Managing Director for East Asia

Radio Free Asia
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Apr 08

Position description

The Managing Director for East Asia must have a deep commitment to unbiased, high-quality journalism and astute skills in managing personnel in a complex, multicultural organization. Knowledge and understanding of Asia, particularly East Asia, is required. Leading by example, this individual will motivate and inspire journalists in gathering news under extremely challenging circumstances. Creativity in reaching RFA’s audience inside a severely restricted news environment in Asia is a must.  This position will be based in RFA’s Washington, DC, headquarters.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Supervising the daily operations of the Mandarin, Tibetan, Korean, Uyghur, and Cantonese language services in order to ensure timely, relevant multimedia programming for broadcast, online, and social media.
  • Providing strong editorial leadership and managerial guidance to each of RFA's five East Asia Service Directors.
  • Monitoring and maintaining quality control for all news programming produced by staff, as well as by contractors and stringers; and providing regular written evaluations of same.
  • Keeping current on political, cultural, economic, and social developments in the region in order to inform programming decisions and to ensure programs are reaching their intended targets.
  • Developing long-range programming plans in coordination with the East Asia Service Directors in order to strengthen and expand the reach of RFA’s news programming.
  • Overseeing all administrative issues of the East Asia language services in close coordination with other RFA departments, including Technical Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Audience Research/Training/Program Evaluation, Legal, and Communications.
  • Providing input as a member of RFA’s Senior Staff into guiding the overall direction of the organization and developing strategies to accomplish RFA's mission as an independent, surrogate news source for Asia.
  • Representing the President of RFA and the Executive Editor in contacts with other journalistic entities in the international broadcasting and media field.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Media Studies, or other related field from an accredited college or university; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 15 years’ working experience in Journalism, Editorial Management, or other related field.
  • Minimum seven years’ experience in staff management.
  • Experience working in a foreign and/or multicultural environment a plus.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of current political, economic, and social conditions in East Asia required.
  • Strong editing skills and demonstrated ability to exercise unbiased, timely, and principled news analysis and judgment.
  • Demonstrated managerial and problem-solving skills.

RFA is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.
RFA encourages all qualified individuals to apply. If hired, the candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the US as an employee of RFA.  RFA reserves the right to reconsider or withdraw any offer of employment to any candidate whose authorization to work in the US as an employee of RFA, or extension of such authorization, would require RFA to file or support a petition or related documentation.

Application instructions

Send résumé with cover letter via e-mail referencing “Managing Director, East Asia” in the subject line.

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