Ends on May 2, 2019

About the IWMF

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: 

  • Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists
  • Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories
  • Kim Wall Memorial Fund
  • Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis
  • 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 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:

  • 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 grantmaking experience desired.
  • Knowledge and experience in program coordination 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.
  • Foreign language skills in French or Spanish preferred.
  • 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 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.

  • Leading on all application and selection processes, maintaining a high level of quality control
  • Coordinating application rounds, including application review and candidate interviews
  • Liaising with the communications staff around application opening and closing
  • Serving as primary point of contact for all grantees and applicants
  • Drafting social media outreach in coordination with the communications staff
  • Monitoring grantee reports and project timelines
  • Developing application guidelines and sample applications as a resource for potential applicants
  • Tracking applicant diversity and statistics
  • Preparing grant reports 
  • Gathering and organizing program related data and assisting in monitoring and evaluation of programs
  • Organizing selection processes and managing selection committees
  • Systematizing application processes in coordination with programs staff
  • Ensuring that website content for the IWMF’s grant making initiatives is up to date
  • Engaging with grantees and IWMF network to grow organization’s reach and impact
  • Coordinating and growing the IWMF’s Volunteer Reader Program

Managing the Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis.

  • Serving as the lead on all Emergency Fund cases
  • Managing the intake process and assigning cases to staff 
  • Liaising with the Journalists in Distress (JID) Network on cases requiring outside assistance

Managing the nomination and selection processes for all IWMF awards.

  • Developing and implementing solicitation strategies to increase submissions for all IWMF awards
  • Researching prospective awardees
  • Conducting proactive outreach for nominations
  • Reviewing nominations and preparing candidate materials for the selection committee
  • 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.


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.

Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references, preferably on a topic related to the IWMF's work. No phone calls. 

Entries must be submitted by Thursday, May 2 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time

The IWMF is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based upon race, color, sex, age, creed, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, or any other status protected by applicable law. The IWMF values a diverse workplace and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.