Role Overview:

The IWMF is run by a staff passionate about protecting, supporting, and promoting women and journalists. Our communications department is seeking a creative, independent, detail-oriented, and highly motivated Communications Coordinator.

This new staff member will help the communications department grow the reputation of the organization through traditional, digital, and internal communications. Generally, this includes helping to develop, implement and manage visibility efforts that support the IWMF’s awards program, fellowships, grants, partnerships, research, trainings, and emergency support.

This position is based at the IWMF’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and reports to the Associate Communications Manager.

The IWMF is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce, and we seek applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

We will not be accepting submission for this position following September 30, 2021, unless otherwise noted.

Role Specifics:

Coordinate and implement digital communications strategies for email, web, multimedia, and social media platforms:

  • Assist with content development and updates for the IWMF newsletter and social media accounts

Support and help to manage IWMF social media strategy on platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube

Develop social media campaigns:

  • Source, write, create, and schedule original content for use on social media, and research content to supplement social media campaigns

Monitor conversations online regarding the IWMF and within the journalism and gender equity industries:

  • Report on metrics and inflection points concerning digital and social engagement

Help to design, develop, and create graphics and/or video shorts for digital use

Draft and edit written content such as blog posts, social media posts and email marketing

Support IWMF digital and in-person events, including award ceremonies for Courage in Journalism and Courage in Photojournalism

Support IWMF collateral creation, distribution and organization including brochures, videos, imagery, fact sheets, reporting, and research

Manage and update the display and functionality of the IWMF website

Role Requirements:

A deep passion and commitment to non-profit work and the role of women and journalists in a flourishing and progressive society

1—3 years of experience working in a media, journalism, gender equity, or related/adjacent industry; or, a communications role with externally-facing duties:

  • Experience with non-profit organizations is a plus

Strong writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills

Experience working in cross-functional teams – communications, fundraising and  programming

Ability to prioritize, multi-task and respond to requests in a timely fashion

Ability to adapt in a dynamic work environment with a lean staff:

  • Work effectively amid urgent requests and interruptions, and handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy

Experience contributing to social media accounts daily (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) including monitoring and analytics:

  • Familiarity with social media-related tools and software

Experience in creative and graphic design for social media and marketing purposes

Some regional and international travel may be required

Role Preferences:

Location in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area

Experience crafting external campaign messaging:

  • Ability to communicate organization mission, vision, values, and impact with a diverse set of audiences
  • Experience drafting audience-specific email messaging for member engagement and donor outreach

Extensive graphic design ability in platforms such as Adobe, Canva and Wave

Experience utilizing multimedia programs to develop digital and video assets:

  • Knowledge of photo and video editing software including the Adobe Suite
  • Experience editing short-form videos
  • Ability to video edit and create motion graphics and animations a plus

Experience engaging with scheduling platforms for social media and email marketing:

  • Twitter – work with TweetDeck preferred
  • Facebook – work with Business Suite preferred
  • Instagram – work with Later preferred
  • Mailchimp – or other content management systems

Ability to conceptualize and execute paid digital promotion campaigns

Strong writing and copy-editing skills for social and marketing purposes:

  • Familiarity with AP Style guidelines

Experience helping to plan and execute both digital and in-person events to groups between 20—200 people

Prior work with consultants and vendors on small- and large-scale projects

Experience in marketing to and engaging diverse audiences, constituents, and partners

This is an application for the United States Journalism Emergency Fund, created by the International Women’s Media Foundation in partnership with Craig Newmark Philanthropies. To qualify for this Fund, you must be a U.S.-based journalist of any gender (including men) targeted as a result of your reporting at events related to the highly charged political unrest and polarization in the U.S., including elections, civil movements and other challenging environments. You may request support for:

  • Immediate needs related to your professional work, such as medical aid, destroyed or stolen equipment and protective gear;
  • Long-term needs such as trauma, mental health services and referrals to legal support.

Applicants must be working journalists and must provide proof of their financial need. Funding is available to both staff journalists and those working independently.

To request assistance from the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered. Requests will be reviewed in the order they were received. 

If you have any questions relating to the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, please email

We established the IWMF Emergency Fund in 2013 for journalists in crisis to provide women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of distress or threat. Now more than ever, journalists around the world face real dangers as a result of their reporting. The Emergency Fund is sustained with the support of individual donors to address the growing need to provide direct assistance to women journalists who are suffering.

The IWMF Emergency Fund provides women-identifying journalists with:

  • Small grants for psychological and medical care for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by one’s work as a journalist;
  • Three months of temporary relocation assistance in the event of crisis or threat;
  • Legal aid to counter threats of imprisonment or censorship;
  • Non-financial assistance in the form of information about additional access to resources.

To be eligible for the IWMF Emergency Fund, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a staff or freelance reporter, working in any medium, whose primary profession is journalism;
  • Have worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance;
  • Apply for assistance with a crisis situation directly connected to work as a journalist.
  • The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women and non-binary people.

To request assistance from the IWMF Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. An IWMF staff member will respond to your request in a timely manner at which point you may be required to provide additional information. Please understand that it will take time to process your request and that we prioritize the most urgent requests. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered.

En el 2013 establecimos el Fondo de Emergencia de la IWMF para periodistas en crisis para proporcionar un apoyo vital en tiempos de apuros o amenaza para mujeres periodistas. Ahora más que nunca, los periodistas de todo el mundo enfrentan peligros reales por sus reportajes.

El Fondo de Emergencia se sostiene con el apoyo de donantes individuales para proporcionar asistencia directa a las periodistas en apuros.

El Fondo de Emergencia de la IWMF brinda a las mujeres periodistas:

  • Pequeñas subvenciones para atención psicológica y médica relacionadas a incidentes y amenazas en el trabajo como periodista;
  • Tres meses de asistencia para reubicación temporal en casos de crisis o amenazas;
  • Ayuda legal para contrarrestar amenazas de encarcelamiento o censura;
  • Asistencia no financiera en forma de información sobre el acceso a recursos adicionales.

Para solicitar al Fondo de emergencia de la IWMF, los candidatos deben cumplir con los siguientes requerimientos:

  • Ser una periodista empleada por un medio o ser una periodista independiente que trabaje en cualquier medio, cuya profesión principal es el periodismo;
  • Trabajar como periodista en tiempo completo durante los últimos seis meses;
  • Solicitar asistencia directamente relacionada a incidentes y amenazas en el trabajo como periodista; 

Para solicitar asistencia del Fondo de emergencia de la IWMF, la postulante debe completar este cuestionario preliminar. Un miembro de la IWMF responderá a su solicitud de manera oportuna para solicitar información adicional. Es importante comprender que comprender qué tomará tiempo para procesar su solicitud y que priorizaremos solicitudes más urgentes. Las solicitudes que no cumplan con los criterios anteriores no serán consideradas.

Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.  Starting from January 2020, the Fund for Women Journalists will accept applications on a rolling basis. Applications take approximately 4-6 weeks to process.

The fund was designed to help women journalists by providing grantees support to:

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues 
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives 
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers 
  • Pursue training and leadership opportunities 
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so


  • Woman-identifying journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply. The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women, which includes trans women, and non-binary people.
  • Professional journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
  • Applicants must have three or more years of professional journalism experience. 
  • Teams of journalists may apply, however the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50% women.

Please note: All answers and documents must be in English. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot answer questions by phone. Please review the application guide and frequently asked questions on our website prior to beginning this application. 

If you have questions to the Fund, please email program manager Claudia Gonzalez at

La Fundación Internacional para las Mujeres en los Medios (IWMF, por sus siglas en inglés) y el Women’s Equality Center se complacen en proporcionar becas para apoyar la producción de reportajes centrados en la salud reproductiva, los derechos reproductivos y la justicia en El Salvador. Algunos ejemplos de temas relevantes incluyen el acceso al aborto y la anticoncepción, la política de salud reproductiva, el estigma, la migración como resultado de la prohibición del aborto y más. Este financiamiento apoya la presentación de historias no contadas en torno a problemas que afectan la vida cotidiana de mujeres y niñas en El Salvador. Esta oportunidad está abierta a todas las periodistas mujeres y no binarias en El Salvador.

Las becas serán entre $1000 y $4000 USD, pero la financiación variará según la necesidad, el alcance y la ubicación del proyecto. Estos fondos se pueden utilizar para cubrir viajes y logística, costos de seguridad y otros gastos profesionales. Todos los reportajes y publicaciones deben completarse antes del 31 de enero 2022.

Criterios de elegibilidad

Las becas están abiertas a individuos y equipos. Se deben satisfacer los siguientes criterios para calificar:

  • Periodistas que se identifican como mujeres o personas no binarias
  • Periodismo debe ser su profesión principal
  • Deben tener al menos tres años de experiencia profesional trabajando en medios (no incluyendo las pasantías)
  • Deben tener una carta de apoyo o de interés de un/a editor/a del medio donde planean publicar el reportaje (preferido) o deben mostrar una trayectoria de publicar reportajes en ese medio

La IWMF está aceptando solicitudes a través de Submittable hasta el miércoles, 30 de septiembre a las 11:59 pm EDT (hora de Washington, DC).