Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Program Administrator
Freelance Asia correspondent
Community Cultivation Associate
Europe and Central Asia Program Intern
Systems Administrator

Program Administrator

Reports to: Deputy Director
Location: New York, USA
Salary: Competitive salary based on experience

Start date: July 1, 2015

The Program Administrator works closely with the Deputy Director to provide programmatic, operational, and research support to CPJ's regional and thematic (Internet Advocacy and Journalist Assistance) programs.

This is a busy, multi-tasking position that will deliver a wide range of reporting and analysis to support the Program, Finance, and Fundraising/Development teams.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of CPJ's work by tracking organization-wide benchmarks.
  • Work in conjunction with the heads of Programs and Finance to track program budgets and to develop the annual program budget.
  • Coordinate meetings, including assisting with conference calls, logistics, and RSVPs.
  • Prepare expense reports and process invoices and reimbursements.
  • Provide logistical support to staff, serving as primary scheduler and coordinator for internal and external meetings.
  • Arrange travel, organize meetings, maintain schedules, and plan events on behalf of the Deputy Director.
  • Provide project management support, facilitating effective workflows between staff members, consultants, and other stakeholders and partners.
  • Book travel and accommodation for CPJ missions and other travel, including for the annual International Press Freedom Award dinner.

The candidate should have proven experience in logistical, especially travel, support. The candidate should be proficient in Microsoft Excel. An international outlook is essential; foreign NGO experience is a plus. Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.

How to Apply

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected], with "Program Administrator" in the subject line. Due to volume, we cannot reply to individual inquiries on the status of applications. If you are selected as a candidate, CPJ will contact you directly to arrange an interview. No phone calls, please.

Freelance Asia correspondent

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a part time, freelance correspondent with knowledge of China and neighboring countries in the region. The correspondent will work in consultation with colleagues based in New York, Bangkok and South Asia.

The correspondent will have extensive familiarity with regional press freedom issues, experience as an advocate, the ability to report breaking news and to produce in-depth special reports. The correspondent will have a proven commitment to improving press freedom conditions in a region where freedom of expression in constantly under threat.

The correspondent may be based in the United Sates or Asia but must demonstrate legal status to work in the country where they are based.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • File written submissions (news alert, blog entry, or letter) on press freedom issues per week, for distribution and publication on our website.
  • Assist the Asia program in anticipating and responding to news and events affecting press freedom and journalists to ensure that these issues are brought to a broad international audience.
  • Conduct research on individual journalists within the framework of CPJ's Journalist Assistance Program.
  • Compile a year-end list of journalists jailed in countries in Northeast Asia.
  • Candidate should have a firm understanding of geopolitical issues with the ability to analyze and relate these to press freedom as needed.

Language: Fluency in English is essential; Mandarin is an important asset.

Writing test: The successful candidate will have to pass a writing test.

This is a one-year, part-time position.

How to Apply

Please submit a brief cover letter, resume and links to relevant work to [email protected], with "Asia correspondent" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Community Cultivation Associate

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a full-time Community Cultivation. The position is based in our New York City office.

The Community Cultivation Associate is an integral part of the Advocacy Department and reports directly to the Director of Advocacy. This position works closely with the Communications Associate as well as members of regional teams to ensure that the expertise and reporting by CPJ achieves maximum impact and contributes to the cultivation of key communities. Excellent discretion and judgment, the ability to work independently and proactively, and a commitment to press freedom are essential to succeed in this role.

The Associate's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of CPJ's social media and community cultivation strategy. Monitor and implement communications and community benchmarks.
  • Day-to-day curation of editorial content on social media platforms, including tweets, posts and discussions. Supervise, design, author and/or edit social media and web documents.
  • Publish, schedule and optimize editorial content for CPJ's website and social channels.
  • Cultivate communities across social platforms, including with journalists around the world, and incorporate into our broader outreach and advocacy strategies.
  • Develop and grow CPJ's online community and manage community relationships across social media channels. Respond reactively and engage proactively ensuring CPJ voice and a high level of responsiveness are maintained. Work with cross-functional teams to develop and optimize response and engagement strategies and distribute content.
  • Create, execute, and track social media campaigns in collaboration with other departments
  • Become an advocate for CPJ in social media spaces, sharing CPJ's information (including Wikipedia) and use social media monitoring tools to monitor conversations, drive external link development and reach out to journalists, policymakers and experts with relevant content and CPJ expertise.
  • Identify, evaluate, select & monitor the most relevant social media channels, managing & responding to online discussions. Conduct on-going social media market research & channel development, improving CPJ's reputation and reach
  • Track requests and media interactions and analyze these to make recommendations on how to improve CPJ's media relations and identify opportunities for CPJ to increase its reach and the impact of our reporting and advocacy.
  • Manage and maintain CPJ's global media contacts database and coordinate with regional teams on the inclusion and organization of their contacts.
  • Assist with global releases and various newsletters, including the annual publication Attacks on the Press and the annual International Press Freedom Awards.

Required Experience:

  • Experience with social media community management, public relations or community organizing
  • Demonstrated creativity and immersion in various social media platforms
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff. Capable of working with minimal supervision
  • Impeccable judgment

Desired skills:

  • A deep interest and commitment to press freedom
  • International experience and at least one foreign language
  • A BA or higher in communications, journalism, business, or a related field. Master's degree preferred
  • Ability to work nights and weekends on an occasional basis

This is initially a one-year contract position

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits including 100% employer paid health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.

How to Apply

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected], with "Communications Associate" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Committee to Protect Journalists is an equal opportunity employer.

Europe and Central Asia Program Intern

CPJ is hiring an Intern to assist with research, logistical, and administrative support for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) program. The Intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, background research and writing about press freedom in the ECA region. This position reports to the ECA Program Staff and will be based in New York. The position comes with a small stipend over 3 months.

Primary Tasks:

  • Providing background research in English and Russian, doing interviews in English and Russian, editing/writing, working with databases, and other support as needed for the ECA program.
  • Effectively using social media, including in Russian, to disseminate the ECA program's work
  • Communicating via Skype, email and phone with CPJ staff, consultants and partners.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, or related field, including international affairs or European/Slavic studies. Current college or graduate students are also eligible.
  • Fluency in English and Russian is required. Ability to communicate in another regional language is a plus.
  • Fluency in social media is strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with program team.
  • ECA regional research experience strongly preferred.

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, two short writing samples, and references to [email protected]. Please include "ECA Intern" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.

Systems Administrator

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking to contract with a security-focused Systems Administrator to maintain CPJ's website & associated infrastructure on a long-term basis. This is a freelance opportunity.

Security-conscious Ubuntu or Debian administrators are preferred. We expect the monthly workload to be 5-15 hours, though occasional projects may require more time in some months. It is possible that the scope of this work will expand as CPJ builds out additional infrastructure.

In general, work can be done during business hours, though anything involving a risk of downtime needs to be scheduled after business hours. CPJ operates primarily in the US-Eastern time zone. All the infrastructure is virtual and work will be done remotely. In the event of an urgent security or availability issue, fast responses will be needed after hours.

Initial responsibilities

  • Maintain a virtual server hosted on Amazon Web Services
  • Manage a medium-sized website running Apache & Movable Type
  • Monitor system performance and plan for future capacity and scaling
  • Deploy site improvements together with CPJ's contract web developer
  • Ensure that the site has a best-in-class HTTPS configuration
  • Constantly harden all aspects of the server configuration
  • Alert CPJ staff about critical security vulnerabilities, recommend/implement action
  • Manage test & staging environments as needed
  • Ensure that all materials are safely backed up
  • Ensure that the site is secure against defacement & denial-of-service
  • Implement forward-looking security, integrity, and privacy technologies
  • Monitor system to detect possible intrusions & intrusion attempts
  • Explain related technical issues to CPJ staff

Required core skills

  • Expert knowledge of Linux system administration
  • System, network, and operational hardening
  • Ubuntu or Debian and their various norms & foibles
  • Server virtualization
  • Performance & security monitoring tools & best-practices
  • Essential scripting & automation
  • Clear written & verbal communication skills

Additional familiarity

Candidates should either already be familiar with these tools/platforms or be willing to rapidly teach themselves the ins and outs of these systems.

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Best-in-class HTTPS implementations
  • Cloudflare DDoS-protection tools
  • Apache-management, especially scaling & hardening


  • Movable Type
  • MySQL
  • Experience working with journalists or publishers
  • Git
  • Track record of contribution to free-software projects

Preferred experience

This experience should represent a substantial fraction of your effort, but may be professional or volunteer.

  • 5 years experience as a Linux sysadmin or devops experience
  • 2 years experience managing Ubuntu or Debian systems
  • 2 years experience managing systems to host websites

How to Apply

CPJ seeks only the most qualified person or firm for this work and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender, orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected], with "Systems Administrator" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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