Assistant Press Secretary
Company: Chicago Public Schools
Posted on: January 27, 2023
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third-largest school
district in the United States, serving more than 330,000 students
in 600+ schools and employing nearly 40,000 people, most of them
teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student,
in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class
learning experience that prepares each for success in college,
career, and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission, we make
three commitments to our students, their families, and all
Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability, and integrity.
Six core values are embedded within these commitments -
student-centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence,
community partnership, and continuous learning.
The Office of Communications promotes the CPS vision, mission,
activities, and priorities for all internal and external
communication. In addition, the office supports schools by
promoting their work and assisting in crisis situations through a
full range of tools, channels, and strategies designed to engage
key internal and external stakeholders.
Reporting to the Executive Director, Media Relations the Assistant
Press Secretary will assist in executing the strategic objectives
for local and national media. Responsibilities include but are not
limited to: coordinating with leadership to develop, manage and
organize communications activities, including writing press
releases, talking points, advisories, responses to press inquiries,
organizing local press events, updating the website, and
coordinating with reporters.
The Assistant Press Secretary will be held accountable for the
- Content Creation: Research and coordinate with other
departments as needed to develop and write a steady stream of rapid
response statements, press releases, advisories, talking points,
messaging guidance, all of which should incorporate goals, facts,
and policies and promote the great work happening at CPS.
- Media Relations: Develop and maintain relationships with media
to build trust with Education Beat reporters and secure earned
media coverage. As inquiries come in, connect with the reporter to
understand the intent of the story, manage expectations on
deliverables, and deliver fully approved responses on
- Media Monitoring: Monitor media coverage of public education to
spot trends and opportunities. Provide recommendations to
leadership on a communication plan that addresses trends.
Incorporate relevant media points in deliverables.
- Event Support: Support the logistics of press conferences,
B-roll opportunities and other public-facing events, both virtual
In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities,
the Assistant Press Secretary must possess the following
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is
required; concentration in communications, political science,
journalism, english, or public relations preferred
- Minimum of five years of experience in communications,
marketing/PR, political campaigns, or education policy.
- Experience working in dynamic, high-intensity situations
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal and critical thinking
- Ability to balance competing priorities, demonstrate good
judgment and operate as a strong team member
- Adept at multitasking while maintaining a calm and productive
environment during crisis or emergency situations
- Feels sense of urgency in accomplishing goals and objectives to
ensure success and working effectively under crisis situations
- Demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement and an
unwavering belief that all students can achieve at high levels
Conditions of Employment
As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS),
employees are required to:
- Establish/Maintain Chicago Residency - Employees are required
to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago
within six months of their CPS hire date and maintain residency
throughout their employment with the district. The Chicago
residency requirement does not apply to temporary/part-time
positions, however, all CPS employees must be residents of
- Be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 - Unless approved for a
medical or religious exemption, all employees are required to be
up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters, and to
submit proof of vaccination to the district within 30 days of hire.
"Up-to-date" on vaccination is defined as being at least two weeks
past all primary vaccine doses and any applicable boosters.
Unvaccinated staff with an approved exemption must submit to weekly
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