Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Europe and Central Asia Research Associate

Tech Manager

Europe and Central Asia Research Associate

Reports to: Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator

Salary range: Competitive based on experience

Location: New York City

Start date: ASAP

Application Deadline: on a rolling basis

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.


The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a Research Associate for its Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Program to work in its New York office. This is a full-time exempt position. The Research Associate works under the direct supervision of the Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator to closely monitor, research, report and document attacks on the press in a diverse region where freedom of expression constantly faces new challenges.

The ideal candidate will have passion for and knowledge of press freedom and human rights issues in the ECA region. Strong writing and research skills, and the ability to work independently and proactively as well as in collaboration with other team members, are required. Journalism experience is desirable. Strong oral and written communication skills in English are essential. Fluency in Russian is required, knowledge of at least one other regional language is a plus. Previous experience using social media for work is highly desirable.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conducting daily research, reporting, and writing in English.
  • Monitoring breaking news and events affecting press freedom and journalists in the ECA region and flagging them to ECA Program Coordinator in a timely manner.
  • Conducting interviews in English, Russian and other language(s)
  • Documenting press freedom violations in the ECA region.
  • Working with the ECA Program Coordinator on regional advocacy efforts.
  • Working collaboratively with ECA correspondents in the region and program interns.
  • Maintaining the ECA program's Twitter and Facebook account, maintaining and expanding the ECA program's regional network of contacts.
  • Working collaboratively with CPJ's Journalist Assistance Program to help distressed journalists from the ECA region.

In addition, the ECA Research Associate is encouraged to contribute articles on regional press freedom issues to CPJ's blog and to write such pieces for outside publications.


  • Monitor, report and respond to press freedom abuses in the region.
  • Communicate regularly with journalists and human rights activists in the region.
  • Research and write news alerts, letters of appeal, special reports and blog posts.
  • Assist with planning and implementing of CPJ's advocacy efforts.
  • Maintain the program's social media accounts.
  • Help document and vet Journalist Assistance cases for the region.
  • Assist program coordinator with miscellaneous administrative tasks, such as impact reports and program plans.


  • A Bachelor's degree or higher in journalism, international affairs, or a related field


  • Understanding of press freedom issues in the context of Europe, Central Asia and Turkey.
  • Regional experience is an asset.
  • Proven skills in writing accurately and succinctly

To apply

Please email a resume, cover letter, and three references to [email protected]. Please include "ECA Program Research Associate" in the subject line. Please also include a 500-word personal statement on why you consider press freedom to be important.

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.

This job is part of a collective bargaining unit represented by the WGAE.

Tech Manager

Reports to: Deputy Director of Finance and Administration

Location: New York, USA

Status: Full-time, exempt

Start date: Immediate

Application Deadline: November 25, 2019

Salary range: $85,000 - $95,000, plus full benefits package

About CPJ

CPJ 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.


It has 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, role at a time of unprecedented growth and change at CPJ.  The position oversees strategic planning, implementation and ongoing management of CPJ’s overall IT infrastructure and operations, 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 foster technology solutions that support staff and help advance CPJ’s important work. 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.

Key Responsibilities

The Tech Manager:

  • Develops and implements impactful technology solutions across the organization that support staff in our work.
  • Communicates clearly and often with CPJ staff and supporters to make sure IT initiatives are aligned with CPJ’s strategic goals and focus.
  • Works collaboratively with external security consultant to develop and implement appropriate security policies and procedures.
  • Implements consistent IT standards, automate common procedures, and ensures high levels of security and efficiency across the organization.
  • Provides staff training on compliance that is engaging, clear and replicable
  • Provides clear and useful documentation to support training.
  • Manages and guides staff by listening, having two-way communication and sharing pertinent IT information on a regular basis.
  • Develops, executes and oversees IT strategic plans that support and forward CPJ’s mission.
  • Oversees IT consultant to build, maintain and evolve systems that ensure physical, network and data security to protect CPJs information and system integrity.
  • Oversees outside help-desk vendor to ensure effectiveness of their work.
  • Oversees the planning and implementation of network equipment and applications including additions, removals and major modifications to IT infrastructure.
  • Manages/monitors existing IT equipment for security and loss prevention and procure any new equipment needed for local and remote employees.
  • Manages voice and video communications systems for local and remote employees.
  • Drafts and monitors the annual IT budget to ensure resources are allocated appropriately.

Professional Experience

  • Several years experience as an IT manager in journalism, media, research, non-profit or startup environment.
  • A demonstrated commitment to customer service and a genuine interest in creating technology solutions that enable creativity instead of locking down users.
  • Desire to get hands dirty. We are a small team and the person in this position will need to be an implementer as well as a strategist.
  • Ability to sell small changes to reluctant users and to make the business case for large changes to management
  • 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.
  • A friendly, collaborative nature

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.

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P.O. Box 2675
New York, NY 10108

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Phone +1 212-465-1004
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