Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Deputy Editorial Director

Tech Manager

Patti Birch Fellow for Middle East Research

James W. Foley Fellow

Deputy Editorial Director

Job title: Deputy editorial director
Department Name: Editorial
Office location: New York (NY)
Reports to: Editorial director
Geographic scope: Global
Salary: Competitive based on experience
Benefits: Full
Start date: Immediate
Application deadline: February 23, 2018
FLSA Status: Exempt

The statements below reflect the general responsibilities and requirements of the identified position but may not describe all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.

I. 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.

II. Job Summary & Details:
CPJ requires a deputy editorial director to help the department ensure that a growing amount of editorial content meets the organization's high standards for accuracy, credibility, fairness, and timeliness. The deputy editorial director will oversee the editing of daily news and research and work closely with the editorial director to guide CPJ's long-term editorial strategy. They will manage editorial staff and deputize for the editorial director. They will collaborate with other department heads to advance CPJ's mission.

A. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Prioritize, delegate, and editor review daily news stories including alerts, statements, protest letters, campaign text, and social media posts
• Determine CPJ's daily news agenda and homepage features
• Oversee ongoing and annual research such as CPJ's lists of journalists killed and imprisoned for their work
• Direct CPJ blog and edit posts
• In consultation with editorial director, guide CPJ's long-term editorial strategy
• Identify potential trends in press freedom and suggest related pieces
• As needed, edit long-term investigative or analytical special reports
• Oversee aspects of web and print production
• Oversee relationships with external writers or editors and other vendors and contractors
• Deputize for editorial director
• Occasional evening or weekend work
• Other duties as assigned

B. Managerial Responsibilities:
• Position's managerial classification: Manager
• People-management scope (completed for positions that directly or indirectly manage or supervise others). Number of:
- Direct Reports: 2-4
- Indirect Reports: None
• Other management responsibilities (can vary based on managerial classification:
- In consultation with editorial director, draft annual departmental budget
- Track and manage departmental budget throughout year


C. Key Stakeholders (whom this position is expected to interact with regularly):
• Internally: Editors, program staff, advocacy department, emergencies department, digital team (including social media account managers), and (to a lesser extent) development department.
• Externally: CPJ's readers/viewers, including journalists and policymakers
D. Travel Requirements: No
E. Physical Demands: No

III. Education/Qualifications & Work Experience:

Required:
• Bachelor's degree
• At least seven years of experience as a news editor for a newspaper, news magazine, news website, news agency, or news broadcaster
• At least two years of management experience
• Experience editing spot news as well as in-depth, analytical, or investigative pieces of several thousand words
• Native-level English-language communications skills
• Experience working with writers whose first language is not English
• Familiarity with web content management systems such as Wordpress or Moveable Type and basic HTML coding
• U.S. work authorization

Preferred:
• Background in international news
• Multimedia or data journalism expertise
• Experience at an advocacy or human rights organization

III. Competencies (Key Behaviors):

Required:
• Commitment to, and passion for, CPJ's mission to promote freedom of the press worldwide
• Ability to make independent decisions while taking into account needs of several constituencies
• Ability to meet both short-term and long-term editorial and project deadlines
• Strong organizational skills
• Strong work ethic
• Ability to thrive in a stressful environment

Preferred:
• Ability to respond creatively to ideas, utilizing limited financial and human resources
• Sense of humor

IV. How to apply

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected], with "Deputy Editorial Director" 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.

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.

James W. Foley Fellow

Reports to: Emergencies Director
Location: New York, USA
Start date: April 2, 2018

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a qualified individual for the James W. Foley Fellowship program. This is a one-year fellowship that was created in honor of American journalist James W. Foley, who was killed in Syria in 2014, with support from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation.

The ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate or early career journalist with an interest in freedom of expression and journalist safety. The Foley Fellow's core body of work will be an independent research project on a journalist safety issue. The Fellow will also work closely with CPJ's cross-departmental Emergencies Response Team on a variety of topics. The fellowship comes with a stipend of $40,000 and benefits package.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Conducts independent research and writes on global journalist safety issues.
  • Supports CPJ's Emergencies staff with additional research and documentation of global issues of journalist safety, and in the dissemination of specific information.
  • Compiles information on safety resources and services available to journalists, and provides updates for CPJ's digital resource center for journalists at risk.
  • Communicates regularly with international journalists.
  • Represents CPJ at meetings on journalist safety issues.
  • Assists in CPJ's international advocacy efforts.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of international press freedom and human rights issues.
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, international affairs, social sciences or related field.
  • Self-starter with proven ability to work independently with supervision and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional research skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent English writing skills.
  • Proficiency in a U.N. language (French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, or Arabic) preferred.
  • Knowledge of journalist safety issues is desirable.
  • Ability to work on a variety of projects and to prioritize.

International students with proper authorization to work in the United States are encouraged to apply. Please email a resume, cover letter, and references to [email protected] by February 24, 2018.

Please include "Foley Fellow" in the subject line. All candidates must submit a detailed one-page proposal on a research project looking into a journalist safety-related issue. Projects that offer solutions to safety issues are preferable. Each proposal must include project goals, proposed activities and a basic timeline. The Fellow will be chosen on the basis of the proposed research project.

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 in 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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