stops at various points on Roosevelt Island; and a Public Safety Department that serves as the community’s first responders in coordination with the New York City Police Department. RIOC’s workforce is also comprised of union workers from Local 210, 32BJ, PSOB, and other administrative staff.
The Interagency Government Liaison (IGL) is the key relationship facilitator between New York State, local government, Roosevelt Island Operation Corporation (RIOC) and the community stakeholders. The Interagency Government Liaison will lead the state advocacy efforts under the direction of the Assistant Vice President, Communications to support the President/CEO, and RIOC’s executive team in developing strategies and approaches to advance the communications.
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Communications, the incumbent will be responsible for fostering cooperative relationships with members of state and local government in support of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), while nurturing meaningful relationships with key community groups. Serves as the primary governmental liaison and responsible for supporting RIOC’s business objectives, priorities, culture, mission, and commitment to their stakeholders.
The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
- Works with agency staff to develop congenial relationships with city, state, legislators, and local elected and appointed officials; arranges meetings and tours to familiarize public officials, legislators, and their respective representatives with RIOC; programs and issue; encourages participation in public hearings and other public meetings and facilitates their attendance at ceremonial functions such as press announcements and special events.
- Supports the AVP, Communication with managing press inquiries; supports and coordinates with the communications team to provide oversight on external communications.
- Creates presentations for diverse audiences including RIOC’s board, elected officials and community groups.
- Communicates regularly with representatives across federal, state, city, and legislative affairs to ensure that projects reflect and complement the priorities of RIOC.
- Reviews and provides feedback on correspondences generated by elected officials, including the governor’s office.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and their effect on RIOC.
- Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, state and local government, and community organizations.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Under the direction of the AVP, Communications works closely with the President/CEO to establish and implement policies, and strategic direction; takes an active role in furthering public facing initiatives and priorities across relevant departments.
- Serves as liaison with local and state government offices; manage issues and relationships with area elected officials and their respective representatives.
- Establishes and maintains relationships with stakeholders, including elected officials, relevant governmental agencies, and community partners through attendance at meetings, written materials, correspondences, and presentations.
- Proactively seeks ways to expand RIOC’s engagement with traditionally underserved communities and to ensure that RIOC is an inclusive and welcoming community for all.
- Identifies opportunities to work with other agencies, non-profits, residents, commercial entities, elected officials, and other stakeholders to better interagency communication, coordination, and consistency of messaging; sharing of information and best practices, and leveraging of resources and actions to advance the goals, objectives, and priorities of RIOC.
- Coordinates external activities and advance work for scheduled public appearances by the President/CEO and/or members of the executive team.
- Supports the AVP, Communications and works collaboratively with other internal stakeholders to develop and execute effective outreach and communications strategies related to RIOC.
- Monitors relevant legislative and regulatory developments in federal, state, and local government.
- Acts proactively to ensure all RIOC staff and other internal stakeholders have timely, relevant, and accurate information, particularly as it relates to state and local elected officials, and their respective policy development.
- Minimum of five (5) years of experience in state, local government, non-profit organizations, communications, political science, public administration, or related field.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
- Must possess good business instincts and judgement.
- Demonstrated ability to manage sensitive issues involving multiple stakeholders needs and to respond smartly and timely to competing priorities.
- Ability to effectively multi-task, i.e., work on several projects at the same time and meet established deadlines.
- Ability to communicate complex information effectively in writing to all levels of staff, management, and external audiences. Adept at forming and maintaining external relationships and networks.
- Strategic thinking, collaboration, flexibility, high ethical standards, and interest in interacting with all levels of management and external stakeholders.
- Proficient in Microsoft Suite applications.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Political Science, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or related field preferred.
- Knowledge of New York State and New York City governance required; knowledge and experience with community, and civic organizations, and elected officials.
- Excellent written and verbal skills.