The International Women’s Media Foundation is seeking a full-time program manager to lead a wide range of initiatives as a member of the programs team. The team is responsible for implementing the organization’s portfolio of safety, opportunity, recognition, and equity initiatives that advance the IWMF’s mission through direct support to women and gender diverse journalists. A full list of IWMF programs is available on our website.

The ideal candidate is passionate about protecting, supporting, and promoting women and nonbinary journalists. They advocate for a greater diversity of voices in the news industry. A successful candidate has prior journalism experience and will have a proven ability to meet deadlines and the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities. This position requires someone who is detail-oriented and has previous experience coaching and mentoring staff.

Who We Are

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is the only global non-profit organization that offers emergency support, safety training, global reporting opportunities, and funding for both staff reporters and freelancers, all specifically tailored for women and gender diverse journalists. Our mission is to ensure more opportunities, bylines, and recognition of women and nonbinary journalists and create a greater diversity of voices in journalism.

What You’ll Do

Reporting to the director of programs, the program manager will be responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring programming and assisting with emergency assistance. In addition, the program manager will lead the process of soliciting nominations for the IWMF’s Courage in Journalism, Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism, and Gwen Ifill awardees.

A description of responsibilities follows:

  • Managing complex multi-year programs, application, and selection processes, maintaining a high level of quality control.
  • Managing junior staff.
  • Managing the programs team to develop application guidelines and sample applications as a resource for potential applicants.
  • Strategizing and implementing departmental goals and objectives, and cross-departmental initiatives in collaboration with the senior leadership team.
  • Initiating and managing contracts with clients and consultants, developing program budgets, approving payment requests, and reviewing monthly program financials.
  • Setting up tracking systems to organize program monitoring and evaluation, grantee reports, and project timelines.
  • Writing funder reports and outward facing communications, contributing to concept papers and grant proposals.
  • Liaising with the communications staff around application opening and closing and ensuring that content for the IWMF’s programs and emergency assistance is up to date on the website.
  • Engaging with fellows, grantees and the IWMF network to grow the organization’s reach and impact.

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.

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.

Experience: Minimum five to seven years of progressively responsible work experience in program coordination or project management, journalism, grantmaking, or international development. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related field (e.g., media development, international relations, public affairs, etc.)

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.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Desire and ability to think critically and solve problems effectively.
  • Foreign language skills (Spanish strongly preferred).
  • Knowledge and experience in program coordination or people management.
  • Passion for IWMF’s mission, enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to motivate others, and a sense of humor required.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Prior grantmaking experience strongly preferred.
  • High level of discretion and sensitivity in working with journalists in crisis.
  • Proficiency with Asana, Canva, Mailchimp, Salesforce, Submittable, WordPress and Zoom desired.

What Else you Should Know

The salary for this position is $70,000.

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. We regret that we can only hire candidates currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

IWMF headquarters are in Washington, D.C., but the location of this position is flexible. IWMF staff currently work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel to Washington, D.C., and other locations will be required as part of this position.

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 contribution up to 5%, with employer match up to 4%. Other benefits include two weeks of paid vacation, two weeks of sick leave and three personal days within the first year of employment.

How to Apply 

Please submit your cover letter, resume and three references via our online application system, Submittable, by July 10. References will not be called without prior notification. Applications will be reviewed on ongoing basis.

The International Women’s Media Foundation is seeking a full-time program coordinator to support a wide range of initiatives as a member of the programs team. The team is responsible for implementing the organization’s portfolio of safety, opportunity, recognition, and equity initiatives that advance the IWMF’s mission through direct support to women and gender diverse journalists. A full list of IWMF programs is available on our website.

The ideal candidate is passionate about protecting, supporting, and promoting women and nonbinary journalists. They advocate for a greater diversity of voices in the news industry. A successful candidate will have a proven ability to meet deadlines and the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities. This position requires someone who is detail-oriented, committed to continual improvement and driven to perform at the highest level.

Who We Are

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is the only global non-profit organization that offers emergency support, safety training, global reporting opportunities, and funding for both staff reporters and freelancers, all specifically tailored for women and gender diverse journalists. Our mission is to ensure more opportunities, bylines, and recognition of women and nonbinary journalists and create a greater diversity of voices in journalism.

What You’ll Do

Reporting to the program manager, the program coordinator will be responsible for the supporting the IWMF’s international programming and emergency assistance. Additionally, they will work to enhance the 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. A description of responsibilities follows.

Supporting all aspects of the IWMF’s programming and emergency assistance:

  • Providing administrative support, scheduling, and organizing meetings, events, and logistics.
  • Coordinating application and selection processes, communicating with selection committees, and serving as a point of contact for fellows, grantees, and applicants.
  • Engaging with fellows, grantees and the IWMF network to grow the organization’s reach and impact.
  • Work collaboratively with the programs team to systematize application processes, develop application guidelines and sample applications as a resource for potential applicants.
  • Monitoring grantee reports, project timelines and assist the program manager in preparing grant reports.
  • Gathering and organizing program related data and assisting in monitoring and evaluation of programs.
  • Assisting in the development of budgets, payment requests and tracking expenses.
  • Liaising with the communications staff around application opening and closing and ensuring that content for the IWMF’s programs and emergency assistance is up to date on the website.
  • Supporting IWMF programs as needed.


Who You Are

Experience: One to three years of work experience in program coordination or project management, journalism, grantmaking, or international affairs/development. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related field (e.g., media development, international relations, public affairs, etc.)

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, donors, and consultants. In addition:

  • Self-starter with superb organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Desire and ability to think critically and solve problems effectively.
  • Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in program and/or people management.
  • Passion for IWMF’s mission, enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to motivate others, and a sense of humor required.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Prior grantmaking experience is a plus.
  • High level of discretion and sensitivity in working with journalists in crisis.
  • Familiarity with Asana, Canva, Mailchimp, Salesforce, Submittable, WordPress and Zoom desired.
  • Familiarity with visualizations and graphic design is a plus.

What Else You Should Know

The salary for this position is $55,000.

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. We regret that we can only hire candidates currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

IWMF headquarters are in Washington, D.C., but the location of this position is flexible. IWMF staff currently work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel to Washington, D.C., and other locations will be required as part of this position.

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 contribution up to 5%, with employer match up to 4%. Other benefits include two weeks of paid vacation, two weeks of sick leave and three personal days within the first year of employment.

How to Apply - Please submit your cover letter, resume and three references via our online application system, Submittable, by July 10. References will not be called without prior notification. Applications will be reviewed on ongoing basis.

The International Women's Media Foundation  is committed to helping journalists report more safely in an increasingly declining climate for press freedom, with threats to American reporters proliferating both online and offline. Each of the four-day Hostile Environments and First Aid Training, is designed for U.S.-based women, non-binary and  gender non-conforming journalists, and is tailored to the risks that they are facing. Our training philosophy is centered around holistic and identity-informed safety, which considers digital safety and mental health critical components of overall safety and acknowledges how an individual's identity informs their risk profile.  

In 2022, the IWMF will offer a series of HEFATS around the U.S. for journalists. We will select 16 journalists to participate in each training, prioritizing reporters who have not received prior security training, especially journalists from underrepresented backgrounds. The IWMF will arrange and cover travel and lodging for all participants. To learn more about our HEFAT courses, please visit our website here.  

We will accept applications on a rolling basis, but please note the following deadlines apply: 

For June 12-17* in Chicago, Illinois, the deadline to apply is April 24, 2022 (June 12 and 17 are travel days)

For September 11-16* in Los Angeles, California, the deadline to apply is July 11, 2022 (September 11 and 16 are travel days)




The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has given the IWMF a $750,000 grant to establish a three-year fund supporting U.S.-based reporting projects by Indigenous journalists on issues related to Missing & Murdered Indigenous People (MMMIP) with a concentration on women, girls, Two-Spirit and transgender people.

Starting in March 2022, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis by an advisory committee comprised of distinguished Indigenous practicing journalists and editors, along with Indigenous thought leaders. The IWMF is conducting ongoing, targeted outreach to eligible journalists and Indigenous journalism groups to solicit proposals. Indigenous journalists affiliated with media outlets, as well as freelancers, are invited to apply.

In addition to monetary support, the IWMF is committed to providing editorial and pitching support to grantees.

Please read our FAQ page and Application Guide for the program. Eligible journalists can apply here.

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 info@iwmf.org

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 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. 

The Fund for Women Journalists accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applications may take up to 6 weeks to process. Please note that applications submitted after June 30, 2022, will receive a response in September 2022.

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
     

  Eligibility
 

  • The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is open to women and nonbinary journalists of any nationality. 
  • Journalism must be the applicant's primary profession. 
  • Applicants must have at least one year of professional journalism experience, with a track record of publishing in non-student outlets. 
  • We accept applications from teams of journalists; however, the application must be led and submitted by a woman or nonbinary journalist, and the team must include at least 50% women.
  • Due to staff capacity, applications are only accepted in English (preferred) or Spanish, but reporting may be published in any language. 


Note: The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all women, nonbinary and gender nonconforming journalists.

  
Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot answer questions by phone or provide applicants with individual feedback. Please review the information on our website before beginning your application.


If you have any further questions, please email program manager, Claudia Gonzalez, at cgonzalez@iwmf.org.

As the United States faces the likely overturn of Roe v. Wade and subsequent restriction of reproductive rights across the country, the IWMF is mobilizing to support nuanced, diverse reporting on the consequences of this decision. This fund supports reporting on reproductive rights across the U.S., including abortion and contraception access, maternal health, health policy, and abortion bans. Bringing attention to these issues is critical and the IWMF is providing funding to support and encourage quality reporting on these topics in the United States.

Grants will vary depending on the need, scope, and location of the project, but the average grant size will be $5,000. Grant funds may be used to cover travel, lodging, and other reporting expenses. Applications will be accepted through the IWMF’s Submittable page and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Priority will be given to reporting projects based in states that would be most affected by the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants may be freelance or staff journalists and may apply individually or as part of a team:
    • If applying as an individual, the opportunity is open to women and nonbinary journalists.
    • Teams of journalists with at least 50% women and nonbinary journalists are also eligible to apply.
  • Journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
  • Applicants must have at least one year of professional journalism experience, with a track record of publishing in non-student outlets. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Applicants must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
  • Applicants may apply in English or Spanish, but English is strongly preferred. The published work can be in any language.
  • Applicants must be based or currently in the United States.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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