Program Manager

Join a team that’s making a difference! Fact-based journalism is under unprecedented attack at a time when a free, independent news media has never been more important. The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) works to ensure that the cornerstone of healthy democracies - increasing the flow of reliable, trustworthy news – stays strong for generations to come. We give journalists the support and tools they need to do their jobs better. Through our work, journalists are enhancing news coverage and connecting more deeply with their audiences. ICFJ’s network is truly international - in the past five years alone, we have worked with 132,000 journalists from 173 countries. Our programs have had an impact: Stories produced by our participants have led to the fall of corrupt governments, promoted better laws, and made communities safer and healthier. ICFJ is a fast-paced, global, multilingual organization that has a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Job Title: Program Manager
Department: Programs
Reports to: Program Director
Starting salary: $55,000
Located: ICFJ’s office is based in Washington DC. We are open to remote work and encourage local candidates to apply. Employees will be encouraged to come into the office up to two days per week in summer 2022.
Position Type: Full time

Job Description: ICFJ is looking to add to global staff by hiring a Program Manager to the Programs Department. The Program Manager is a critical position within ICFJ and will be responsible for developing, conducting, and evaluating ICFJ programs as assigned and overseeing the flow of information within ICFJ. The Program Manager is an integral member of the organization and works to ensure that ICFJ maintains the highest standard of quality and efficiency in all its projects. This position is great for a fluent Spanish speaker with experience managing government and federal grants who is looking to deepen their understanding of strategy, systems, and organizational processes as well as get the opportunity to work with funders and leaders in the field of journalism.

ICFJ prides itself on being a mission-driven organization with a global impact. We take employee growth and experience seriously and try hard to make sure that every staff member has the opportunity to grow and rise through the ranks.


Organizational Support

  • Provide logistical support to programs alongside a program director and/or senior program director 
  • Responsible for managing  a program assistant and/or  finance and logistics assistant
  • Take lead responsibility for managing programs from inception to implementation, as assigned
  • Monitor the budget and maintain fiscal control of programs
  • Help to develop a project management plan for programs
  • Perform other administrative and organizational duties as required and assigned to assist in the effective operation of programs
  • Oversee the program consultants

Strategy and Implementation

  • Design program strategies and systems for monitoring the impact of activities
  • Ensure program impact is tracked in Salesforce and recorded for use in reports and communications
  • Write quarterly and final program reports with the assistance of other program department members

Events and Logistics

  • Recruit diverse participants, and select appropriate curricula and diverse trainers, speakers, and/or mentors for events
  • Develop and implement key program activities including orientations/debriefs, attachments, logistics, workshops, etc.
  • Represent ICFJ at professional conferences, meetings, as assigned
  • Travel with participants and consultants for meetings/and or international travel for program implementation

Helping Foster a Positive Culture

  • Fosters a sense of collegial partnership and works well as a member of a team  
  • Consistently looks at issues from multiple perspectives, and treats people with fairness and respect, without regard for their position, status or background


  • Associates degree; Bachelor’s degree (a plus)
  • Proficiency in English (required) and Spanish (required)
  • Knowledge of Latin America, freedom of the press and freedom of expression issues
  • Minimum of three years of relevant work experience in nonprofit grant management, including federal grants, and/or relevant journalism role
  • At least two years coordinating nonprofit program activities, generating reports, overseeing budget expenditures
  • A general understanding of Salesforce, and experience using other tools such as Dropbox, Slack, and Google Workspace
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Good knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures
  • The ability to find innovative ways to resolve problems.
  • Demonstrated experience with the use of databases and new digital technology
  • Demonstrated written communication skills; strong English-language skills
  • Experience using social media

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by clicking here. Applications submitted without both documents will not be considered.

ICFJ is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We intentionally reflect this commitment in our policies, our actions, and our work serving a global community of journalists.

Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and three references with contact information and complete the application found by clicking on this link:


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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:

In summer 2022, ICFJ staff will encourage staff to come to the office one to two days per week. ICFJ offers a flexible benefits package with a compressed four and a half-day work week and core hours from 10:00am to 3:00pm.


  • Associate (Required)


  • Nonprofit: 3 years (Required)
  • Project /program management: 2 years (Required)

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

ICFJ is a non-profit classified as a 501 (c) (3) and as such receives funding from public and private grant funds and donations. Our funders are listed at the bottom of our annual report here: