Title: Director, New Initiatives
Department: Partnerships and Culture
Reports to: Vice President, Partnerships and
Employment Type: Full-time
Starting Salary: $75,000
Located: Washington DC. Flexible hybrid-remote
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 - 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 impact: Stories produced by our
participants have led to the fall of corrupt governments, promoted
better laws and made communities safer and healthier.
The Director, New Initiatives is a critical position within ICFJ
and plays a key role in leading the proposal development process
and advancing new areas of business. To succeed in this role, the
ideal candidate will have experience in preparing and
submitting competitive proposals for U.S. government
and private foundations and be an impeccable
writer and an out-of-the-box
thinker who understands journalism and the media
landscape. The role requires innovation,
creativity, leadership and the
ability to turn ideas into impactful global programs. The director
will be responsible for creating systems
that ensure that new ideas and innovation
cascade through the organization. The
director is someone who works well in a fast-paced, deadline driven
environment and will be able to work independently and efficiently
while handling multiple priorities.
The director will act as a full and active member of the New
Initiatives team to ensure that ICFJ maintains the highest standard
of quality and efficiency in all its projects. ICFJ runs more than
80 programs each year for journalists in the form of training,
mentoring, fellowships or financial support. This programming falls
under five areas critical for journalism today: Media innovation,
investigative journalism, critical-issues reporting, financial
sustainability, and research and resources. 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.
Manage the proposal development
- Develop new and innovative programs that align with ICFJ’s
strategic priorities and appeal to a variety of funders.
- Write proposals, concept papers, and prepare supplemental
proposal material as needed
- Manage the proposal development team in preparing and
submitting competitive proposals in a timely manner.
- Lead the coordination with other departments as well as
external project partners in the proposal process.
- Develop a system to surface and generate innovative ideas and
communicate those ideas to senior leadership.
- Oversee New Initiatives assistant to track and analyze proposal
information on database.
- Work closely with the finance department on proposal
Identify and cultivate new prospective opportunities and
- Support the VP of Partnerships and Culture in outreach with
strategic partners and prospective funders.
- Work with the VP of Partnerships and Culture and the President
to identify new programming opportunities to advance ICFJ’s
- Manage relationships with program partners and funders.
Support program growth in key regional areas,
such as Central/Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East
- Provide strategic thinking on new growth areas and funding
- Provide technical support and consult on development and
implementation of programs based on regional expertise.
- Leadership and decision-making
- Ability to turn creative ideas into actionable proposals
- Strong writing and editing skills
- Strong project management skills
- Ability to manage multiple projects and meet
- Bachelor’s degree with 6-8 years of experience working in
journalism and/or non-profit organization
- Experience in preparing proposals for U.S. government and
- Must be able to work independently and efficiently while
handling multiple priorities
- Excellent writing and research skills
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills
- Proactive and able to identify and take initiative on
- Confident in managing multiple projects simultaneously in a
- Exceptional attention to detail
- Strong critical thinking skills
- Ability to engage with partners, journalists and staffers from
- Excellent command of Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets; preferred
proficiency in Salesforce
It’s a plus if you:
- Are bilingual
- Worked internationally
- Have a strong understanding of or experience working in one of
the following regions: Asia, Africa, Middle East or
Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter with salary
requirement, and three references with contact information and
complete the application found by clicking on this
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
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: