Program Manager - Grants and Awards

International Women's Media Foundation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 24

Position description

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:

·     Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

·     Focus 326 (working title) – Reporting on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

·     Kim Wall Memorial Fund

·     Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis

·     U.S. Emergency Fund

·     Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund

·     Courage in Journalism Awards

·     Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

·     Gwen Ifill Award

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. 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. Focus 326 (working title) is a new IWMF initiative supporting reporting on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in the U.S. The Kim Wall Memorial Fund awards reporting grants each year in memory of IWMF fellow Kim Wall (1987-2017). The IWMF’s Emergency Funds provides small grants for journalists in distress, help them to purchase protective equipment, relocate for their safety, cover equipment loss or medical costs related to reporting on civil unrests, and support their mental well-being. 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: Five to seven years of progressively responsible work experience in program 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:

·    Cultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

·     Self-starter with superb organizational skills.

·     Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize.

·     Driven to perform at the highest level.

·     Commitment to continual improvement.

·     Prior grant making experience desired.

·     Knowledge and experience in program and/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 flexibility to adapt to changing priorities.

·     Mission first attitude.

·     High level of discretion and sensitivity in working with journalists in crisis.

·     Sense of humor required.


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 other programs as needed. Additionally, (s)he will work to enhance IWMF’s outreach efforts with the journalism community, help organize public forums on behalf of the IWMF including programs-related events and participate in conferences representing the IWMF. A description of responsibilities follows:

 ·     Managing all aspects of the IWMF’s grant making initiatives.

o  Leading on all application and selection processes, maintaining a high level of quality control

o  Coordinating application rounds, including application review and candidate interviews

o  Liaising with the communications staff around application opening and closing

o  Serving as primary point of contact for all grantees and applicants

o  Drafting social media outreach in coordination with the communications staff

o  Monitoring grantee reports and project timelines

o  Developing application guidelines and sample applications as a resource for potential applicants

o  Tracking applicant diversity and statistics

o  Preparing grant reports

o  Gathering and organizing program related data and assisting in monitoring and evaluation of programs

o  Organizing selection processes and managing selection committees

o  Systematizing application processes in coordination with programs staff

o  Ensuring that website content for the IWMF’s grant making initiatives is up to date

o  Engaging with grantees and IWMF network to grow organization’s reach and impact

o  Coordinating and growing the IWMF’s selection committees

·     Managing Emergency Funds for Journalists in Crisis.

o  Serving as the lead on all Emergency Fund cases

o  Managing the intake process and assigning cases to staff

o  Lead on vetting cases and decision-making for support

o  Liaising with the Journalists in Distress (JID) Network on cases requiring outside assistance

·     Managing the nomination and selection processes for all IWMF awards.

o  Developing and implementing solicitation strategies to increase submissions for all IWMF awards

o  Researching prospective awardees

o  Conducting proactive outreach for nominations

o  Reviewing nominations and preparing candidate materials for the selection committee

o  Liaising with awardees in coordination with the communications team, as needed.

·     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.

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