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Vice President, Programs

ICFJ is seeking a Vice President of Programs who will help guide the strategic direction of ICFJ, and ensure the organization consistently sets the industry standard for innovation and quality. They will oversee staff managing all of ICFJ’s ongoing programs (as many as 70 per year), developing an overall vision that includes programmatic areas of emphasis and geographic priorities. They will also directly manage some key programs. Successful candidates are out-of-the box thinkers who understand journalism and the media landscape. The role requires creative leadership combined with strong organizational, people and project management skills. The Vice President of Programs also oversees ICFJ’s efforts to ensure that the organization’s work is impactful and demonstrates effectiveness on a global scale. In collaboration with ICFJ’s President and senior leadership, the Vice President of Programs will help to set priorities for other areas of the organization, including new project development, budgeting and general management.


Joining a creative, dynamic and fast-paced team, the Vice President of Programs will be tasked with the following:

  • Overseeing the successful operation of all ICFJ programs and ensuring they meet the highest standards of quality and ethics.
  • Working to identify new programmatic opportunities and creating new programs and projects within ICFJ’s mission.
  • Supervising a diverse team of 20+ staff, plus global consultants.
  • Ensuring the effective measurement of project successes, failures and strategies, and ensuring those lessons learned are incorporated into new and existing programs.
  • Serving as a key liaison with news organizations, journalists and funders, including representing ICFJ in an official capacity at appropriate events and programs as well as board meetings.
  • Carrying out specific programs in the United States and overseas as needed.
  • Working with the ICFJ president and leadership team to coordinate proposal and fundraising development, budgeting and general management.
  • Participating with the president and senior staff in personnel recruitment and organizational policies and processes.
  • Carrying out additional tasks and special assignments as determined by the president.
  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s (or equivalent experience) preferred
  • A minimum of 15 years’ experience in journalism, media, non-profit management or related fields
  • Understanding of the issues facing the journalism profession
  • Experience working globally and willingness to travel internationally
  • Ability to and demonstrated experience in effectively managing people and leading teams
  • Leadership in project management and impact measurement
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with fluctuating priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to work without direct supervision, and efficiently manage tasks and time
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight and as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside ICFJ
  • Proficiency in at least one language other than English preferred

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only complete applications will be considered.To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter here.

Status: Open

  • Employment

Organisation: International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ)

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Washington, D.C., United States


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