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Company: The New York Racing Association
Director of Communications and Media Relations
New York
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
March 29, 2013
Job ID: 1471802


Director Of Communications and Media Relations

The New York Racing Association, Inc.


Founded in 1955, and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York’s three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033, NYRA boasts a lineage that actually stretches back almost 150 years. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state’s thoroughbred business, which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State’s urban, suburban and rural economy. In 2012, nearly 1.8 million people attended the live races at NYRA tracks. Factoring in nationwide off-track wagering, the average daily betting handle on NYRA races totals more than $8.1 million. NYRA has a vast network of websites, including,, and You can also follow NYRA on social media platforms Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube. The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) is seeking a Director of Communications and Media Relations to join its team.

Reporting to the Chief Marketing Officer, the Director of Communications and Media Relations will manage the NYRA Communications department.  The Director will develop and implement integrated corporate communications and media strategies, with primary focus on corporate affairs.  These include but are not limited to: Board Meetings, Governmental Affairs and Corporate Finance Communications.  The successful candidate will author media materials (Q&A, talking points, fact sheets, etc.) for use at meetings and conferences, webcasts and other events, and develop emergency and crisis communication plans. In addition to managing and coordinating all activities related to media coverage of NYRA events and major races, the Director will specify planning assumptions for the department budget.

The Director must possess a college degree in Communications, Journalism, English or a related field (Master’s degree is a plus), and at least ten years of strategic PR/Communications experience.  Experience working in Corporate Communications and/or Governmental Affairs required.   Knowledge of thoroughbred racing is desired. The successful candidate must be available to work at all three NYRA Racetracks (Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course for 7 weeks during the summer), as well as to work holidays and weekends.

NYRA offers a competitive compensation package and the opportunity to be part of the rich tradition that defines New York racing. To apply, please email resume to, or by mail to:

The New York Racing Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 90, Jamaica, NY 11417

Attn: J. Levine


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