Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Program Director

News Editor

Communications Associate

North America Program Intern

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Tech Manager

Program Director

Position: Program Director

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director

Location: New York

Start date: Immediate

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information. For over 35 years, CPJ has helped win the early release of imprisoned journalists, secure convictions in journalist murders, and enable positive legal reform in countries where the climate for free expression has deteriorated.

Background

The Committee to Protect Journalists seeks a Program Director to oversee its global research in the defense of journalists and press freedom. The Program Director will manage six regional program coordinators and align their work with organizational advocacy goals and strategy. The Program Director will also serve on CPJ's Emergency Response Team, as well as CPJ's leadership team comprised of eight directors. This is an exciting senior management opportunity for a journalist and passionate advocate to lead a team during a critical time of growth at CPJ.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of CPJ's six regional programs (North America, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa)
  • Directly supervise all six program coordinators; serve as a thought partner and advisor to each program during both emergency response situations and longer-term strategic initiatives
  • Coordinate program strategy and execution with the Advocacy, Emergencies, and Editorial departments
  • Lead and contribute to a range of organization-wide initiatives, collaborating with other departments, as well as CPJ's correspondents and representatives around the world
  • Oversee the production of the regional programs' annual work plans and budgets
  • Work with the Deputy Executive Director to monitor and evaluate program impact and output
  • Participate in quarterly finance meetings with the Finance Director and Executive Director
  • Mentor and develop staff with varied backgrounds and levels of experience; build a strong and cohesive culture across geographies
  • Supervise the hiring of program staff, interns, and correspondents

Qualifications:

Viable candidates will possess the following skills, experiences, and attributes:

  • Commitment to CPJ's mission
  • 10+ years of work experience; newsroom experience required, and specific media or advocacy work in press freedom a plus
  • Firm understanding of geopolitical issues, with the ability to analyze and relate these to press freedom as needed
  • Strong people management skills (both up and down), with a proven track record of coaching a team, ideally across geographies
  • Journalist's eye for detail and high-quality work
  • Strong verbal communication skills, with an ability to communicate clearly in media interviews and other public speaking forums
  • Proven skills in writing succinct and high-quality reports, including the capacity to digest, interpret, and accurately summarize reports and data
  • Experience working with a distributed and remote team, and in growing, changing environments, strongly preferred
  • Experience drafting and managing complex annual budgets
  • Exceptional judgment, with the ability to make quick decisions in high-stakes situations
  • Fluent spoken and written English essential; knowledge of another language an asset
  • Willingness to travel internationally several times per year, plus additional domestic travel as needed
  • Bachelor's or equivalent degree required

Salary and Benefits

Competitive compensation commensurate with experience, in addition to an excellent benefits package.

How to apply

Qualified individuals should apply through On-Ramps: http://www.on-ramps.com/open-positions/1234

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

News Editor

Position: News Editor

Reports to: Editorial Director

Location: New York

Start date: Immediate

Application deadline: September 8, 2017

About CPJ

The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. CPJ ensures the free flow of news and commentary by taking action wherever journalists are attacked, imprisoned, killed, kidnapped, threatened, censored, or harassed.

Background

The Committee to Protect Journalists seeks a news editor to join its team responsible for the organization's editorial content. The news editor is a full-time, exempt position in CPJ's New York office. The news editor reports to the editorial director. The successful applicant will be in a position to begin work immediately.

The news editor will help edit and manage the flow of daily content including news alerts, letters of protest, blog posts, and other news and research. The editor will work closely with other editors, the communications and advocacy team, the digital team, and CPJ programs to advance the organization's mission.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Edit news alerts, statements, letters, press releases, and other daily content for CPJ's website. Edit research on journalists killed and imprisoned for their work
  • Edit blog posts, special reports, multimedia, or other content as assigned
  • Edit for content and structure as well as grammar and style
  • Choose photos and write captions
  • Adhere to tight deadlines, juggling several pieces of copy at once
  • Work with writers of varied experience and English-language skills
  • Occasional weekend or evening work

Essential skills and experience:

  • At least three years' experience as an editor for a news agency, website, newspaper, or broadcast outlet
  • The instinct to recognize sensitive or potentially libelous issues and raise them for discussion
  • Experience in basic HTML coding and in using content management systems such as WordPress or Moveable Type
  • Strong organizational skills
  • The initiative to identify tasks and to work independently, as well as be part of a team

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Background in international news
  • Working with writers whose first language is not English
  • Familiarity with AP style

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include 100% employer-paid health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.

How to apply

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected], with "News Editor" in the subject line.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Due to volume, we cannot reply to individual inquiries on the status of applications. If you are selected as a candidate, CPJ will contact you directly to arrange an interview. No phone calls please.

Communications Associate

Position: Communications Associate

Reports to: Advocacy Manager

Location: New York

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.

CPJ seeks a communications associate to join our advocacy and communications team, to support our advocacy efforts, handle media relations and expand press coverage of CPJ editorial content, and our press freedom and journalist safety work around the world.

Background

As a member of the advocacy department, the communications associate will work closely with the Advocacy Manager to develop and implement a communications strategy for enhancing CPJ's global coverage, and ensure maximum engagement for our editorial, program and emergencies work. The associate will contribute to advocacy initiatives, including online writing, campaigns, and events. This position requires prior experience in communications, a commitment to press freedom, a willingness to take part in a wide variety of communications and advocacy activities, and a knack for understanding how best to communicate across traditional and new digital media platforms.

The role is full-time and is based at our New York office, and will report to the advocacy manager. Some weekend and night work is required, primarily being on call to monitor media requests or assist with occasional events. A successful candidate will be strong team player, detail-oriented, and have the ability to work on tight deadlines.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Communications Associate is an integral part of the Advocacy Department and reports directly to the Advocacy Manager. This position is a member of the digital team and works closely with the digital manager as well as members of regional teams to ensure that the expertise and reporting by CPJ achieves maximum impact. Excellent news judgment, the ability to work independently and proactively, and a commitment to press freedom are essential to succeed in this role. The Communications Associate's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement CPJ's media and outreach strategy. Monitor and implement communications benchmarks.
  • Handle CPJ's media relations including developing relationships with journalists, responding to media queries and interview requests, pitching stories and op-eds, and distributing content.
  • Maintain existing media partnerships and relationships and develop new partnerships in support of regional, global and thematic advocacy objectives.
  • Write, proofread, format, and distribute press materials, such as releases and media advisories, produce promotional materials and web content, and assist with social media when needed.
  • Track requests and media interactions and analyze these to make recommendations on how to improve CPJ's media relations and identify opportunities for CPJ to increase its reach and the impact of our reporting and advocacy.
  • Oversee and implement monitoring and evaluation for media and outreach benchmarks.
  • Manage and maintain CPJ's global media contacts database and coordinate with program teams on the development, inclusion and organization of contacts.
  • Assist with coordinating global releases and various newsletters, including the annual publication Attacks on the Press, and the annual International Press Freedom Awards.
  • Draft content for events, website, external publications, etc. and coordinate publication on CPJ and partner platforms.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to the Advocacy team, including event planning, staffing and taking notes at internal and external events. Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects as needed.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • A deep interest and commitment to press freedom
  • Strong communication, writing and editing skills
  • Creativity and experience working on various platforms
  • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • International experience (a foreign language would be an asset)
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff. Capable of working with minimal supervision
  • A BA or higher in communications, journalism, or a related field
  • Ability to work on-call, nights and weekends as needed

How to apply

Please email a resume, cover letter, a short writing sample and links to relevant social media profiles to [email protected]. Please include "Communications Associate" in the subject line. This is a full-time exempt position. No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: July 28, 2017

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

North America Program Intern

Position: North America Program Intern

Reports to: North America Program Coordinator

Location: New York, USA

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a part-time intern to assist with research and administrative support for the North America program. The intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, background research, and writing about press freedom in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. This position reports to the North America program coordinator and will be based in New York. The position comes with a small stipend over six months.

Primary Tasks:

  • Providing background research in English, doing interviews in English, editing/writing, updating databases and other support as needed for the North America program.
  • Effectively using social media to disseminate the North America program's work.
  • Communicating via videoconference, email, and phone with CPJ staff, consultants, and partners.
  • Other related duties.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, or related field. Current college or graduate students are also eligible.
  • Must be able to commit at least 20 hours a week.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, is required. Ability to communicate in Spanish or French is a plus
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint. and Outlook.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with the program team.

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and references to [email protected] by September 12, 2017. Please include "North America Program Intern" in the subject line. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.

Due to volume, we cannot reply to individual inquiries on the status of applications. No phone calls, please.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Reports to: Director of Finance

Compensation: $42,000 plus full benefits

Location: New York

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.

Background

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a temporary, full-time Administrative Assistant/Receptionist for our New York City office. The Administrative Assistant/Receptionist works closely with the Program Manager, Business and Accounting Manager and is supervised by the Director of Finance.This is a one-year, full-time, non exempt position, with the possibility for continuation. The starting salary is $42,000. A full benefits package is offered.

Candidates should be friendly and professional. Strong administrative and organizational skills and the ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with others are required. Computer proficiency is required. Strong oral and written communication skills in English are essential. The ability to speak a language other than English is a plus.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Greets visitors and provides information in a timely, friendly and professional manner.
  • Maintains digital and hard copy filing systems for the Program and Finance departments.
  • Provides administrative support as needed to the Program Manager.
  • Coordinates Program and organization calendars.
  • Schedules internal Program department interviews and meetings.
  • Supports the Program Manager with travel related tasks as needed.
  • Provides administrative support to the Finance department.
  • Supports office operations. Liaises with building supervisor, outside vendors and staff as needed.
  • Keeps CPJ's supply closet, work space, kitchen and breakroom organized and supplied.
  • Assists with technology for meetings.
  • Provides support for organization-wide events, such as luncheons and social events as needed.

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Associate's Degree preferred

Required Skills:

  • Strong, friendly verbal communication
  • Proficient written communication in English
  • Exceptional customer service skills and professional phone manner
  • Punctuality
  • Facility with MS Office applications; familiarity with Google Calendar, Docs, and Drive a plus
  • Focused and effective multi-tasking skills
  • Flexible and organized
  • Takes initiative to act independently
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Hands-on team member who thrives in a changing / growing environment

Expected Hours of Work

The work day is eight hours not including a lunch break. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm with a 30 minute lunch break.

To apply

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter and references to [email protected] Please include Administrative Assistant/Receptionist in the subject line. No phone calls, please. You will only be contacted if you have been selected for an interview.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Deadline for applications: December 8, 2017

Tech Manager

Reports to: Director of Finance and Administration (DOFA)

Location: New York, USA

Salary: Competitive salary based on experience plus full benefits package

Start date: Immediate

Application Deadline: December 31, 2017

Salary range: $85,000 - $95,000

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.

Background

It's never been more dangerous to be a journalist. And CPJ's work has never been more important.The Tech Manager has an opportunity to play a crucial, evolving role at a time of unprecedented growth and change at CPJ. The position oversees the strategic planning, implementation and ongoing management of CPJ's overall IT infrastructure, including network, servers and software and plays a key hands-on role to develop and deploy creative inward-facing tech solutions in alignment with CPJs strategic goals and mission.

Who are you?

You are a resourceful leader who brings deep tech experience, skilled communication, curiosity and passion for CPJ's mission to creatively evolve and foster technology solutions that deeply support staff and help advance CPJ's critically important work in a changing landscape. CPJ is known as an org that 'punches above its weight.' You will be a tireless advocate ensuring CPJ staff has the tech and tools needed to pursue our mission. Your mission is to ensure IT infrastructure is secure, nimble, scaled appropriately, deployed impactfully and above all strategic. And your objective is to support, guide and train staff to engage effectively so tech is never a barrier to our work. You are energized by teaching and cultivating tech expertise in others. You listen actively, ask questions and communicate clearly and often. In fact you probably overshare, because what wakes you up in the morning is your belief in the positive transformative power of technology deployed with intention. And you want to bring that power to CPJ.

Key Responsibilities

The Tech Manager:

  • Develops and implements impactful technology solutions across the organization that fully support staff in accomplishing our work.
  • Communicates clearly and regularly with CPJ staff and supporters to make sure IT initiatives are aligned with CPJ's long-term strategic goals and focus.
  • Reviews, revises and redrafts inward facing IT policies and procedures to make sure they're streamlined and relevant and don't add to staff's already heavy workload.
  • Develops and implements appropriate security policies and procedures.
  • Provides staff training on compliance that is engaging, clear and replicable with the understanding this is an ongoing process and conversation.
  • Provides clear and useful documentation to support staff training.
  • Manages and guides staff by listening, having two-way communication and sharing pertinent IT information on a regular basis.
  • Develops, executes and oversees strategic plans that support and forward CPJ's mission because they enhance IT productivity and efficiency.
  • Builds, maintains and evolves systems that ensure physical, network and data security to protect CPJs information and system integrity.
  • Oversees the planning and implementation of network equipment and applications including additions, removals and major modifications to IT infrastructure.
  • Oversees outside IT vendor projects to ensure effectiveness and relevance of their work.
  • Drafts and monitors the annual IT budget to ensure resources are allocated appropriately.
  • Manages and implements cost effective IT solutions where possible.

Qualifications

  • Several years of previous IT experience in a professional environment is required.
  • Previous experience in and/or demonstrated knowledge of IT services is required.
  • Excellent time-management skills and strong attention to detail is required.
  • Ability to track and process multiple issues simultaneously and accurately.
  • Strong oral and written communication in English.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to non profit sector is highly desirable.

How to Apply

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected], with "Tech Manager" in the subject line. Due to volume, we cannot reply to individual inquiries on the status of applications. If you are selected as a candidate, CPJ will contact you directly to arrange an interview. No phone calls please.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.



Committee to Protect Journalists
330 7th Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001

[email protected]

Tel +1 212-465-1004
Fax +1 212-465-9568


Email Alerts »

Press Center »

Annual Report »

Social Media

View All ›