Program Assistant

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



1625 K Street NW, Suite 1275
United States


The IWMF is challenging the status quo and drawing attention to the gender disparity in the news. Women are continuously underrepresented within the newsroom. In sixteen years, the number of women in newsrooms has increased less than 1%. That number is declining for minorities. This inequality of voices leads us to question, 'Can the press really be free without all perspectives present?'

We are a small but mighty group dedicated to giving female journalists an equal voice. We oppose all attempts to silence the truth. We are the only organization that offers emergency support, safety training, global reporting opportunities and funding for both staff reporters and freelancers, all specifically tailored for women. We are making more women’s bylines possible, working tirelessly to ensure a greater diversity of voices represented in the news industry worldwide.

Why work here?

  • We have a culture of empowerment and equality where everyone can see the value that they are adding.
  • Our Board of Directors is active and passionate in supporting our mission.
  • Our programs make a real impact and are recognized by the journalism community as adding to their skills and safety.
  • We are an equal partner with many of the other leading organizations in our field.
  • The IWMF is a great place to work, learn and have fun.

What we do?

  • Awards: More than 100 female journalists from 56 countries recognized with Courage Awards.
  • Grants: 3,330+ grant applications received | $840,000+ in funds awarded | 110+ grantees 
  • Reporting trips: 4,000+ reporting trip applications received | 200+ fellows selected | 30+ 2-week reporting trips across Africa and Latin America 
  • Local Fellowships: 50+ year-long reporting fellowships have begun for journalists in Africa and Latin America 
  • Emergency Assistance: nearly $300,000 provided to 70+ journalists in crisis 
  • 650+ publications produced by our grantees and fellows for: The Washington Post | The Los Angeles Times | The New York Times | BBC | The Associated Press | EFE | Reuters | Folha de Sao Paulo | National Geographic | Foreign Policy | Harpers | The Atlantic | TIME | Cosmopolitan | PBS NewsHour | NPR | and many, many more
  • In 2017 alone, we provided $3.1 million in direct support to female journalists. 


The IWMF seeks a highly organized, solutions-oriented self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced work environment and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure successful program outcomes. The Program Assistant will be an integral member of the IWMF staff, helping to implement high-quality programs in challenging environments. 

The Program Assistant will provide vital logistical and administrative support for the organization’s programs, in particular its multi-faceted Latin America Reporting Initiative, Adelante, which includes international and in-country reporting fellowships and journalism security training across six countries (Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the US/Mexico border). The Program Assistant will also support other IWMF programs, including the Courage in Journalism and Courage in Photojournalism Awards, the Fund for Women Journalists, Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, the Emergency Fund for Women Journalists and the Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice in the Americas program.

The Program Assistant will report to the Program Manager, and will work closely with members of the programs team as part of a tight-knit, collegial staff. The IWMF makes a concerted effort to promote from within.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate travel arrangements and logistics for international reporting trips.
  • Assist in application and selection processes.
  • Conduct outreach to program applicants, participants, and alumni.
  • Assist with day-to-day tasks related to program implementation.
  • Draft program-related correspondence.
  • Conduct research on program topic areas and regions.
  • Assist in administrative and operational tasks.
  • Assist in developing and tracking program calendars.
  • Assist in tracking program expenses.
  • Assist with program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Assist in social media and communications efforts.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • Some evening/weekend hours required.


  • Excellent interpersonal communications and relationship skills, and an ability to work well with a variety of people and personalities across cultures.
  • Solid group facilitation and team leadership skills
  • Self-starter who is able to manage and prioritize multiple programmatic tasks on deadline with minimal supervision.
  • Exceptionally organized and detail-oriented.
  • Strong and accurate writing and editing skills (examples of types of writing required include planning and research documents, program-related correspondence and reports).
  • Experience with programmatic monitoring and evaluation preferred. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Sound judgment and ability to exercise high level of discretion.
  • Computer literacy: demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, strong internet research skills, Mac skills a plus.
  • High proficiency or fluency in Spanish is required. 
  • Basic photography skills a plus.
  • Familiarity with HTML/Wordpress, Salesforce, Mailchimp and Asana, a plus.
  • Adaptability and willingness to work in unpredictable environments including locations with challenging security conditions.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BA in Journalism, International Affairs or other relevant field of study.
  • One to three years of work experience, preferably in non-profit programs. 
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of the year
  • Willingness to work in remote areas with limited infrastructure and amenities, including conflict and post-conflict zones.
  • Commitment to gender equality and an interest in news media and international affairs.
  • Sense of humor!


Compensation is commensurate with experience; IWMF provides excellent benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

High proficiency or fluency in Spanish is required. 

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a one page Spanish writing sample, preferably on a topic related to the IWMF's work. No phone calls. 

Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, December 4 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Please apply via Submittable.

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.