Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Program Director

Tech Manager

Patti Birch Fellow for Middle East Research

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.

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.

Patti Birch Fellow for Middle East Research

Reports to: MENA Program Coordinator
Location: New York
Application Deadline: February 12, 2018

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 qualified individual for the Patti Birch Fellowship program to focus on research for its Middle East and North Africa program, with an emphasis on technology. This is a one-year fellowship that was created in honor of Patti Birch, with support from the Patti and Everett B. Birch Foundation.

The ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate, or early career journalist with an interest in projects related to the Middle East and an understanding of the technologies used to monitor internet activity and block access to information. The Patti Birch Fellow will carry out an independent project on technical censorship and press freedom while working closely with the Middle East and North Africa team on reporting press violations across the region. The fellowship comes with annual stipend of $40,000 and benefits.

Responsibilities

The Patti Birch Fellow's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Provide background research on press freedom abuses across the Middle East region, with a focus on cases involving technology.
• Draft alerts, blogs, or other content as needed for the Middle East program.
• Use social media effectively to disseminate the Middle East program's work.
• Work with the Middle East team to ensure that technical censorship issues are highlighted in CPJ's reporting in the region.
• Identify potential partnerships or opportunities for CPJ advocacy and engagement on technical censorship issues.
• Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects, or regionally focused efforts at CPJ as needed.

Qualifications

• A deep interest in and knowledge of press freedom, journalism, online censorship, and human rights.
• Fluency in Arabic, both verbal and written, is required. Ability to communicate in French is a plus.
• Demonstrated reporting experience and working knowledge of databases.
• Strong research, writing and editing skills, and attention to detail.
• Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff.
• An undergraduate degree, Master's degree preferred.


How to Apply

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references to [email protected] by February 12, 2018. Please include "Patti Birch Fellow for Middle East Research" in the subject line. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.



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