The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), a Washington D.C.-based not-for-profit organization is hiring a program officer.
Since 1990, the IWMF has worked to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. We seek to ensure that women journalists worldwide are fully supported, protected, recognized and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media. Through our programs and grants, we empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry.
The program officer will support a wide range of IWMF initiatives as a member of the programs team. The team is responsible for coordinating the organization’s portfolio of initiatives that promote the IWMF’s mission through direct support to women journalists. They include: The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative, Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, the Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis, the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists. In addition, the programs team manages fellows and grantees and works to engage IWMF alumni in the organization’s efforts. Reporting to the senior program officer, the program officer will be primarily responsible for coordinating the IWMF’s grant making initiatives and programmatic selection processes for the IWMF’s grants and awards including the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories Initiative sponsored by The Secular Society, and the Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis. The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is broad in scope and supports a variety of projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives. The Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories Initiative supports reporting projects specifically focused on issues that affect women and girls. The IWMF’s Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis Small provides small grants for journalists in distress.
Reporting to the Senior Program Officer, the program officer will be responsible for the daily management of the Fund for Women Journalists and Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories initiatives. (S)he will also provide backstopping and logistics support to the IWMF’s African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative and Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative. Additionally, (s)he will work to enhance IWMF’s outreach efforts with the journalism community through the Volunteer Reader program, help organize public forums on behalf of the IWMF including programs-related events, and coordinate efforts to engage the IWMF alumni network. A description of responsibilities follows:
• Daily coordination of the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists and Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories initiatives, in coordination with the Senior Program Officer. Tasks may include:
◦ Coordinating quarterly application rounds
◦ Liaising with the communications staff around application opening and closing
◦ Responding to inquiries and requests
◦ Drafting social media outreach in coordination with the communications staff
◦ Monitoring grantee reports and project timelines
◦ Coordinating staff review of applications as needed
◦ Developing application guidelines and sample applications as a resource for potential applicants
◦ Tracking applicant diversity and statistics
◦ Preparing visuals and grantee testimonials for annual reports
◦ Gathering and organizing program related data and assisting in monitoring and evaluation of programs
◦ Organizing selection committee correspondence
◦ Systematizing application processes in coordination with programs staff
◦ Ensuring that website content for the IWMF’s grant making initiatives is up to date
◦ Engagement with grantees and IWMF network to grow organization’s reach and impact
• Coordinate and grow the IWMF Volunteer Reader Program. Tasks may include:
◦ Liaising with IWMF staff members to coordinate outreach for potential volunteer readers
◦ Review volunteer reader applications in coordination with the Senior Program Officer
◦ Onboard and manage volunteer readers for the IWMF’s portfolio of programs including: African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative, Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories Initiative
◦ Grow the volunteer reader program in size and scope to include IWMF alumni, working journalists, and editors, with the goal of better supporting IWMF program staff
• Organize reporting trip logistics for the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative and the Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative in coordination with the respective Program Managers. Tasks may include:
◦ Coordinating travel arrangements and logistics for international reporting trips
◦ Conducting outreach to program applicants, participants, and alumni
◦ Assisting with day-to-day tasks related to program implementation
◦ Assisting in administrative and operational tasks as needed
• Support other IWMF programs including but not limited to: local programming for the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, panel events and discussions, outreach to the IWMF alumni community, Adelante initiative, reporting trips, IWMF Emergency Fund, and other duties as assigned.
The program officer’s success will be measured based on organizational outcomes, support of IWMF cultural values, goals met, and the extent to which they contribute to IWMF’s overall success.
Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related field (e.g. media development, international relations, public affairs, etc.)
Experience: three (3) to five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in program coordination, program support and management, journalism, grant making, or international development is preferred.
· Excellent interpersonal communications and relationship-building skills, to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities including journalists, grantees, reporting fellows, board members, volunteers, peers, foundation constituents, donors and consultants.
· Self-starter with superb organizational skills.
· Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize.
· Sense of humor required.
· Driven to perform at the highest level.
· Commitment to continual improvement.
· Prior grants coordination experience desired.
· Knowledge and experience in program coordination or people management.
· Passion for international affairs/journalism and understanding of global media landscape.
· Motivation to learn and work in an entrepreneurial environment.
· Desire and ability to think critically and solve problems effectively.
· Ability to meet deadlines and adapt to changing priorities.
· Mission first attitude.
· Foreign language skills in French or Spanish preferred.
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