The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), a Washington-based non-profit founded in 1990, is the only organization in the world that offers emergency support, safety training, global reporting opportunities and funding for both staff reporters and freelancers, all specifically tailored for women. We are making more women’s bylines possible, working tirelessly to ensure a greater diversity of voices represented in the news industry worldwide.
The IWMF is run by a staff passionate about protecting, supporting and promoting women in news media. The program manager will oversee the IWMF’s grants and awards and 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 advance the IWMF’s mission through direct support to women journalists. Our grants and awards include:
A full list of IWMF programs is available on our website.
Reporting to the deputy director, the program manager 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, the Kim Wall Memorial Fund, 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 Kim Wall Memorial Fund awards reporting grants each year in memory of IWMF fellow Kim Wall (1987-2017). The IWMF’s Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis provides small grants for journalists in distress. In addition, the program manager will lead the process of soliciting nominations for and the selection of the IWMF’s Courage in Journalism, Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism, and Gwen Ifill awardees.
Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related field (e.g. media development, international relations, public affairs, etc.)
Experience: Minimum three (3) to five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in program coordination, program support and management, journalism, grant making, or international development. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Skills: 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. In addition:
Reporting to the deputy director, the program manager will be responsible for the management of all grants and awards initiatives described above. (S)he will also provide backstopping to the Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative as needed. 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:
Managing all aspects of the IWMF’s grant making initiatives.
Managing the Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis.
Managing the nomination and selection processes for all IWMF awards.
Supporting other IWMF programs as needed.
The program manager’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.
The IWMF offers a generous benefits package, including individual health insurance (80% paid by the IWMF), dental coverage, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, the opportunity to establish an FSA and paid holidays as well as paid leave between Christmas and New Year’s Day. In addition, we offer a 401k upon an employee’s start date with a matching contribution. Other benefits include two weeks of paid vacation, two weeks of sick leave and three personal days within the first year of employment.
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