Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Features Editor

Development Assistant

Europe and Central Asia Research Associate



Features Editor

Reports to: Deputy Editorial Director

Location: New York (preferred) or Washington, D.C.

Salary: $70,000-$75,000

Deadline for applications: Open until filled

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. We defend the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal.

Background

The Committee to Protect Journalists seeks features editor to edit and help manage the flow of news content, particularly features, analyses, and long-form reports but also news alerts, letters of protest, and other articles. The features editor will work within a small team of editors, in coordination with the advocacy and emergencies teams and CPJ’s regional programs, to advance the organization’s mission.

This is a full-time, exempt position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Edit longer-form feature pieces including analyses, in-depth reports, mission journals, Q&As, and multimedia storytelling formats
  • Edit daily news copy including statements, news alerts, and protest letters
  • Adhere to tight deadlines; juggle several pieces of various lengths and deadlines
  • Work with writers of varied experience and English-language skills
  • Identify trends in press freedom and suggest related pieces
  • Help manage the organization’s website, CPJ.org
  • Help oversee aspects of web and print production and relationships with outside contractors
  • Occasional evening or weekend work
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Experience:

Required:

  • At least five years of experience as a news editor for a newspaper, news magazine, news website, news agency, or news broadcaster
  • Experience editing in-depth, analytical, or investigative pieces of several thousand words in addition to spot news
  • Native-level English-language communications skills
  • Experience working with writers whose first language is not English
  • Ability to meet both short-term and long-term editorial and project deadlines
  • Familiarity with web content management systems, such as WordPress, as well as basic HTML coding and Photoshop
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple tasks
  • Commitment to, and passion for, CPJ’s mission to promote freedom of the press worldwide
  • Ability to make independent decisions while taking into account the needs of several constituencies
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to thrive in a stressful environment
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • U.S. work authorization

Preferred:

  • Background in international news
  • Familiarity with global press freedom issues
  • Multimedia, infographics and/or data journalism expertise
  • Experience copy-editing for style and grammar
  • Ability to respond creatively to ideas, utilizing limited financial and human resources
  • Sense of humor

This job is part of a collective bargaining unit represented by the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE).

To apply

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter and references to [email protected] and include "features editor" in the subject line.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. CPJ does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy, military status, carrier status, genetic predisposition, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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



Development Assistant

Reports to: Deputy Director of Development

Location: New York, NY

Salary range: $50,000-$55,000, plus full benefits package

Application deadline: February 28, 2020

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit 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 is seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual to fill the position of development assistant in the Development department. The ideal candidate is a professional who has experience with processing gifts and coordinating events and has strong organizational and multitasking skills. The individual will work closely with CPJ’s development associate. This is a full-time, non-exempt position based in CPJ’s New York office.

Responsibilities

  • Process gifts (credit cards, checks, wires, PayPal, etc.) in Raiser’s Edge
  • Process and reconcile table and ticket purchases related to CPJ’s annual dinner
  • Process mail and generate acknowledgment letters to donors each week
  • Liaise weekly with the Finance department
  • Help coordinate events for CPJ, including logistics, invitations, and RSVPs
  • Coordinate logistics with vendors for direct mail
  • Respond promptly to donors via phone or email
  • Support other members of the Development team
  • Provide administrative and research support for the department
  • Uphold strict confidentiality and exercise discretion

Qualifications

Two-plus years of related experience; strong organizational, communication, project management, and problem-solving skills; impeccable multi-tasking ability and exceptional interpersonal skills; experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, and Google required. Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred. Computer literacy, and ability to work in a quickly changing, deadline-oriented environment. International outlook and experience a plus.

How to Apply

Please email a resume, cover letter, and references to [email protected] Please include “Development Assistant” 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 does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy, military status, carrier status, genetic predisposition, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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



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.

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 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

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 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.



Committee to Protect Journalists
P.O. Box 2675
New York, NY 10108

[email protected]

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


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