Employment Opportunities

Office TitlePRESS SECRETARY
Salary:  $60,000-$70,000 (Annual)

The Bronx Borough President’s Office is seeking a highly motivated Press Secretary. The primary role of the Press Secretary is to help execute the agency’s day-to-day press operations, fielding and responding to incoming reporter inquiries, coordinating, and staffing the Bronx Borough President at media/external events. The press secretary will develop and execute media strategies, ensuring all press communications aligns with the voice and priorities of the Borough President and Deputy Borough President. The Press Secretary will report to the Director of Communications and work collaboratively with the communications team to ensure proper amplification of messages. Must be flexible to work nights and weekends and will perform a wide range of tasks including, but not limited to:

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Fielding and responding to incoming reporter inquiries, developing talking points, tracking news trends, and planning activity against that appropriately.
  • Developing and executing media strategies that align with and fulfill overarching communications priorities recommended by the Director of Communications.
  • Establishing and managing relationships with community-based, city-wide, and key national reporters, media outlets to ensure maximum reach of publicity.
  • Monitoring breaking news and responding appropriately to the relevant borough or city-wide news.
  • Attending Ask the BP on a rotating basis, and collaborate on the briefing.
  • Composing citations and proclamations for community residents/organizations/events.
  • Drafting all written press communications coming from the Office of the Bronx Borough President including press releases, media advisories, quotes on behalf of spokespeople, and op-eds.
  • Coordinating events on behalf of the Bronx Borough President’s Office such as location, coordinating audio/visuals, liaising with IGA and community affairs on the participation of elected officials and other community members/representation, coordinating media attendance through media advisories, preparing run-of-show, conducting appropriate follow-up post-event.
  • Preparing talking points and scripts for the Bronx Borough President and Deputy Borough President prior to media interviews and public appearances.
  • Responsible for drafting all written press communications for press releases, media advisories, quotes on behalf of spokespeople, and op-eds.
  • Staffing the Bronx Borough President and/or Deputy Borough President at press events and overseeing and managing media interactions.
  • Prepare ongoing metrics reports of media relations, including providing media clips featuring the Borough President and the Deputy Borough President.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the areas of communications, public relations, digital communications, public affairs, political science, or another relevant field, plus 2-5 years of experience in public relations or public affairs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Successful track record of working with a diverse pool of NYC-based media contacts.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to analyze the administration’s communications strategy and identify strategic weaknesses and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Ability to analyze the administration’s communications strategy and identify strategic weaknesses and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Ability to exhibit a professional demeanor in the fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.
  • A deep knowledge of New York City government; and a strong commitment to the values and vision articulated by the Bronx Borough President.

To Apply:

Submit a resume, cover letter and the contact information for three professional references to Jcortes@bronxbp.nyc.gov with the subject line “Press Secretary”.  Your cover letter should be concise and describe, with specificity, why you are an excellent candidate for the position.

Submission of an application package is not a guarantee that you will receive an interview. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The Office of the Bronx Borough President is committed to a diverse workforce, and we seek diversity among applicants for this position. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment. However, City employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for two (2) continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County.

The City of New York is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Resume Submission Deadline: May 1, 2022

Job Description: Director of Land Use and Planning, Office of The Bronx Borough President

The newly elected Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson is seeking a Director of Land Use and Planning (Director).The Director will be part of the Office of the Bronx Borough President’s (BXBPO) senior team.

The Director of Land Use and Planning will be responsible for developing the BXBPO’s urban development agenda in partnership with the senior team, and reviewing and guiding the course of action for each project that falls under ULURP. The Director will manage all aspects of the Borough President’s planning team, including leading a unit of urban planners, a topographical bureau, a consulting engineer and other professional staff.

The ideal candidate for this position will have advanced knowledge of planning concepts and the unique land use challenges and opportunities of New York City, the ability to conduct in depth analysis of all land use and planning issues coming before the BXBP, experience conducting negotiations, strong written and verbal communication skills, and a deep commitment to the issues that affect our residents, including tenants’ rights, public health, equity in our schools, transit, parks, and housing.

The Director of Land Use and Planning will report directly to the Deputy Borough President.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop the BXBPO’s urban development agenda in partnership with the rest of the senior team;
  • Oversee the review and evaluation of land use proposals to the City Planning Commission, Landmark Preservation Commission, Board of Standards and Appeals, and other government entities, as well as the development of recommendations that are consistent with the Borough President’s priorities, sound planning principles, analysis of environmental impacts, and community concerns;
  • Supervise and manage all urban planners, including creating work plans, setting deadlines, providing technical and policy guidance for/to the planners in order to ensure high-quality and timely review of land use proposals;
  • In coordination with the Community Affairs Director, provide land use and planning technical support for Community Boards as needed;
  • Create planner training materials to provide consistency and high-quality land use deliverables; Guide planners on special projects or reports, including creating outlines, data analysis, and managing progress assigned;
  • Provide land use input on inter-unit or office-wide projects, initiatives and reports;
  • Manage the Land Use and Planning Department;
  • Represent the Borough President on other Boards and advisory councils as appropriate, and in meetings with developers, advocates, community groups and other interested parties;
  • Represent the Borough President at events and meetings throughout the borough to advance the BXBPO’s agenda;
  • Prepare land use policy reports, briefing materials, and testimony;
  • Manage services provided through the Bronx Topographical Bureau;

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Eight or more years of experience, with several at a supervisory level, with government, planning, preservation, housing, real estate or similar organizations, including supervisory experience;
  • MS of urban planning or related discipline;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of New York City government, zoning, and land use decision-making process (i.e. ULURP, CEQR, etc.) with a special focus on Bronx borough-based needs.
  • Experience working collaboratively at a senior level;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively engage diverse stakeholders toward shaping proposals, problem-solving and/or developing mutual understanding, especially as part of the land use process;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Bronx’s diverse neighborhoods and communities;
  • Knowledge of major New York City development issues;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • The ability to work well under pressure and deadlines as well as prioritize tasks;
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings as needed;
  • Proven ability to manage, motivate and train staff;
  • Ability to work well with communities with diverse interests and needs;
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with key stakeholders, community groups and individuals;
  • Willingness to learn and embrace a broad range of technologies and systems;
  • Literacy in Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, or Albanian is a plus;
  • A demonstrated commitment to the mission, vision and values expressed by the BXBP;
  • Knowledge of GIS Required AICP – strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with City Housing and Buildings process;
  • Must be able to work well with varied group of department heads of other City Agencies (i.e: Commissioners);
  • Knowledge on issues related to mass transit (MTA, MetroNorth, LIRR, etc.)

To Apply:

Submit a resume, cover letter, and the contact information for three professional references to Jcortes@bronxbp.nyc.gov with the subject line “Director of Land Use and Planning”. Your cover letter should be concise and describe, with specificity, why you are an excellent candidate for the position.

Submission of an application package is not a guarantee that you will receive an interview. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The Office of the Bronx Borough President is committed to a diverse workforce, and we seek diversity among applicants for this position. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment. However, City employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for two (2) continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County.

The City of New York is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Resume Submission Deadline: March 1, 2022

Job Description
Topographic Engineer
Office of The Bronx Borough President

The newly elected Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson is seeking a Topographic Engineer in the Bureau of Topography under the auspices of the Bureau of Planning & Development. The successful applicant will report directly to the Director of Planning & Development and further supervised by the Bureau’s Lead Planner.

Functions pertaining to Topography

  • Process Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) mapping applications, review alteration and damage maps, and provide comments.
  • Respond to public inquires and maintain records regarding legal status of streets, addresses, and borough engineering survey data.
  • Manage topographic map collections and records about grades, titles, monuments, alterations, damages, and other public information.
  • Archive information and manage databases of Brownfields, Special Needs Housing and House Number Applications.
  • Assign addresses for new buildings, alterations and verifications.
  • Collect information about development in The Bronx and compose Annual Development Report of The Bronx using statistical information extracted from House Number Application Database.
  • Prepare requests for Opinions of Dedication to the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York.
  • Develop presentations and maps identifying Bronx development patterns for community meetings and elected representatives.
  • Represent the Borough President at interagency mapping conferences, public hearings and special events.
  • Serve as liaison to community groups, professional organizations and other City and State agencies.
  • Conduct field surveys and research as needed.

Functions pertaining to Planning & Development

  • Review ULURP applications.
  • Conduct research projects and write reports that further the mission of the agency.
  • Provide suggestions and assistance for transportation, environmental and housing issues in The Bronx.
  • Collect, analyze and track new development in The Bronx.
  • Co-operate with BOEDC to interact with developers to promote new development.
  • Coordinate meetings with developers of projects with potential adverse impacts.
  • Provide support and insight regarding planning and development to other Bronx Borough President departments as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Bachelor of Science and four years’ experience in engineering, architecture, or related field or a Master’s of Science and two years’ experience.
  • Experience with government, civic or community-based organizations.
  • Knowledge of New York City government and public review process.
  • Advanced experience with Excel and statistical software.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite desired.
  • Experience in AutoCAD and ArcGIS desired.
  • Familiarity with Bronx planning and development desired, but not required.
  • Capacity to multitask and work independently.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Spanish desired but not required.

This position doesn’t require a Professional Engineer (P.E.) license, but candidates with a P.E. would be given consideration and the responsibilities enhanced.

Please transmit your resume to the attention of Marilyn Olivero at molivero@bronxbp.nyc.gov.

The Office of the Bronx Borough President is committed to a diverse workforce, and we seek diversity among applicants for this position. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment. However, City employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for two (2) continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County.

The Bronx Borough President’s Office is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Resume Submission Deadline: March 1, 2022

Job Description
Topographic Planner
Office of the Bronx Borough President

The newly elected Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson is seeking a Topographic Planner in the Bureau of Topography under the auspices of the Bureau of Planning & Development. The successful applicant will report directly to the Director of Planning & Development and further supervised by the Bureau’s Lead Planner.

Job Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Director of the Bureau of Planning and Development, the Topographic Planner responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Managing the street address assignment process for all development in the borough based on information from official maps, property data sources, and developer applications;
  • Maintaining a development information database and geographic information system from data extracted from the street address applications with attributes for residential, commercial, and institutional development in the borough;
  • Interacting with the public, the development community, and governmental agencies on behalf of the Borough President and answer questions related to the borough map and other property data sources;
  • Accepting and logging address applications for the Topographic Office from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Creating annual development reports using topographic data, and other various research reports using open-source data for internal and external use.
  • Assisting in researching and analyzing information for Planning & Development projects.
  • Working in a cooperative team environment.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in urban studies, planning, or urban geographic information systems;
  • Those with an associate degree with a certificate in geographic information systems will also be considered;
  • Experience with ArcGIS, Microsoft Office, and AutoCad required.
  • Experience with Adobe Suite, Research and Analysis a plus.

To apply: Please transmit your resume to the attention of Marilyn Olivero at molivero@bronxbp.nyc.gov.

The Office of the Bronx Borough President is committed to a diverse workforce, and we seek diversity among applicants for this position. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment. However, City employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for two (2) continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County.

The Bronx Borough President’s Office is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Resume Submission Deadline: March 1, 2022

Internship Opportunities

The Office of the Bronx Borough President is seeking undergraduate and graduate interns to gain valuable public service experience in one of the world’s greatest cities. Prospective interns must have an interest in improving the lives of residents in the Bronx and New York City along with a general knowledge of urban studies, economics and public policy. All internships will provide hands-on substantive experience and insight into the operations of a government agency. All interns will work with senior staff in a fast-paced and challenging environment.

About the Office

The Bronx is one of the most dynamic and diverse boroughs in New York City, and the Bronx Borough President is its chief elected official. The Bronx is currently experiencing a dramatic resurgence in economic development, affordable housing and employment. The Borough President works with the Mayor to prepare the annual executive budget submitted to the City Council, reviews and comments on major land use projects, proposes sites for City facilities within his jurisdiction, and develops strategic planning for the economic development of the borough. The Borough President also monitors the administration of City services and works with constituents and local organizations in order to meet the needs of Bronx residents.

Internship Details

Compensation: Unpaid and no reimbursements

Schedule: Interns can work part time or full time. Part time interns are required to work at least 12 hours a week. Interns are placed for the fall, winter break, spring, and summer semesters. Preference will be given to intern applicants who are eligible to receive academic credit.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit:

  • A resume;
  • A brief writing sample, preferably a piece of analytical, academic work;
  • A cover letter stating your preference for the policy, economics, communications or legislative internship (feel free to select more than one), and your availability.

Please email your application to: Jeffrey Laufer. If you have any questions, Jeffrey Laufer can be reached at (718) 590-6116.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. The selection process is highly competitive and based on scholastic achievement and demonstrated interest in public policy. Please note, we ask that all applicants commit to working with us for at least 12 hours each week.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your application.

The Office of the Bronx Borough President is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Education and Youth Intern

Description: The focus of the position is on research and review of education policy briefs and reports.  Interns will be responsible for gathering and sorting data, preparing reports and summarizing their findings. Intern will have the opportunity to attend various educational roundtable discussions and policy briefings.

Qualifications:

  • Requires a strong interest in education, and/or urban policy
  • Strong research skills.
  • Strong writing, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks/projects.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Preference will be given to students that can receive academic credit for their time in our office.

Urban Policy Intern

Description: In this position, interns will work to research and write policy documents on a variety of local and social issues. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in substantive and independent research in several diverse areas of urban policy.

Qualifications: Requires a demonstrated interest in urban policy issues. Graduate students welcome to apply. Solid writing skills needed. Computer skills including competency with Microsoft Excel are helpful. The ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and projects concurrently is also helpful.

Economics Intern

Description: In this internship, work is focused on researching the economic and social life of the Bronx and New York City. Interns are responsible for gathering data and researching policy matters to develop substantive quantitative information about a broad range of public policy issues. Recognizing the increasing complexity of policy issues, interns work to synthesize research and to prepare briefing materials, reports, charts, tables and spreadsheets.

Qualifications: Requires strong quantitative skills and an interest and knowledge in studying social and economic trends in public policy. Data analysis skills as well as solid writing, communication, and organizational skills required. Must have an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel. Economics major preferred. Ability to work quickly, accurately and under deadline is also helpful.

Environmental Planning Intern

The Planning Bureau of the Bronx Borough President’s Office is seeking an intern to assist with the ongoing environmental, economic development, site remediation, and planning efforts in the Office of the Bronx Borough President’s Office.

In our continuing efforts to address long-term environmental degradation throughout The Bronx and to restore adversely affected and contaminated properties to healthier, cleaner, and productive community uses, the Planning Bureau is requesting applications from interested parties for the position of an Environmental Intern.

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing technical inter-office memoranda and correspondence.
  • Representing the Office of the Bronx Borough President Planning Bureau in meetings and interactions with local developers, community stakeholders, property owners, NYSDEC, NYCDEP, and the NYC OER.
  • Maintaining and updating environmental databases and documents.
  • Editing, revising and presenting Power Point presentations.
  • Compiling information on brownfields, NYC and NYS redevelopment programs, administration.
  • Identifying environmental programs and policies that affect the Bronx and bringing them to the attention of Planning Bureau staff.
  • Tracking the progress of sites enrolled in brownfield, brownfield opportunity area, and superfund programs.
  • Identifying public notices and OER releases related to SPDES, brownfields, SEQRA, Title V and SWPPP.
  • Additional related tasks, as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • We are seeking a person having a Graduate Degree or pursuing a Graduate Degree in any of the following fields: urban planning, environmental planning, environmental sciences, business administration, public administration, environmental preservation, geology, or geography.
  • Professional experience in urban planning, environmental planning, environmental sciences, business administration, public administration, environmental preservation, geology, or geography.
  • Skilled at Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Strong written, verbal, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Familiarity with NYSDEC, NYCDEP and NYC permitting agencies advantageous.
  • Professional presentation and demeanor.

Preferred:

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Knowledge of The Bronx and municipal government.