Investigative Reporter

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 30

Position description

The best cross-border investigative newsroom in the world is seeking an investigative reporter to join our team.

This is a position for an enterprising journalist with a track record of unearthing stories that expose abuse and hold the powerful to account. We believe in the power of journalism to force change — and so should you.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists isn’t like other news organizations. We focus most of our attention on big stories that have the potential to shake the world. And we do it in collaboration with reporters from around the globe.

To be very clear: these partnerships aren’t just a feature of our work, they are core to our identity and mission. While finding and telling impactful stories would be your primary responsibility, everyone at ICIJ is expected to assist our partners when needed to ensure they are successful, too.

We can’t stress this enough: If the idea of working with dozens or hundreds of other journalists at a time freaks you out, this is definitely not the job for you.

Still with us? Here’s more.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of ICIJ’s individual giving program, and assist the development director in developing and implementing a strategy to grow ICIJ’s individual donor base and generate reader revenue.
  • Develop and execute fundraising campaigns through email appeals, social media messaging and direct communications with donors.
  • Draft donor-centered messaging, including but not limited to email appeals, event descriptions and invitations, newsletters and impact reports.
  • Organize virtual and in-person events intended for a donor audience. This will include conceptualizing event ideas, coordinating across editorial and digital teams, conducting outreach and event promotion, and handling administrative logistics.
  • Analyze data to better understand donor behavior and suggest improvements accordingly.
  • Accept, record and acknowledge all donations in a prompt and professional manner.
  • Maintain a donor database, including gift entry, reporting and cleaning.
  • Respond to donor requests and inquiries.
  • Provide assistance with other administrative and fundraising needs as necessary.

Your skills and experience: 

  • Preferably 3-5 years experience in a fundraising or development role at a nonprofit organization, especially with individual giving programs. Demonstrated success running membership programs and generating revenue through membership models is a huge plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong collaborator who can work across multiple departments.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, multitask and prioritize.
  • Willingness to think outside the box and be creative.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Possess cross-cultural competency. International experience is helpful.
  • Strong technical skills and comfortable working with data. Familiarity with fundraising database systems, particularly Salesforce, and email marketing platforms, such as Mailchimp, is required.
  • An interest in investigative journalism and news media.

At any given time we are working with dozens or even hundreds of the best investigative journalists on the planet. The stories we do together matter.

Governments have recouped more than $1.2 billion from tax evaders identified in our Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation, heads of state have lost their jobs and innumerable investigations have been launched.

Each and every one of our investigations provokes a flurry of official responses: from overhauling regulation of the medical device industry after our Implant Files investigation, to official investigations into the looting of one of Africa’s poorest nations following our Luanda Leaks revelations. This is why we do what we do – we expose injustice and uncover broken systems so they may be fixed.

As an ICIJ reporter, you would serve a key role in propelling investigations like these, from concept through to publication. You would do it with the support of our excellent team of techies, data journalists, reporters and editors — and you would do it without fear of outside pressure or influence.

As a nonprofit focused solely on investigative journalism, we operate with complete independence. No one tells us what to cover, or not to cover. We follow the story as far as it goes, no matter what.

Who is the ideal ICIJ journalist?

We don’t care about your job title or the college you attended. We do care deeply about stories, and believe that the story should always be the star. To that end, what matters most to us is the demonstrated ability to find and report stories with the highest impact potential.

In your application, please tell us about the stories you’ve found and told, and what happened as a result.

Quantitative evidence forms the bedrock of most of our investigations. So it is also crucial that you understand how to identify and obtain useful data, and that you can think creatively about how it can be used to buttress or solidify your reporting.

A business reporting background and language skills (other than English) are a plus.

Strong writing ability and an international mindset are a must.

To be successful at ICIJ means having a diplomat’s mindset and lots of patience — while staying uncompromising in your commitment to accuracy and fairness.

Some reporters work well with others. Some do not. If you feel like you are in the latter category, this job is not for you.

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