Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Deputy Advocacy Director

Technology Editor

Europe and Central Asia Research Associate

Audience Engagement Associate

Middle East and North Africa Program Intern

Journalist Assistance Intern



Deputy Advocacy Director

Reports to: Advocacy Director

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
CPJ seeks a New York-based Deputy Advocacy Director to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Advocacy Department while working with the Director of Advocacy to set and guide the overall vision and strategy for CPJ's advocacy and communication efforts, enhance CPJ's image and position on press freedom matters nationally and worldwide, and expand our impact.

The Deputy Advocacy Director will work closely with the Director of Advocacy to develop and implement a strategy for enhancing CPJ's global advocacy strategy, including at the U.N. and other multilateral organizations and individual cases, and ensuring maximum impact for our editorial and regional program work. A passion for press freedom, experience working and advocating with government, media and international organizations, and the ability to work proactively are essential to succeed in this role.

A successful candidate will have experience running public campaigns, managing communications, building partnerships, and NGO communities and be able to draw on a deep network to promote and defend press freedom.

The Deputy Advocacy Director's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Provides dynamic and innovative leadership for CPJ's advocacy and communications efforts and, in coordination with the Advocacy Director, guides CPJ's short and longer term advocacy objectives.
• Manages day-to-day work and coordination of the advocacy managers, communications associate and fellows or interns, and backstops media relations. Backstops the advocacy director and ensures she is consulted and informed as needed.
• Oversees the implementation of CPJ advocacy and communication efforts (e.g., report launches, media partnerships, events production), including integrating global campaigns and regional initiatives. Manages the development and implementation of public campaigns and other initiatives, and tracks impact.
• Tracks UN advocacy and opportunities and develops an annual UN advocacy strategy as well as other multilateral or thematic strategies, in conjunction with the Advocacy Director.
• Manages the production of the weekly newsletter The Torch and other advocacy and communication products. Produces CPJ communication and promotional materials. Oversees the Advocacy Center on the website ensuring the information is updated and relevant.
• Manages the day-to-day production process of the videos at CPJ's annual awards dinner and manages media relations related to the event.
• Gives media interviews and represents CPJ at external meetings, press conferences and events. Organizes events and manages internal CPJ events/visits by external groups.
• Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects as needed. Rotating weekends on-call. Other duties as assigned.

Desired skills and experience:
• Minimum 5 years' experience in advocacy, communications and / or public policy, or project management.
• A proven track record in the development and execution of communications plans, campaigns, events, and materials.
• International work or study experience.
• Excellent presentation, editing and writing skills.
• Experience working with the United Nations, and other multilateral, international organizations (e.g. OSCE, World Bank, etc.)
• Experience developing and managing webpages and online advocacy tools.
• People management skills (e.g., hiring, training, communicating, supervising and appraising personnel).
• Robust knowledge of media relations and social media as a distribution and advocacy tool.
• Detail and deadline oriented
• Excellent judgment and reliability
• Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff
• French language skills
• A Master's degree or equivalent in political science, communications, journalism or a related field

How to Apply
Please email a resume, cover letter, a short writing sample and links to relevant social media profiles by Dec. 12 to [email protected] Please include "Deputy Advocacy Director" in the subject line
The Deputy Advocacy Director position is a full-time, exempt position based in NY. The Deputy Advocacy Director reports to the Advocacy Director and supervises the EU and Washington advocacy managers and the communications associate.

This is a full-time, exempt position, with excellent health benefits and generous retirement benefits. No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
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.

Technology Editor

Department: Editorial
Office Location: New York Preferred
Reports to Title: Deputy Editorial Director
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: Full
FLSA Status: Exempt
Start Date: Immediate
Application Deadline: Until the position is filled

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.

Job Summary & Details:

CPJ seeks an editor to lead its coverage of global technology developments and policies that affect journalists and freedom of the press. Reporting on instances of digital censorship, surveillance, online harassment, and breaches of privacy form the foundation of CPJ's advocacy efforts to ensure journalists can work freely and securely on all platforms.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provide expert editing of copy by CPJ researchers and international correspondents on tech issues
• Report on policies and actions of governments and technology corporations that directly impact journalists and how they do their work
• On a global scale, guide and conduct research into breaches of journalists' privacy and security, and the obstruction of online news gathering and dissemination, in order to identify issues that influence and support CPJ's advocacy goals
• Collaborate with regional researchers and correspondents to identify areas of tech coverage and build program expertise
• Serve as backup editor for general press freedom coverage as needed

Qualifications & Work Experience:

Required:

• Bachelor's degree or equivalent
• At least five years in journalism, including proven coverage of technology
• Deep understanding of the technology behind the gathering and dissemination of news and information
• Knowledge of the legislative and regulatory framework in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry
• Native-level English communications and editing skills
• Experience editing writers whose first language is not English

Preferred:

• International work or study experience
• Foreign language skills

Competencies Required

Required:

• Ability to guide and edit the work of others on complex issues of technology and policy
• Ability to write clearly and quickly on complex issues for both specialist and general audiences.
• Initiative to produce regular stories while managing to tight deadlines
• Flexibility to define and adapt the role, which is new, as dictated by changing circumstances and organizational objectives
• Commitment to, and passion for, freedom of the press.
• Collaborative spirit

How to apply

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

Europe and Central Asia Research Associate

Reports to: Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator
Salary: Competitive based on experience
Location: New York City
Start Date: Immediate
Application Deadline: November 30, 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 Research Associate for its Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Program to work in its New York office. This is exempt full-time position. The Program 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 research and writing 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 at least one regional language is required, a language of the Balkan region preferred. 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 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.

Responsibilities

Monitor, document 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.

Education:

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

Experience:

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 e-mail 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.

Audience Engagement Associate

Reports to: Digital Manager
Salary: Competitive based on experience
Location: New York City
Start Date: Immediate
Application Deadline: Until the position is filled


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 highly motivated and detail-oriented individual to fill the position of Audience Engagement Associate at CPJ's digital team in New York. The team is tasked with distributing CPJ's digital content on social media platforms, engaging our audiences, and tracking web analytics, among other tasks.

About you:
You are passionate about press freedom, social media, and journalism. You love distilling ideas into 280-character sentences, crafting engaging Instagram stories, and have a knack for tracing a trending story to its source. You know that 2018 cannot be a Twitter hashtag and can easily update a Twitter moment. The potential of chatbots and push notifications is exciting to you.

You're also proactive and willing to take initiative and wake up thinking about how you would create the next trending topic that could help set a journalist free or highlight their case.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the digital team to execute CPJ's digital strategy and ensure that staff is properly trained in the use of digital and social media tools.
  • Develop, maintain, and grow CPJ followers and drive engagement on major social platforms.
  • Disseminate CPJ content--including data, daily news, special reports, video, and audio--on social media platforms in accordance with the digital strategy and advocacy campaign objectives.
  • Create and disseminate social media-specific content tailored for each platform based on CPJ content.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of social media standards and best practices.
  • Manage social accounts with large numbers of followers.
  • Reply to social media inquiries on social platforms and tactically react to trending topics.
  • Ensure that individual campaigns, initiatives, and reports have a robust digital component.
  • Leverage content and social media presence in support of fundraising.
  • Coordinate integration of contacts database, email blasting, and newsletters with support from the appropriate departments.
  • Grow CPJ's social presence on emerging platforms as needed.
  • Track CPJ's website traffic, social media performance and email newsletters according to chosen metrics.
  • Continuously innovate to ensure that CPJ uses the best and most appropriate digital tools available. Evolve and adapt as required to meet the organization's goals as well as campaigns' goals.

Required skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of social media in news dissemination, campaigning, fundraising, audience building, coverage of live events, social listening, and engagement.
  • An understanding of how to cultivate and maintain a social media following on a variety of platforms.
  • A basic understanding of digital security methods and trends.
  • A collaborative spirit and an ability to balance competing demands from a variety of departments and programs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Familiarity with AP style is a plus.
  • Knowledge of or demonstrable interest in international affairs.
  • A passion for press freedom, and eagerness to spread CPJ mission as widely as possible.
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately on a tight schedule.
  • A second language is a huge plus, preferably Spanish or French.

Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. Benefits include 100 percent employer paid health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.

How to apply
Please email a cover letter, résumé, and references to [email protected] and include "Audience Engagement Associate" 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.

No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted

Middle East and North Africa Program Intern

Reports to: Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator
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

CPJ seeks a full-time intern to assist with research and administrative support for the Middle East and North Africa team. The intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, background research and writing about press freedom in the Middle East region. This position reports to the Middle East Program Coordinator and will be based in New York. The position comes with a small stipend over 6 months.

Primary Tasks:

  • Providing background research in English and Arabic, doing interviews in English and Arabic, editing/writing, working with databases, and other support as needed for the Middle East program;
  • Effectively using social media, including in Arabic, to disseminate the Middle East program's work;
  • Communicating via secure online platforms, email and phone with CPJ staff, consultants and partners;
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, or related field, including international affairs or Middle Eastern studies. Current college or graduate students are also eligible.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic, both verbal and written, is required. Ability to communicate in French is a plus.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite and Google Drive.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with program team.
  • Experience working in the Middle East is preferred.

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references to [email protected] . Please include "MENA 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.

Journalist Assistance Internship

CPJ is seeking an intern to assist with research, logistical, and administrative support for the Journalist Assistance (JA) program. The JA program was created in 2001 and provides direct financial and non-financial emergency support to journalists in distress around the world. The intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in humanitarian emergency response, human rights research and documentation, and program administration. This six-month position reports to the JA Program Coordinator and will be based in New York. The position is full-time and comes with a stipend.

The JA Program is particularly interested in candidates with data science experience who can collect, analyze, and extrapolate data on journalist's emergency needs and assistance provided by CPJ and partner organizations.

Primary Tasks:

  • Provide background research on individual cases of journalists in distress worldwide.

  • Complete data research project on JA program's work

  • Help JA program coordinator with administering CPJ's Journalists in Distress (JID) partner network

  • Work with JA program coordinator on weekly output of support letters and grant requests

  • Participate in weekly regional case reviews with program staff

  • Input and maintain up-to-date information into the JA database

  • Other related administrative duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of international press freedom and human rights issues.

  • Interest in and experience with data science preferred.

  • Bachelor's degree. Current college or graduate students are also eligible.

  • Self-starter with proven ability to work independently with supervision and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.

  • Exceptional research and organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Excellent English writing skills.

  • Proficiency in a U.N. language (French, Spanish, Russian, or Arabic) preferred.

  • Ability to work on a variety of projects and to prioritize.


To Apply:

Please email a resume, cover letter, and references to [email protected] by December 28, 2018. Please include "JA Intern" 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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